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Legal & General Invest £750m in Affordable Homes

Legal & General Affordable Homes (LGAH) is investing £750m to new affordable housing projects across the UK – increasing its development pipeline to nearly 3,500 homes over different 41 projects. L&G speaking about some of these projects at our upcoming Essex event in November. Continuing its aim to become the UK’s leading Institutional Registered Provider […]

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Planning Permission given for New Garden Village in Hampshire

Outline planning permission has been granted for the Welborne Garden Village scheme in Hampshire, which incorporates a new community of up to 6,000 homes with supporting shops and community facilities, employment space, schools, parks and open spaces.

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Milton Keynes Has Room For Logistics, Says Council

Milton Keynes has land available for warehouse and distribution developments, a senior official at the council told our Sheds & Logistics Development Conference. Head of Economy and Culture at Milton Keynes Council Pam Gosal used her keynote presentation to outline progress on the development of the UK’s largest new town. She said that Milton Keynes […]

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Heathrow Expansion Offers Economic Benefits for Reluctant Local Authorities

Heathrow’s expansion will bring massive benefits to the UK economy, the London Property Club event heard, Rupert Waters, Head of Economic Development at Heathrow, detailed the extensive benefits the £14Bn project will bring. Waters highlighted how the airport has faced difficulties at times in garnering support for the expansion from local councils in Buckinghamshire, despite […]

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Sheds and logistics developments in one of the UK’s fastest growing cities…

Milton Keynes is one of the UK’s fastest growing cities. Home to over 14,000 business units and with a population of 267,000, Milton Keynes is showing no signs of slowing down its growth. By 2050 Milton Keynes is expected to have a population of over 500,000 making it a city larger than Liverpool, Cardiff or […]

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Brighton needs its own mass transit – says Council Chief

Brighton requires its own mass transit transport system, the city council’s environment chief has said. Nick Hibberd, the south coast authority’s Executive Director for Economy, Environment & Culture said that buses and trams could help to reduce the city’s congestion because they require less road space: “We need to move toward more sustainable modes of […]

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Countryside Properties building new timber panel factory

Countryside Properties is building its own timber panel manufacturing site to remedy shortfalls in its supply chain. Andrew Taylor, Head of Planning at Countryside Properties, told delegates at the Oxford Cambridge Arc Development Conference that the housebuilder has purchased a site for manufacturing timber panels which its plans to roll out over the next year. […]

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Arc university development to focus on new institutions

The next phase of university development in the Oxford to Cambridge Arc is likely to be focused on new institutions rather than the expansion of existing facilities, our event has heard. Both Peterborough and Milton Keynes, currently the largest population centres in England that lack their own universities, are keen to set up their own […]

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Failure to electrify mooted Oxford Cambridge rail line branded a “disaster”

Using diesel instead of electric trains on the proposed line between Oxford and Cambridge has been branded a “disaster” for the development of the surrounding Arc, one of the area’s most eminent planners has said. The Bedford & Milton Keynes Waterway Trust’s Jane Hamilton told the infrastructure panel session at Ox-Cams conference, that “backsliding” on […]

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Council Chief downplays role of Ministerial Arc Champion

Progress on the development of Oxford to Cambridge Arc should not be held up by the delayed appointment of a Ministerial Champion, one of the area’s leading local government chiefs has said. The government made a commitment last year to appoint a ministerial champion for the Ox-Cams Arc but has yet to fill the role. […]

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“Disappointment” aired due to lack of emphasis on “blue and green infrastructure” in major UK infrastructure project

Jane Hamilton, Chair of the Bedford & Milton Keynes Waterway Trust, has told our event that she is “disappointed” about the lack of emphasis on “blue and green” infrastructure, like waterways and parks, in the Arc’s plans. Speaking at our Oxford Cambridge Arc Development Conference she said: “We’ve heard a lot about the Expressway and […]

