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HS4 Air – proposed plans to connect the UK’s busiest airports

The UK’s busiest airports – Heathrow and Gatwick – could be connected via a new high-speed railway, cutting times between the two airports to just 15 minutes! The plans, which propose new rail infrastructure to run partly alongside the M25 motorway looping around the capital would provide the first direct route between the two airports. […]

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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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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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Foreign investment continues to increase and create new jobs

Money from foreign investors is continuing to flood into the West Midlands with the strong city outlook, the imminent arrival of HS2 and the strong developments planned for the city ensuring that it’s a great place to invest! Despite concerns over the impact and uncertainly surrounding Brexit, there continues to be an increasing number of […]

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Local communities and woodlands in Birmingham and Crewe recieve HS2 funding boost

An additional £8m of funding has been provided to benefit local communities and woodlands between Birmingham and Crewe. The announcement, which promises to create new woodlands and bring safer local roads to communities and residents, comes as HS2 Minister Nusrat Ghani promises to ensure that HS2 sets a new environmental standard for construction projects. The […]

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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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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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Commonwealth Games 2022 brings ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’

The Commonwealth Games arriving in Birmingham will provide a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’ according to the projects City Design & Conservation Manager. Simon Delahunty-Forrest told our Birmingham Development Plans Conference that the games provide the opportunity to ‘create an exemplary residential neighbourhood’ with one of the key projects – Birmingham’s Athletes’ Village. The 24-acre […]

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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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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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More acquisitions of specialist development lenders expected

We’re likely to see more acquisitions of specialist development lenders in the near future – accordingly to a leading solicitor. The development finance market is beginning to become an attractive proposition for challenger banks to enter into. Speaking about the subject and highlighting the recent announcement that Paragon Banking Group were in early stage discussions […]

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Birmingham City Council seek contractors for £2bn framework

Birmingham City Council have announced that they’re looking to renew their £2bn Construction West Midlands Framework used for new build and refurbishment works – which has put property and construction firms on high alert. The existing framework is set to expire in the Autumn of 2019. We’re in Birmingham on Monday to discuss some of […]

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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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Government provides funding towards transport within Midlands

Government funding has been provided for an ambitious project with the vision of improving transport links in the Midlands and other regions. It has been revealed that £23m has so far been provided for the Midlands Connect programme, which was officially launched in March last year. The Government backing for the programme, which incorporates 23 […]

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HS2 would ‘transform Macclesfield town centre’ say business leaders

Macclesfield town centre could be transformed if plans to route HS2 trains through the town are adopted, business leaders have claimed. The renewed HS2 plans which have been drawn up could see HS2 trains travelling up to the town from London and then divert off a new high speed track via a connection at Handsacre, […]

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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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Work to begin soon on Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022 Athletes’ Village

Work is set to begin in June on the village complex which will house athletes, staff and officials of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. The development, which will be on the former Birmingham City University site, will accommodate around 6,500 people during the Games, before being transformed into housing post-event. The economic growth and developments […]

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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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Barberry Developments exciting projects within the Midlands

Barberry Developments, who are set to speak at next months Birmingham Development Plans Conference, have kick-started to year in positive fashion. From their recent purchase of land within Birmingham’s Advanced Manufacturing Hub to the exciting plans revealed at MIPIM last month for a development in Coventry – there is a real buzz about their projects. […]

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Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium set for Commonwealth Games investment

Alexander Stadium in Birmingham is set to be transformed into a world-class athletics venue ahead of the 2022 Commonwealth Games. The £70m investment will see the capacity of the stadium boosted from 12,700 to 40,000 in a bid to ensure maximum visitor numbers to the games. The Commonwealth Games and the huge potential they can […]

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University of Birmingham looking to attract contractors

The University of Birmingham are set to ease up on contractors as competition increases in the West Midlands. Speaking at our conference Trevor Payne, Director of Estates at the University of Birmingham admitted that the higher education institution faced growing competition to attract contractors to deliver its campus development. He said: ‘’We are competing with […]

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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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University of Birmingham reveal Rail & Engineering Hub designs

Designs have been unveiled for the University of Birmingham’s Rail and Engineering Hub. The centre, which will house engineering and research staff working on new digital innovations for the rail industry, is set to be one of the University’s largest estate projects of the next few years. The University of Birmingham will be speaking about […]

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Five garden towns proposed within Oxford Cambridge corridor

The Oxford – Milton Keynes – Cambridge corridor could see five new garden towns created in a bid to create thousands of homes in the growth region. The area, set for improved connectivity by road and rail which is set to create huge regional economic benefits, is likely to see a huge increase in population […]

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Conference to set out economic growth opportunities in the Oxford – Milton Keynes – Cambridge Corridor

On the 21st June, prominent business and public-sector leaders will come together in Milton Keynes for the Oxford Cambridge Corridor Economic Growth Conference – the region’s largest business conference of the year – which is supported by the National Infrastructure Commission, England’s Economic Heartland and regional and local authorities. The conference, hosted by Built Environment […]

