Preston train station needs to be modernised prior to HS2

A new study has been commissioned by the Lancashire Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP) which would put forward plans for Preston railway station to be modernised before the arrival of HS2. The proposal was approved last week by the Transport for Lancashire committee, which would help turn the station into a high quality transport hub. The […]

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Northern Powerhouse Rail proposal is revealed

An ambitious £70bn Strategic Transport Plan has been launched by Transport for the North (TfN) along with outlined proposals for improved east to west connectivity which could have huge economic benefits for the North of England. The draft 30-year plan would see connectivity improve massively between cities such as Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield and Hull. The […]

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Royal Liverpool Hospital confirm ‘robust contingency plans’ are in place

The new £335m Royal Liverpool Hospital have confirmed that the new hospital will definitely go ahead, although robust contingency plans are in place as troubled construction firm Carillion confirmed it was going into compulsory liquidation. The build is one of several high profile projects currently being undertaken by Carillion, and due to financial difficulties the […]

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Historic England are looking to engage with developers, investors and more…

Historic England, who’ll be attending our Manchester Development Plans Conference on the 23rd January, are looking to engage with developers, investors and more as they look to repurpose redundant mill sites. Heritage buildings such as mills symbolise the North of England’s industrial heritage, and Historic England have recently published a report alongside Cushman & Wakefield […]

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Built Environment Networking Conference coming to Manchester

On the 23rd January, prominent business and public-sector leaders will come together at the Manchester Development Plans Conference – one of the City’s largest business events of the year within the property and construction industry. The event will see some of the region’s biggest names in business lead a regional discussion including presentations of ongoing […]

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Heritage bosses back Gary Neville’s revamped St Michael’s skyscrapers

New images have been released of Gary Neville’s revamped St Michael’s skyscrapers – which has been fully endorsed by heritage bosses. The revamped proposal ‘enhances the surrounding conservation area’ but is still likely to have a ‘moderate to major’ impact on views from Albert Square accordingly to Historic England. The huge development of Jackson’s Row […]

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Hotel boom triggers rethink of Airport City masterplan

The masterplan for Manchester’s Airport City is having to be rethought due to greater than expected demand for hotel space, a Built Environment Networking conference has heard. Lynda Shillaw, chief executive of property at Manchester Airport Group (MAG), told the North West Development and Regeneration Plans conference that two hotel deals had already been executed […]

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Devolution to further benefit the West Midlands and Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester and the west midlands are the only two city-regions which are likely to receive more devolved powers, the chief executive of Coventry council has revealed at a Built Environment Networking Conference. Responding to questions at BEN’s Coventry Development Plans event, Martin Reeves said there would be announcements on further devolution ‘over the next […]

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Liverpool Council seeks partner for Garden Festival revamp

Liverpool council will be going out to the market later this year for a development partner to regenerate the derelict Garden Festival site, a senior official has told a recent Built Environment Networking event. Mark Kitts, the local authority’s assistant director for development housing and planning, said at BEN’s Liverpool Development Plans event, held in […]

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Opportunities for the North as ‘Northshoring’ trend continues

Leeds is not doing enough to attract professional services firms seeking to relocate operations from London, the chairman of one of the world’s leading law firms has told Built Environment Networking’s West Yorkshire Economic Growth conference. Global chairman of Eversheds, Paul Smith, told the keynote session at the event that legal companies were seeking to […]

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