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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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Acorn Property Group acquire new site in Devon

Acorn Property Group have joined forced with Galliard Homes to acquire a 7.4-acre site in Chillington, South Devon which will be used to create new homes in the county. Acorn Property Group, who’re a confirmed speaker at the West of England Economic Growth Conference, plan to build 65 new properties with an estimated total value […]

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Crest Nicholson submit planning application to Gloucester and Stroud Council’s

Developer Crest Nicholson have submitted an application to develop land in Gloucestershire which could be a big boost for housing numbers in the region. The application, which has been sent to both Gloucester and Stroud Council’s due to the boundary of the land covering both neighbouring councils, highlights their desire to create 118 new properties […]

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Making HS2 work for everyone

Maria Machancoses of Midlands Connect is set to join us at the HS2 Economic Growth Conference in November – an event supported by HS2 Ltd which will bring together civic and business leaders from across every region of the UK to drive and maximise economic growth opportunities presented by the arrival of HS2 to our cities […]

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350 new homes set for Bristol City Council site

Plans to build 350 new homes on land owned by Bristol City Council have been given the green light as part of a multi-million pound transformation of the Lockleaze area. The developments, set to take place over two sites which partly come under South Gloucestershire Council’s authority, will include the demolition of the former Lockleaze […]

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Bath regeneration project set for approval

Bath and North East Somerset Council are set to give the green light for an ambitious regeneration project set to transform Bath’s riverside. The proposed Bath Quays North development includes retail, residential and office space within the plans, along with a 130-room hotel. The £120m scheme covers 5.4-acres and would replace the current multi-storey car […]

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New M49 junction to boost West of England’s economy

The addition of a new junction on the M49 could provide a huge boost for economic growth in the West of England – whilst easing congestion and creating thousands of jobs for those within the region. The £49m project is being brought forward by Highways England. The new junction, which will provide a connection into […]

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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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New garden village set for outskirts of Coventry

A brand new ‘garden village’ is set to be built in Coventry after council chiefs approved plans for a development in Westwood Heath. Developer Crest Nicholson, who’ll be speaking at the West of England Economic Growth Conference about their ongoing and future development plans, are behind the 425-home scheme and they have will now got […]

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First images of former Amex House site revealed

Images have been revealed of how the former Amex House in Brighton will be transformed by developer First Base. The project, which could create 2,000 new homes, will turn Edward Street into a thriving quarter with the development set to go before councillors next week. First Base, who’re set to speak at the Brighton & […]

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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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Rail plans could bring 6 million extra passengers a year & boost region’s economy by £649m

A new ‘Our Routes to Growth’ report has been launched by Midlands Connect, supporters of our HS2 Economic Growth Conference, which includes a 20-year proposal for a Midlands Rail Hub with the vision of bringing 6m extra passengers a year and boosting the region’s economy by £649m. Midlands Connect launch Our Routes to Growth report, […]

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Huge redevelopment earmarked for Birmingham city centre site

Hammerson have announced that they will be bringing forward a new masterplan later this year which is set to see the 6.5-acre Martineau Galleries site transformed. The masterplan, which will be progressed towards the submission for a planning application once the masterplan has been developed, will see the outdated site revamped to benefit from the […]

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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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Joint venture to unlock regeneration project in Barnstaple

Proposals to regenerate historic buildings in Barnstaple have moved closer – with a joint venture being agreed between Acorn Property Group and Wessex Investors. Acorn Property Group, who’ll be speaking and presenting their future development plans at our West of England Economic Growth Conference, are planning to bring the site alive through the creation of […]

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University of Bristol’s £300m flagship campus set for approval

Proposals to create a new flagship city centre campus for the University of Bristol are set to be approved. The development, which represents an investment of around £300m, will go before Bristol City Council next week – in the knowledge that they’ve been recommended for approval by council planners. The University of Bristol, who’re an […]

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Designs revealed for development by Acorn Property Group

Designs have been revealed for a development in St Werburghs which will see the creation of over 100 new homes. The impressive designs, released by Acorn Property who’ll be presenting about their ongoing and future development plans at the West of England Economic Growth Conference, show how the derelict area being completely transformed. The site, […]

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Cubex set to continue transforming Bristol

The former fire service headquarters in Bristol city centre is set to be transformed by Cubex, alongside their funding partner Palmer Capital. The site, which used to house Avon Fire and Rescue, is adjacent to the Finzels Reach quarter which has also seen an incredible regeneration in recent years led by Cubex. Cubex, who’ll be […]

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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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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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Weston Homes plan hundreds of homes in the West of England

Weston Homes are planning to build 400 new homes in Weston-Super-Mare. The development, which is now being opened for public consultation to gain feedback from the local community on the development, will be a major boost for housing in the region which is set to be a key topic at the West of England Economic […]

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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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‘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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HS2 can provide the ‘rocket fuel’ to help Britain’s ecomomy thrive

