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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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“We need your help”

As hosts of the leading built environment networking events, we are always looking at ways we can improve and modernise to ensure we are providing everyone with an outstanding experience. We have recently partnered with Constructing Rainbows to look at ways we can encourage a more diverse audience to our events. We know that by […]

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Final three lettings complete The Lexicon

A trio of lettings at PD Properties The Lexicon, totalling over 7,000 sq ft, sees the building on Mount Street in Manchester fully occupied. Global recruitment firm Wilson HCG has taken 3,235 sq ft, having relocated from serviced office space at We Work, Spinningfields. Engineering consultancy Banyards has moved into 2,036 sq ft while Reward […]

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LM6 secures new HQ building at Puma Court for Jennor

Merseyside commercial property specialist LM6 has sold Unit 3 Puma Court in Knowsley to St Helens-based Jennor Group Holdings for £490,000. The 4,000 sq ft HQ office unit is on the popular Kings Business Park in Knowsley and was previously owned by UK Properties, a Guernsey-based investment company.

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£1bn+ Manchester project details revealed

Details have been unveiled by The Mayfield Partnership which outline the first phase of the ambitious project to transform a 30-acre site in Manchester. The £1.1bn Mayfield project will now open up for consultation before the official planning application is submitted later in the summer. The Mayfield Partnership is being led by LCR, Manchester City […]

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Stoford completes work at oil and gas firm’s new HQ

The final stage of a multi-million-pound new Northumberland headquarters for PII Pipeline Solutions, a subsidiary of Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE), has completed.  

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L&Q to purchase major housing trust

One of the UK’s leading residential developers are continuing to drive forward with their ambitious growth plans, with news surfacing of their ongoing discussions to purchase Trafford Housing Trust (THT). L&Q Group, who’re set to purchase THT, are looking to build more than 100,000 new homes over the next 10 years to tackle the national […]

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Icon Industrial’s latest Manchester Airport development proposals take flight

Proposals for two new industrial/warehouse developments at a £100 million Manchester Airport site have been given the go-ahead, Icon Industrial has announced today – ahead of the Airport Cities Development Conference. Manchester City Council has approved plans for two highly specified developments of 102,500 sq ft and 138,375 sq ft at Icon Manchester Airport, the rapidly growing global logistics area of Manchester’s […]

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Exclusive Q&A: CERT Property

Manchester is a hotbed for investment and development – and we’re delighted to be back in the area for the North West event later this month. The North West Development Plans Conference will hear from many senior speakers including CERT Property and we hear about their exciting work in the area:   CERT Property is […]

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Fresh ideas wanted for ‘village hall’ at new £250m KAMPUS development

Locals are being asked for their ideas on what Manchester’s quirkiest new venue could be used for. The Bungalow – Manchester’s only venue on stilts – will be the first part of KAMPUS open to the public with a launch in the summer. A new image reveals how the developers behind KAMPUS – Henry Boot […]

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Burnley’s New Ambulance Station Complete

Burnley’s new £1.7m ambulance station adjacent to Burnley General Teaching Hospital has reached completion and is now operational. Developed by One Partnership  and designed by DLA Freeman White Architects the 5,400 sq ft purpose-built station replaces the previous building on Trafalgar Street and will service the community across Burnley and the surrounding areas.

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University ‘keen to change perception’ through landmark capital projects

Universities are under pressure to deliver landmark capital projects to help enhance their brands and entice students in a more competitive market, the Director for Estates & Facilities at the University of Salford has said. Jason Challender, who is spearheading Salford University’s £300m transformation plan to overhaul its campus, said that the university had produced […]

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Pagabo and Built Environment Networking announce new partnership

Pagabo and Built Environment Networking – the UK’s leading provider of construction and networking events – are pleased to announce their new partnership which will allow Pagabo to continue connecting valued clients to the very best the construction industry offers – Simply Better Procurement. Pagabo support public sector organisations across the UK by providing a […]

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CERT Property acquires land for significant Manchester development

A joint venture partnership has completed the purchase of land at 86 Talbot Road, Old Trafford for residential development. CERT Property, who’ll be speaking about their future development plans at our Manchester Development Plans Conference, and Salboy have teamed up to acquire the land which has planning permission for the development of 90 apartments over […]

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Warning over automation jobs policy gap

Innovative thinking is required to help society cope with the estimated 2.5m jobs that will be lost during the next decade as a result of automation, the Smart Cities conference’s universities session heard. Dave Carter, Smart City Project Lead at the Manchester Urban Institute, said that an estimated 2.5m jobs are due to disappear in […]

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Turn bus garages into EV top up points – TfL

Transport for London is exploring how its network of bus stations can be turned into top up charging points for emergency services vehicles and even private cars as part of a major revamp of its estate. Peter Elliot, Head of Development at Transport for London told delegates at the Smart Cities Development Conference that the […]

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EV roll out sparks Manchester power upgrade call

Manchester’s power network requires a significant upgrade to cope with the anticipated increase in use of electric vehicles (EVs), our Smart Cities Development Conference has heard. Steve Cox, Engineering & Technical Director at Electricity North West, told delegates that every morning, 223,000 vehicles are driven into Manchester.

