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UK Construction & Property Events Worth Attending in 2020

The construction and property industry is in a fascinating place. On one side there is major disruption and uncertainty with skills, housing, Brexit and more creating massive challenges which need to be overcome. On the other hand innovative smart solutions are offering ways to combat barriers, whilst ambitious infrastructure projects including HS2, Northern Powerhouse Rail […]

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Northern Eden Project on Track For 2020 Planning Submission After Positive Consultation

Earmarked for a prime waterfront location in Morecambe, the Eden Project North has moved a step forward after an incredibly successful and positive public consultation, whilst a new partnership is on the cards with another regeneration project on the waterfront. A planning application for the proposed £85m eco-friendly tourist attraction is on target to be […]

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Applications Open for Innovative Tech Scheme to Support the Next Generation of Ambitious Entrepreneurs

Exchange, a revolutionary new digital and technology programme, has opened applications for its first cohort, as it looks to foster the UK’s next best start-ups. The one-of-a-kind scheme will offer ambitious, early stage, tech companies and entrepreneurs access to the tools and infrastructure they need, to learn and succeed, paving the future of tech and […]

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CAPITAL&CENTRIC Reveal Secret Garden at KAMPUS project

The recently completed secret garden at HBD and CAPITAL&CENTRIC’S newest project has been revealed in new images. The jungle like garden sits at the heart of the new £250m neighbourhood being developed by CAPITAL&CENTRIC and HBD.

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Knowsley Council’s £44m Investment In Kirkby “Largest Ever”

Knowsley Council and the developer St Modwen have agreed a deal to transfer 87 shops and 12.4 acres of land into council ownership in what is claimed to be the local authority’s largest-ever property investment. Knowsley council are speaking at our upcoming North-West Development Conference. The council said the move was a “significant step forward […]

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Historic Shrewsbury Ready For The High Street Of The Future

Shrewsbury’s Big Town Plan, created in consultation with over 5,000 residents, is leading the way forward for the medieval town centre, which is populated with over 600 listed buildings.

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Massive £1.2bn Investment in Bolton Bringing the Town’s Metamorphosis

Bolton is receiving huge investment to enable the redevelopment of the town; our recent High Streets Development Conference heard. Gerry Brough, Director of Place at Bolton Council outlined their objectives: “The council wants to turn Bolton from a much loved but rundown town centre into a vibrant place where people want to live, work, study […]

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£48m Council Purchase of Houndshill Shopping Centre

Blackpool Council has acquired the resort’s Houndshill Shopping Centre in a move aimed at catalysing the regeneration of the town centre. The Council has been in discussions for some time regarding the future of the Houndshill with the previous owner of the centre, BCC Eiffel and its funders.  

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New Carlisle Campus is a Partnership Between Two Major Universities

The University of Cumbria has set out its ambition to develop a new higher education campus in Carlisle which will benefit the Borderlands region and address productivity and skills needs in the area. The Universities of Cumbria and Lancaster are presenting details at our upcoming North West Development Conference. The Heads of Terms for the Borderlands […]

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“Towns are The New Cities” – How Redevelopment is Reshaping Greater Manchester

A £400m investment in Rochdale town centre will be the driving force of a revitalisation of the area, our event has heard.  Speaking at our Manchester Development Plans Event John Searle, Chief Executive of the Rochdale Development Agency, told delegates that 2000 new homes are planned under the new plans, as well as a restoration […]

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£85m Eden Project North Enters Public Consultation Phase

Eden Project North has launched a series of public consultation events into its plans for an £85m attraction at Morecambe Bay, as it targets a planning application submission in 2020. Eden Project International are speaking at our upcoming Lancashire Development Plans event.

