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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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Bristol’s Global Gateway

UK Ports plays a huge role to play in driving the UK’s economy and there are some major plans to expand Ports and deliver new development and regeneration around Ports to boost the economy even further. With ports playing a crucial role in the future of the economy the inaugural Ports Development Conference is set […]

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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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Bristol increases city centre affordable housing

Bristol City Council has increased the amount of city centre affordable housing being delivered by waiving viability tests for those developers prepared to offer more. Cllr Paul Smith, Cabinet Member for Housing at the council, told our conference that it is taking a ‘strong line’ on affordable housing policy. The authority, which has a policy […]

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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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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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Police Property Rationalisation ‘Pretty Much Exhausted’ in West Yorkshire

One of Britain’s biggest police forces is reaching the limits of what it can achieve through rationalising its property portfolio, the Blue Light Estates Development Conference has heard. Matthew Saunders, Head of Estates at West Yorkshire Police, said that its scope for rationalisation is ‘pretty much exhausted’. More than 90% of the force’s running costs […]

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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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Cornwall Rolls Out Tri-Light Officers

The county of Cornwall is increasing the number of officers who will be trained to deliver all three emergency services – our Blue Light Estates Development Conference has heard. Ellen Vernon, Programme Manager at One Public Estate (OPE), said that seven of ‘tri-light officers’ are currently being trained across the county, following in the footsteps […]

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The rise and rise of frameworks in construction

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

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£800m Construction framework launched for bidding…

Procurement and framework firm Fusion21, who’ll be speaking and exhibiting at next weeks Construction Frameworks Conference, have announced details of a new construction framework – worth £800m over the course of the next four years. The framework, which will focus on Construction Works and Improvements, has now opened for bidding with Fusion21 seeking to speak […]

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What are the ingredients of a best in class framework? – Exclusive Q&A

Frameworks play a crucial role within the delivery of new developments and regeneration projects across the UK. From framework operators to procurement professionals, to professional bidders and more, they’re part of the daily life of some of those within the construction and property industry – both public and private sector. They need a collaborative approach, […]

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Construction Frameworks Conference set to connect major operations, professionals and bidders together

On the 13th December, prominent public and private sector leaders within the construction and property industry will come together at the Construction Frameworks Conference – one of the sector’s largest conference of the year. The conference, hosted by Built Environment Networking in the South Yorkshire city of Sheffield, will see some of the industry’s biggest […]

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5G connectivity to launch in 16 UK cities

5G mobile connectivity is set to be launched across 16 UK cities in 2019 – it has been confirmed. EE, part of the BT Group who’ll be speaking at next years Smart Cities Development Conference, are set to roll out the connectivity once their initial trials in Canary Wharf and East London have been completed, […]

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UK Emergency Service Estates & Facilities Conference

UK Emergency Service Estates & Facilities Conference On the 20th November, prominent estates and facilities leaders from the UK’s national, regional and local emergency services will come together at the Blue Light Estates Development Conference – the sector’s largest conference of the year. The conference, hosted by Built Environment Networking, will offer the first ever […]

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McBains; Blue Light estates & Tri-Light collaboration

Next week the inaugural Blue Light Estates Development Conference is set to bring together those at the forefront of estates, property and facilities management at our Emergency Services – including Police, Ambulance and Fire & Rescue. We’re set to hear about the future vision for our services estates portfolios – with new regeneration and development […]

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

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

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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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Merger to give Bournemouth ‘more clout’

Merging south east Dorset’s councils will allow the area to compete with bigger cities for resources, a member of Bournemouth Council’s cabinet has told our Bournemouth event. Councillor Philip Broadhead, who leads on local government reorganisation and economic growth at the authority, told delegates that the revamp of Dorset’s councils will happen in April next […]

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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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Bristol Airport boss backs rapid transport plans

Bristol Airport’s long-term expansion rely on the delivery of plans for a rapid transit system in the West of England, its Chief Executive has warned.  Dave Lees told the Infrastructure Session at the West of England Economic Growth Conference that rapid transit, whether it turns out to be light rail or tram, could be a […]

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Don’t overlook further education – warns college boss

The West of England’s development plans must cater for further education alongside primary and secondary schooling in order to provide career avenue for young people who do not pursue A-levels, the West of England’s Economic Growth Conference has heard.  Keith Hamblin, Executive Principal of South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, said:“4,000 houses are being built within […]

