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The Glass Works Is Letting New Light into Barnsley Town Centre

The Glass Works is the centerpiece of the transformation of Barnsley high street, the High Streets Development Conference heard. The Glassworks is a £180m project being led by Barnsley Council, partially funded by the Public Works Loan Board, to create a new home for the Barnsley markets and a new high street destination. The name […]

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Kirklees Redevelopment Lead by Ambitious Huddersfield Blueprint

Kirklees Council are launching their high streets redevelopment with the first projects of their 2019-2031 masterplan, our High Streets Development Conference has heard. Huddersfield is the largest town in the Kirklees area which has avoided much of the national problem, according to Angela Blake, Service Director of Economy and Skills: “The retail offering is still […]

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Creative Industries Fueling Wakefield Redevelopment

City & Provincial Properties, the developers behind Europe’s largest music cluster, are redeveloping the disused Rutland Mills in Wakefield into a new complex, Tileyard North. The buildings are all Grade II listed properties but will require significant restoration work as part of the new project after 20 years of unoccupancy.

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World’s Largest Off-Shore Windfarm Opening in Hornsea

Ørsted opened the world’s first offshore wind farm back in 1991 and is due to open the world’s largest offshore wind farm in 2020. Seen as a world leader in offshore wind power production, Ørsted has succeeded in establishing the greatest production of this type of power than any other company, accounting for a quarter of […]

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Multi £bn works announced by major frameworks providers

Simon Toplass, Chief Executive of PAGABO,  a provider that has £10.5bn in frameworks revealed at our recent conference the firms incredible growth, he said:“3 out of the last 4 years we’ve had triple digit growth in revenue terms” Pagabo are tendering their professional services and major works, which combined make up the £10.5bn figure. Pagabo’s USP […]

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Hammerson plans new 205-bed hotel at Victoria Gate, Leeds

The plans will see the site redeveloped into a new flagship hotel, further enhancing the offer at Hammerson’s retail and leisure destination and the Leeds cultural quarter, driving additional footfall and spend to the city. Hammerson will be discussing their retail developments our upcoming Retail Development Conference. The Victoria Gate Hotel is part of Hammerson’s […]

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1.6m funding for York Central Approved Amid Uncertainty over Govt Funds

Nearly £1.6 million of funding has been granted to help the York Central development take a step forward. But City of York Council is still waiting to hear if its bid for £77.1 million of essential Government funding for the scheme has been successful. The council will be discussing the development at our upcoming York Future […]

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£30 Million Investment into Rotherham Town Centre Homes

Rotherham Council’s Cabinet is set to formally approve plans to build 171 new homes in a £30 million investment intended to breathe new life into three rundown town centre sites.

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Ex-Olympics Minister Urges HS2 To Grasp Cost Increase Nettle

HS2 must learn the lesson from the 2012 Olympics that is important to grasp the nettle about cost increases, according to one of the ex-ministers at the heart of London’s winning bid. Richard Caborn, minister of sport when London submitted its successful bid in the early Noughties, said at our HS2 Economic Growth Conference that […]

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Politicians Warned That North Will Be Key In Upcoming Election

Whoever wins the upcoming general election will have to take northern concerns seriously, our HS2 Economic Growth Conference was told. Henri Murison, director of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership (NPP), told the Northern Powerhouse Rail session that he had “never known” as much unanimity of political leadership across the north despite the cuts that the region’s […]

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Leeds Chief Challenges HS2 Critics – “If you don’t do HS2 what is the solution?”

