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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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Wildgoose Construction; Success in Frameworks

Frameworks play an incredibly important role within the construction industry – which is why we’re bringing together those at the forefront of the sector at the Construction Frameworks Conference on the 13th December with a focus on sharing best practice, helping to reduce capital costs, help clients achieve best value from procurement and enable the […]

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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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Conference to set out economic growth opportunities and challenges within Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

On the 5th December, prominent business and public-sector leaders will come together for the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Economic Growth Conference – the region’s largest business conference of the year. The conference, hosted by Built Environment Networking, will see some of the region’s biggest names in business, politics and local government lead regional economic discussions whilst […]

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Exclusive – the new development and investment company transforming the industry….

This Land™, a new development and investment company that ‘is set to transform house building and house buying in the UK’ are focusing their initial developments around Cambridgeshire. The regional economy is one of the fasting growing within the UK, and devolved powers driving further growth it’s clear to see why the area offers great […]

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Surrey Police search for new HQ

The search has begun to find the perfect location of a new state-of-the-art headquarters for Surrey Police. The search, part of a wider future estates programme and strategy, will look for a site in a more central area of Surrey – likely to be in the Leatherhead or Dorking area of the region. The plans, […]

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Brighton’s conference centre set for revamp

Plans are being worked up to replace Brighton’s ageing conference centre, according to Brighton and Hove City Council. Max Woodford, Assistant Director of City Development & Regeneration at the local authority told our Brighton event that the council wants to build a £500m new facility. The derelict former swimming pool Black Rock site, located next […]

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Oxfordshire infrastructure to see £120m investment

Oxfordshire County Council have agreed to borrow up to £120m which will fund both major and minor infrastructure projects across the county. The plans, aimed at improving the overall quality of the transport routes, has been agreed to a ‘significant reduction’ in road quality – leading to increased damage to vehicles and a spike in […]

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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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Firms reaping the benefits of HS2

A once in a lifetime opportunity. A catalyst for growth. HS2 is set to deliver phenomenal opportunities for regeneration and development across the UK – and new latest released shows that several regions across the UK are already reaping the commercial rewards of the massive infrastructure scheme. According to the latest data by Barbour ABI […]

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Chelmsford conference to set out development opportunities and major plans within Essex and the South East

On the 14th November, prominent business leaders within the construction and property industry will come together for the Essex and South East Development Plans Conference in Chelmsford – one of the region’s largest business events of the year within the construction sector. The event, sponsored by Willmott Dixon, will see some of the region’s leading […]

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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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There is ‘real excitement and enthusiasm’ for the Ox-MK-Cam Corridor

June’s Oxford Cambridge Corridor Economic Growth Conference highlighted for me the real excitement and enthusiasm there is for the Growth Arc and its future.  Whether speakers were from academia or industry, Parliament or Town Hall, what united them was a clear desire to make sure the area’s economic success and ability to attract the brightest […]

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Major dual-branded hotel scheme at Heathrow T4 nears completion

A major hotel project at London Heathrow Airport has reached its final stages this week. The development, a dual-branded hotel brought forward by the Arora Group who’re set to speak at our Heathrow Development Plans Conference, will comprise of two InterContinental Hotel Group-branded properties – the Crowne Plaza London (Heathrow Terminal 4) and Holiday Inn […]

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Oxford North urban district takes a step forward

Oxford North, the proposed new urban district set to be developed in Oxford, has taken a step-forward this week after plans were submitted to Oxford City Council. The Oxford North development, previously known as Northern Gateway, will transform the land owned by St John’s College into a thriving district with new homes, employment space, open […]

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Sterling Property Ventures reveal plans for Milton Keynes scheme

Milton Keynes is set to set an impressive new development being built at Midsummer Boulevard – with plans being revealed to create a thriving and vibrant complex. The project, being brought forward by Sterling Property Ventures, will see the creation of new shops, offices, apartments, cafes and restaurants. Sterling Property Ventures, who’re set to speak […]

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HS4 Air – proposed plans to connect the UK’s busiest airports

The UK’s busiest airports – Heathrow and Gatwick – could be connected via a new high-speed railway, cutting times between the two airports to just 15 minutes! The plans, which propose new rail infrastructure to run partly alongside the M25 motorway looping around the capital would provide the first direct route between the two airports. […]

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NFB and Built Environment Networking announce new partnership

The National Federation of Builders (NFB) and Built Environment Networking – the UK’s leading provider of construction and property networking events – are pleased to announce their new partnership which will allow the NFB to continue to help its members build prosperous businesses and create optimal conditions for the construction industry. The NFB represents small […]

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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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Office parks under the microscope as millennials opt for town centre sites

Planners are examining options for the future of the Thames Valley’s business parks as younger employees favour more central work locations, our conference has heard. Andrew Hunter, Chief Officer for Planning, Transport and Countryside at Bracknell Forest Council, told the Berkshire and Thames Valley Development Plans Conference that the issue was on the authority’s agenda […]

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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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Oxford – Cambridge corridor needs ‘a single voice’ to drive development forward

The Oxford to Cambridge corridors needs a ‘single voice’ to drive forward its development plans, one of the area’s most experienced planners has told our Oxford Cambridge Corridor Economic Growth Conference. Speaking on the events Inclusive Economic Growth Session, South East Midlands LEP Chief Executive Hilary Chipping said that an ‘overarching structure’ and a single […]

