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Comment on plans for Huawei R&D facility

Local people are being encouraged to comment on plans by information and communications firm Huawei to build a new research and development facility in Sawston. The technology company has submitted a planning application to South Cambridgeshire District Council that seeks permission to develop the former Spicer’s site on the Sawston Bypass.

Posted by: Adil Kotia

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Public house makes way for social housing in Dinnington

People on Rotherham’s Council Housing Register will be some of the first to benefit from a new housing development to be built on the site of the former Lordens Hotel in Dinnington. The Arches Housing Association scheme will offer two and four bedroomed homes for rent and Rotherham Council be nominating the first people to […]

Posted by: Adil Kotia

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Council calls for strengthened green commitment ahead of A428 upgrade

Councillors are calling for a stronger environmental commitment to be made by Highways England in their plans to upgrade the A428. At a meeting of South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Cabinet yesterday (Monday), members agreed that they supported the plans to upgrade the road in principle, subject to clarification around several areas – including a strengthened […]

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Opportunities lie abroad for UK modular start-ups

Start-up modular manufacturers are finding it easier to find opportunities abroad than in the UK due to the burden of paperwork and procurement, the founder of one start-up offsite company has said at our Offsite Manufacture Conference. Joseph Daniels, Founder and Chief Executive of Project Etopia told our event that in his experience it was […]

Posted by: Nathan Spencer

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Early engagement with industry will heighten offsite manufacturing benefits

Clients who want to maximise the advantages of offsite manufacture need to engage as early as possible in the process or see benefits curtailed by design and planning issues, a major modular construction firm has said. McAvoy Group’s Senior Business Development Manager Graham O’Doherty told delegates at our Offsite Manufacture Development Conference that engaging with […]

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Can offsite manufacturing stand the test of time?

The offsite manufacturing industry needs to prove that the quality of products made using the methods will stand the test of time if it is to truly convince the public of its value, Bristol Council’s housing lead has said at our Offsite Manufacture Conference. Cllr Paul Smith, Cabinet Member for Housing at Bristol City Council […]

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Construction industry must tackle “wasteful” practices – says leading procurement chief

The construction industry has to standardise its approach to new projects if it is to hit Government innovation and productivity targets, a Department for Education (DfE) procurement chief head has warned. Adam Jones, the Department for Education’s Strategic Framework Manager, who is in charge of the department’s £3bn offsite framework, said that construction needed to […]

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The construction industry “must grasp” the opportunities of offsite or risk losing funding

The construction industry needs to grasp the opportunities of the sector deal or see Government investment potentially dry up, a leading figure in the industry has said. Speaking at our Offsite Manufacturing Development Conference Trudi Sully, Associate Director for Construction and the Manufacturing Technology Centre, said: “It’s a fantastic time to take advantage of the […]

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