Built Environment Networking Blog:

“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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Scottish univerisities focus on business and innovation expertise to attract investment

Scottish Universities are boosting their business and innovation expertise to ensure that their capital expenditure plans have adequate businesses cases to attract investment in a tough funding environment. Speaking at our conference in Glasgow, Andy McGoff, Director, Finance and Operations at Edinburgh Napier University, said that universities have had little choice but to seek new […]

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UK ports ongoing and future major development projects

A shift in demand for sector services across UK ports, and an over capacity in the UK market, is changing the trading landscape and the new developments and regeneration happening at each port. Our Ports Development Conference heard about the ongoing major projects and future plans – including the biggest port project currently in the […]

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Port bosses warn Brexit may cause traffic chaos, but also opportunities

The road network of the south east of England could become choked due to congestion at Dover if there is a hard Brexit, our Ports Development Conference has heard. Tim Morris, Chief Executive of UK Major Ports Group (UKMPG) – which represents nine of the largest port operators across the UK – pointed out the […]

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Sigma Capital – Final Results; For the year ended to 31 December 2018

  Financial FY 2018 FY 2017 % increase Revenue £12.5m £4.4m 181% Profit from operations £10.2m £3.1m 227% Profit before tax £12.2m £4.1m 205% Basic EPS 12.65p 4.15p 205% Cash generated from operations £6.3m £1.8m 250% Net assets £51.9m £40.0m 30% Net assets per share 58.1p 45.1p 29% Proposed dividend per share 2.0p nil   […]

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Launch of Sigma Scottish PRS Fund

Sigma, the private rented sector (“PRS”), residential development and urban regeneration specialist, is pleased to announce the launch of the Sigma Scottish PRS Fund (“the Scottish Fund” or “the Fund”), with investment from the Scottish Government’s Building Scotland Fund. Sigma’s Scottish Fund will have initial resources of £43m, with £30m provided by the Building Scotland […]

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Investment Programme facilitates £16.26m funding boost for first cohort of companies

The Scottish–European Growth Co-Investment Programme (SEGCP) has delivered £6.12m of equity investment to the first cohort of companies to come through the process, facilitating investment rounds totalling £16.26m. The Programme is delivered by the Scottish Investment Bank (SIB) – the investment arm of Scottish Enterprise – in partnership with the European Investment Fund (EIF) and […]

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Edinburgh’s ‘Airport City’ set to become major tech hub

An impressive new 150-acre development has been unveiled which will create a thriving aerotropolis around Edinburgh Airport. The development is set to be built on the disused ‘crosswind’ runway – helping to transform the currently derelict site into a vibrant new area. Crosswind Developments, who’ll be speaking about their plans at the Airport Cities Development […]

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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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Arteries of opportunity: the storied past and smart future of Scotland’s canals

Ahead of next weeks Smart Cities Development Conference we hear from one of those set to speak at the event – Catherine Topley, Chief Executive at Scottish Canals;   Scotland’s 250-year-old canals were once the thoroughfares that stoked the fires of the Industrial Revolution – transport arteries that carried goods, passengers and life and transformed […]

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Avant Homes project gets planning committee backing

A large residential development in Scotland has been given the thumbs up by Midlothian Council’s planning committee – allowing work to get underway on delivering the 544 new homes. The proposals were put forward by CALA Homes and Avant Homes – who’ll be speaking at our Yorkshire Development Plans Conference about their future development plans […]

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Scotland’s presence at MIPIM 2019 announced

MIPIM, the world’s leading property market, brings together the most influential players from all international property sectors offering unrivalled access to the greatest number of development projects and sources of capital worldwide, and we’re delighted to confirm that Built Environment Networking are set to be involved – as the primary Conference Organiser for Scottish Enterprise.  […]

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Scottish Government devising plans to investigate boosting regional connectivity and local economies

Glasgow City Council has said the next generation of transport plans being devised by the Scottish Government are expected to investigate how to boost regional connectivity and local economies. Speaking at our conference in Glasgow, Carol Connelly – Head of City Deal at the Council, said the new National Planning Framework, which is working its […]

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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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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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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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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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£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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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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HS2 Chairman: “Half a million jobs and ninety thousand homes are just the beginning”

Local HS2 growth plans show almost half a million jobs at HS2 station sites Nearly 90,000 thousand new homes to be built around HS2 stations including new garden villages. Opportunities to better local transport connections facilitated by HS2 for both work and leisure.   Today, Sir Terry Morgan, Chair of HS2 Ltd will state how […]

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Cities and Transport Catapults to join forces

The Future Cities Catapult and Transport Systems Catapult are set to be merged into a new organisation, it has been announced. The move, which is set to allow them to become more focused on issues around modern and smart cities as well as the future of connectivity, infrastructure and mobility, reflects their joint relevance to […]

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HS2 Chairman keynote speaker at Economic Growth Conference

The new chairman of HS2 Ltd, Sir Terry Morgan, has been confirmed as the headline speaker at the inaugural HS2 Economic Growth Conference. The event, supported by HS2 Ltd, will see Sir Terry Morgan address up to 1,000 delegates on Wednesday 7th November, sharing his views on the importance of the project to the UK’s […]

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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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