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Work begins on Northern Quarter office project

Construction work has begun on an impressive new development in Manchester – brought forward by property developer CERT Property. The scheme, based in the thriving Northern Quarter, is set to deliver much needed office space within the city.

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Energy; the huge transformation to underpin Smart Cities

The Smart Cities Development Conference is set to bring together senior leaders at the forefront of the Smart Cities agenda – and Electricity North West are one of those firms. Ahead of the conference we hear exclusively from Steve Cox, Director at Electricity North West:   Electricity North West is responsible for distributing power across […]

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Exclusive Q&A; Developing cities to be smart – Siemens

Sarah Handley, Carbon Neutral Programme Manager at Siemens, is set to speak at the Smart Cities Development Conference on the 6th February. Ahead of the event we hear exclusively from Sarah on the exceptional work Siemens is doing within the market as one of the leading smart city providers.    Siemens is at the forefront […]

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Northern Powerhouse Rail must be next in the queue

Northern Powerhouse Rail must be next in the queue of major transport projects to receive Parliament’s backing, our conference has heard.  Steve Hunter, Head of Transport at Warrington Council, told the Northern Powerhouse session that plans for HS2B must make provision for the cross- northern fast line: “Without it, NPR won’t happen.” And the government […]

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International investors attracted to towns and cities on HS2 route

Julian Jackson, Assistant Director of Planning, Highways & Transport at Bradford Council told delegates that the authority is making case for a Northern Powerhouse rail station in the city. He said that ensuring the city, which currently lacks a main line rail station, is on the new fast route would cut journey times between Bradford […]

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Idea to link HS2 to OxCam Corridor slammed

Pete Waterman has slammed the idea of creating a new station to link up HS2 with the planned Oxford to Cambridge line because it would slow down services. Speaking during the HS2 Economic Growth Conference, he dismissed the suggestion that a stop should be added at the junction with the new line proposed between the […]

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Waterman appointed on Cheshire East property framework

Waterman’s Infrastructure & Environment team has been appointed on Cheshire East Borough Council’s Construction Related Consultancy Services Framework, for the provision of Environmental Consultancy (contaminated land, flood risk, ecology, arboriculture, archaeology and heritage), together with Transport Engineering Services. The three-year agreement, with the option of a 12-month extension, will support the Council to deliver their […]

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Morgan Sindall; the hallmarks of world-class frameworks

Early contractor involvement, multiple procurement routes, and open communication: the hallmarks of world-class frameworks – by Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure   What are the hallmarks of a world-class framework? What has driven their proliferation over the past decade? And how can innovation shape the framework model moving forward? These were questions put to senior […]

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Conference to drive smart and sustainable development and regeneration

On the 6th February, prominent business and public-sector leaders will come together in Oxford for the inaugural Smart Cities Development Conference – the largest business conference of the year focused on driving and unlocking smart regeneration and development across the UK. The conference, hosted by Built Environment Networking, will see some of the biggest names […]

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UK Construction & Property Events Worth Attending in 2019

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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New year, new construction solution as unique multi-regional framework set for UK launch

From 1st January 2019, the public sector will have access to a gold standard service in a unique framework that offers the very best in standards at a local level – a bundle never before assembled on such a scale to SME construction organisations across the UK. Pagabo, the construction procurement specialists, will launch and […]

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Digesting the Construction Frameworks Conference

Construction frameworks were under the spotlight at a conference held in Sheffield on December 13th in Sheffield by Built Environment Network. Maria Claude Hemming, Director of External Affairs at the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA), used a keynote presentation at the Construction Frameworks Conference to outline the results of its recent research on frameworks. This […]

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British Ports Association call for review of Government’s freight strategy

Ahead of the UK Ports Development Conference the British Ports Association (BPA) have called on Government to review its freight strategy whilst prioritising port connectivity initiatives to drive economic growth with the UK. Responding to the National Infrastructure Commission’s interim report into the ‘Future of Freight’ BPA’s Chief Executive Richard Ballantyne welcomed the focus on […]

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Report shows need to tackle carbon and congestion caused by ever-greater demands for deliveries

Whitehall and Town Halls should offer greater support to efforts to meet people’s growing demands for fast deliveries while also reducing congestion and carbon emissions, the National Infrastructure Commission warns today. As more and more consumers are looking to get next-day deliveries on their last-minute Christmas shopping this weekend, chairman Sir John Armitt argued the […]

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Planning for a post-car future

Barry Jessup, Director at First Base, will join us in February for the Smart Cities Development Conference – and we hear from him around smart tech merging with development:   Much has been said about the major disruptive elements facing the real estate industry, namely increased government intervention, a changing retail environment and intervention from […]