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Council bosses left frustrated by the pace of decision making on Ox-Mk-Cam Corridor

Council bosses have expressed their frustration at the pace of decision making on key transport projects in the Oxford – Cambridge growth corridor. Duncan Sharkey, Corporate Director for Place at Milton Keynes Council, told delegates at the Oxford Cambridge Corridor Economic Growth Conference that development is currently being held back by the need to reserve […]

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‘We’ve relied on the private sector model of housebuilding for too long’

Policy makers have relied too heavily on private house builders to bring forward new communities, a senior director of one of the UK’s biggest housing associates has told our Oxford Cambridge Corridor Economic Growth Conference. During the conference’s panel debate on housing, Places for People Group Director Mary Parsons said: ‘’We’re not very good at […]

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Attracting the best planning officers to the Oxford – Cambridge corridor

Salaries for planners in the Cambridge to Oxford corridor should be doubled, the Chair of Silverstone Technology Cluster has said. Roz Bird, who is also Commercial Director of Silverstone Park, told delegates at the Oxford Cambridge Corridor Economic Growth Conference that councils had to provide incentives to attract good quality staff into the corridor. That […]

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Government ‘has to make sure it sticks’ to its latest east-west rail timelines

Martin Tett, Leader of Buckinghamshire County Council, has said Government ‘has to make sure’ it sticks to its latest timetables on east-west rail whilst speaking at the Oxford Cambridge Corridor Economic Growth Conference. The region’s local authorities are ‘hopeful’ that the Government would deliver its promise to decide this summer on the corridor for the […]

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NIC call for government-backed development corporations to unlock OxMkCam potential

Professor Sadie Morgan, a member of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), has called for central government-backed development corporations to bring forward the new settlements that will be needed to fulfil the growth plans for the OxMkCam arc corridor. Speaking at the Oxford Cambridge Corridor Economic Growth Conference she said the Secretary of State for Communities […]

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OxMKCam review author backs ministerial champion for the arc corridor

The Oxford to Cambridge corridor requires a ministerial champion, according to the MP commissioned by the Government to review the area’s development strategy. Delivering an opening keynote speech at the beginning of the Oxford Cambridge Corridor Economic Growth Conference, Milton Keynes MP Iain Stewart said this co-ordination should either be delivered by a minister or […]

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Infrastructure investment in the North to be higher than London and the South of England

The North of England is set to be boosted by investment into their road and rail networks – as the Government announce higher spending on upgrades in the north compared to London and the South. The announcement by The Department for Transport shows that investment between 2018 and 2021 will be more than £30 more […]

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Countryside Properties get green light for Garden City housing

Developer Countryside Properties have had their proposal for the delivery of an addition 172 new homes within Ebbsfleet Garden City approved. The scheme, which forms part of its plans for the Ebbsfleet Garden City’s Springhead Park, will see the creation of new houses alongside additional amenities including an outdoor gym, park and allotments. The project […]

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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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How can we spearhead city-scale digital twins?

While the concept of a digital twin has been around since 2002, it is only thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT) and scalable information systems that it has become feasible to implement them at scale. Indeed, digital twins are so imperative to business today that the concept was named one of Gartner’s Top 10 […]

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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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The Oxbridge ARC Corridor – what’s the vision, and how do we maximise opportunities?

The Oxford – Milton Keynes – Cambridge corridor is set to unlock a huge opportunity for economic growth. Through long-awaited connectivity links it will not only improve connectivity, productivity and communication within the cities and wider reaching regions, but it will provide the infrastructure to drive economic development, regeneration and growth. The work undertaken by […]

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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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Thames Valley & Berkshire ‘economy to flourish’ as Heathrow expansion announced

Senior business leaders from Thames Valley and Berkshire have welcomed the news of a third runway being given the thumbs up at Heathrow. The Government announcement earlier this week was focused on tackling a growing lack of capacity for the future in UK aviation, whilst also having a huge economic benefit to the wider region […]

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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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Brighton’s Edward Street set for transformational change

An exciting development in Brighton is set to truly transform a two acre site in the City formerly known as Amex House. The proposed development, set to be titled the Edward Street Quarter, will transform the area into a vibrant mixed-use area which will help revive the area. The development is being brought forward by […]

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MOLA: Addressing skills shortages through collaboration and innovation

On the 21st June MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology) CEO Janet Miller is chairing the Skills Session at the Oxford Cambridge Corridor Economic Growth Conference – set to take place in Milton Keynes. A panel of influential speakers is coming together to ask: How do we develop the skills needed to grow the economy? What […]

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Solent region’s economy to see ‘a short term slow down’ due to Brexit

The Solent sub-region will see ‘a short term slow down’ in growth as a result of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, the Chief Executive of its local enterprise partnership (LEP) has said. Speaking at our South Coast Development Plans Conference Anne-Marie Mountifield said that the business organisation has modelled the potential impact of Brexit […]

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Smart Cities – a huge opportunity

Major cities are incredibly important to the global economy. Over half of current global GDP is accounted for by just 380 cities, but that number is expected to rise to 600 by 2025 – who’ll contribute more than 60% in total. As cities grow in complexity more and more challenges need to be overcome. There […]

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