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‘The time is right for something different’

UKREiiF Advisory Group chair Lord Kerslake has held a variety of roles within the built environment industry during the last two decades, including Chair of housing association Peabody and Be First (the growth and regeneration agency for Barking and Dagenham). Here he outlines why the time is right for UKREiiF I’ve been involved in development […]

Posted by: Mark Flanagan

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£1.6bn investment strategy across Northern Ireland unveiled

A long-awaited new investment strategy for Northern Ireland will inject around £1.6bn a year in key infrastructure for the region, it’s been revealed. First Minister Paul Givan and Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill have published the Executive’s new draft Investment Strategy for Northern Ireland. The plans sets out a funding and planning model for investment […]

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£100m housing investment for Antrim Town approved

Antrim and Newtownabbey borough Council has approved plans for a major housing expansion in Antrim Town, which will see a total investment of £100m and the creation of up to 100 new jobs. The reserved matters application will see 525 new homes, six local shops, public spaces and a play park being built along the […]

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£127m redevelopment of DEFRA site open to tender

DEFRA this week opened the tender process on the £127m redevelopment of its Animal & Plant Healthy Agency (APHA) site in Surrey. Companies interested are being asked to complete a Soft Market Test questionnaire to establish potential ethical and technical issues surrounding the project, which includes building an in vitro laboratory. The responses will contribute […]

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£15 Million funding pilot for SME’s in the North-East

The Tees Valley has been chosen as one of just two locations to pilot a new initiative to build on local innovation strengths – with an initial £15million investment available to support businesses. Part of UK Research and Innovation, Innovate UK’s Launchpad pilot will invite small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to apply for competitive grants […]

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£40 million Levelling Up funding to deliver new Multiversity

£40m funding has been confirmed to deliver new Multiversity education campus in Blackpool! Blackpool Council, supported by Wyre Council, will receive the funding to deliver a new Multiversity, a carbon-neutral, education campus in Blackpool’s Talbot Gateway Central Business District. New images show the scale of the landmark development, which will allow Blackpool and the Fylde […]

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£40m investment in MHS homes takes PIC total to £130 million

Pension Insurance Corporation (‘PIC’), a specialist insurer of defined benefit pension funds, has made a fourth investment, of £40 million, in secured debt issued by MHS homes, a social housing provider based in Kent, building on a long-term relationship. This investment will fund the development of over 600 new properties. PIC’s first debt investment in […]

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£7.5bn Affordable Homes programme opens door to new partnerships

Homes England this week began allowing companies and organisations to register as new partners in its £7.5bn Affordable Homes programme, the next phase of which is due to start later this year. The 2021-26 programme aims to build 180,000 homes outside London. A further £4bn has been made available by the government, under the control […]

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