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Oxford Cambridge Arc’s provision of full fibre broadband and wet labs lagging

The Oxford Cambridge Arc lacks enough of the full fibre broadband or wet lab space that its growth industries require – a Local Enterprise Partner (LEP) boss has warned. Ahmed Goga, Director of Strategy and Programmes at OXLEP, said the rate of full-fibre connectivity in the Arc is “seven to eight per cent” but while […]

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Need for review on permitted development rights around airports

Gatwick Airport’s Director of Planning, Sustainability and Corporate Affairs Tim Norwood has hit out at how permitted development rights have allowed offices close to the West Sussex airport to be converted into homes. Speaking at our Airport Cities Development Conference in Manchester, Mr Norwood said: “We have to ask whether the government has kept it’s […]

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Conference to set out regeneration and development opportunities and major plans within Brighton and Sussex

On the 2nd July, prominent business leaders within the construction and property industry will come together for the Brighton & Sussex Development Plans Conference – one of the region’s largest business events of the year within the construction sector.

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Video gaming helping to innovate the construction industry

Offsite manufacturers are hiring talent and adopting techniques from the video gaming industry to help design innovative new buildings, the firm behind the delivery of Dublin Airport’s €22m new passenger facility has said. Wayne Yeomans, Head of Business Development at The McAvoy Group, which delivered the new building at Dublin Airport using offsite manufacturing said: […]

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Uncertainty over UK’s property market leads major developer to rethink plans

Uncertainty in the UK’s property market, especially in retail, has also led to developer Whitehill and Bordon (W&B) to rethink some of its own development plans, including the make-up of the town centre element of its vast Prince Philip Park scheme. Speaking at our Southampton Development Plans event Chris Knott, Director at W&B Regeneration Company, which […]

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Impressive 15-acre lagoon park planned for Bournemouth

Impressive plans have been revealed for a new £35m ‘waterpark’ in Bournemouth – titled the Lagoon Project. The vision for the 15-acre park is to create a tourist destination to attract visitors, families and surfers – with accommodation units and watersports.

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University looks to develop PRS homes for staff and post-graduates

The University of Hertfordshire is considering building homes for staff and post-graduates because homes in the local area are too expensive. Speaking at our event in Hertfordshire the Director of Estates at the university – Ian Grimes – said the faculty was looking to address the consequences of unaffordable homes in the region. He said: […]

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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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The moment social value was born

It is 40 years since the British gangster movie, The Long Good Friday, was released and there have been numerous documentaries to mark the cinematic milestone. In the film, the main character Harold Shand (played by Bob Hoskins) gives a stellar speech aboard his luxury yacht moored on the banks of the Thames, presenting a […]

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Ports need improved infrastructure to drive development and tackle road congestion

Inadequate infrastructure connecting UK ports and the wider UK is putting a brake on the development and expansion of ports, our Port Development Conference has heard. Poor transport access to the south of England’s ports could result in freight being diverted to less congested part of the country. Ports in the north of England aspire […]

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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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Gallagher Ltd helping deliver Leicester City’s new world-class football training centre

Gallagher Ltd has been successful in securing the groundworks and reinforced concrete superstructures package for Leicester City Football Club’s new world-class football training centre, for principal contractor McLaren. The main building is an impressive structure that moulds into the landscape. Surrounding the building will be 11 full-size outdoor pitches, eight smaller pitches, five training grids […]

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Marks & Spencer signs lease for new Maidstone store

Marks & Spencer has signed a lease with Gallagher Properties Ltd for a new Marks & Spencer store at Eclipse Park, near Junction 7 of the M20 in Maidstone. Construction of the 7,808m2 (84,044 ft2) store is underway, with its doors planned to open in the summer of 2020. The store will sell Clothing and […]

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Housing association and council in modular homes joint-venture talks

