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Amended plans revealed for Manchester Piccadilly Station

New plans have been revealed to help Manchester maximise the huge potential from HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail – which is set to be a huge focus of the HS2 Economic Growth Conference supported by HS2 Ltd. The revised Manchester Piccadilly Framework Agreement ensures the area around the station will be transformed into a thriving […]

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NFB and Built Environment Networking announce new partnership

The National Federation of Builders (NFB) and Built Environment Networking – the UK’s leading provider of construction and property networking events – are pleased to announce their new partnership which will allow the NFB to continue to help its members build prosperous businesses and create optimal conditions for the construction industry. The NFB represents small […]

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Exciting new life science development set for Manchester

An incredible new medicine campus is set to come to Manchester’s Enterprise Zone as Health Innovation Manchester announce an exciting new project. The development, which will see a world-leading precision medicine campus being built on the UK’s largest clinical academic campus, has involved global diagnostics company QIAGEN who’ve worked jointly with Health Innovation Manchester to […]

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HS2 Economic Growth Conference: Unlocking huge development, regeneration and economic growth opportunities

On the 7th November, prominent business and public-sector leaders will come together in Birmingham for the HS2 Economic Growth Conference supported by HS2 Ltd – the largest business conference of the year focused on driving and unlocking the huge economic growth opportunities which HS2 will bring to the UK. The conference, hosted by Built Environment […]

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3D printed houses – the answer to accelerating the delivery of homes?

HS2 is set to unlock huge regeneration and development projects across the whole of the UK, whilst other proposals to deliver an expressway between Oxford and Cambridge, the delivery new infrastructure to drive the Northern Powerhouse agenda and many more are also set to drive economic growth across our city regions. These projects, alongside other […]

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A Case Study – Corn Exchange, Manchester

Earlier this year saw the completion of the redevelopment of the Corn Exchange in Manchester. Getting to this stage in the life of this heritage building has been 13 years in the making and made possible through a partnership of industry professionals and experts. The partnership was between Aviva Investors, Queensberry Real Estate, Spring & […]

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Infrastructure investment in the North to be higher than London and the South of England

The North of England is set to be boosted by investment into their road and rail networks – as the Government announce higher spending on upgrades in the north compared to London and the South. The announcement by The Department for Transport shows that investment between 2018 and 2021 will be more than £30 more […]

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Local communities and woodlands in Birmingham and Crewe recieve HS2 funding boost

An additional £8m of funding has been provided to benefit local communities and woodlands between Birmingham and Crewe. The announcement, which promises to create new woodlands and bring safer local roads to communities and residents, comes as HS2 Minister Nusrat Ghani promises to ensure that HS2 sets a new environmental standard for construction projects. The […]

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Work begins on multi-million pound retail and industrial scheme

Work has begun on the multi-million pound Park 66 development on the outskirts of Bury. The development, which is set to see the first retailers of the park open their doors in the Spring of 2019, will see Home Bargains, Food Warehouse, KFC and Costa Coffee located in Pilsworth. It will pave the way for […]

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Collaboration crucial for the delivery of HS2 economic growth

At a time when local government is facing unprecedented pressure on its finances, and a growing and ageing population is putting the UK’s existing infrastructure under increasing strain; public-private partnerships are ever more crucial in delivering on the Government’s agenda for homes, jobs and economic growth. Whilst we look to the private sector to shoulder […]

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Homes England frameworks set to tackle the housing shortage

Homes England, formally known as the Homes and Communities Agency, are set to begin a drive with the aim of boosting housing numbers across the UK. The vision of delivering new homes faster to ease the shortage of homes will be helped by the launch of a procurement initiative at the end of this month, […]

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Plans submitted for two schemes as part of Wirral Waters phase one

Plans have been submitted for two schemes at Wirral Waters – the huge regeneration site being transformed by Peel Land and Property. The proposals highlight the creation of more than 500 new homes and 400,000 sq ft of office and employment space. Peel Land and Property, who are set to speak at the Liverpool City […]

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UA92 submit plans to transform former Kellogg’s building

