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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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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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