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Exciting new chapter for Yorkshire firm

Leeds-based construction and property events company Built Environment Networking has moved to a new office in the city to support an ongoing growth strategy. Built Environment Networking, which has recently recruited 10 new members of staff, has relocated to larger premises at Thorpe Park in Leeds, allowing the company to double the size of its […]

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Edinburgh on track to overtake Glasgow

Edinburgh is due to outstrip Glasgow within the next 15 years to become Scotland’s biggest city, the Chief Executive of the Scottish capital’s council has told our conference. In the opening keynote presentation Andrew Kerr said that by 2050 Edinburgh’s population is due to grow by half. Based on projections the Scottish Capital will overhaul […]

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The wider impact of HS2

Paul Bogle, Head of Policy and Research at the National Federation of Builders: A shorter journey time between London and the Midlands was how HS2 was initially sold to the public. According to Ernst & Young, 90% of Eurotunnel passengers cited shorter journey times as a key reason for using the tunnel. It would not […]

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Smart Cities; how is energy crucial to the development of smart cities?

Built Environment Networking are the UK’s leading provider of networking events within the construction and property industry – bringing together public and private sector leaders to connect and collaborate with a view of driving regeneration, development and economic growth.  Leading energy firm E.ON are our National Smart Cities Energy Partner which sees them attend our […]

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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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Retail axed from Ravenscraig masterplan

Plans for 1m sq ft of new retail and leisure floorspace have been axed from the updated masterplan for the regeneration of the ex-Ravenscraig steelworks, our Glasgow Development Plans Conference has heard. Murray Collins, Managing Director of Fusion Estates, said the masterplan for the Lanarkshire site has been ‘just updated’ which included the removal of […]

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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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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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‘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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Robertson announced as sponsorship partner for Glasgow Development Plans Conference

On the 12th June, prominent business leaders within the construction and property industry will come together for the Glasgow Development Plans Conference – one of the city’s largest business events of the year within the construction sector. The event, hosted by Built Environment Networking, will see some of the region’s biggest names in business lead […]

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Flamingo Land plans revealled to the public

Detailed plans have been revealed for a major development near the Scottish Loch of Lomond. The plans, which have now been revealed to the public, highlights a development site at Woodbank House near Balloch – which Flamingo Land and Scottish Enterprise are leading. Scottish Enterprise, who are set to speak at the Glasgow Development Plans […]

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Global investor M&G Real Estate acquire prized regeneration site in Edinburgh

M&G Real Estate have today completed a multi-million pound deal for The Haymarket regeneration site in Edinburgh. The deal, worth £49.1m, will see them take control of the land which has planning permission to develop office buildings, retail space and hotels. The project is likely to be a key subject at the Edinburgh Development Plans […]

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Joint venture begins work on speculative Gartcosh project

A planned development at Gartcosh Industrial Park has moved a step closer with the announcement that a new joint venture company has been created. The JV will see Fusion Assets and J. Smart & Co Contractors team together to deliver the first phase of the development. The exciting project, situated at J2a on the M73, […]

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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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Clyde Gateway given £5.5m cash injection

The Clyde Gateway regeneration programme has been awarded a £5.5m cash boost from the Scottish Government as it continues to thrive. The funding is set to help create new jobs and be an attractive site for private and global investment. The Gateway, a partnership between Glasgow City Council, South Lanarkshire Council and the Scottish Enterprise, […]

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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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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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Glasgow City Council signs housing agreement

Glasgow City Council have signed an agreement with Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) and Keepmoat Homes to delivery more than 900 homes at the Sighthill Transformational Regeneration Area (TRAA) in the city. The residential development is a huge boost for housing in the region and will be housed at the £250m Sighthill TRA – the biggest […]

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Ambitious plans for Edinburgh to be examined by City Council

Edinburgh Council is examining ‘ambitious plans’ to revamp the public realm of the Scottish capital’s city centre. Delivering the opening keynote at our Edinburgh Development Plans Conference, the authority’s Head of Place Development Michael Thain said the city was in the middle of a building boom. He described the £3bn worth of projects under way […]

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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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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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Delivering digital land and property information services for Scotland

Registers of Scotland is responsible for maintaining and compiling 19 public registers relating to land, property and other legal documents in Scotland. They’re an organisation with centuries of history, but a 21st century mandate to be an effective digital first asset for Scotland. To achieve this RoS, who are sponsoring our Edinburgh Development Plans Conference […]

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Workplaces, not just homes, are the key to regeneration

Clyde Gateway is an incredible success story. 85% of the 800,000 sq ft of Grade A office and industrial space that the urban regeneration company have already developed has been sold – and as a result more than 5,000 jobs have come to the area over the past ten year. With Clyde Gateway set to […]

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£1bn Springfield Properties development reaches milestone

Scottish housebuilder Springfield Properties have reached a milestone in their ‘Bertha Park’ village – as the first bricks are laid. The £1bn development in one of five huge community villages that Springfield are developing across the region and they’ll be sharing further details of the developments they’re working on at the Edinburgh Development Plans Conference […]

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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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New vision set for Edinburgh’s Waverley Station

A new masterplan is set to be developed to outline the longer term vision for Edinburgh’s Waverley Station. The masterplan, which will be led in partnership by City of Edinburgh Council and Network Rail, will future proof the station and surrounding area for future growth. The City of Edinburgh Council will be presenting about the […]

