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Conference to set out regeneration and development opportunities in Birmingham

On the 4th November, prominent business leaders within the construction and property industry will come together for the Birmingham and West Midlands Development Plans Event – 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 leading civic […]

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Boris Johnson Branded HS2 Axe As ‘Political Suicide’

Boris Johnson admitted that cancelling HS2 would be ‘political suicide’ at a meeting just days before he became prime minister, according to a leading west midlands businessman. Steve Hollis, chair of the West Midlands HS2 Growth Delivery Board, told our HS2 Economic Growth Conference that he and the conurbation’s elected mayor Andy Street had met […]

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‘Is the Midlands ready for HS2?’

HS2 has the potential to radically transform and improve transportation in the Midlands. Following the Leeds HS2 conference, we spoke to Maria Machancoses, the director of Midland’s Connect who gave her exclusive thoughts on the issue:    

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PM urged to back £3.5bn Midlands Engine Rail, as region’s rail revolution takes a leap forward

£3.5 billion plan to revolutionise Midlands rail network, comprised of seven projects Up to 60 locations across the UK could benefit from improved services 736 more passenger trains on the network each day Plans are fully integrated with HS2 and will be submitted to Oakervee Review Creates space for an additional 1 million lorries’ worth […]

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HS2 Chairman to speak at Economic Growth Conference

HS2 Chairman to speak at Economic Growth Conference Joined on stage by council leaders and key project stakeholders   Chairman of HS2 Ltd, Allan Cook, has been confirmed as the headline speaker at the HS2 Economic Growth Conference in Leeds on Tuesday, 3rd September. Allan will address over 400 delegates sharing his views on the […]

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Dear Prime Minister, don’t forget the Midlands – Midlands Connect

A message from Midlands Connect… Prime Minister, congratulations on your appointment. As you embark on the first 100 days of your premiership, you will face huge challenges, but also an unparalleled opportunity. Our message to you is simple; unleash our economic potential, succeed where your predecessors have faltered, back the Midlands.

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Development in the Midlands – an experts perspective

We hear exclusively from PBA – now part of Stantec, on the major development set to happen across the Midlands. PBA are a leading consultancy of engineers, planners, scientists and economists.   It’s an exciting time to be a proud Midlander – the state of the area based on Deloitte Crane survey, JLL forecast and […]

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Rail Minister tells Midlands Connect “I entirely support the aspiration” of £2 billion Midlands Rail Hub plans during visit to Leicester

Rail Minister Andrew Jones has welcomed the submission of Midlands Connect’s £2 billion Midlands Rail Hub proposals to radically transform connections between the East and West Midlands, during a visit to the region yesterday (Thursday 27th June). The Minister pledged to work with Midlands Connect chairman Sir John Peace and Director Maria Machancoses as they […]

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Stoford launches new Birmingham city centre HQ 

Leading commercial property developer, Stoford, has celebrated the launch of its new headquarters with an event attended by some of the region’s leading property professionals. The award-winning developer welcomed an audience of 60 invited guests from the commercial property sector to new offices on Ludgate Hill, close to St Paul’s Square, Birmingham. Join us at our incredible Birmingham […]

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New regional design blueprint drawn up for combined authority schemes

A regional design charter is being drawn up by the West Midlands Combined Authority. Patricia Willoughby, Head of Housing & Regeneration Policy at the WMCA, revealed during the placemaking session at the MDC that mayor Andy Street’s body is working on the production of a regional design charter. The charter would be used in tandem […]

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Brexit collapse in EU students will fuel skills gaps

A drop in the number of EU students attending UK universities could open big skills gap in large areas of the economy like construction, our event has heard. Speaking on the panel of the Universities session at the MDC, Prof Ian Marshall, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Coventry University, said: “The changes Brexit could introduce to the […]

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Local Enterprise Partnership issues plea for funding certainty

