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UK Construction & Property Events Worth Attending in 2020

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

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Wheatley Group Proposes New Housing Scheme In Glasgow

Developer Wheatley Group has revealed fresh plans to deliver more than 250 new housing units in Glasgow – as they continue their growth across Scotland.

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460,000 Homes in Scotland Could Be Renewably Heated by 2030

A report commissioned by industry body Scottish Renewables has found that the Scottish government could see the equivalent of 460,000 homes heated renewably by 2030. The report used information collected by CAG Consultants concerning the type and volume of potential heat network projects across Scotland’s seven cities, gathering information from local authorities and industry professionals.

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Advanced Manufacturing District in Scotland Primed to Deliver Thousands of Jobs

Work has started on a new manufacturing district in Renfrewshire, Scotland, which plans to create thousands of high value jobs for the sector. At the Glasgow Development Plans conference, the Refrewshire council who have been bringing forward this development will be speaking. An official ground-breaking ceremony marked the start of construction of the Advanced Manufacturing […]

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Plans for New Windfarm Off The Solway Coast

Plans to build new off-shore windfarms off the Solway Coast have been revealed. The Crown Estate has opened the formal tender process for companies wanting to build new windfarms to apply to use seabed areas it has released in the Irish Sea. They will be revealing more around their plans for wind generation at our […]

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Scottish Government begins £3bn Green Investment

Scotland has issued the first call under its £3bn Green Investment Portfolio (GIP) programme for projects seeking large-scale private investment. The Scottish government are revealing details of their plans at our upcoming Energy Development Conference. Wind, solar and energy storage schemes are among the technologies eligible for support, which includes potential access to capital through […]

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“New Localism” How Developers are Creating Scotland’s Future Places

The decline of the traditional high street and the need to create a new forms of community have been omnipresent in the news media.  Paul Hanegraaf of Creative Navigate at Milligan defined their attitude to redevelopment as “Placemaking to us is not gravity and rainwater, it’s not buildings, it’s about people”.

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Housebuilding “Key Economic Growth Sector” for Scotland

Nicola Barclay, Chief Executive of Homes for Scotland emphasised incredible importance of the house building industry for Scotland, saying that “Homebuilding supports 80,000 jobs and contributes £370m to government and local finances and also contributes to social wellbeing”.  She discussed how historical lack of building was a significant challenge for the country, she said in […]

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Chief Planner Claims Improvements to the “Whole System” for Process In Scotland

This June MSPs finished what Chief Planner for the Scottish government John McNairny described as a “lengthy and controversial process” to pass the 2019 Planning Act to reform the system. The bill introduces new requirements for councils to appoint chief planning officers to prepare regional plans and manage changes for communities. McNairny said that the […]

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Technological Innovation Shaping 21st century Scottish Infrastructure

Scotland’s is seeing the emergence of “A new type of infrastructure asset classes, 5G networks, EVs, Carbon capture storage”  Kerry Alexander, Director of Infrastructure, Finance & Programmes at the Scottish Futures Trust told delegates. Alexander told the conference of the of the many new considerations involved in such infrastructure  “Ambition is fantastic, infrastructure must be […]

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Scottish government Focused on ‘Leveling Up’ Skills and Communities

The Scottish Government is focusing on ‘leveling up’ it’s workforce according to Head of Investment, Kat Feldinger.  Speaking at the Scotland Development Conference Feldinger spoke about the devaluation of vocational education saying that it was previously seen as “second hand” and “not on parity” with the academic route, but this has “changed massively in the […]

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Scotland is Now: Why Scotland is Primed for Investment

  Scotland’s unique opportunities were at the forefront of Scotland Development Conference’s first session titled “Scotland is Now” – named after the global campaign launched by the Government to position Scotland as a forward-thinking country for people to visit, live, work, study and invest.

