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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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Wildgoose Construction; Success in Frameworks

Frameworks play an incredibly important role within the construction industry – which is why we’re bringing together those at the forefront of the sector at the Construction Frameworks Conference on the 13th December with a focus on sharing best practice, helping to reduce capital costs, help clients achieve best value from procurement and enable the […]

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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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Planning for life beyond HS2

Ahead of the HS2 Economic Growth Conference – focused on developing stations, hubs and cities – we hear from Keith Mitchell, Director – Community Development and Infrastructure, at PBA, now part of Stantec.   In the beginning… When HS2 was first presented, the concept was easy to grasp. Reduce travel times between London and the […]

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Funding close for East Midlands build to rent tower

Funding is being lined up for plans to build Derby’s tallest building, our event has heard. Matt Chandler, Development Manager at Godwin Developments. our recent Birmingham event that the company is close to securing a funder for its Landmark scheme. Funding will ‘hopefully’ be in place by mid-November for the 17-storey build to rent scheme, which […]

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Designs for HS2 stations in Birmingham and Solihull revealed

Impressive new images have been revealed to showcase what the two new HS2 stations in Birmingham and Solihull – Birmingham Curzon and The Interchange Station – could look like. HS2, a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’ set to bring phenomenal economic growth opportunities to the UK, is set to arrive in the West Midlands in […]

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Midlands Connect and Transport for the North pledge to create joint rail forum

Sub-national Transport Bodies Midlands Connect and Transport for the North, who’re set to speak at the HS2 Economic Growth Conference in November, have today signed a landmark Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), committing them to working together more closely towards a mutual vision for rebalancing the UK economy through sustainable transport improvements. The agreement includes a […]

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Crewe regeneration takes step forward

The regeneration of Crewe has moved forward this week with the announcement of a new state-of-the-art cinema which will be the centre-piece of the Royal Arcade scheme proposed in the town centre. The cinema, set to have eight screens and hold 800 seats, is another development in the future vision for the area which will […]

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Midlands Connect calls for role in Government rail review

Midlands Connect have called for a role in the Government rail review – saying we must get on with improving the regional rail network. Responding to the announcement of the Department for Transport’s rail review, Sir John Peace, Chair of Midlands Connect, said: “This review is a major undertaking of crucial importance to the Midlands. […]

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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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Cogress complete 50th funding deal

A new residential development in New Barnet has taken the combined GDV of Cogress’s property portfolio past the £1bn mark as they confirm their 50th funding deal. Cogress, who were founded back in 2014, passed the landmark figure after announcing a new residential scheme in North London. Cogress, who’ll be speaking at our West Midlands […]

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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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Solihull Council recieve HS2 funding boost

Solihull Council have received £10.2m in funding to help prepare the area for the imminent arrival of HS2 as the infrastructure project builds momentum. The funding, provided by the West Midlands Combined Authority, will help the Council deliver large transport and infrastructure schemes and improvements to help the region get ready for the huge development […]

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HS2: Will it benefit people and businesses in the Midlands?

HS2: Will it benefit people and businesses in the Midlands? By Elaine Clarke, General Manager at Rail Forum Midlands. HS2 is frequently in the news – but sadly not always for the right reasons. Often the headlines are about how much it will cost with little, if any, media attention on the benefits it could […]

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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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Sterling Property Ventures reveal plans for Milton Keynes scheme

Milton Keynes is set to set an impressive new development being built at Midsummer Boulevard – with plans being revealed to create a thriving and vibrant complex. The project, being brought forward by Sterling Property Ventures, will see the creation of new shops, offices, apartments, cafes and restaurants. Sterling Property Ventures, who’re set to speak […]

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Birmingham Airport set for expansion

Birmingham Airport have unveiled plans for a £15m extension to Terminal 3 – with firms having until the 17th August to express their interest in bidding for procurement opportunities on the project. The Airport, who’re set to see a huge impact from the arrival of HS2 and the continued economic growth success of the West […]

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New partnership will provide integrated, multidisciplinary services from concept to completion

The Regeneris Directors are excited to announce that Regeneris Consulting has joined the Hatch group of companies. Hatch is a forward-thinking, multidisciplinary business with global reach, combining vast technical and business acumen. Regeneris will join Hatch’s Urban Solutions practice, reshaping the world’s cities through innovative technical and strategic consulting services for public and private clients. […]

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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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