Local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) require longer term funding certainty from the government in the upcoming spending review to continue making progress. Sarah Middleton, Chief Executive of the Black Country LEP, told delegates that there are “lots of fantastic projects” under way across the midlands. As an example of the progress that has been achieved by […]

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Developer funds infrastructure to deliver new development project

A logistics developer has agreed to pay for and deliver the first phase of a bypass after Northamptonshire County Council lost its funding for the project. Jonathan Wallis, Development Director of DB Symmetry, told delegates that the company is taking over the project so that it can deliver the plans for its Symmetry Park at […]

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Lords ignored Midlands, says regional transport boss

The midlands were “largely ignored” by a recent damning House of Lords committee report into High Speed 2, the Leader of the region’s transport body told the Midlands Development Conference Maria Machancoses, Director of Midlands Connect, used her keynote presentation to kick off the conference’s HS2 session by criticising the Lords economic affairs committee report […]

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Warning that regions must speak clearly to ministers to deliver ‘critical peice of national investment’ – HS2

Work on HS2 is not too far advanced for the project to be cancelled, the Chair of the umbrella body for East Midlands Councils has warned. Speaking on the Midlands Development Conference East Midlands Councils Chair Andrew Pritchard, said: “The project is not so far down the track that it couldn’t be cancelled. We need […]

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NEC Group; 40 years of success in Birmingham and Solihull

Over 40 years of success in Birmingham and Solihull By Kathryn James, Managing Director, NEC Group Conventions and Exhibitions   I have the pride of leading fantastic teams that manage the NEC – one of Europe’s leading exhibition and live event venues – as well as the Vox, our newest and most exciting new conferencing […]

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Brexit; the inside view from the Midlands construction and property industry

Following our Brexit straw poll at our BE Premier Leaders Club (poll results here) in May 2019, Built Environment Networking decided to consult our 300 strong audience at the Midlands Development Conference to gauge their opinion on current political developments. The poll took place before Prime Minister Theresa May’s resignation but nevertheless the same question […]

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180 acres of Birmingham centre to be transformed

The consultation process has been kickstarted by Birmingham City Council as they plan a transformational project in the heart of the city. The council are proposing an ambitious scheme which will deliver exceptional public space and deliver more than 5,000 new homes across a 180 acre site. The scheme, earmarked for the Rea Valley Urban […]

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WSP share their thought on the Midlands Engine

The Midlands Engine is the strong narrative that industry needs Economic growth increasingly relies on a strong and engaging narrative to underpin long term planning and delivery. The Midlands Engine, through its vision for growth, is key to providing this, and thus boosting confidence in both east and west Midlands as a place to do […]

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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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Exclusive Q&A from Nottingham Trent University

The property, development, infrastructure and construction industries are set to come together on the 23rd May at the Midlands Development Conference with one thing in mind – driving growth within the economy.   Nottingham Trent University is one of two major higher education institutions in the city of Nottingham, and the 13th largest in the UK. Tell […]

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Final three lettings complete The Lexicon

A trio of lettings at PD Properties The Lexicon, totalling over 7,000 sq ft, sees the building on Mount Street in Manchester fully occupied. Global recruitment firm Wilson HCG has taken 3,235 sq ft, having relocated from serviced office space at We Work, Spinningfields. Engineering consultancy Banyards has moved into 2,036 sq ft while Reward […]

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New Midlands partnership to provide 1,000 new homes

A leading affordable housing provider has teamed up with a major UK house-builder to build 1,000 new homes across the Midlands. Midland Heart housing association and home builders Countryside have signed a partnership agreement, which will see the new homes built across the region over the next three years.

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Trebor and Hillwood enter into major Development Agreements for Industrial, Speculative development site located at Dabell Avenue, Blenheim Industrial Estate, Nottingham

Trebor and Hillwood have entered into an agreement with the current lessee of a 5.8 acre site on a prominent industrial location in Nottingham. Trebor/Hillwood are to bring forward a comprehensive development of the Brownfield site for a proposed industrial, speculative, development with units consisting of 42,635 sq ft and 77,692 sq ft.

