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Capital & Centric get the green light for Eyewitness Works city centre apartments

Plans by Capital & Centric to create a new community at a former cutlery works on Milton Street have been approved by Sheffield City Council. Councillors voted unanimously to approve the plans welcoming the regeneration of this part of the city. The £21m plans, which were discussed at our Sheffield event last month, include the […]

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Plans submitted for 8-storey Sheffield office development

Scarborough Group International have today submitted plans for an exciting new office development in the heart of Sheffield. The project, situated in the Sheffield Digital Campus quarter, will reach 8-storeys in height and deliver around 60,000sq ft of office space. Scarborough Group, who’ll be speaking at our Leeds & Yorkshire Development Plans Conference next month, […]

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Avant Homes project gets planning committee backing

A large residential development in Scotland has been given the thumbs up by Midlothian Council’s planning committee – allowing work to get underway on delivering the 544 new homes. The proposals were put forward by CALA Homes and Avant Homes – who’ll be speaking at our Yorkshire Development Plans Conference about their future development plans […]

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Shoosmiths; the future of Leeds is undoubtedly looking bright

Shoosmiths, a partner for our event in Leeds last November, share an overview of the conference, the outputs and the key topics ahead of the next Leeds Development Plans Conference.   The Speakers The first speaker was Adam Brannen, Head of Development for Leeds City Council. He focussed on how the council was not looking […]

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Lower cost spurs appetite for Sheffield, top developer says

The increasing cost of developing in the most established centres has boosted the attraction of other major regional cities like Sheffield, a leading north west developer has said. Adam Higgins, Founder and Director of Capital & Centric, told delegates at our Sheffield event about the company’s first foray in the city regional market – the […]

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Avant Homes acquire £36m development site

Major housebuilder Avant Homes have purchased a large proportion of land at Chesterfield’s £340m Waterside development site as they continue their growth plans. Avant, who recently announced their ambition to become a £1bn turnover business by 2023, instantly submitted an application to Chesterfield Borough Council for reserved matters planning approval following the £36m acquisition with […]

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‘If our city is going to grow, so must we’ – Leeds’ 2019 development plans

With Leeds City Centre set to double in size as rising investment brings exciting prospects across the built environment, Paul Dodsworth, Managing Director of Wates Construction North, joins the debate and emphasises the need for the industry to stay ahead of the curve.   “The new year never fails to bring renewed energy and vitality; […]

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Plans for modular and modern forms of housing across Yorkshire

The hot-topic of offsite and modular construction was a key talking point at our York Development Plans Conference, all which are set to be discussed and showcased at the Offsite Manufacture Exhibition & Conference set to be held in Harrogate this June. Tamsin Hart-Jones, part of the development team at York Central, confirmed that they’re […]

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Bidding for work on major 45-ha brownfield site open to SME’s

York Central is to open up bidding for work on the vast 45-ha site to SME contractors, a member of their development team has announced. Speaking at our conference in York Tamsin Hart-Jones said that the scheme, which is set to transform one of the UK’s largest brownfield regeneration sites, will create ‘a range of […]

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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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Northern Powerhouse Rail must be next in the queue

Northern Powerhouse Rail must be next in the queue of major transport projects to receive Parliament’s backing, our conference has heard.  Steve Hunter, Head of Transport at Warrington Council, told the Northern Powerhouse session that plans for HS2B must make provision for the cross- northern fast line: “Without it, NPR won’t happen.” And the government […]

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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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Leeds to become a global centre for high speed rail research, development and skills

Work is due to start within the next year on plans by the University of Leeds to set up a world leading high speed rail institute. Professor Peter Woodward, Chair of High-Speed Rail Engineering at the university, told the events Leeds session that the institute hopes to be open in 2020. The institute, which will be […]

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Mass collaborative approach needed to transform economies of the north

HS2 cannot transform the economies of the north on its own, a senior city hall official has told the HS2 Economic Growth Conference.  Edward Highfield, Director of City Growth at Sheffield City Council, said: “I don’t believe faster trains to London will be on their own transformational. Faster trains to London, investment across the north, […]

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Morgan Sindall; the hallmarks of world-class frameworks

Early contractor involvement, multiple procurement routes, and open communication: the hallmarks of world-class frameworks – by Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure   What are the hallmarks of a world-class framework? What has driven their proliferation over the past decade? And how can innovation shape the framework model moving forward? These were questions put to senior […]

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Conference to drive smart and sustainable development and regeneration