University Academy ’92 (UA92) have officially submitted plans to transform the former Kellogg’s building in Old Trafford to a new designated educational space. The site, which spans 106,000 sq ft, would house UA92 – a new ambitious University project set to educate within media and sports and backed by Bruntwood, Trafford Council and Gary Neville. […]

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Arts and amentity hub set for Wirral Waters

Plans have been submitted to the Council for a £3.5m arts and amenity hub at the huge Wirral Waters regeneration site. The plans, put forward by Peel Land and Property who’re set to speak at our Liverpool City Region Development Plans Conference later this year. Known as Egerton Village the site, which will be situated […]

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An incredible opportunity for regeneration – Wirral Waters

On the 29th October, prominent business leaders within the construction and property industry will come together for the Liverpool City Region Development Plans Conference – one of the region’s largest business events of the year within the construction sector. The conference will see some of the region’s biggest names in business lead a regional discussion […]

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Major housing scheme by Tatton Estate set for the North West

A decision will be made next month on a major housing development in Cheshire – which has been put forward by Tatton Estate. The residential development, in the sought after town of Knutsford, will see the construction of up to 250 homes within ‘Tatton Park Gate Village’. The 40-acre plot was originally granted outline planning […]

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Gap between ‘Tier One’ bids and rest of the market is narrowing

The gap between the quality of bids submitted by smaller and larger contractors is closing, the Managing Director of a regional frameworks says. Robbie Blackhurst, Managing Director of Procure North West, told our Construction Frameworks Conference panel on best value in procurement that the organisation had set out to encourage greater participation by SMEs when […]

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Bentley ‘horrified’ by self-interested procurement advice

The chair of one of the UK’s leading construction consultants has said she would be ‘horrified’ if procurement advice is being motivated by consultants’ self-interest. During our Construction Frameworks Conference session on delivering a world class framework Rider Levett Bucknall’s Chairman Ann Bentley said: ‘’I would be horrified if you found that professional advisers are […]

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Crown Commercial Service wants to be notified when sub-contracts are dished out

The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has asked its prime contractors to notify it when awarding work to their supply chain, the Government’s Chief Commercial Officer told our Construction Frameworks Conference. In the opening keynote speech at the event, held in London last month, Gareth Rhys Williams said the collapse of Carillion has led to ‘slight […]

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Date set for infrastructure upgrade as Cheshire East prepare for HS2

Cheshire East Council are aiming to have the funding in place for a £55m upgrade by the end of this year – as it prepares to get ready for the arrival of HS2. A business case has now been submitted to the Department for Transport – which highlights Spring 2020 as the project start date. […]

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‘OJEU will be replaced by OJUK’ predicts framework provider

Tenders will still have to be advertised even if the UK no longer has to abide by OJEU requirements after it has left the EU, a leading framework provided has predicted. Discussing post-Brexit procurement at the Construction Frameworks Conference Tim Oakley, Head of Consultancy at LHC, predicted that public advertisements would remain a feature of […]

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Regeneration developer challenges volume builders

Manchester-based developer Capital & Centric is building up a £250m war chest to take on the volume house builders, as it shifts its focus to building high density, back to back housing around Greater Manchester’s public transport hubs. Adam Higgins, Founder and Director of Capital & Centric, told our Greater Manchester Development Plans Conference that […]

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HS2 can provide the ‘rocket fuel’ to help Britain’s ecomomy thrive

Further extending the proposed HS2 project would put ‘rocket fuel in the economy’ to help Britain’s economy thrive. A leading transport think-tank has suggested connecting the UK mainland through HS2 by the year 2050 would see huge economic opportunities unlocked and could provide a massive boost in the creation of jobs and housing. Greengauge 21, […]

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Cheshire East Council’s Leader welcomes PM’s industrial vision

Cheshire East are backing the Prime Minister’s industrial vision of putting science at the heart of the UK’s industrial future – and it’s already ‘leading by example’. The region, which is attracting companies and investment discussions which hi-tech businesses, welcomed the vision from Theresa May who said that science and innovation is one of the […]

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Smart Cities – a huge opportunity

