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Ambitious plans for Edinburgh to be examined by City Council

Edinburgh Council is examining ‘ambitious plans’ to revamp the public realm of the Scottish capital’s city centre. Delivering the opening keynote at our Edinburgh Development Plans Conference, the authority’s Head of Place Development Michael Thain said the city was in the middle of a building boom. He described the £3bn worth of projects under way […]

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Compulsory Purchase Order issued for former SSI Redcar site

The purchase of a huge site in Redcar have taken a big step forward today – with the issuing of a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) noticed being issues to all the landowners today. The Tees Valley Mayor’s office and authorities are keen to complete an agreement in the next few weeks with landowners, with the […]

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Nottingham College’s £58m campus builder announced

Wates have won the race to build the £58m flagship campus for Nottingham College as part of wider plans to completely overhaul the southern area of the City. The site, located next to the city’s Broadmarsh shopping centre and close to the train station, is set to be transformed into the six-storey City Hub. We’ll […]

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NHS Five Year Forward View discussed at conference

The Government’s new health public private vehicle (PPP) – Project Phoenix – is unlikely to be launched until this time next year, a leading healthcare investor has predicted. Simon Gould, Head of Development at the Assura REIT (real estate investment trust) told our Healthcare Estates Development Forum that the sector is still waiting for details. […]

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Consultation begins on £75m Belfast office redevelopment

Consultation is set to begin on a £75m office redevelopment plan being led by Belfast City Council. The public have now been invited to give their views on the development, which will see the conversion of a former news office into new and improved office and commercial space. The development in one of many happening […]

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Homes on car parks – a solution for NHS key worker housing

Building over hospital surface car parks could both help to cure the NHS’s key worker crisis and remedy its shortage of move on accommodation, a Stirling prize shortlisted architect told our Healthcare Estates Development Forum. Bill Dunster, whose Bedzed housing development in Sutton was on the shortlist for the Royal Institute of British Architects prize […]

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Proptech within healthcare

The government has been insufficiently hard-line about mandating BIM on publicly funded construction projects, the Proptech Session heard at our Healthcare Estates Development Forum. Jason Whittall, Director of One Creative Environments, said that failure to use BIM was treated less seriously than not following the BREEAM eco building standard. Whittall said the mandate had also […]

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Health tax isn’t a cure for the NHS

Our Healthcare Estates Development Forum has heard that moves to raise a tax specifically to pay for the NHS could be seen as a ‘trick’. Leading health economist and Head of Health and Welfare at the Institute of Economic Affairs Thinktank Dr Kristian Niemietz,, said that so called hypothecated taxes could get swallowed up into […]

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