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Homes Of The Future Being Built Across The West of England

Bristol Housing Festival have been exploring future methods of housing to try to tackle shortages within the housing market, our West of England Development Conference heard. Jeremy Sweetland, Project Lead for the festival, said: “There is the reality of a systemic failure in the housing market, and there is a reality that there is a […]

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One Giant Leap for the South-West Peninsula: Virgin Orbit Spaceport in Cornwall

The claim to the largest space cluster outside of the US is set to be taken by Cornwall Newquay Airport, according to Al Titterington, Managing Director of the airport. Speaking at our West of England Development Conference he said land surrounding the airport, which was formerly an RAF base until 2008, is set to be […]

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£1.7bn Road Improvements Proposed at A303 Near Stonehenge

The A303 Corridor is a site of a potential major development, with a new £1.7bn road upgrade proposed near Stonehenge. A decision is set to be made in Spring 2020. Derek Parody, Project Director at Highways England, specified details of the development at Built Environment Networking’s West of England Development Conference,  saying that the whole […]

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West of England Plans to Build on World-Leading Tech Success

The planned £300m Temple Meads Enterprise Campus at the University of Bristol will “cement Bristol’s position” as a leader in technology according to the university’s Deputy Vice Chancellor Guy Orpen.  Speaking at our West of England Development Conference he described their ambition as “to support and enable what is Britain’s most successful technology cluster around […]

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YTL’s Sky-High Ambitions for New Arena in Bristol

Malaysian developer YTL Developments revealed details of their plans for the former Brabazon hangars on the derelict Filton Airfield, at our West of England Development Conference. Plans for the hangars, the birthplace of the Concorde aircraft, centre around the construction of a new 17,000-seater arena set in the central hanger, and YTL is currently awaiting […]

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Inclusive development “The Biggest Economic Challenge in Our Society”

Sado Jirde, the Director of the Black South West Network (BSWN) delivered a hard-hitting keynote at the recent West of England Development Conference, decrying systemetic discrimination: “There is an entrenched inequality, and deep seated, cultural, structural system at play that places barriers in the way of all people having the same chances and the fair […]

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Deputy Youth MP: UK Should Be ‘Carbon Negative by 2050’

“414 days ago when Greta Thunburg went on strike no one could have predicted how massive this has become” said Alistar Wall, Deputy Youth MP at the Bristol City Youth Council at the recent West of England conference of the growing movement of young people trying to raise awareness of the ongoing climate emergency.  Wall […]

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West of England – New major projects & developments to be discussed

West of England Development Conference to bring together 350 civic and business leaders On the 8th October, prominent business and public sector leaders will come together in Bristol for the West of England Development Conference – an event officially supported by civic and business leaders across the region. This conference, hosted by Built Environment Networking, […]

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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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Plans submitted for student accommodation project in Worcester

Plans to transform a former Worcester nightclub into student accommodation have been submitted to the council – in a bid to revitalise the derelict building. The plans, submitted by Regen Developments and Thornloe Developments in a JV, outline their ambition to turn the ‘eyesore’ into a 100-bed student accommodation block. The scheme proposes: 2 x […]

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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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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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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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Fresh ideas needed to help rationalise University estates through refurbishment programmes

Stubborn academics who object to giving up their offices are among the toughest challenge’s university managers face when trying to refurbish their estates, our event has heard. Facilities managers for both of Plymouth’s universities, said that they are utilising new ways to convince colleagues to vacate their old offices and embrace new ways of working […]

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Acorn Property Group completes on land for 55 unit residential scheme in Wedmore, Somerset

Acorn Property Group’s Bristol office has completed on the purchase of a 5.5 acre site in the exclusive village of Wedmore, Somerset, where it has been granted full planning consent for a fifty-five unit residential scheme.

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Control your energy. And improve your business performance.

Energy is the underlying component of modern life. But it’s also one of the most neglected and misunderstood. Despite being one of the major outgoings for most companies – very few understand what or where they spend on energy. But in a world of increasing cost competition, global-warming, environmental expectations and consumer demand for green […]

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Womble Bond Dickinson and Bristol City Council launch solicitor apprenticeship scheme

WBD and Bristol City Council launch solicitor apprenticeship scheme   Coinciding with National Apprenticeship Week last week, law firm Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) with Bristol City Council have launched their solicitor apprenticeship scheme in Bristol. Applications are due to close on 30th April with the successful candidates starting their role in September 2019.

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Conference to set out growth plans of major Universities within the South West

On the 20th March, prominent business leaders within the construction and property industry will come together in Bristol for the South West Universities Development Plans Event – one of the sectors largest business events of the year. The event, hosted by Built Environment Networking, will hear from leading figures from the regions higher education institutions […]

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Plans to be considered in Bournemouth for transformational shared economic and residential space

Plans drawn up by Bournemouth Development Company for the redevelopment of the Cotlands Road and York Road car parks located in the business district of Lansdowne will be considered next week by Bournemouth Borough Council’s Cabinet. As part of Bournemouth Council’s Town Centre Vision, the Lansdowne is a priority location for investment and job creation. […]

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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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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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