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Can the Midlands Engine match up to the Northern Powerhouse?

The Midlands Engine for Growth, lesser-known cousin of the much-heralded Northern Powerhouse, was launched by Business Secretary Sajid Javid in December last year. Devolution deals, coupled with large public investment, are designed to give areas such as the East and West Midlands the potential to be catalysts for major development. And such plans could help … Continue reading “Can the Midlands Engine match up to the Northern Powerhouse?”

From clicks to bricks: the new retail landscape

It’s easy to understand why a retailer would move into online trading – most already have. But when pure play e-tailers start opening stores on the high street, it seems counterintuitive, especially in today’s internet culture where everything can be accessed and bought at the click of a mouse. Evolving to keep up with retail’s … Continue reading “From clicks to bricks: the new retail landscape”

May elections and the outcome for construction

After eight years of Boris Johnson occupying the top seat in London’s City Hall, and many Evening Standard front pages, the electoral landscape was altered overnight in May’s local election as Sadiq Khan reclaimed a Labour majority in the capital. Enjoying a 13.6% margin of victory over his nearest rival, Conservative Zac Goldsmith, the new … Continue reading “May elections and the outcome for construction”

Occupier headquarters decisions affecting regional locations

Savills has recently named London as the world’s most expensive city in which to live and work. The firm calculated total housing and office rental costs, and found that accommodating the average Londoner costs £80,700 a year – 18% more expensive than it was in 2011. With alarming statistics like these, it’s no wonder companies … Continue reading “Occupier headquarters decisions affecting regional locations”

Lower Thames Crossing and the Garden Bridge take shape

Highways England is proposing a new crossing of the Thames estuary, linking Kent and Essex east of the Dartford Crossing. The proposals aim to reduce congestion at the existing crossing and will support growth plans in surrounding areas, including new homes and jobs. The additional crossing is part of a wider £2.2 billion investment programme … Continue reading “Lower Thames Crossing and the Garden Bridge take shape”