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Yorkshire’s Airport ready for take-off after redevelopment

Airports are incredibly important to economic growth – they’re far more than just transport hubs. By taking a strategic approach to our airports we’re able to maximise their potential with an investment and development model tailored to the strengths of the specific sites and regions in which they sit. Leeds Bradford Airport is no exception. […]

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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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Conference to set out economic growth opportunities and challenges within Leeds and West Yorkshire

On the 18th September, prominent business and public-sector leaders will come together at the West Yorkshire Economic Growth Conference – the region’s largest business conference of the year. The conference, hosted by Built Environment Networking, will see some of the region’s biggest names in business, politics and local government lead a regional economic debate including […]

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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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Exclusive: Q&A with Sheffield Council on huge HS2 opportunities

HS2 is set to provide huge opportunities for people and businesses looking to start, grow or relocate to Sheffield according to Edward Highfield, Sheffield City Council’s Director of City Growth. Edward’s role includes responsibility for economic development, inward investment, regeneration, planning, transport and property. One of the anticipated game changers for Sheffield is HS2 – […]

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‘Council for the North’ to boost growth across the region

The Northern Powerhouse is set to be given a huge boost with Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) from across the North set to join together to create a super council. The ‘Council for the North’ will aim to drive economic growth across the region and support the government’s ambitions for the Northern Powerhouse initiative. NP11, as […]

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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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Department for Transport: Why HS2 will deliver huge growth for Leeds

The Government have revealed nine reasons why HS2 will unlock huge development and regeneration projects within the region – and why it’ll be the driver for economic growth within West Yorkshire. We’re set to hear from regional authorities and HS2 Ltd who’re crucial in maximising the opportunities at the HS2 Economic Growth Conference later this […]

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Leeds set to house HS2 rolling stock depot

A rolling stock depot which will store, clean and maintain high-speed trains used by the HS2 route is set to be located in Leeds, it has been confirmed. The announcement, which will see the depot built at Gateway 45 close to the M1 motorway rather than in Wakefield as previously confirmed. The plan, which Transport […]

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CEG reveal revised proposal for Kirkstall Forge

Revised proposals have been revealed for the next phase of the Kirkstall Forge development which is transforming the area of Leeds. The multi-million pound scheme has been submitted by CEG – with the new updated plans looking to increase the number of properties from 112 to 135. CEG, who’re speaking at our Leeds Development Plans […]

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Castleford’s £750m masterplan takes centre stage in Leeds

Wakefield Council have adopted the masterplan for the £750m regeneration of Castleford’s riverside, the authority’s Chief Executive confirmed at our Transforming West Yorkshire Conference in Leeds. Merran McRae told delegates that the council had rubberstamped the blueprint for the Aire River Growth Corridor (ARGC) in the borough’s second biggest centre. The 230 ha of former […]

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Exploring how Leeds is taking forward the inclusive growth agenda…

Leeds economy is growing! Over the next twenty years its expected to grow by 50% whilst Leeds City Centre is set to ‘double in size’ through the huge regeneration and development plans outlined by the Council. Leeds is outperforming other cities across the UK and it’s attracting a lot of interest from both UK and […]

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Infrastructure investment in the North to be higher than London and the South of England

The North of England is set to be boosted by investment into their road and rail networks – as the Government announce higher spending on upgrades in the north compared to London and the South. The announcement by The Department for Transport shows that investment between 2018 and 2021 will be more than £30 more […]

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Kirklees Local Plan: what does it mean for Kirklees and West Yorkshire

Kirklees Council have been given the backing of the Planning Inspector – paving the way for the introduction of their new Kirklees Local Plan in the next few months. The plan sets out the vision and strategy for the future of the region, highlighting improved infrastructure and housing as two areas of focus. Kirklees Council, […]

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Transforming Leeds City Region through ’12 big ideas’

A five-year strategy has been set out by Leeds City Council with the aim of ensuring the City flourishes – driving regeneration, development, opportunities, better education and health amongst many other things. The strategy, which is expected to be approved by the council’s executive board on Wednesday highlights 12 ‘big ideas’ which will transform Leeds […]

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Rail connectivity is vital to economic growth

The expansion of UK railways to connect cities is vital and essential to ensure that the economy can thrive, whilst ensuring social goals can be achieved. A new report, published by Urban Transport Group, claims that if cities and their surrounding regions continue to drive improvements within social, environmental and economic aspects within their communities […]

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UBER – a new vision & a focus on the Northern Powerhouse

Fully electric and hybrid fleets. Improved integrated into local transport networks. Flying vehicles. UBER have recently set out a new vision for their company, their drivers and their riders – as their new leadership team plan the next phases of UBER’s incredible revolution. They’re heading in a new direction – and they’ll be joining us […]

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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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University reveals plans for Sheffield’s tallest tower

Sheffield Hallam University has unveiled proposals for the city’s tallest building as part of a masterplan to revamp its city centre campus. The university’s Director of Estates, Daniel Ladbury, told our Sheffield Development Plans Conference that it has been working with architects BDP on a 37-storey building. Sheaf Street Tower, as it would be named, […]

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Wakefield city gateway to ‘make a real difference’ to the city region

Wakefield City Centre is set to be transformed as the South East Gateway project continues to take shape. The scheme, which centres around the area where The Hepworth Galley and Kirkgate Train Station sit, will ‘make a real difference’ to the area and drive tourists and locals into the city centre. Known as South East […]

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How will HS2 benefit Sheffield and the wider Yorkshire region?