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“A big step towards a green future” New Hydrogen Plant in the North West

HyNet is the most advanced hydrogen and carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) project in the UK which could see hydrogen blended into the gas grid and piped into homes and businesses by 2024. As climate change protests take place across London, attendees to a Westminster briefing yesterday heard how HyNet will initially save one […]

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Plans For New Everton Stadium Ready By End of The Year

Following what is claimed to be one of the largest-ever public consultations in the UK, the football club has said it remains on course to submit a planning application for its £500m stadium in Liverpool by the end of the year. Everton will speaking at our North-West Development Conference  The latest proposals for the stadium […]

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Politicians Warned That North Will Be Key In Upcoming Election

Whoever wins the upcoming general election will have to take northern concerns seriously, our HS2 Economic Growth Conference was told. Henri Murison, director of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership (NPP), told the Northern Powerhouse Rail session that he had “never known” as much unanimity of political leadership across the north despite the cuts that the region’s […]

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‘No Excuse’ For Second Class Manchester Terminus, Says Council Leader

There is “no excuse” for the north of England not to have the same high standard of rail projects recently seen in London, Manchester city council’s leader has said. Speaking at our HS2 Economic Growth Conference Cllr Richard Leese said that the HS2 upgrade of Manchester’s Piccadilly should be of a similar grade to the […]

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“Antiquated” Rail Network Blamed For 2018 Timetable Nightmares

The “antiquated” nature of the north’s rail infrastructure was the root cause of last year’s botched new regional timetable introduction, according to the independent expert appointed to oversee improvements to the train network. Richard George, who was speaking on behalf of Atkins / SNC Lavalin at the HS2 Economic Growth Conference, said that the north […]

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‘£60 a Year’ in Energy Bills on York’s New Council Homes

All new council houses in York could be built to ‘Passsive house’ standards as part York’s 2030 Carbon neutral targets City of York Council plans to build more than 600 homes during the next five years. Senior councillors heard the new housing will be carbon zero – in a bid to tackle climate change and […]

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Groundbreaking Plans for The UK’s First Ever Plastic to Hydrogen Plant Announced by Peel Environmental

Peel Environmental have submitted plans for a cutting edge waste plastic to hydrogen facility at its Protos site near Ellesmere Port in Cheshire, with the scheme aiming to reduce fossil fuel consumption, reduce waste and help tackle the ongoing climate emergency. The company will be further detailing their plans at the upcoming Building Zero Carbon […]

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‘Game changing because of their sheer size’: Enterprise Zones Primed to Deliver Huge Growth

  The West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) revealed major plans for ten designated Enterprise Zones in the region at our recent event in Leeds.  Phase One of the project was focused around the Leeds Aire Valley site, which has established itself as a successful business hub and they are now bringing forward Phase 2 which […]

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The Home of the Future: How Citu’s Leeds Climate District is Redefining What Homes Can Be

What if you could design a home from the ground up to be a response to climate change? This question is at the forefront of developers Citu’s guiding philosophy. Climate Innovation District, currently under construction as part of the Leeds South Bank development one of the largest revitalisation projects in Europe. The district will be […]

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Private Rented Developer To Open Up Manchester Office

The private rented sector market in Manchester city centre is still strong despite jitters that there is an over-supply of such accommodation, a developer told delegates at the Greater Manchester Development Conference. Rodger Till, director of acquisitions at High Street Residential, said while there are worries about the Manchester city centre housing market, investors still […]

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Push For an Advanced Machinery Institute in the North-West

A venerable Rochdale precision tool manufacturer is leading efforts to set up a new Institute for Advanced Machinery in the north west. Tony Bannan, CEO of PTG Holroyd, told delegates at our Greater Manchester Development Conference that the company is preparing a bid to set up the institute with support from the Rochdale Development Agency.

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Burnham Blames Social Media for Parliamentary Chaos

Social media has tipped Parliament over the edge, Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham told delegates at our Development Conference. The Greater Manchester elected mayor, who was an MP until 2016, said: ““It was getting more and more dysfunctional with every year, like an old clock. Social media has disrupted many industries and it’s completely […]

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Council Leader Rules Out Manchester Congestion Charge

The leader of Manchester City Council has ruled out the introduction of a congestion charge in the city for the for the “foreseeable future”. Sir Richard Leese, who championed the city council’s unsuccessful attempt to introduce a congestion charge just over a decade ago, rejected a suggestion during our Greater Manchester Development Conference that reviving […]

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Salford Mayor Urges Ministers to ‘Play Ball’ With North on Funding

The Mayor of Salford has urged the government to “play ball” with the north by providing the region with a bigger share of infrastructure funding. Paul Dennett, who has been directly elected mayor of Salford City Council since 2016, welcomed Boris Johnson’s recent trip to Manchester at our Greater Manchester Development Conference, when the prime […]