On the 6th February, prominent business and public-sector leaders will come together in Oxford for the inaugural Smart Cities Development Conference – the largest business conference of the year focused on driving and unlocking smart regeneration and development across the UK. The conference, hosted by Built Environment Networking, will see some of the biggest names […]

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Investment & development opportunities – Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

South Yorkshire is booming – inward investment conversations are at an all time high, major blue chip firms including Boeing and McLaren have invested into the area, the Universities and educational institutions have major expansion plans integrated into the communities and there is a massive buzz from the proposed infrastructure such as HS2 and Northern […]

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18-acre expansion of Sheffield Business Park

Plans for a major expansion of one of Yorkshire’s leading business parks have been submitted. The plans, to grow Sheffield Business Park, could deliver a huge boost for employment and jobs within the region, as investment into South Yorkshire continues to grow. Sheffield Business Park, who’re set to attend the Sheffield Development Plans Conference next […]

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UK Construction & Property Events Worth Attending in 2019

The construction and property industry is in a fascinating place. On one side there is major disruption and uncertainty with skills, housing, BREXIT and more creating massive challenges which need to be overcome. On the other hand innovative smart solutions are offering ways to combat barriers, whilst ambitious infrastructure projects including HS2, Northern Powerhouse Rail […]

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New year, new construction solution as unique multi-regional framework set for UK launch

From 1st January 2019, the public sector will have access to a gold standard service in a unique framework that offers the very best in standards at a local level – a bundle never before assembled on such a scale to SME construction organisations across the UK. Pagabo, the construction procurement specialists, will launch and […]

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Sheffield Hallam University – Construction Frameworks

Sheffield Hallam is setting up a procurement alliance to carry out the redevelopment of its city centre campus, using the NEC4 Alliance contract. Under the terms of alliance, the main contractor, consultant and client will all have an equal say on the board of the project, which will be overseen by a manager. The aim […]

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Digesting the Construction Frameworks Conference

Construction frameworks were under the spotlight at a conference held in Sheffield on December 13th in Sheffield by Built Environment Network. Maria Claude Hemming, Director of External Affairs at the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA), used a keynote presentation at the Construction Frameworks Conference to outline the results of its recent research on frameworks. This […]

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British Ports Association call for review of Government’s freight strategy

Ahead of the UK Ports Development Conference the British Ports Association (BPA) have called on Government to review its freight strategy whilst prioritising port connectivity initiatives to drive economic growth with the UK. Responding to the National Infrastructure Commission’s interim report into the ‘Future of Freight’ BPA’s Chief Executive Richard Ballantyne welcomed the focus on […]

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Leeds regeneration receives overseas investment boost of £300m

Swedish investors have given a £300m vote of confidence to the UK’s post-Brexit property market by approving a third round of funding for developer CEG. David Hodgson, Regional Head of Strategic Development, told our Leeds event that CEG is pressing ahead with its plans on the city’s South Bank area. The company’s Swedish investors had […]

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Report shows need to tackle carbon and congestion caused by ever-greater demands for deliveries

Whitehall and Town Halls should offer greater support to efforts to meet people’s growing demands for fast deliveries while also reducing congestion and carbon emissions, the National Infrastructure Commission warns today. As more and more consumers are looking to get next-day deliveries on their last-minute Christmas shopping this weekend, chairman Sir John Armitt argued the […]

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York Central – Exclusive Q&A

York Central is one of the largest city centre brownfield regeneration sites in England, with some parts of the area restricted to rail uses for more than 150 years. Located to the west of York train station, the 45-hectare site is one of the most significant developments within the north. The Department for International Trade […]

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Planning for a post-car future

Barry Jessup, Director at First Base, will join us in February for the Smart Cities Development Conference – and we hear from him around smart tech merging with development:   Much has been said about the major disruptive elements facing the real estate industry, namely increased government intervention, a changing retail environment and intervention from […]

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New Era Developments join Sheffield Development Plans event panel

On the 9th January, prominent business leaders within the construction and property industry will come together for the Sheffield Development Plans Event – one of the region’s largest business events of the year within the construction sector.

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York Development Plans Conference ”a great opportunity to showcase the York Central scheme”

On the 8th January, prominent business leaders within the construction and property industry will come together for the York Development Plans Event – one of the region’s largest business events of the year, within the construction sector.

