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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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HS2 Chairman keynote speaker at Economic Growth Conference

The new chairman of HS2 Ltd, Sir Terry Morgan, has been confirmed as the headline speaker at the inaugural HS2 Economic Growth Conference. The event, supported by HS2 Ltd, will see Sir Terry Morgan address up to 1,000 delegates on Wednesday 7th November, sharing his views on the importance of the project to the UK’s […]

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Planning for life beyond HS2

Ahead of the HS2 Economic Growth Conference – focused on developing stations, hubs and cities – we hear from Keith Mitchell, Director – Community Development and Infrastructure, at PBA, now part of Stantec.   In the beginning… When HS2 was first presented, the concept was easy to grasp. Reduce travel times between London and the […]

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Transformation growth set for the North of England

Northern Powerhouse Rail is poised to deliver transformational change to the North boosting the economy and improving connectivity for millions of people. Leaders from the city regions of Hull, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield have welcomed the move to bring fast and frequent rail services to the region – and new opportunities for businesses and […]

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York Central; an ambitious scheme to transform the city

One of the largest brownfield sites within England is set for a transformational scheme led by the York Central Partnership. The collaborative group, made up of Homes England, Network Rail, National Railway Museum and the City of York Council, are driving forward plans to regenerate a 45 hectare area of York – the most ambitious […]

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£350m Leeds South Bank scheme…

The regeneration of Leeds South Bank is set to see the City Centre ‘double in size’ – and today marks a major step forward in the project with the signing of a legal agreement. Having had planning permission granted by Leeds City Council in April developers CEG, who’re planning a major £350m scheme at the […]

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Brexit wrangling threatens to delay HS2, warns project executive

The Brexit parliamentary process could hold up efforts to deliver the northern leg of High Speed 2, a senior executive at the project has warned.  Lorna Pimlott, Director of Sponsorship & Policy for Phase 2 of HS2 told delegates at our West Yorkshire Economic Growth Conference that the hybrid bill for the Birmingham to Crewe […]

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Plan earmarks two new garden suburbs

South east Calderdale has been earmarked for two new garden suburbs to help address West Yorkshire’s wider housing shortage. Karen Lythe, Assistant Director for Economy, Housing & Investment at Calderdale Council, told delegates at our West Yorkshire Economic Growth Conference that the borough’s draft local plan had identified Brighouse and Elland for the two extensions […]

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Leeds reverse brain drain, says Riordan

Leeds has reversed the brain drain which has seen many regional cities lose graduates to the South of England, Leeds City Council’s Chief Executive has said. Tom Riordan, speaking at our West Yorkshire Economic Growth Conference, said work carried out to support Leeds’ bid for the Channel Four headquarters had demonstrated the relative youth of […]

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Call for Northern towns to bury the hatchets

The north of England’s towns and cities have been urged to bury their parochial rivalries in order to reap the potential benefits of the Northern Powerhouse. Chairing our West Yorkshire Economic Growth Conference, University of Huddersfield Emeritus Professor Colin Bamford raised concerns that smaller towns and cities in west Yorkshire will be left with the […]

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Leeds-Manchester rail capacity set for four-fold boost

The number of hourly seats on the route between Leeds and Manchester is set to quadruple by the mid-2020s, the Chief Executive of Transport for the North has said. Barry White, whose organisation was set up in April to create a cohesive voice for northern England’s transport system, told delegates at our West Yorkshire Economic […]

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‘UBER can complement public transport’ –

Ride hailing services can complement public transport, Uber’s North of England lead has claimed. Tom Younger, Cities Lead – North of England at Uber said in his keynote speech that the company had conducted an analysis of journeys made by the company’s passengers following the introduction of round the clock services on London Underground.  He […]

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Raising West Yorkshire producitivy would boost the regional economy by 10%

Raising productivity levels in West Yorkshire to the national average would boost the regional economy by 10% , the chair of its combined authority has told our West Yorkshire Economic Growth Conference. Delivering an opening keynote speech at the event, Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe said lagging productivity is the key factor pulling down incomes in the […]

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Northern cities leading the development charge…

Research carried out by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) has revealed that cities in the North of England are leading the development charge within the UK. The report, done on behalf of Royal Mail, shows Manchester has applied for the most new development plans in the country over the past three years […]