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Break the Silence: Mental Health and Welfare in Construction

In all walks of life, mental health is becoming a more prevalent issue, with one in four people being affected. Scotland Development Conference sponsor BOHO have highlighted the issues surrounding mental health, and Pagabo wanted to champion this movement towards better mental health. Both companies want to raise mental health awareness and the impacts it […]

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The Case for Scotland: Scottish Minister Reveals Unique Investment Opportunities

The abundance of opportunities for investment and development in Scotland was at the forefront of the most recent Scotland Development Conference  Delivering a keynote speech to over 350 delegates Scottish Minister Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation Ivan Paul McKee said: ‘‘This is a great place to come and live, work, study and invest, Scotland […]

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‘Second Only to London’: Devolution is the Key to Scotland’s Surging Development Says Government’s Investment Head

Devolving the Scottish government and granting it decision-making powers has allowed the country to boom despite laggard growth in the rest of the UK, the Scottish Government’s head of investment, Kat Feldinger has said. Speaking at our London Property Club event, Feldinger highlighted the role that devolution has played in boosting the Scottish economy: She […]

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Second Phase Gets Underway in Landmark Cambuslang Housing Project

Work continues apace at the East Whitlawburn Regeneration Project in Cambuslang, with construction set to begin following three months of demolition works. Led by South Lanarkshire Council and Cambuslang-based CCG (Scotland) Ltd, planning permission has been granted for the 230 new social rented homes and 81 private residences for sale by CCG Homes Ltd, the […]

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Plans called-in for Edinburgh Airport business district

Due to the concerns over the impact over the development would have on transport, the Scottish Government has called-in plans for a major mixed-use business-les development near Edinburgh Airport The 90-acre International Business Gateway scheme has been in the pipeline for more than a decade, which is now set for vacant land near the airport’s […]

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Glasgow-business leader wins Scottish Women’s Awards

Glasgow-based company BOHO wins Managing Director of the Year Christine Young launched property-management brand BOHO in 2018 BOHO is set to open Scotway House in the West End in September 2019, home to more than 400 students Glasgow-business leader Christine Young has scooped Managing Director of the Year at last night’s Scottish Women’s Awards. Come and join […]

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Major construction conference supported by Scottish Government launched

On the 24th September, prominent business and public sector leaders will come together at the Scotland Development Conference – one of the country’s largest business conferences of the year. 300 attendees, 30 speakers and 15 exhibitors are expected at the event, which is officially supported by the Scottish Government, Structured House Group and BOHO. This […]

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BOHO – An exclusive Q&A from our official partner at the Scotland Development Conference

We would like to present this exclusive Q&A from BOHO who are the official partner for the Scotland Development Conference. Find out what the official partners had to say…   Founded in 2013, Structured House Group (shg) has since taken the development marketplace by storm – delivering innovation and entrepreneurship across all their schemes. Tell […]

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Building change into construction business planning ahead of reverse charge

A major change to the way VAT is collected in construction will impact on 150,000 UK organisations – and it is predicted that the change could lead to cash-flow issues. The VAT domestic reserve charge for building and construction services comes into effect in October. This means the customer receiving the service will have to […]

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An Exclusive Q&A from Homes for Scotland

To drive economic growth across Scotland one major issue needs to be tackled – the lack of housing across the country. Homes for Scotland represent 95% of all housebuilders across the coutnry, creating one unified voice which can tackle the challenges, create opportunities and help accelerate housing delivery. Ahead of their participation in the Scotland […]

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Mental health and well being matter – BOHO

‘When we talk about mental health, we’re talking about our mental well-being: our emotions, our thoughts and our feelings, our ability to solve problems and overcome difficulties, our social connections, and our understanding of the world around us.’ (CMHA, 2019)   One in four people will experience a mental health problem at some point in […]

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Appointment of the Chair of the Board of Scottish Enterprise

Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work, Derek Mackay MSP, today announced the appointment of Lord Smith of Kelvin as Chair of the Board of Scottish Enterprise.  The Cabinet Secretary said: “I’m delighted to welcome Lord Smith of Kelvin into his new position as Chair of the Board of Scottish Enterprise. “Scottish Enterprise plays a vital role in helping […]

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Winchburgh Developments Limited and Scottish Canals agree contract for new marina

Winchburgh Developments Limited and Scottish Canals have agreed a contract for the new marina in Winchburgh and have released a brand-new CGI image revealing what the Winchburgh marina will look like. The contract outlines that the new marina, which will be built on the Union Canal, will include 20 marina berths, and a further 29 […]

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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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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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