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Major Construction Event set for the Midlands

On the 23rd May, prominent business and public sector leaders will come together at the Midlands Development Conference – the region’s largest business conference of the year. The conference, hosted by Built Environment Networking, will see some of the region’s biggest names in business, politics and local government lead a regional economic debate including discussions […]

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Exclusive Q&A | Urban Growth Company – Catalyst For Growth

The property, development, infrastructure and construction industries are set to come together on the 23rd May at the Midlands Development Conference with one thing in mind – driving growth within the economy. With a major focus on infrastructure connecting cities and towns across the Midlands, and the impending arrival of HS2, the region is set […]

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Regeneration plans for former 350-acre power station site to be submitted this autumn

A 350-acre site in the Midlands formerly housing the Ironbridge Power Station is set for a major regeneration – with plans likely to be submitted this autumn. Harworth Group, who’ll be speaking at the Midlands Development Conference about this and several other major schemes, are currently working on these plans – with a second consultation […]

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42-storey Caddick Group development backed by Goldman Sachs

Leading global investment firm Goldman Sachs are set to fund the development of an incredible new 42-storey project set to transform the Birmingham skyline. The announcement will see Goldman Sachs provide £118m debt facility to fund the construction work – which Moda Living (Caddick Group) and Apache Capital have both brought forward in a joint-venture. […]

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Stoford completes work at oil and gas firm’s new HQ

The final stage of a multi-million-pound new Northumberland headquarters for PII Pipeline Solutions, a subsidiary of Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE), has completed.  

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Confidence in Birmingham infrastructure was key to Commonwealth Games 2022 bid

Birmingham’s ability to deliver infrastructure at speed and on a scale necessary for the Commonwealth Games was key to the city winning the bid to host the Games in 2022. Speaking at our Birmingham event Neil Carney, Project Director for Birmingham 2022 at the City Council, said: “Certainly when I talk to colleagues in the […]

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£11m co-living development reaches halfway point

The transformation of the former headquarters of construction giant Carillion into an £11 million high quality co-living development has hit a major milestone by reaching the halfway point, with more than 100 studios now completed. Six floors with a total of 108 studios have now been unveiled at the 12-storey building where The Studios24 is […]

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Prime Point ready to go! Stafford – Trebor Developments LLP

Trebor and Seddon Developments have completed a multi-million pound contract to prepare their Prime Point 14 site, located less than a mile from J14 of the M6, for very fast track delivery of two industrial units of 66,000 sq ft and 78,000 sq ft. The site has been remediated, levelled, serviced and access road installed […]

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Developers paint a new vision for former art school

A £3 million development, which will see a former art school converted into 12 luxury apartments in the heart of Sutton Coldfield, has been given the go-ahead by planners. Developers Key Land Developments and Urban Village have joined forces in a joint venture to transform The Old Art School, on Lichfield Road, into a high […]

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Major speculative industrial development completes – ‘Rapida’, Cannock

Trebor Developments with partner, Kay Properties, have completed the construction of their latest industrial speculative development, “Rapida”, Cannock. The high quality, 102,000 sq ft, building has been delivered on a Brownfield site by A&H Construction and is now immediately available to let.

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Three massive housing projects set for Shropshire

Three huge sites within Shropshire have been strategically highlighted as areas which will help the region accelerate the delivery of housing in the region, and help create almost 30,000 new homes by 2036. Shropshire Council, who’ll be speaking about the three sites during the Midlands Development Conference on the 23rd May, are now asking the […]

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Ridge and Partners delivers projects worth £1.7billion in the West Midlands

Matt Summerill, from Ridge and Partners LLP (Ridge), discusses the projects changing the face of the West Midlands ahead of the Built Environment Networking West Midlands Development Plans Conference. The West Midlands is in the middle of a bold renaissance. From infrastructure developments that are rewriting the map of Birmingham to the relocation of HMRC […]

