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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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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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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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