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Built Environment Networking continue recruitment drive

Leeds-based construction and property events company Built Environment Networking are continuing their recruitment drive – with the announcement of three new appointments. The company, which has recently relocated to larger premises at Thorpe Park in Leeds, have this year doubled its team as their events business continues to grow. Newly appointed Partnerships Director Lee Cooper […]

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University of York 1,500 bed scheme gets green light

The City of York Council will this week give the thumbs up for a major project brought forward by the University of York. The project will see the expansion of their East Campus site – with the creation of nearly 1,500 new student accommodation beds across new buildings set to be built.

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New partnership programme will ”help cities to plan for the future”

The National Infrastructure Commission today launched a partnership programme for cities and city regions across the country, to help local leaders develop long-term strategies that link transport, housing and job opportunities. Chairman Sir John Armitt said the programme would help cities “from the North East to the South West” to share knowledge and expertise as […]

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Sheffield City Council to head up regeneration masterplan

Sheffield City Council have confirmed that they’ll be the lead developer for new housing and regeneration within the Gleadless Valley region of the City Region. The Council, after having spoken with communities and residents of the area in depth during consultation, have ruled out using a private developer for the 30-year project as they look […]

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Police Property Rationalisation ‘Pretty Much Exhausted’ in West Yorkshire

One of Britain’s biggest police forces is reaching the limits of what it can achieve through rationalising its property portfolio, the Blue Light Estates Development Conference has heard. Matthew Saunders, Head of Estates at West Yorkshire Police, said that its scope for rationalisation is ‘pretty much exhausted’. More than 90% of the force’s running costs […]

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The rise and rise of frameworks in construction

Andy Parker, Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure: With the number of providers only increasing, it’s important to take stock and ask, what are the hallmarks of a best-in-class framework? What’s driven their proliferation? And what value do they provide both customers, and the wider community? If frameworks are to continue to thrive and provide the […]

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£800m Construction framework launched for bidding…

Procurement and framework firm Fusion21, who’ll be speaking and exhibiting at next weeks Construction Frameworks Conference, have announced details of a new construction framework – worth £800m over the course of the next four years. The framework, which will focus on Construction Works and Improvements, has now opened for bidding with Fusion21 seeking to speak […]

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Plans to revitalise York Station approved

The City of York Council have approved plans which will revitalise and upgrade the front of York Train Station to create an improved gateway into the city for those visiting via rail. The plans will help transform the area surrounding the historic station – creating pedestrian friendly public spaces, an improved setting for the City […]

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The ambitious Leeds project that could drive £1bn of development and investment

There is a real excitement about the city of Leeds at present. The news of C4’s arrival has only boosted the already thriving Yorkshire city which has plans to ‘double the size of the city centre’ – plans being realised by Leeds City Council who’re backing ambitious transformation projects including Vastint’s Tetley’s project and CEG’s […]

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Plans submitted for transformational Sheffield scheme

Plans have today been submitted for approval to Sheffield’s Local Planning Authority – which will see the ambitious Heart of the City II scheme continues to drive regeneration in the South Yorkshire city. The plans, which include Block B of the project, will include the redevelopment of the famous Laycock House, comes just after the […]

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What are the ingredients of a best in class framework? – Exclusive Q&A

Frameworks play a crucial role within the delivery of new developments and regeneration projects across the UK. From framework operators to procurement professionals, to professional bidders and more, they’re part of the daily life of some of those within the construction and property industry – both public and private sector. They need a collaborative approach, […]

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

On the 13th December, prominent public and private sector leaders within the construction and property industry will come together at the Construction Frameworks Conference – one of the sector’s largest conference of the year. The conference, hosted by Built Environment Networking in the South Yorkshire city of Sheffield, will see some of the industry’s biggest […]

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Sheffield City Council launch new homes delivery plan

Sheffield City Council are looking to address their need to drive and accelerate the delivery of new homes within the region – with the launch of their New Homes Delivery Plan. The plan, which aims to provide an overarching strategic plan to build 2,000 new homes per year over the next five years, will help […]

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York Council set to back two new University of York builds

Two new colleges proposed by the University of York are set to be approved by the council – which will also provide 1,421 new beds. The new buildings are set to be developed next to the existing University estate – on derelict land in the middle of Goodricke Lane and Baird Lane. Documents previously submitted […]

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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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CEG scheme to create 3,400 jobs in Leeds

Around 3,400 new jobs could be created in Leeds from the ambitious Kirkstall Forge development by CEG, a new report has found. The results of the report highlight the importance of the major development – which also highlights the ability of the scheme to deliver tens of millions of pounds worth of skills, training and […]

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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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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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