The chief executive of Leeds city council has thrown down the gauntlet to HS2’s critics to come up with a better solution for tackling the north-south divide. Referring to the history of failed attempts to overcome regional inequalities, Tom Riordan said: “If you want something that is going to stabilise the economy and give certainty […]

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“Antiquated” Rail Network Blamed For 2018 Timetable Nightmares

The “antiquated” nature of the north’s rail infrastructure was the root cause of last year’s botched new regional timetable introduction, according to the independent expert appointed to oversee improvements to the train network. Richard George, who was speaking on behalf of Atkins / SNC Lavalin at the HS2 Economic Growth Conference, said that the north […]

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Leeds Leader Urges HS2 Review to Shift From “Obsession” With Speed

The review of HS2 should rule out only building the line as far as Birmingham, the Leader of Leeds City Council has urged. Cllr Judith Blake told delegates that she is “very concerned” that the terms of reference of the exercise, which is headed by HS2 Ltd’s former chair Douglas Oakervee, contains an option for […]

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Tower Works will be the best connected residential scheme in the north

Tower Works on Globe Road, Leeds has announced its commitment to becoming WiredScore certified by international connectivity rating scheme WiredScore Home. Tower Works is currently undergoing certification and it will be the first residential development in Leeds to attain the globally-recognised verification of infrastructure connectivity. Come and join us at our Manchester Development Plans where […]

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Ambitious new plan to improve local housing launched

The Council has launched its new Housing Plan to improve local housing over the next three years. The vision for the district is for Wakefield to have a strong housing offer with a high quality and diverse range of housing that meets everyone’s needs. Come and join us at our High Streets Development Conference – […]

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Connecting Britain to launch at major one-day conference

A green light on HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail is ‘critical to the long term success of the UK and all its parts’, says new campaign backed by business and political leaders Business and political leaders from the North have today joined together to launch Connecting Britain, a campaign to speak with one, united voice […]

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HS2 Chairman to speak at Economic Growth Conference

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

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Building Equality marches at Leeds Pride

Building Equality – an alliance of construction companies working to build LGBT+ inclusion including Built Environment Networking, has completed their second annual march at Leeds Pride. More than 200 people from across the construction and property industry – double the number of people from the previous year – joined the parade to celebrate diversity, advocate […]

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Major works to upgrade College Road roundabout expected soon

Drivers will need to be prepared for disruption before benefiting from the major changes taking place this summer at the College Road roundabout. From Monday 19 August, essential work will begin on the A630 College Road which is a critical access point to the Town Centre and provides an important link across the borough. Improvements […]

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Plans for redevelopment of former ski village edge closer

Plans to redevelop a former Ski Village in the South Yorkshire city of Sheffield have moved forward – as Extreme Destinations and Sheffield City Council sign an agreement for the project, with Extreme signing a 150-year lease. The ski village, which has remained derelict since it was destroyed by a fire in 2012, is set […]

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Integrated Rail Plan launched for the Sheffield City Region

An ambitious new Integrated Rail Plan has been launched for the Sheffield City Region – as the region looks to improve connectivity and drive economic growth across the region. Supported by local authorities and organisations including Transport for the North and the Department for Transport the proposals include new stations to Barnsley Dearn Valley, Rotherham, […]

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£250m Huddersfield town centre regeneration kickstarts

Plans to transform one of the biggest town centres in Huddersfield via a £250m regeneration programme have this week taken a major step forward – after the first major scheme received the thumbs up from Kirklees Council. The project, being brought forward by SKA Developments, will see the transformation of the former Co-op department store […]

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£70m Symmetry Park begins to take shape

A major new logistics development in Blyth is beginning to take shape – with a 150,000sq ft distribution unit now available for occupation, and the opening of a Starbucks and a KFC on site. They’re all part of much wider plans for Symmetry Park – located in a key strategic location at J34 of the […]

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One Yorkshire Leaders set out new devolution proposals

One Yorkshire Leaders have set out new proposals to urgently unlock the benefits of devolution for all parts of the region while creating a pathway to a full One Yorkshire devolution deal in 2022. The proposals, which have already been presented to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, are published today ahead of Yorkshire Day on Thursday 1 August. They would […]

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£20m major works to start on transforming The Headrow in Leeds

From September 2019, bus services and stops in Leeds city centre will change as Connecting Leeds starts major works on The Headrow. Leeds City Council’s Connecting Leeds programme is set to transform transport in the city centre into world-class gateways for bus users, pedestrians and cyclists, while continuing to provide access for businesses. The total […]

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Major development opportunity comes to the market in the ‘West End’ of Leeds