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Head of Manchester Council Backs City’s 2038 Zero Carbon Target Despite Economic Risks

Greater Manchester’s push to become zero carbon by 2038 is worth pushing ahead with, even though it poses risks for the local economy, the city council’s longstanding leader has said. Speaking at our Greater Manchester Development Conference, Sir Richard Leese identified the target to hit net zero 12 years ahead of government targets for the UK […]

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#Stayalittlelonger: how good wayfinding drives inward investment

One of the sessions at Built Environment Networking’s Greater Manchester Development Conference explored inward investment: encouraging people to spend money in a location. This is a frequent objective for Placemarque when designing a wayfinding strategy. Good wayfinding encourages people to stay a little longer or walk a little further in order to spend their time […]

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Speculative development unlocked at Icon Manchester Airport

Commercial property developer, Stoford has completed the forward sale of a major warehouse at Icon Manchester, paving the way for a new speculative development at the strategic site. Alpha Real Capital, a leading investor in long income real assets, has agreed to buy Unit 4, a new, state-of-the-art 102,500 sq ft industrial/warehouse facility at the Manchester Airport development, from Icon Industrial, a strategic joint venture by […]

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Tower Works will be the best connected residential scheme in the north

Tower Works on Globe Road, Leeds has announced its commitment to becoming WiredScore certified by international connectivity rating scheme WiredScore Home. Tower Works is currently undergoing certification and it will be the first residential development in Leeds to attain the globally-recognised verification of infrastructure connectivity. Come and join us at our Manchester Development Plans where […]

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Salford’s £800m masterplan – Shortlist revealed

The 240-acre Salford Crescent masterplan has now been narrowed to four parties which include partnerships between some of the biggest players in the region and is now looking for a development partner. The companies which have been shortlisted are: Bruntwood with Capital & Centric; Peel with Urban Splash; English Cities Fund, made up of Muse […]

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Cole Waterhouse Acquires Salford Quays Site

Development and investment company Cole Waterhouse has exchanged legal agreement with COIF Charities Property Fund to acquire The Anchorage in Salford Quays, with plans to transform the site into a 290-unit residential scheme. An outline planning application has been submitted by Indigo Planning to Salford City Council for an L-shaped residential building, designed by architects […]

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Preston Harris Quarter Update

Preston City Council has made a key decision to take the next steps in progressing the cinema development, with Muse Developments and Maple Grove working in partnership to take the scheme forward. The plans for a new leisure development on the site of the former indoor market and adjoining car park continue to progress. The […]

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Kampus Appoints New Head Of Commercial

Manchester’s new £250m neighbourhood, KAMPUS, has appointed a new Head of Commercial to curate the retail and leisure mix at the development. Rochelle Silverstein joins the KAMPUS team after 5 years as Associate Director of Retail & Leisure at Allied London, where she worked on Spinningfields, London Road Fire Station and St. John’s. A joint […]

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HS2 Chairman to speak at Economic Growth Conference

HS2 Chairman to speak at Economic Growth Conference Joined on stage by council leaders and key project stakeholders   Chairman of HS2 Ltd, Allan Cook, has been confirmed as the headline speaker at the HS2 Economic Growth Conference in Leeds on Tuesday, 3rd September. Allan will address over 400 delegates sharing his views on the […]

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Key milestone for £6million Salford social housing scheme

  Manchester-based property developer, Investar Property Group, has marked a key milestone on its £6million affordable housing scheme in Salford with the handover of 10 new homes. Work began on Melody Gardens – an affordable housing development of 58 homes for Places for People – in August 2018. Come and join us at our Greater […]

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Planning Secured For Bury Residential Scheme

Bury Council’s planning committee has unanimously granted outline planning permission for a 108-unit residential scheme on a 2.6-hectare site close to the town centre. The scheme, which was submitted by local manufacturing company Andrew Industries, will see the redevelopment of its former textile mill site off Walshaw Road which closed in March this year. The […]

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Icon Industrial eyes fifth development at Manchester Airport

A planning application has been submitted for a fifth development at the rapidly growing global logistics area of Manchester’s Airport City. Icon Industrial – a joint venture between Stoford and TPG Real Estate – has announced plans to develop a new industrial/warehouse unit and accompanying office space at Unit 2 of its Manchester Airport site. […]