HS2 is set to bring transformational economic growth to cities and regions across the UK – and we’ll be discussing the huge development opportunities which it could unlock at the HS2 Economic Development Plans Conference. One of those areas is Yorkshire – and as more details emerge of the positive impacts HS2 could have we […]

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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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Canal & River Trust’s proposed inland port for Leeds moves step closer

The development of a £3.4m ‘Inland Port’ could provide huge benefits to Leeds and the further West Yorkshire region. The proposed scheme, which could see 200,000 tonnes of traffic taken off Yorkshire roads, would help ease congestion in the city, reducing air pollution, and providing an overall better quality of life for those in the […]

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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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£150m vision for Halifax town centre revealed

Halifax town centre is set to be transformed, as new images are revealed of the ambitious project. The images, which show a transformational change to the railway entry, piece gardens and a new leisure centre, are part of the multi-million pound project to elevate Halifax to another level within the region. Calderdale Council, who released […]

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£383m worth of schemes given backing by West Yorkshire Combined Authority

West Yorkshire Combined Authority have approved to back ten schemes across the region, with a focus of driving economic growth across the region. The schemes, with a combined total of £383m, have been added to their investment pipeline after a committee meeting yesterday to discuss the proposed projects. They include: Wakefield City Centre South East […]

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Calderdale Council reveals plans for 12,000 new homes

Calderdale Council have announced that they’re close to finalising their Local Plan, which will highlight the development potential to build around 12,000 residential homes. The homes, which would be delivered between now and 2033, would be a huge boost for housing within the region – and economic growth as a whole. The Local Plan drawn […]

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Doncaster Sheffield Airport masterplan could drive economic growth

The development of a new railway station at Doncaster-Sheffield Airport (DSA) would be a ‘game-changer’ for the region. It’s suggested that a connection from the airport to the East Coast Main Line could see a massive boost for the economy, in a region that is already thriving with ‘inward investment conversations at an all-time high’. […]

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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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Department for International Trade reveal scale of northern prospects

The recently established property development team of the Department for International Trade (DIT) is currently assessing 75 projects across the north east and Yorkshire, its regional manager has revealed. Ummar Hannif, Yorkshire and North East Regional Manager at the DIT, told our Tees Valley Development Plans Conference that the department had recently widened its inward […]

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Huge Wakefield scheme gets council approval

The green light has been given on a huge development in the town of Castleford – which will see the creation of 1,400 homes, a hotel, health centre and more. The site, which has remained dormant since the closure of the Hicksons & Welch chemical site, will now be transformed in a major boost to […]

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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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Huge residential scheme in Yorkshire recommended for approval

A huge housing project in Castleford is set to move a step closer next week, with plans to build over a thousand homes in the town being recommended for approval. The proposal, which will go before councillors next week, could see 1,400 new residential homes being built in a massive boost for housing within West […]

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HS2 will bring a ‘phenomenal economic growth opportunity’ to South Yorkshire

Sheffield and the South Yorkshire region has an incredible opportunity to reinvent itself and drive economic growth – according to Lord Adonis. The former Secretary of State for Transport said the region is entering into a ‘once in a century’ opportunity with the arrival of HS2 which will transform transport and infrastructure within South Yorkshire, […]

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Impressive transformation plans for Halifax revealed

Design images have been revealed for an impressive multi-million pound revamp of Halifax train station. The plans, by Calderdale Council, will see the town centre transformed – including an ambitious new look for the town’s railway station. The Council, who will speak at our Transforming West Yorkshire Conference in Leeds this June, are now displaying […]

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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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First look at Sheffield’s HS2 railway station

With inward investment conversation ‘at an all time high’ according to Council officials the city of Sheffield is currently going through an exciting period. The backing of Boeing and McLaren have coming to the region, the revamp of the City Centre, the ambitious plans of Sheffield Hallam University and more have seen the city gain […]

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Government launches drive to attract foreign investment to Greater Manchester

The Government is using five huge projects within Manchester to try and attract foreign investors to the region. The projects, worth almost £2bn, will be used to promote the major opportunities Greater Manchester has to potential suitors by The Department for International Trade. Some of the projects are set to be discussed at our North […]

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West Yorkshire Combined Authority highlight investment projects

Over £22m worth of investment has been progressed by West Yorkshire Combined Authority, which will be used across regeneration projects, transport and improving and delivering clean air. The money will be spent on projects to ease traffic flow on a key highway between Calderdale and Kirklees, enable more new homes to be built in a […]

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Conference set to unveil development and economic growth opportunities in Tees Valley

On the 16th May, prominent public and private sector leaders within the construction and property industry will come together for the Tees Valley Development Plans Conference – one of the city’s largest business events of the year within the construction sector. The event will see some of the region’s biggest names in business lead a […]

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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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Sheffield Hallam University acquire AWRC development plot

Sheffield Hallam University have acquired a development plot for their planned state-of-the-art Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre (AWRC). The acquisition comes after the higher education institution was advised by real estate firm Irwin Mitchell. The acquisition of land at Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, which is likely to form part of the discussion when the University present […]

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Conference to set out regional economic growth and developments in Sheffield

On the 4th June, prominent business leaders within the construction and property industry will come together for the Sheffield Development Plans Conference – one of the city’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 biggest names in business lead […]

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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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Aire River Growth Corridor set for £750m transformation

Thousands of new homes, jobs and green spaces are set to be created in the town of Castleford – with plans to completely transform the region. The area, known as the Aire River Growth Corridor, could see 4,500 new homes built over the next 15-20 years with a total of £750m in investment being pumping […]

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