Further extending the proposed HS2 project would put ‘rocket fuel in the economy’ to help Britain’s economy thrive. A leading transport think-tank has suggested connecting the UK mainland through HS2 by the year 2050 would see huge economic opportunities unlocked and could provide a massive boost in the creation of jobs and housing. Greengauge 21, […]

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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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Construction industry networking with a difference – to make a difference

The Yorkshire Three Peaks is a classic UK trekking challenge. In the heart of the Yorkshire Dales these three summits are there to be conquered in just one day. For others however, there are much greater challenges and struggles to overcome. Every day of every year, thousands of young people in the UK find themselves […]

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‘Towards 2050’ Bristol Airport vision moves to consultation period

Consultation has begun on detailed plans on the continued growth opportunities and longer term development of Bristol Airport – as the airport continues to see impressive popularity. The project, labelled Towards 2050, sets out the huge potential which could be unlocked in five areas – aviation, economic impact, green belt, sustainable growth and surface access. […]

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Modular homes – the future of the British construction industry?

Last week the Government called for a more innovative approach to solving Britain’s housing shortage and is backing modern methods of construction, such as modular homes, to speed up housing delivery. The Government is calling on councils to set their own design quality standards and use virtual reality technology to win round communities and end […]

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National Infrastructure Commission’s Young Professionals Panel launched

Architects, engineers, designers and energy specialists from across the country are among 16 of the UK’s top young infrastructure professionals selected to sit on a new advisory panel. Launched today by Commission Chair Sir John Armitt, the Young Professionals Panel will inform the Commission’s work and give a strong voice to the infrastructure sector’s future leaders, […]

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Strong housing market prediction for the South West

The South West will have the strongest housing market growth over the next few years, according to industry predictions. Residential property in the region is set to increase value by 4.3% by 2022 according to analysis of figures from Nationwide and the ONS by KPMG. Developer Generator South West have identified Bristol and its surrounding […]

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Wiltshire College Campus plans approved

Plans have officially been approved for Wiltshire College’s new campus. The project, set to cost around £15m, will now see the development kickstart with a new building built onto the side of the existing campus on Southampton Road. The project is set to be a focus of our South Coast Development Plans Conference next week […]

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Management consultancy framework worth over £2bn announced

The Crown Commercial Service has started the second tender process for a place on its Management Consultancy Framework – which will see firms bid to be on the £2bn framework. The Management Consultancy Framework 2 (MCF2) will be open to businesses offering business consultancy services; procurement, supply chain, and commercial consultancy services; complex and transformation […]

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ZEDpods proposes solution for NHS Key Worker Housing and Delayed Transfer of Care

Each year 33,000 nurses leave the NHS and, according to the Royal College of Nursing, 40% are considering leaving London over the next five years due to housing costs. To meet this problem ZEDpods, a company set up to build and install high quality low carbon homes for keyworkers and young people, is announcing a […]

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Eight reasons why the Oxford Cambridge Corridor Economic Growth Conference is unmissable

The Oxford Cambridge Corridor Economic Growth Conference in June is set to be unmissable. For those companies and individuals from both the public and private sector who have an interest in the ARC Corridor it’s an opportunity to network with key industry professionals, learn more to understand the potential opportunities in the region and be […]

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Tech Cluster ‘key to Cambridge-MK-Oxford growth corridor’s success’

Business and public sector leaders will hear at our huge conference in June just how important a role the Silverstone Technology Cluster can play in helping them to hit growth targets for the Cambridge-Milton Keynes-Oxford Corridor (CMKO), as laid out by the National Infrastructure Commission. Silverstone Technology Cluster (STC) Director Roz Bird will be a […]

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Transport, skills and homes highlighted as key priorities in the West of England

Transport, skills and new homes have been highlighted as key priorities for the West of England. Tim Bowles, Regional Mayor, will focus on better and more frequent rail services, investment in skills, and building new homes more quickly over the coming year. The West of England Combined Authority and Local Enterprise Partnership’s business plan for […]

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Poole Council to start search for development partner this year

The largest ever regeneration scheme to transform the Borough of Poole is set to take a step closer this year – as Poole Council are set to start the official process for obtaining a development partner in the autumn. The £134m masterplan is set to rejuvenate the area, adding over 400 homes, a new bus […]

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

On the 24th May, prominent public and private sector leaders within the construction and property industry will come together at the Construction Frameworks Conference – the sector’s largest conference of the year. The conference, hosted by Built Environment Networking and in association with Scape Procure, will see some of the industry’s biggest names from both […]

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Bidding begins for £5.2bn Southern Construction Framework

Bidding has been launched for a construction framework covering projects in the South and worth £5.2bn in value. The Southern Construction Framework (SCF), launched by Hampshire County Council, will begin in April 2019 and run for a total of four years. It’ll be split into three regional lots with the aim of appointing ten firms. […]

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Conference to set out development plans and opportunities in Bournemouth & Poole

On the 18th April, prominent business leaders within the construction and property industry will come together for the Bournemouth Development Plans Conference – one of the region’s largest business events of the year within the construction sector. The event, hosted by Built Environment Networking, will see some of the region’s biggest names in business lead […]

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