A major housing association is exploring establishing a modular housing venture with a local authority – which will discussed in detail at our Offsite Manufacture Conference in June. Geoff Pearce, Executive Director for Regeneration and Development at Swan Housing Group, told our Thames Estuary Development Conference that the Essex-based association is in discussions with an […]

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Essex borough challenges Lower Thames Crossing

Plans for the new Lower Thames Crossing are being resisted by the Essex authority where the tunnel will emerge, our event heard. The new crossing, which will carry 14.5 miles of dual to three lane expressway in the UK’s longest road tunnel, is due to emerge on the north bank of the Thames in the […]

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East London borough reveals plans for new rail line

Havering Council is working up plans for a fixed rail link in a bid to improve north-south links in the east London borough. Andrew Blake-Herbert, Chief Executive of the authority, told delegates at our event that Havering will benefit from three new stations on the new Crossrail line, more than any other borough, when it […]

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Ebbsfleet garden city housing picks up pace

Delivery of new homes has speeded up at Ebbsfleet garden city, according to the head of the body overseeing the project to build the first new garden city in a century. Ian Piper, Chief Executive Officer of the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation, told delegates at our Thames Estuary Development Conference that 600 dwellings have been completed […]

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Exclusive Q&A: Sustainability and growth within the Thames Estuary corridor

Ahead of the Thames Estuary Development Conference next week, we hear exclusively from Anusha Shah, Chair of the Thames Estuary Partnership, on their role in the Thames 2050 Vision…   Your vision is to make the Thames the most sustainably managed estuary in the world. Tell us a little about the Thames Estuary Partnership and […]

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WSP appointed for Oxford Station upgrade

The East West Railway Company appoints WSP to examine infrastructure and capacity requirements at Oxford Station. Engineering and professional services consultancy, WSP, has been appointed by the East West Railway Company to study the infrastructure required for an increased train service in and out of Oxford station.

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New funding unlocks hundreds of homes in Basildon

Government housing agency Homes England have announced £30m worth of funding for a new housing scheme in Basildon – which will bring almost 800 new homes to the town. The development will not only deliver housing, but will also bring additional development to the site to transform the area – all of which will be […]

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Global giant Netflix to set up UK base in Kent

The deserted former Ashford Railway Works site in Kent may soon become the home of online video streaming giant Netflix – with a major regeneration project planned for the site. Quinn Estates – who’re set to speak about their future developments at the Thames Estuary Development Conference – are currently preparing a planning application for […]

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London Luton Airport set for expansion

Council owned London Luton Airport have revealed plans to expand the airport – delivering a second terminal. The plans, which would increase passenger numbers from 18m to 32m per annum, will be a focus of the Airport Cities Development Conference – where the Airport are set to speak. The announcement comes as the airport continues […]

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How optimised collaboration in construction improves the Cambridge-Oxford-Arc project

An exclusive editorial from Newforma – our Partner for the up and coming Cambridgeshire Future Development Plans Conference:    Humanity as such is only as efficient and successful as its ability to collaborate. Without it, we would be right at where we have started as a species.

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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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Weston Homes & Tesco preparing proposals to redevelop Goodmayes site

Weston Homes and partner Tesco have been in dialogue for some time to redevelop the Tesco store and carpark at 822 High Road in Goodmayes into a new mixed use development. The 10.4 acre site is located next to Goodmayes Railway Station and is opposite Barley Lane Park. Weston Homes, who’re set to speak at […]

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Caledonian Modular successful in two educational builds

Caledonian have announced that they’ve successfully bid for two new school projects in England – as they continue to drive forward their modular offering to educational institutions across the UK. The projects, valued at £38m, have been named as the Haygrove School in Somerset and The Sir Frederick Gibberd College in Essex. Caledonian, who’ll be […]

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£200m Port of Tilbury project given go-ahead

A huge scheme has today been given the green light which could see 12,000 jobs created within the next 10-15 years. The multimillion pound port terminal development, known as Tilbury2, was given the thumbs up by the Secretary of State for Transport after Forth Ports submitted their plans. Forth Ports – owner of The Port […]