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Materials supply problems prompt Taylor Wimpey to stockpile

Taylor Wimpey is stockpiling bricks and other building materials on its construction sites in order to ensure that it can keep on building the company’s south west boss has revealed. Ralph Hawkins, Managing Director of Taylor Wimpey’s South West division told the Major Housing Builders Session at the West of England Economic Growth Conference that […]

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Government’s Broadmead approval hailed as a vote of confidence

Secretary of State James Brokenshire’s approval of Hammerson’s plans for a 1m sq ft redevelopment of Bristol’s Broadmead shopping centre has been hailed as a vote of confidence in the city centre, Robin Dobson, Director of Retail Development at Hammerson, welcomed the decision during his presentation at the Major Developers Session at the West of […]

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CBI warns over Brexit ‘panic’

The uncertainty surrounding the UK’s withdrawal from the EU is spreading ‘panic’ in boardrooms, the South West Regional Director of the CBI has warned. Deborah Fraser, talking on the  Industrial Strategy Panel at the West of England Economic Growth Conference, said that firms must be planning for the consequences of a hard Brexit: “The biggest […]

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Transforming Blue Light Estates in Cornwall, Devon and Dorset…

This year the UK’s first ever event focused on Blue Light Estates will take place in London – bringing together those at the forefront of estates, property and facilities management, including the Police, Ambulance and Fire & Rescue. One of those involved within the Blue Light Estates Development Conference are Devon & Cornwall Police and […]

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More than 400 canal-side homes set for Gloucester site

A new £65m residential development set to create 411 new homes in Gloucester has been approved – twelve years after the council initially granted permission back in 2006. The development, set to create stunning new residential properties overlooking the canal, are set to be created at the Monk Meadow Dock site in Gloucester. Developer Crest […]

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1,300 new homes given green light in Bristol

The creation of almost 1,300 new homes on the edge of Bristol have been given the green light this week as a scheme has been recommended for approval. The development, being brought forward by Crest Nicholson, will see the 65-hectare site transformed into a thriving community with amenities and local facilities.

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The West of England: looking to the future for infrastructure

Womble Bond Dickinson is committed to infrastructure consenting and delivery in the West of England, and delighted to be at the heart of it.  We are proud to support the West of England Economic Growth Conference for the second year running. Here we reflect on the region’s strengths and take a look at the exciting […]

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Leaders set to come together in Bristol to drive economic growth within the West of England

On the 11th October, prominent business leaders will come together at the West of England 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 lead a regional economic debate including discussions on transport, housing, skills […]

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Waterman Group – playing their part in the continued success of our economy

Waterman are proud to be one of the sponsors for the West of England Economic Growth Conference and we are delighted to support this key event and play our part in the continued success of the region. Waterman Group is a leading engineering and environmental consultancy providing specialist services to our clients across the property, […]

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Impressive new development in Cornwall to be unlocked

An impressive new development in Cornwall is set to be unlocked which will see the creation of new seaview homes in Falmouth. The site, formerly housing the Falmouth Beach Hotel, is set to be transformed into 53 apartments and penthouses. Acorn Property Group, who have today completed the purchased of the site, are now set […]

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University purchase Bristol and Bath Science Park

The University of Bath have joined forces with South Gloucestershire Council to purchase the Bristol and Bath Science Park for £18m. The joint partnership on the scheme will help unlock the huge opportunities the park provides whilst driving the creation of new jobs in high valued sectors and roles. The University of Bath, who’ll be […]

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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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”We have to do things differently” – Bristol City Council move forward with housing plans

Bristol City Council are moving ahead with their plans to build 2,000 new homes every year by 2020 – with 40% set to be affordable. In this weeks Council meeting an agreement was made to step into the private housing market – with the Council striking a deal with major developer Willmott Dixon for the […]

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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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Huge park proposed for Bristol as part of three major new villages on fringes of Bristol

Housing developer Taylor Wimpey are proposing a massive new park on the edge of Bristol – integrated into their plans for three new village developments providing over 4,500 new homes. The proposed plans would see a new park created stretching 360 acres – equivalent to over 200 football pitches – to transform the area into […]

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Dorset LEP reveal ambition to double regional economy

A new draft Statement of Intent has been shared by Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) which sets out the future vision and ambition for the region and how they can drive economic growth through supporting businesses, whilst highlighting opportunities for future funding and investment. Dorset LEP, who’ll be speaking about their regional plans at the […]

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