A rare opportunity to purchase and develop a major site in a well-connected and established urban quarter of Leeds city centre is being brought to the market this week. Formerly the International Pool, the 2.77 acre site at Lisbon Street (owned by Leeds City Council), sits to the west of the city centre and at […]

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Work underway on Sheffield’s largest new employment site

Work is underway at Sheffield’s largest prime employment site with the speculative development of two industrial and warehouse units by developers PLP. Phase one, now underway, includes the construction of two industrial/warehouse units of 45,000 sq ft and 134,000 sq ft, due to be completed in November 2019. The scheme on the former Outokumpu steel […]

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Next steps endorsed for Wakefield District Economic Strategy

The first-year Annual Review of the Wakefield District Economic Strategy was endorsed by Cabinet, which is set to be delved into at the UK High Streets Development Conference. In the next four years the Council will continue to provide help to sustain the key strands of the Economic Strategy: Successful Businesses, Successful People and Successful […]

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Trebor/Hillwood start on site at Rotherham’s Atomic

Work has started on Trebor Developments’ 78,458 sq ft speculative development at Rotherham. Trebor/Hillwood and selected contractor, MCS Group Limited, is building the quality industrial unit on the prominent site located less than 2.5 miles from Junction 31 of the M1, near Rotherham, following the site purchase completion. Come and join us at our Logistics […]

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Public house makes way for social housing in Dinnington

People on Rotherham’s Council Housing Register will be some of the first to benefit from a new housing development to be built on the site of the former Lordens Hotel in Dinnington. The Arches Housing Association scheme will offer two and four bedroomed homes for rent and Rotherham Council be nominating the first people to […]

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Briggs & Forrester Living secure contract on Park Hill development in Sheffield

Briggs & Forrester Living recently secured the MEP services contract on Park Hill Phase 3, a student accommodation redevelopment located in Sheffield. The development, which was given Grade II listed status in the 1990’s, will be refurbished to create 356 bed student accommodation offering a range of studios, 2 bedroom apartments and 4 and 8 […]

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Sir Robert McAlpine appointed for Tower Works

Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd has been appointed by Richardson and Ask Real Estate Ltd as lead contractor to build the Tower Works scheme on Globe Road in Leeds City Centre. The partnership has appointed Sir Robert McAlpine after submitting a planning application earlier this month. The delivery team also includes: engineering firm WSP; Ryder Architecture […]

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Works confirmed for next phase of Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme after £76m contract signed

The next phase of work on a major project to protect Leeds from the risk of flooding has been confirmed after the contract for it to proceed was signed today. Leeds City Council has agreed a contract worth £75.98million with contractor BMMjv, a joint venture between BAM Nuttall and Mott MacDonald, to carry out the […]

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Don’t back on councils to restore housebuilding – Director

Local authorities will be unable to restore completions of new homes to record post-war levels, a west Yorkshire local authorities Director for Regeneration has warned. Richard Conroy, Chief Executive Officer at Yorkshire-based SME housebuilder Conroy Brook, told delegates at the West Yorkshire Development Conference that councils had played a major role in achieving the record […]

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Northern transport blueprint queried by rail campaigner

Infrastructure and connectivity across Yorkshire have been at the forefront of economic conversation over the past few years and it is set to be crucial in unlocking major opportunities for growth across the region.

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Call for Leeds not to declare war on car

Leeds must avoid declaring war on the motorist as it seeks to curb car use in the city centre, MEPC’s Head of Development has warned. Speaking at our West Yorkshire Development Conference, Paul Pavia said: “You have to do this in a well-researched way. If you start having a war on the car, Leeds will […]

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Concern expressed over lack of estate regeneration funding

Lack of financial support is stymying much needed estate regeneration; our West Yorkshire Development Conference has heard. Andrew Wallhead, Director of Investment at Wakefield District Housing (WDH), said that some of the West Yorkshire association’s older estates are “far too large and need wholesale regeneration”.

