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 […]

Posted by: Nathan Spencer

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Manchester Town Hall set to close ahead of £300m restoration

Manchester’s town hall is due to close next year as the iconic Victorian building gears up for a £300m restoration, a Built Environment Network heard last month  Paul Candelent, project director of the Our Town Hall Project, told BEN’s Manchester Major Development Plans event that the neo-Gothic Revival building will close to the public in […]

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Development and investment updates from Crewe

£55BN PRICE TAG FOR HS2 IS ‘INSIGNIFICANT’, SAYS RAIL PROJECT DIRECTOR The £55bn cost of building HS2 is ‘insignificant’ when put in the context of the government’s wider spending, according to one of the rail project’s board members. Duncan Sutherland, who is an executive director of the HS2 company that is spearheading the north-south rail […]

Posted by: Keith Griffiths

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Government in talks with Manchester authority on land clean up fund

The new pan-Manchester authority is negotiating with the government to create a new fund to remediate the conurbation’s contaminated brownfield sites. Eamonn Boylan, chief executive of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority said that contamination, often the legacy of Manchester’s industrial past, was a big obstacle to bringing forward sites for development across the conurbation. “Land […]

Posted by: Keith Griffiths

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Manchester gets building to meet commercial demand

Developers are getting cracking with commercial developments in Greater Manchester to meet increasing demand from occupiers, according to four clients active in the region. Argent, Muse Developments, Bruntwood and Nikal told the Built Environment Networking event on ‘Manchester Major Development Plans 2014’ in Manchester Town Hall that they were each committing to commercial schemes in […]

Posted by: Adil Kotia

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PRS sector starts to rocket

The UK’s private rented residential (PRS) sector is gathering pace, with £500m of additional funding pumped into the market every month, according to GVA Financial Consulting. Andrew Screen, director and head of financial consulting at GVA, and four other PRS experts, shared their views on the PRS sector at a Built Environment Networking sector briefing […]

Posted by: Adil Kotia

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The North West enters the infrastructure fast lane

The North-west of England is set to benefit from huge investment in its rail, roads airports and ports, according to five infrastructure clients in the region. Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), Manchester Airports Group (MAG), Network Rail, Northern Rail and Peel Ports revealed their development plans at the Built Environment Networking event on ‘How Transport […]

Posted by: Adil Kotia

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