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23 Aug ·
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Why is driving prosperity and growth in the centre of the arc so important?
It’s no secret that Cambridge has led in growing life sciences, with notable acceleration over the past decade. Trailblazing companies, AstraZeneca being one, have relocated to the area and enhanced its growth.
The housing and construction industry has a responsibility to consider its impact on the environment throughout the development process with many developers already preparing for the imminent rollout of mandatory biodiversity net gain as part of the Environment Bill.
The UK was in lockdown three times from March 2020 to March 2021 (retail for approximately 7.2 months and restaurants and leisure 8.9 months). Footfall as reported by the Cambridge BID is still 36% down on the average footfall recorded between 2015-2019. The consequential loss of business to retailers and leisure operators due to the loss of custom from city centre office users, tourists, students has been devastating.
With biodiversity net gain soon to be become a legal requirement for developments in England, we have proactively established a service line that facilitates the delivery of biodiversity net gain schemes. One such scheme is being delivered at Lower Valley Farm, South Cambridgeshire, where we have partnered with Cambridgeshire County Council to oversee the phased habitat creation across the farm.
The London Real Estate Forum is an annual thought-leadership conference at the Barbican Centre, 29–30 September 2021, bringing together key decision-makers from the industry, government, investment and business communities to drive sustainable investment and development in cities.
The Government is trying to help rough sleepers off the street overnight – is it working?
After the success of getting thousands of rough sleepers off the streets at the start of the pandemic Next Steps funding is aimed at developing affordable housing to accommodate rough sleepers longer term. Bidwells planner Jake Lambert looks at whether its working.