Major cities are incredibly important to the global economy. Over half of current global GDP is accounted for by just 380 cities, but that number is expected to rise to 600 by 2025 – who’ll contribute more than 60% in total. As cities grow in complexity more and more challenges need to be overcome. There […]

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Consultation launched on transport plan to boost North West economy

Local community residents and businesses are being urged to get involved in a new transport strategy consultation – with the strategy designed to boost the local economy over the next 20 years. Over the course of the next 12 weeks Cheshire and Warring LEP will be consulting those on its draft Transport Strategy, which sets […]

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Construction industry networking with a difference – to make a difference

The Yorkshire Three Peaks is a classic UK trekking challenge. In the heart of the Yorkshire Dales these three summits are there to be conquered in just one day. For others however, there are much greater challenges and struggles to overcome. Every day of every year, thousands of young people in the UK find themselves […]

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Crewe Train Station ‘needs altering’ for HS2

Crewe Train Station will need to be altered before the arrival of the new high-speed train network – HS2. According to Council officials the station is ‘unlikely to be able to accommodate’ the influx of travellers using the route, with thousands of extra HS2 passengers expected, without major changes being made. Cheshire East Council have […]

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Government launches drive to attract foreign investment to Greater Manchester

The Government is using five huge projects within Manchester to try and attract foreign investors to the region. The projects, worth almost £2bn, will be used to promote the major opportunities Greater Manchester has to potential suitors by The Department for International Trade. Some of the projects are set to be discussed at our North […]

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Two hotels – one on top of the other

An ambitious scheme is coming to Manchester city centre – with two hotels being developed, with one on top of the other. The site of the former Peterloo House in St Peter’s Square will be transformed into a thriving and vibrant area. Property Alliance Group, who are behind the scheme, will be discuss the property […]

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Plans revealed for logistic park in the North West

A logistic park which could create thousands of jobs could be on the cards in the North West – if a new proposal is backed. The plans, which would see a development site near the M6 near Wigan, could create up to 1,650 jobs – in a huge boost for the local economy. The Symmetry […]

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Housing schemes get go-ahead in Salford

A planning committee have given the go-ahead on four projects which will bring 600 new homes to Salford. The projects, which were recommended for approval by officers also, is a major boost for housing in Greater Manchester. The schemes include Bellway Homes’ plans for a residential development on land at Campbell Road in Swinton. How […]

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HS2 would ‘transform Macclesfield town centre’ say business leaders

Macclesfield town centre could be transformed if plans to route HS2 trains through the town are adopted, business leaders have claimed. The renewed HS2 plans which have been drawn up could see HS2 trains travelling up to the town from London and then divert off a new high speed track via a connection at Handsacre, […]

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Modular homes – the future of the British construction industry?

Last week the Government called for a more innovative approach to solving Britain’s housing shortage and is backing modern methods of construction, such as modular homes, to speed up housing delivery. The Government is calling on councils to set their own design quality standards and use virtual reality technology to win round communities and end […]

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National Infrastructure Commission’s Young Professionals Panel launched

Architects, engineers, designers and energy specialists from across the country are among 16 of the UK’s top young infrastructure professionals selected to sit on a new advisory panel. Launched today by Commission Chair Sir John Armitt, the Young Professionals Panel will inform the Commission’s work and give a strong voice to the infrastructure sector’s future leaders, […]

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Management consultancy framework worth over £2bn announced

The Crown Commercial Service has started the second tender process for a place on its Management Consultancy Framework – which will see firms bid to be on the £2bn framework. The Management Consultancy Framework 2 (MCF2) will be open to businesses offering business consultancy services; procurement, supply chain, and commercial consultancy services; complex and transformation […]

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Watch This Space launches new creative office

An impressive new boutique office scheme called ‘This is the Space’ has been launched in Manchester. The project, developed by Watch This Space who’ll be speaking at our Greater Manchester Development Plans Conference next month, was acquired for more than £1m last year from St James’ Chambers and is one of a row of Georgian […]

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ZEDpods proposes solution for NHS Key Worker Housing and Delayed Transfer of Care