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Midlands Connect and Transport for the North pledge to create joint rail forum

Sub-national Transport Bodies Midlands Connect and Transport for the North, who’re set to speak at the HS2 Economic Growth Conference in November, have today signed a landmark Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), committing them to working together more closely towards a mutual vision for rebalancing the UK economy through sustainable transport improvements. The agreement includes a […]

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Exciting new chapter for Yorkshire firm

Leeds-based construction and property events company Built Environment Networking has moved to a new office in the city to support an ongoing growth strategy. Built Environment Networking, which has recently recruited 10 new members of staff, has relocated to larger premises at Thorpe Park in Leeds, allowing the company to double the size of its […]

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HS2 will arrive in Yorkshire on time and on budget

The arrival of HS2 to Yorkshire is set to be a catalyst for regeneration, development and growth within the region, and yesterday the confidence within the delivery and region was boosted as HS2 reaffirmed the delivery would arrive on time, and on budget. The major infrastructure project is set to arrive in both Sheffield and […]

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Firms reaping the benefits of HS2

A once in a lifetime opportunity. A catalyst for growth. HS2 is set to deliver phenomenal opportunities for regeneration and development across the UK – and new latest released shows that several regions across the UK are already reaping the commercial rewards of the massive infrastructure scheme. According to the latest data by Barbour ABI […]

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Major expansion planned for Leeds Bradford Airport

Leeds Bradford Airport is set for a large multimillion pound extension which will give a major boost to the regional economy. The planned extension of their terminal building will transform the current building and provide a higher level of service and amenities to those passing through the airport. Details of the planned development, which will […]

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Bull protects £3bn development in London

Bull Products, a manufacturer of life-saving fire protection equipment and one of several partners for the West Yorkshire Economic Growth Conference, is putting workers’ health and safety front of mind, with the installation of its fire alarm systems during a £3bn London development. Bull has supplied its Cygnus alarm systems to phases 1 and 2 […]

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West Yorkshire Council Leaders to gather in Leeds to drive the regional economy

Council Leaders and Chief Executives from across Leeds, Bradford, Kirklees and Calderdale are set to gather on Tuesday with a focus of driving economic growth across the region and unlocking opportunities for those living and working in the region. More than three hundred construction and property industry professionals will attend the West Yorkshire Economic Growth […]

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Huddersfield Town unveil ‘Premier League’ training complex plans

Premier League football club Huddersfield Town have revealed plans to develop a new training facilities which will be of ‘the highest standards’. The world-class development would include a showpiece pitch, incredible modern facilities for players and staff, along with a stand able to house supporters. Huddersfield Town, who’ll be represented at the West Yorkshire Economic […]

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CEG apply for demolition application for South Bank development

Developer CEG, at the forefront of major regeneration schemes across Leeds, has applied to Leeds City Council to carry out demolition works in the South Bank area of Leeds. The demolition works, if approved, would pave the way for a major residential development and a variety of mixed-use space. The site proposed for demolition is […]

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Calderdale – a place for growth and investment

Ahead of the West Yorkshire Economic Growth Conference – an event set to bring together senior figures from across the public and private sector to drive regeneration, investment and development – we hear exclusively from Calderdale Council on why their borough is an attractive location to develop, investment, work, live and more…   Calderdale – […]

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£76m West Yorkshire regeneration scheme…

A major £76m regeneration of an area Halifax has moved a step closer this week – after Calderdale Council received financial backing. £1.4m of investment is set to be secured from the Council’s Capital Programme with an additional £797,000 coming through the West Yorkshire Combined Authority. Calerdale Council, who’ll be speaking about their plans at […]

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BAM Nuttall; Contributing to the future of West Yorkshire

BAM Nuttall are one of over 150 companies set to join us at the West Yorkshire Economic Growth Conference. Ahead of the event we speak to them about the exciting developments they’re delivering across the region, and how they’re making a positive contribution to economic growth across the region:   With so many large developments […]

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The wider impact of HS2

Paul Bogle, Head of Policy and Research at the National Federation of Builders: A shorter journey time between London and the Midlands was how HS2 was initially sold to the public. According to Ernst & Young, 90% of Eurotunnel passengers cited shorter journey times as a key reason for using the tunnel. It would not […]

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Smart Cities; how is energy crucial to the development of smart cities?

