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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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‘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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