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Brexit No Deal Would Lead To Manchester New Homes Slump – Council Warns

A No Deal Brexit threatens to push housing completions in Manchester down to levels last seen following the financial crash, Manchester City Council’s Strategic Director of Development has warned. Eddie Smith, speaking at our Manchester and Cheshire Development Plans Conference, said that the authority is ‘pretty scared’ of Brexit. He said that Manchester’s level of […]

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Built Environment Networking continue recruitment drive

Leeds-based construction and property events company Built Environment Networking are continuing their recruitment drive – with the announcement of three new appointments. The company, which has recently relocated to larger premises at Thorpe Park in Leeds, have this year doubled its team as their events business continues to grow. Newly appointed Partnerships Director Lee Cooper […]

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New partnership programme will ”help cities to plan for the future”

The National Infrastructure Commission today launched a partnership programme for cities and city regions across the country, to help local leaders develop long-term strategies that link transport, housing and job opportunities. Chairman Sir John Armitt said the programme would help cities “from the North East to the South West” to share knowledge and expertise as […]

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New National Fire Estates Group To Be Set Up

A National Fire Estates Group is being set up to enable brigades across the country to share and develop innovative property solutions. Alex Brown, Head of Property Capital Projects & Estates at the Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue Services, revealed at the Blue Light Estates Development Conference said that the newly formed group are set […]

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The rise and rise of frameworks in construction

Andy Parker, Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure: With the number of providers only increasing, it’s important to take stock and ask, what are the hallmarks of a best-in-class framework? What’s driven their proliferation? And what value do they provide both customers, and the wider community? If frameworks are to continue to thrive and provide the […]

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University of Buckingham to transform 40-acre MMU Campus

The University of Buckingham have completed a landmark deal which will see them repurpose Manchester Metropolitan University’s campus in Crewe – redeveloping the site into a new health science campus. The development is set to create hundreds of jobs within the region, whilst attracting up to 5,000 students. The University of Buckingham, who’ll be speaking […]

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Working Futures for Future Cities: for sustainable and inclusive smart cities.

Working Futures for Future Cities: for sustainable and inclusive smart cities: Ahead of the Smart Cities Development Conference on the 6th February 2019 we hear exclusively from one of the speakers – Dave Carter of University of Manchester – on working futures for future cities… Manchester was a founder member of the European Network of […]

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£800m Construction framework launched for bidding…

Procurement and framework firm Fusion21, who’ll be speaking and exhibiting at next weeks Construction Frameworks Conference, have announced details of a new construction framework – worth £800m over the course of the next four years. The framework, which will focus on Construction Works and Improvements, has now opened for bidding with Fusion21 seeking to speak […]

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What are the ingredients of a best in class framework? – Exclusive Q&A

Frameworks play a crucial role within the delivery of new developments and regeneration projects across the UK. From framework operators to procurement professionals, to professional bidders and more, they’re part of the daily life of some of those within the construction and property industry – both public and private sector. They need a collaborative approach, […]

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Waterman strengthen EIA team with new Technical Director

Waterman, who’re our partner for the up and coming Manchester & Cheshire Development Plans event, are delighted to announce that Tom Wells has joined our EIA team in London as Technical Director. A Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv), Tom joins us from CBRE where he established, and ran, their Environmental Planning & Assessment service for six years. […]

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

On the 13th December, prominent public and private sector leaders within the construction and property industry will come together at the Construction Frameworks Conference – one of the sector’s largest conference of the year. The conference, hosted by Built Environment Networking in the South Yorkshire city of Sheffield, will see some of the industry’s biggest […]

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5G connectivity to launch in 16 UK cities

5G mobile connectivity is set to be launched across 16 UK cities in 2019 – it has been confirmed. EE, part of the BT Group who’ll be speaking at next years Smart Cities Development Conference, are set to roll out the connectivity once their initial trials in Canary Wharf and East London have been completed, […]

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UK Emergency Service Estates & Facilities Conference

UK Emergency Service Estates & Facilities Conference On the 20th November, prominent estates and facilities leaders from the UK’s national, regional and local emergency services will come together at the Blue Light Estates Development Conference – the sector’s largest conference of the year. The conference, hosted by Built Environment Networking, will offer the first ever […]

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McBains; Blue Light estates & Tri-Light collaboration

Next week the inaugural Blue Light Estates Development Conference is set to bring together those at the forefront of estates, property and facilities management at our Emergency Services – including Police, Ambulance and Fire & Rescue. We’re set to hear about the future vision for our services estates portfolios – with new regeneration and development […]

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Liverpool Mayor outlines Council’s ‘Ethical’ Housing Plans

Liverpool Council’s housing company aims to be on site with nearly 2000 homes within a year, the Mayor of Liverpool has said. Speaking at our Liverpool event Mayor Joe Anderson told delegates that his authority’s new ethical housing company aims to deliver 10,000 homes on council and privately-owned land. The company, which will deliver a […]

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