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Case study: Porth Teigr: a new model for waterfront regeneration

Porth Teigr is one of the last unfilled pieces in Cardiff’s waterfront regeneration jigsaw, according to Mark Hallett development director of Igloo. The company inherited a masterplan for the site from the Welsh Development Agency, drawn up by Sir Terry Farrell, with a big commercial development at the centre and a 4,500 space multi-storey car […]

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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 […]

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Undergraduate numbers rebound fuels confidence in student housing market

UK student accommodation has strong growth prospects but should not rest on its laurels as universities face increased competition for students from overseas countries, according to leading tertiary education residential experts. Speaking at the Built Environment Network’s student residential sector briefing, Campus Development Management executive director Rupert Wyard, pointed to recent UCAS figures showing that […]

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Southampton comes out of the shadows

The city of Southampton is pushing ahead with several major development schemes, putting the city firmly on property and construction firms’ radars, according to four major clients in the city. Dawn Baxendale, chief executive of Southampton City Council, told a Built Environment Networking Event on ‘Southampton General Development Plans 2014’ at the city’s Novotel, that […]

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Ambition returns to Leeds universities

Universities are more confident about investing in capital projects as the predicted volatility from the increase in student fees to £9,000 has failed to materialise, according to the University of Leeds. Steve Gilley, head of estates at the University of Leeds, told the Built Environment Networking event on ‘Leeds Universities and Colleges Development Plans 2014’ […]

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West Mids has ‘no choice but to embrace HS2

The West Midlands region has no choice but to embrace HS2 if it is to tackle its imminent rail capacity problems, Network Rail has warned. David Golding, principal strategic planner at Network Rail, told the Built Environment Networking event on ‘Birmingham’s Transport Development Plans 2014’ at Villa Park that the West Coast Mainline is “approaching […]

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Siemens helps power Humber Estuary revival

Growth prospects for the Humber Estuary economy are at their best for half a century, Lord Haskins of Skidby, chairman of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), has said. Lord Haskins and two major clients in the region, Associated British Ports and Siemens, were addressing Built Environment Networking’s ‘Hull Major Developments 2014’ event at Hull’s […]

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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 […]

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Ambitious plans for the future of York

City of York Council (CYC) has pledged to be “more proactive” in kick-starting development work in the city. Katie Stewart, head of economic development at CYC, told a Built Environment Networking event on ‘York General Development Plans 2014’ at the city’s Guildhall that CYC will be “more proactive at working with industry”. Stewart said: “We […]

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Cambridge ‘held back’ by lack of housing and infrastructure

Inadequate housing and transport infrastructure is hampering Cambridge’s economic development, the University of Cambridge has warned. Professor Jeremy Sanders, pro-vice chancellor for institutional affairs at the University of Cambridge, told a Built Environment Networking event on ‘Cambridge General Development Plans 2014’ at the city’s Guildhall that more investment was needed in the city’s housing and […]

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