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Tory leadership hopefuls urged to back HS2

The Conservative party’s leadership candidates have been urged to take HS2 “really seriously” by the Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority. Presenting the keynote address at this year’s West Yorkshire Development Conference, the authority’s Chair Susan Hinchcliffe emphasised the importance of the high-speed line and Northern Powerhouse Rail for the region’s growth.

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Brexit and land availability top airport challenges

Business uncertainty due to Brexit remains the biggest challenge to airport growth beside the availability of land, the Chair of Newcastle Airport’s parent company Iain Malcolm has said. Mr Malcolm, who is chair of LA7 Airport Holding Company and Leader of South Tyneside Council, told delegates at our Airport Cities Development Conference that the current […]

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Planner’s response to “watershed moment” for the north

In response to today’s launch of the UK2070 Commission report – ‘Fairer and Stronger: Rebalancing the UK Economy’ – Claire Kent of planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore shared her thoughts.   Barton Willmore is part of the UK2070 Commission and Claire facilitated the ‘Scope and Scale of Sub-national Planning’ workshop at today’s symposium in Leeds.

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Planning application submitted for landmark Tower Works site

Ask Real Estate – who’re set to speaker at the Leeds City Region Development Plans Conference in September, and their development partner Cedar Maple Oak Ltd, have submitted a planning application to develop the historic Tower Works site on Globe Road in Leeds city centre. The plans were warmly received by the city’s Plans Panel […]

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Wakefield Council; Exclusive Q&A – development plans and economic growth

Ahead of the West Yorkshire Development Conference we hear exclusive from Wakefield Council on their need for development and investment partners, how they’ve become one of the UK’s fastest growing cities, information on their proposed Wakefield District Local Plan and more…   Wakefield is one of the key city regions within Yorkshire and it will […]

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

This Wednesday prominent business and public sector leaders will come together at the West Yorkshire Development Conference – the region’s largest business conference of the year. Running for the third consecutive 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 […]

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CEG’s £400m Kirkstall Forge scheme in Leeds takes step forward

The highly-regarded Kirkstall Forge scheme transforming Leeds has taken a step forward with CEG releasing new information on the next phase of delivery. CEG – who’re set to share further details at our HS2 Economic Growth Conference in September – have unveiled new CGI’s showing how the next part of the project will look once […]

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Yorkshire housebuilder secured funding for further growth

Conroy Brook,  a specialist developer in healthcare, commercial and residential projects across Yorkshire who also trade under the name of Ben Bailey Homes, have secured £10m in funding to support the companies ambitious growth plans over the coming years. The firm, who primarily work across Yorkshire, have exciting plans across the region and the funding […]

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£10m University of Sheffield project given go-ahead

The green light has been given for a multi-million pound development by the University of Sheffield – as they continue to become the UK’s leading university for engineering and hi-tech manufacturing. The proposed scheme will see the creation of a new research hub – which will entice global hi-tech and innovative brands to South Yorkshire […]

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“We need your help”

As hosts of the leading built environment networking events, we are always looking at ways we can improve and modernise to ensure we are providing everyone with an outstanding experience. We have recently partnered with Constructing Rainbows to look at ways we can encourage a more diverse audience to our events. We know that by […]

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Plans for new homes to support Leeds’ elderly population

NEW homes designed for elderly people and those who need support have been submitted to Leeds City Council.   Plans for 63 homes at West Ardsley have been submitted by planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore on behalf of developers Morgan Ashley Care Developments LLP.   The proposed development is an extra care facility – […]

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Plans point to booming Yorkshire industrial property market

MORE THAN 200 industrial and logistics schemes are planned for Yorkshire and the Humber – showing investors’ confidence in the region.   Research from planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore shows an estimated 203 industrial schemes, worth around £10.2bn, are in the pipeline.  

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Trebor acquire 25 acre site for massive speculative industrial development

Trebor Developments and their partner, Hillwood, have entered into contract with Lazarus Properties to acquire a 25 acre site at Gateway 4, Doncaster, adjacent to M18 Motorway and are submitting a planning application to speculatively develop a massive 408,000 sq ft facility on the site. The development will deliver over the next 12 months the […]

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