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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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Trebor Hillwood flying with another major site acquisition

Trebor Developments, working in conjunction with its partner, Hillwood, have agreed terms with Peel Land and Property (Peel L&P) to acquire a site of 5.66 acres, located at Aero Centre Yorkshire, the development site surrounding Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA) and have submitted a planning application for a 2 unit, industrial, speculative development. They will deliver […]

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Transforming Yorkshire’s economy; MEPC’s Wellington Place

For anyone who has been to Leeds in recent years one success story is clear to see – MEPC’s Wellington Place. This impressive scheme has transformed land in the city centre – swapping a low-grade retail park to a thriving new community – bustling with busy office workers.

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42-storey Caddick Group development backed by Goldman Sachs

Leading global investment firm Goldman Sachs are set to fund the development of an incredible new 42-storey project set to transform the Birmingham skyline. The announcement will see Goldman Sachs provide £118m debt facility to fund the construction work – which Moda Living (Caddick Group) and Apache Capital have both brought forward in a joint-venture. […]

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Construction starts at Eyewitness Works as owners CAPITAL&CENTRIC look back on the building’s history

With construction starting at Eyewitness Works this month, owners CAPITAL&CENTRIC have revealed how their plans will celebrate the former cutlery works’ rich history. The Eyewitness Works and Ceylon Works buildings have been a prominent resident on Milton street since 1852 – although the first registered building at the site was in 1838.  For 150 years […]

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Plans for 2,500 homes and commercial space at York Central get the green light

Blueprints to transform one of the largest brownfield city centre sites in the UK into a vibrant residential, cultural and commercial space have been given the go-ahead by the council’s planning committee, marking a major milestone for York. The outline planning application for York Central – which includes 2,500 homes, 20 per cent of which […]

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Leeds bids for Housing Infrastructure Fund to double size of city centre living

Thousands of new homes are poised for delivery in Leeds city centre, which could help double its size and create a more liveable city, if a bid for around £60m of funding is granted. Leeds City Council has finalised its bid for investment from the Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) as part of Leeds Living, an […]

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Bradford unveil new growth strategy at MIPIM

Bradford Metropolitan Borough Council have launched a new strategic plan which aims to drive growth within the regional economy. The Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) Growth Strategy sets out the growth plans for the city and surrounding regions, including a focus on economic, social and inclusive growth.

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First speculative office development in SW Sheffield for decade starts

Construction on the first speculative office development in South West Sheffield in 10 years has begun. Developer AG Property (UK) Ltd has started work on a 14,000 sq ft four-storey office building at the established Broadfields Business Park on Little London Road in Sheffield.

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Approval granted for new stadium and major retail park in Yorkshire

An impressive new development located in a strategically placed site off the M62 has been given the green light by Wakefield Councillors. week. The AXIOM development, which will see a brand new retail park and a new rugby stadium built for Super League team Castleford Tigers, will bring a major boost to the Wakefield economy […]

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Major new 700+ home community development set for York

Plans have been unveiled for a major residential and community development on the outskirts of York which will transform the former Heworth Gasworks into a thriving new neighbourhood. Moda Living – who’re set to speak at our North West Development Plans Conference – and Apache Capital Partners are collaborating with North Star to create the […]

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Phase 2 of Avant Homes project given green light

Avant Homes, who’re set to speak at our Leeds & Yorkshire Development Plans Conference this month, have received the green light to begin the second phase of their impressive Klyppr Village development in Nottinghamshire. The £35.5m scheme at Clipstone will see the creation of 171 new homes in total – with the second phase set […]

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Pagabo and Built Environment Networking announce new partnership

Pagabo and Built Environment Networking – the UK’s leading provider of construction and networking events – are pleased to announce their new partnership which will allow Pagabo to continue connecting valued clients to the very best the construction industry offers – Simply Better Procurement. Pagabo support public sector organisations across the UK by providing a […]

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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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