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NW speculative build trade counter schemes reap rewards

Trade counters are increasing their footprint and now account for almost 20% of all floorspace in the North West Despite reducing their footprint, general manufacturers remain the region’s single largest occupier sector at 22% North West sees “ripple effect” of high ERV growth in other geographical locations, pushing occupiers into the region Manchester, UK – […]

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Images released of proposed new Everton FC stadium

Designs have been revealed for Everton’s new £500m football stadium – as the club look to build a new 52,000-capacity stadium at Bramley Moore Dock in Liverpool, and games could be taking place at the stadium as early as 2023-24. The impressive new imagery released showcases an ambitious stadium, set to be built on the […]

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Investar Property Group appoints Cowgills

Residential property development and investment company Investar Property Group has appointed accountancy and business advisory firm Cowgills to support its growing business. The Manchester-based business, which has schemes in Liverpool, Salford and Manchester, has appointed Cowgills to provide a full range of accountancy and business support services. Commenting on the appointment of Cowgills, Investar CEO […]

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Stoneygate masterplan launched by Preston Council chiefs

Today business leaders from Preston and across the county met for the launch of the Stoneygate Masterplan – an area that includes key landmarks such as Queen Street Retail Park, Cardinal Newman College and St. John’s the Minster.

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REIT questions pace and capacity of modular homes sector

Modular housing manufacturers’ ability to deliver at sufficient speed and scale has been questioned at our event in Manchester. Hayley Fielden, North West Regional Director at Sigma Capital, told delegates at our North West Development Plans event that it has already invested in or committed £900m to projects, and that the private rented specialist REIT […]

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Need for review on permitted development rights around airports

Gatwick Airport’s Director of Planning, Sustainability and Corporate Affairs Tim Norwood has hit out at how permitted development rights have allowed offices close to the West Sussex airport to be converted into homes. Speaking at our Airport Cities Development Conference in Manchester, Mr Norwood said: “We have to ask whether the government has kept it’s […]

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Airline catering giant checks in at Icon Manchester Airport 

One of the world’s leading providers of airline catering services is expanding its UK operations with a move to a new state-of-the-art 102,500 sq ft industrial/warehouse unit at Manchester Airport. Alpha LSG, which is jointly owned by dnata and LSG Sky Chefs, has agreed a lease at Unit 4 of the £100 million Icon Manchester […]

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Airport growth to rely on additional revenue streams

Airports will need to rely more heavily on incomes from developments such as Airport Cities as revenues from flight fees and retail declines the Development Director for Dublin Airport Lorcan Tyrell has said. Speaking at our Airport Cities Development Conference in Manchester, Tyrell said that cuts to passenger landing charges from €9.50 to €7.50 were […]

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Planner’s response to “watershed moment” for the north

In response to today’s launch of the UK2070 Commission report – ‘Fairer and Stronger: Rebalancing the UK Economy’ – Claire Kent of planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore shared her thoughts.   Barton Willmore is part of the UK2070 Commission and Claire facilitated the ‘Scope and Scale of Sub-national Planning’ workshop at today’s symposium in Leeds.

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University of Liverpool £1bn estates plan

The University of Liverpool are planning a major investment and development programme – with a £1bn estate plan having recently been announced. The higher education institution, set to share details of the masterplan at an event in Liverpool on the 27th June, is set to be unveiled for public consultation shortly – with a masterplan […]

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Manchester’s most sustainable building

The most sustainable building in Manchester has officially reached practical completion this week. FORE Partnership, a purpose-driven real estate investment firm who’re working heavily across Europe and the UK, have announced the completion of its Grade A office development Windmill Green in the centre of Manchester. The building, which boasts to be ‘the most sustainable […]

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Enterprise Zone Meets With Foreign Investors On Future Of Enterprise Zone

Blackpool Council representatives met with overseas investors recently to explore the development opportunities at Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone. The delegation from the United Arab Emirates included His Excellency Mahmood AlHashmi, a prominent businessman and Atif Malik of AM Corporation, Manchester, who enjoyed a guided tour of the Enterprise Zone and Blackpool Airport after signing a […]

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