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Springfield Properties submit detailed planning application for Gartcosh site

Scottish housebuilder Springfield Properties continue to drive the delivery of housing in Scotland as they announce a detailed planning application has been submitted for a new development. The 1.98-hectare site, located in Gartcosh, has been highlighted to deliver 42 new homes with plans now submitted the local authorities. Springfield Properties, who’ll be speaking at the […]

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University of Edinburgh open to forging relationship with new suppliers

The University of Edinburgh is open to speaking with fresh suppliers, according to its Director of Estates Gary Jebb, as they continue to transform their property and estates portfolio. Gary Jebb told the Scottish Universities Development Plans Conference that since he had joined the university nearly five years ago its annual construction expenditure had increased […]

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Conference set to highlight development plans and future opportunities in Edinburgh

On the 26th April, prominent business leaders within the construction, building and property industry will come together for the Edinburgh Development Plans Conference – one of the city’s largest business events of the year within the construction sector. The event, hosted by Built Environment Networking, will see some of the region’s biggest names in business […]

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Glasgow Life – Kelvin Hall Glasgow Case Study

A unique partnership between McLaughlin & Harvey, Glasgow City Council, the University of Glasgow and the National Library of Scotland has seen a complete transformation of the original, iconic Kelvin Hall. Reopened to the public in 2016, the Category B listed building now hosts the Hunterian Museum, Scottish Screen Archives and also provides a state-of-the-art […]

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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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Sponsors announced for the Scottish Universities Development Plans Conference

On the 6th March 2018, prominent leaders of estates, facilities and properties from the biggest Universities in Scotland will come together at The Trades Hall in Glasgow for the Scottish Universities Development Plans Conference – one of the country’s largest estates business events of the year within the property and construction industry. The conference, hosted […]

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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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£450m village development proposal to be shared with Scottish Ministers

Plans by Murray Estates to create a £450m village in Western Edinburgh as part of a new ‘Garden District’ is set to be shared with Scottish Ministers as it nears an ‘important first stage’ of the development. If approved the village development could give a huge boost to the regional economy and housing targets – […]

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100% affordable homes development given thumbs up

Springfield Properties have announced further positive news as they continue to lead the housing charge in Scotland. The Elgin based received the thumbs up this week from the Scottish Borders Council’s Planning & Building Committee to build 75 affordable homes in Duns. Springfield are one of five developers joining us at the Edinburgh Development Plans […]

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Government says it will invest in Facilities Management’s role in the NHS

The government has said that it will improve the professionalization of the NHS estates and facilities workforce in a direct response to the Naylor Report published last year. The report, published last year, examined how the NHS can make the best use of its estate to support NHS England’s Five Year Forward View, whilst highlighting […]

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NHS properties need a ‘partnership approach’ – Chairman of LIFT

A new generation of NHS primary care properties will require support through a ‘partnership’ with the private sector – whilst ensuring a ‘responsible approach’ will be needed to offer the best possible value and quality for money, accordingly to Councillor Chris Whitehouse. He reiterated the warnings of Sir Robert Naylor that high-quality service and patient […]

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Springfield Properties £1.5bn project for five village developments in Scotland on track

Scottish based housebuilder Springfield Properties is on course to deliver five new village style developments across the country – boosting housing numbers. The developments, totalling £1.5bn, will incorporate 10,000 homes alongside retail facilities, commercial space and local schools. Springfield Properties are set to discuss further details of their ambitious plans at the Edinburgh Development Plans […]

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Springfield Properties in new-build electric car promise

Springfield Properties have become one of the first UK companies to commit to installing cabling for electric cars on all new property builds. The company, one of the largest house builders in Scotland, will now deliver the infrastructure as standard in a move that anticipates the expected growth of electric cars in the next few […]

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£90m waterfront redevelopment set for Glasgow

Outline plans have been submitted for a hugely ambitious £90m waterfront redevelopment in the centre of the Scottish City of Glasgow. The plans would see the Custom House area transformed into a thriving hotel and leisure quarter. Artisan Real Estate, who were also behind the New Waverley project in Edinburgh, are behind the development – […]

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”Design Savvy” Dundee named one of seven top destinations to visit by CNN

American broadcasting giant CNN have named Dundee as one of their must visit locations in 2018! Dundee – set to be the venue for the Dundee Development Plans Conference on the 31st January – has seen a huge masterplan take place in the city since 2001 to transform the region into a market leader in […]

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Strategy aims to cut Ediburgh’s reliance on the financial sector

Edinburgh’s economic strategy will seek to cut the Scottish capital’s reliance on financial services, a senior council official has told a Built Environment Networking Conference. Michael Thain, head of place development at Edinburgh City Council, said in a presentation at BEN’s Edinburgh Development Plans conference that the authority’s emerging economic strategy would be focused on […]

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Glasgow to unveil city centre residential plans

Glasgow council is putting the finishing touches on a city centre residential strategy, a Built Environment Networking event in the city has heard. Patrick Flynn, head of housing and regeneration at the Glasgow City Council, told the Scottish Development Plans event on July 15th that the authority would be publishing its city centre residential strategy […]

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Historic University faces major revamp to meet needs of today’s students

Glasgow University’s historic main campus must be significantly revamped in order to meet the educational needs of today, its director of estates has warned. Ann Allen outlined her organisation’s development plans in the closing keynote presentation at the Glasgow University Investment Plans event organised by Built Environment Networking. She said more than half of the […]

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