Each year 33,000 nurses leave the NHS and, according to the Royal College of Nursing, 40% are considering leaving London over the next five years due to housing costs. To meet this problem ZEDpods, a company set up to build and install high quality low carbon homes for keyworkers and young people, is announcing a […]

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£270m Highways England framework out for bidding

Highways England are seeking bids for a £270m construction framework. The Area 10 Construction Works Framework will cover locations such as Cheshire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester and Lancashire. The framework will be made up of a number of different contractors from difference specialist areas who will collaborate together to deliver network improvements and maintenance schemes within […]

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The ‘Class of 92’ to submit campus plans

The new sports university backed by Manchester United’s ‘Class of 92’ is on the verge of submitting the planning application for its campus this month, our North West Universities Development Plans Conference has heard. Yvonne Harrison, Managing Director of Project ’92, outlined the plans for UA92. She said that the former Kellogg UK headquarters building […]

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£175m Greater Manchester regeneration gets approval of local councillors

A £175m regeneration project, partly funded by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Highways England, has taken a huge step forward after it received the backing of local councillors. The scheme, which has been given the green light by Rochdale Council, will see a new link road created from the M62 motorway which will unlock […]

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Construction Frameworks Conference set to connect major operations, professionals and bidders together

On the 24th May, prominent public and private sector leaders within the construction and property industry will come together at the Construction Frameworks Conference – the sector’s largest conference of the year. The conference, hosted by Built Environment Networking and in association with Scape Procure, will see some of the industry’s biggest names from both […]

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Manchester Metropolitan University reveal tech facility plans

Plans have been revealed for a new tech facility in a collaboration between Manchester Metropolitan University and Tatton Estate. The Cheshire 3D Print Hub (C3D) will create a major new addition to the Liverpool-Manchester science corridor. Manchester Metropolitan University are set to speak at our North West Universities Development Plans Conference later this month, and […]

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£300m regeneration project set for Great Northern Square & Warehouse

Great Northern Warehouse in Manchester is set for a huge overhaul – with a £300m redevelopment project set for the Great Northern Square and Deansgate Terrace. The project, put forward by land owners Trilogy Real Estate and Peterson Group, is set to go in front of the planning committee on the 8th March for final […]

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£800m masterplan details revealed by University of Salford and Salford City Council

The first details of a hugely impressive £800m masterplan to completely transform the University of Salford and the surrounding city region have been shared. The plans, designed by architect 5plus, cover the University’s present campus which spans 240-acre, as well as areas around Crescent, Peel Park and Frederic Road North. We’re delighted to have them […]

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Muse Developments set to deliver £1bn Wirral regeneration

A huge regeneration is set to transform the Wirral – in a project that will deliver new homes, commercial space, retail and leisure developments and boost the regional economy via new jobs and boosted property values. The plans, which are set to make the Wirral an attractive investment zone, will be delivered over a 10-year […]

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Trafford Council Set To Purchase Vacant Charlton House For Student Accommodation

Trafford Council are set to purchase a vacant building and transform it into student flats – in a move which will support the exciting plans for the University Academy ’92 in the area. The Charlton House site, which has been earmarked by the council, will help support the wider university which will focus around the […]

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Two Scape frameworks worth £2.1bn open to bidders

Scape Group have announced two frameworks which are open to bidding – worth a total of £2.1bn. The frameworks, for civils infrastructure work, are made up of around £1.6bn of infrastructure work across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and another £500m for infrastructure work in Scotland. Frameworks are a major part of the construction and […]

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Pegasus Group announce partnership with Built Environment Networking

Pegasus Group have today announced their continued partnership with Built Environment Networking, the UK’s leading provider of networking conferences for professionals in property and construction. The deal will see Pegasus Group become a Conference Associate across 60 regional conferences, and be at the forefront of regional economic debates as the Housing Session Partner for the […]

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University of Salford estates masterplan continues…

Higher education institutions are incredibly important for regional and national economic growth. They’re attracting record numbers of overseas students, delivering better and more advanced education than ever before, and creating the skilled workers of tomorrow. The estates play an instrumental part of that – with facilities and accommodation being key to attract new students to […]

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