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O’Brien Contractors; a sustainable partner for construction

Challenges in Construction In these challenging times, O’Brien Contractors has stepped up to the challenges posed by political uncertainty, our impending exit from the EU and the impending skills crisis from Brexit immigration laws. Despite the difficulties the UK construction sector is facing, O’Brien Contractors continues to thrive under our sustainable strategy. We have won […]

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West Midlands metro expansion ‘to create 35,000 jobs’

Plans to extend the metro line from Brierley Hill to Wednesbury in the West Midlands is set to be signed-off this week, with a proposed opening date set for 2023. The £449m extension being pushed forward by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), who’ll be speaking at our West Midlands Development Plans Event next week, […]

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England’s first new university in a decade to revitalise Hereford

Plans for the first new university in England in almost half a decade are key to revitalising Hereford’s offer for a new generation, the Chief Executive has said. Prof Elena Rodrigues-Falcon, President and Chief Executive of New Model in Technology & Engineering (NMiTE) – which aims to become the first new University in England in […]

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Walsall Bus Station revamp image revealed

An image has been revealed showing the vision for Walsall Bus Station – which is set to be regenerated. Plans for the station – which will undergo a £700,000 revamp – are being driven by Transport for the West Midlands who’ll be sharing details about this any many other schemes at the West Midlands Development […]

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Exclusive Q&A New Model in Technology and Engineering | NMiTE New University

New Model in Technology & Engineering (NMiTE) are an exciting new University set to open its doors later in the year. We’re delighted to have Elena Rodriguez-Falcon, Chief Executive, speaking at our event in Worcester next week – where we’ll hear about the institutions vision, its input into driving economic growth, and their future plans […]

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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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Conference to set out regeneration and development opportunities and major plans within Worcestershire & Herefordshire

On the 5th March, prominent business leaders within the construction and property industry will come together in Worcester for 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 leading civic and business leaders discuss the major topics […]

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Urgent need to scale up delivery of new homes in Birmingham

Developers in Birmingham need to dramatically scale up plans to deliver new homes if the city is to meet demand from workers moving into the region in the coming years. Adam Ratzker, Commercial Director at Galliard Homes, said that the pipeline of homes after 2019 coming onto the market was far less than will be […]

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Commonwealth Games development takes step forward

A planning application has officially been submitted for an ambitious state-of-the-art swimming centre in the West Midlands. The £60m Sandwell Aquatics Centre is set to be a central point of the Commonwealth Games – which arrives in Birmingham in 2022. The Games is set to see major development across Sporting Venues in the Midlands – […]

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Driving development, regeneration and economic growth in Worcestershire

Ahead of the Worcestershire Development Plans Conference we hear from Gary Woodman, Chief Executive of Worcestershire LEP, on working in a collaborative manner to drive development, regeneration and economic growth across the region.   Gary Woodman, Chief Executive – Worcestershire LEP: These are exciting times for businesses and developers based in Worcestershire in particular, and […]

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The increased confidence in Birmingham’s property market…

There is a real confidence about the market in Birmingham and the West Midlands currently – and major developers and investors including Long Harbour, Galliard Homes and the University of Warwick are set to share details on how that is feeding into additional investment and development in the region at our West Midlands Development Conference […]

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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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International investors attracted to towns and cities on HS2 route

Julian Jackson, Assistant Director of Planning, Highways & Transport at Bradford Council told delegates that the authority is making case for a Northern Powerhouse rail station in the city. He said that ensuring the city, which currently lacks a main line rail station, is on the new fast route would cut journey times between Bradford […]

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HS2 to glue the Midlands back together

HS2 will help to put the UK’s regions on the map for visitors and students worldwide. Maria Machancoses, Director of Midlands Connect, told delegates that the new line would immediately improve the geographical accessibility of the UK when it opens: “HS2 will be known globally as how we travel in the UK. HS2 opens up […]

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