Built Environment Networking are the UK’s leading provider of networking events within the construction and property industry – bringing together public and private sector leaders to connect and collaborate with a view of driving regeneration, development and economic growth.  Leading energy firm E.ON are our National Smart Cities Energy Partner which sees them attend our […]

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Developments in the Leeds City Region – we’re HS2 ready

  The HS2 Growth Strategy is a once in a generation opportunity to revolutionise our transport network, but it is more than just a transport project. HS2 programmes are expected to add an extra £54bn to the regional economy by 2050. The HS2 Economic Growth Conference, supported by HS2 Ltd, is set to bring together […]

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University driving growth across Leeds City Region

Ahead of the West Yorkshire Economic Growth Conference we hear from the University of Leeds on their vision for the future and how they’re at the forefront of the economic growth story within Leeds, West Yorkshire and the wider UK.   University driving growth across Leeds City Region By Lisa Roberts, Deputy Vice Chancellor: Research […]

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HS2: Will it benefit people and businesses in the Midlands?

HS2: Will it benefit people and businesses in the Midlands? By Elaine Clarke, General Manager at Rail Forum Midlands. HS2 is frequently in the news – but sadly not always for the right reasons. Often the headlines are about how much it will cost with little, if any, media attention on the benefits it could […]

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Yorkshire Water seek firms for major £1bn framework

Water supply and treatment utility company Yorkshire Water have announced their desire to seek businesses to join a supplier framework for a major programme of civil and building work. The programme, set to be split into two different frameworks, has a total value of £1bn. Yorkshire Water, who’ll be joining us at the West Yorkshire […]

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INTERVIEW: Russell Galley, Lloyds Banking Group – Driving Economic Growth In Yorkshire

The West Yorkshire Economic Growth Conference is set to bring together civic and business leaders from across the built environment industry together to discuss the opportunities and barriers to economic growth within the region, whilst presenting future development plans set to happen and tackling the constraints together in a collaborative approach. We’ll be welcoming hundreds […]

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EXCLUSIVE Q&A: Kirklees Council – Economic Growth Constraints & Opportunities

Leeds and the wider West Yorkshire region are seeing huge development and regeneration schemes come to fruition – being driven by the great work being done across the region by business and civic leaders, along with the phenomenal once in a lifetime projects such as HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail which will unlock so much […]

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Team appointed to deliver master plan for Sheffield station transformation

The creation of a masterplan for the proposed Sheffield Midland Railway Station has moved a step forward with the announcement of a collaborative team who’ll be working to maximise opportunities for Sheffield and those within the region. The team of architects and engineers will now work together to develop a plan for the area in […]

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The economy & the industry in West Yorkshire – Oliver Myers, Kirklees Council

West Yorkshire is thriving! There is a real positive momentum within the region, being driven by the arrival of HS2 and the push to unlock opportunities through linking cities and towns across the North through new infrastructure schemes and collaborative partnerships. Growth however brings challenges, and one of those currently at the forefront of potential […]

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Largest ever single housing project in East Yorkshire given go-ahead

Plans to build 900 new homes and additional amenities in Yorkshire have been given the go-ahead by councillors. The development, the largest ever single housing project within East Yorkshire, is set to be build over 100 acres of land to the south of Beverley. The scheme is being brought forward by Strata Homes, who’re set […]

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Chesterfield welcome HS2 as a ‘game-changer’ for the area

Chesterfield is one of many regions across the UK who’re set to see huge economic growth across their region – and ahead of the HS2 Economic Growth Conference we hear from Chesterfield Borough Council on what the opportunities are and how they’re driving to maximise them… Chesterfield Borough Council welcome HS2 as a ‘game-changer’ for […]

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Wakefield logistics hub welcomes new business

Wakefield Hub, a important strategically placed logistics site based metres away from J30 of the M62 with direct links to J42 of the M1, is set to welcome a new addition to the park – with independent wholesaler Kitwave announced their relocation to the area. The Wakefield Hub site, which has the capacity to accommodate […]

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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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