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Route unveiled for major new road and junction at Black Cat

The preferred route for a new 10 mile dual carriageway road set to form part of the Oxford-Cambridge Corridor Expressway has been announced – which will help ease growing congestion and hold-ups on the A1, A428 and A421 – stretching from the Black Cat junction to the Caxton Gibbet roundabout. The announcement comes ahead of […]

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Planning application submitted for 750 new homes in Ashford

A planning application has been submitted for a new 750-home scheme in Ashford by major developer Quinn Estates. The development will now be looking into by Ashford Borough Council, with a view of starting work on the scheme in late 2019 if the thumbs up are given. Quinn Estates, who’ll be speaking at the Thames […]

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Gatwick Airport’s railways station set for major upgrade

A transformational development to Gatwick Airport’s railway station is set to be given the thumbs up – with council chiefs at Crawley Borough Council set to give the scheme their approval. The development plans, which have been brought forward by Network Rail, Gatwick Airport, Coast to Capital LEP and the Department for Transport, have been […]

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Further funding for major Thames Enterprise Park development

Additional funding has been secured to unlock the phenomenal opportunities the Thames Enterprise Park is set to bring to the region. The site, being transformed by iSec and Greenergy, will create upwards of 4,500 new jobs as the strategically placed 415-acre brownfield site is regenerated into a thriving new employment zone.

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Ambitious 1,600 residential scheme to transform Southend

Swan Housing Association are set to enter into a joint venture with Southend-on-Sea Borough Council to deliver a massive residential led project delivering around 1,600 new homes. The announcement that Swan have been recommended to enter the collaborative partnership with the council is an exciting step forward for the development which will help transform the […]

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Placemarque; Smart thinking in smart cities

Placemarque are proud to be badge sponsors of Built Environment Networking’s upcoming Smart Cities Development Conference. It comes at a time when we’re considering the evolution of our wayfinding services in light of digital, virtual and mixed reality technologies and big data. Furthermore, as Placemarque developed the street signage in the centre of Oxford (the […]

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Strategic transport body prepares spending review bid

The Oxford-Cambridge corridor’s transport body will present the Treasury with an investment prospectus, its Chief Officer has revealed. Martin Tugwell, Programme Director of the England’s Economic Heartland (EEH) partnership of businesses and councils, told the delegates at the Oxford Cambridge Corridor Development conference that the prospectus is designed to make the case for funds in […]

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Major upgrade planned for Milton Keynes Station Square

The sprawling square in front of Milton Keynes Central railway station is being eyed up for a major upgrade. Speaking at our Oxford Cambridge Corridor Development Conference Maria Curran, Placemaking Executive at the Milton Keynes Development Partnership (MKDP), said that Station Square has been identified as a ‘priority project’. Whilst the square already contains a […]

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CaMKOx Corridor: Academic moots high speed inter varsity rail tunnel

The Chinese would solve the Oxford to Cambridge corridor’s transport problems by building a new high-speed railway tunnel between the two varsity cities, the Vice Chancellor at the University of Northampton has said. Speaking at our Oxford Cambridge Corridor Development Conference Nick Petford said that he was ‘struck by the 20th century approach’ that characterises […]

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PBA; Reviewing The CaMKOx Conference…

Nigel Fern (Associate) and Warren Cull (Associate) of PBA – now part of Stantec – share an overview of the Oxford Cambridge Corridor Development Conference:   

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Regeneration around UK Ports needs big commitment to training, says infrastructure specialist dtl

Ahead of the UK Ports Development Conference we hear from Develop Training Ltd – the UK’s leading accredited provide of compliance, technical and safety training.    Develop Training Limited (DTL) is the UK’s leading accredited provider of compliance, technical, and safety training, supporting thousands of firms with their training needs. Clients include some of the […]

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