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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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CaMKOx catalysts: shaping the vision

Ahead of the Oxford Cambridge Corridor Development Conference we hear exclusively from Gemma Goddard, Senior Associate at Birketts LLP, on maximising the huge potential the proposed Oxford-Cambridge infrastructure presents to the region:   The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has a vision: creating the UK’s own ’Silicon Valley’ in the form of a seamlessly connected hi-tech […]

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Plans launched for 900 new homes in Milton Keynes

A major new residential development in Milton Keynes is set to be officially launched this week, which could house more than 900 new homes. The 45 hectare site, once earmarked as a potential training ground for Milton Keynes Dons FC, will now officially go out to the public for consultation to showcase the proposed plans.

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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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WSP on the Oxford Cambridge Arc Corridor – strategic priorities, delivery mechanisms and more

Adrian Hames, Director & Head of Transport Planning at WSP:  The Oxford to Cambridge Arc continues to be a ‘hot’ topic, with many parties discussing the region’s growth potential. Bringing partners together is a must if we are to tackle the challenges and enable delivery, so we’re excited to help drive the conversation at the […]

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Exclusive Developer Q&A: Ed Ellerington, Packaged Living

Packaged Living, backed by Palmer Capital, are a bespoke Build to Rent (B2R) developer and operator at the forefront of the Private Rented Sector (PRS). Having formed last year they’re now looking to develop across the UK – with their first major project at the heart of the proposed Oxford-Cambridge Corridor in Milton Keynes. Ahead […]

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Bridge funding shortfall stymies Science Park plan

Lack of local infrastructure is stymying the growth of a showpiece science and technology park, which has attracted £100m worth of investment commitments from the Government. Steven Sensecall, Head of Planning at consultancy Carter Jonas, said that plans to expand  Culham Science Centre are being stymied by Oxfordshire Highways effective moratorium on any new development […]

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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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SmithsonHill Group Exclusive; CaMKOx Corridor

Ahead of the Oxford Cambridge Corridor Development Conference we hear exclusively from Emma Fletcher, Managing Director at SmithsonHill, on the exciting opportunities the OxMkCam corridor presents and the major developments they’re undertaking:   One could argue that the Oxford – Milton Keynes – Cambridge corridor represents the key Innovation Areas in the heartland of the […]

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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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Department for International Trade assembles ARC investment portfolio

The Department for International Trade (DIT) is pulling together its first portfolio of investment projects in the Oxford-Milton Keynes-Cambridge ARC Corridor, a senior official has revealed. Simon Sweetinburgh, Regional Manager for Capital Projects at the department, told our Oxfordshire event that the DIT will focus on the east-west corridor in the latest of its prospectuses […]

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Ox-Cams next phase rail work may start by the Autumn

Work on the next stage of the new railway linking Oxford and Cambridge could begin as early as next autumn, the Government has signalled. Martin Tugwell, Programme Director of the England’s Economic Heartland (EEH) partnership of businesses and councils in the Oxford-Cambridge ARC, told delegates at our Oxfordshire Development Plans Conference hat the public inquiry […]

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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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Ministry of Justice Drawing Up New Custody Guide

The Ministry of Justice is drawing up a new design guide for police custody centres, the Blue Light Estates Development Conference has heard. Tony Maggs, Projects Lead for the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Police & Crime Commissioners Office, told the delegates that the guide is due to be issued in the spring or summer […]

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New National Fire Estates Group To Be Set Up

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

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Commissioner Warns Minister Over Police Cuts

Avon & Somerset’s Police Commissioner has warned the Home Office that her force cannot rationalise its estates further. Sallie Banks, Co-ordinator of the Avon & Somerset Force, told the Blue Light Estates Conference that her service’s Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC), has written to Police Minister Nick Hurd expressing warning about the limits of what […]

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London boroughs pilot NHS staff housing initiative

Five London boroughs have been chosen to roll out a pilot programme for helping to remedy the capital’s health staffing crisis by building new homes on surplus NHS land. Angela Harrowing, Deputy Director of Housing & Public Estate Disposals at the Office of Government Property, revealed at our Blue Light Estates Conference that the ‘NHS […]

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The rise and rise of frameworks in construction

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

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University of Reading: The benefits and opportunities of Smart Cities

On the 6th February the Smart Cities Development Conference will bring together hundreds of business leaders and decision makers from across both the public and private sector to look at how we can work together to ensure development and regeneration happening across our city regions are smart, sustainable and contribute to the economic growth of […]

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Creating a Smart and Sustainable Vision for Reading to 2050

Professor Tim Dixon, School of the Built Environment – University of Reading, speaks exclusively to Built Environment Networking about Smart Cities and Sustainable Development ahead of the Smart Cities Development Conference on the 6th February 2019…   We live in an urban world. Today a majority of the world’s population lives in cities, and this […]

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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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Essex County Council in discussions with Whitehall over viability tests

Essex County Council has fired a warning shot over developers who use viability studies to wriggle out of housing projects.  Cllr Gagan Mohindra, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, told delegates at our Essex and South East Development Plans Event that he has had discussions with central government about developers who use such methods or other […]

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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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Unlocking growth: the Cambridge Milton Keynes Oxford ARC

The proposed new infrastructure links between Oxford and Cambridge is set to drive phenomenal growth in a once in a lifetime infrastructure scheme. We hear from one of our partners for the Oxford Cambridge Corridor Development Conference – WSP – on their future vision for the corridor. OUR VISION FOR THE ARC Re-imagining transport-led growth […]

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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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Essential funds for Oxford North scheme set for green light

Vital funds which will unlock the proposed Oxford North development are set to be given the green-light in a major boost for regional jobs and homes. The funding, set to be a percentage of the total £105m needed for infrastructure upgrades around the area, is set to go towards crucial infrastructure which includes new roads, […]

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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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Public-Sector & Tri-Light Collaboration – Place Partnership

Tri-Light Collaboration between the UK’s emergency services is increasing – with a focus on rationalising their estates to deliver more efficient and effective buildings which in turn allow improves the service for the communities the sector serves. Ahead of the event we hear exclusively from Andrew Pollard, Managing Director of Place Partnership, about their unique […]

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