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Two Scape frameworks worth £2.1bn open to bidders

Scape Group have announced two frameworks which are open to bidding – worth a total of £2.1bn. The frameworks, for civils infrastructure work, are made up of around £1.6bn of infrastructure work across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and another £500m for infrastructure work in Scotland. Frameworks are a major part of the construction and […]

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Pegasus Group announce partnership with Built Environment Networking

Pegasus Group have today announced their continued partnership with Built Environment Networking, the UK’s leading provider of networking conferences for professionals in property and construction. The deal will see Pegasus Group become a Conference Associate across 60 regional conferences, and be at the forefront of regional economic debates as the Housing Session Partner for the […]

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Liberty backed developers sets new rent benchmark in Worcester

A scheme backed by one of the world’s biggest Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) has secured a benchmark rent for Worcester, our Worcester Development Plans Conference has heard. Gerard Ludlow, joint managing director of Stoford Developments, told the delegates at the Worcester Development Plans Conference that a 45,000sq ft unit speculatively developed by the company […]

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Government says it will invest in Facilities Management’s role in the NHS

The government has said that it will improve the professionalization of the NHS estates and facilities workforce in a direct response to the Naylor Report published last year. The report, published last year, examined how the NHS can make the best use of its estate to support NHS England’s Five Year Forward View, whilst highlighting […]

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University of Wolverhampton’s £100m Springfield development takes step forward

The University of Wolverhampton have submitted fresh plans for a new £20m campus as part of a £100m development – which would be built at the historic Springfield Brewery site. The campus – which will house the School of Architecture and Built Environment – had initially been thwarted due to structural problems as the original […]

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NHS properties need a ‘partnership approach’ – Chairman of LIFT

A new generation of NHS primary care properties will require support through a ‘partnership’ with the private sector – whilst ensuring a ‘responsible approach’ will be needed to offer the best possible value and quality for money, accordingly to Councillor Chris Whitehouse. He reiterated the warnings of Sir Robert Naylor that high-quality service and patient […]

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Colne Valley viaduct design revealled by HS2

An incredible design for the longest viaduct in the Colne Valley has recently been revealed by HS2. Colne Valley, near Denham in Buckinghamshire, will see 3.4km-long extended triple arch viaduct being built as part of the HS2 project – which is set to be one of the high-speed link’s best known structures. Designed by specialist […]

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Toton train station to arrive sooner than expected

A new train station could be arriving in Toton sooner than expected, with plans put forward to have the station up and running prior to the HS2 completion in 2033. The station would form part of a new ‘Innovation Campus’ business park, which would include new infrastructure and office space to create up to 10,000 […]

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Dudley Council plan for £25m facility to develop ‘very light rail’

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council have put forward plans to develop a facility in the region which will develop light rail technology. They’ve put forward a planning application which would see a £25m transport hub which would offer an alternative to heavier rail travel or traditional metro transport systems. The council was allocated £18m of funding […]

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Strong line-up announced for the Birmingham Development Plans Conference

On the 24th January, prominent business and public-sector leaders will come together at the Birmingham Development Plans conference – one of the City’s largest business events of the year within the property and construction industry. The event, hosted by Built Environment Networking, will see some of the region’s biggest names in business lead a regional […]

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£100m Redditch Eastern Gateway project is a step closer

A development which could be situated at junctions A4023 & A435 east of Redditch has taken a step closer after Redditch Council gave it the green light, subject to legal agreements. The development, which would see more than 2,500 jobs created in the region, went before the council chiefs last month. The project, which lies […]

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Conference to set out development plans & opportunities in Worcester

  On the 16th January, prominent business and public-sector leaders will come together at the Worcester Development Plans conference – one of the City’s largest business events of the year within the property and construction industry. The event, hosted by Built Environment Networking, will see five of the region’s biggest names in the construction and […]

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Landlord raises alarm about pace of Birmingham office lettings

Potential occupiers are taking too long to mull over their office requirements in Birmingham, one of the city’s leading landlords has warned at a Built Environment Networking conference. Richard Norgove, property director at Hortons Estates, said at the West Midlands Development & Regeneration Plans conference, that he was concerned about the upcoming pipeline of prospective […]

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Built Environment Networking: Podcast EP10 – West Midlands

In our newest edition of Built Environment Networking Podcasts we hear exclusively from the speakers at our West Midlands Development & Regeneration Plans Conference. This behind the scenes podcast sees Phil Laycock deliver a Q&A with leading figures of the construction and property market giving honest answers to some strong questioning. The exclusive audio footage […]

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Business case for Birmingham International transport hub given green light

Council chiefs have agreed a £286 million business case for a major transport hub next to Birmingham International Airport and The National Exhibition Centre. The scheme plans to create a huge transportation hub at Birmingham International Station in Solihull, which links the existing rail infrastructure and new high speed network together with air, trams, buses, […]

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