Over the past decade, Birmingham has seen a surge in development and investment, with focus on the regeneration of key city centre sites.This has seen new residential communities formed in the central area alongside retail, business and cultural destinations.
On Tuesday 14 September, our Planning Director Paul Woods, chaired a session at the Built Environment Networking’s Midlands Development conference, hosted at the Coventry Building Society Arena.This was one of the BEN’s first hybrid events, with around 150 people in attendance in person, with another 80 viewing online.
Ben McShane joined Woods Hardwick as a Graduate Planner at the height of lockdown.He explains how he is settling in, the exciting times ahead for the Oxford-Cambridge Arc, and what to expect if you are considering a career in planning.
Woods Hardwick Planning Director joins Centre for the New Midlands Housing & Communities Leadership Board
This week the Centre for the New Midlands announced the first appointments to their Housing and Communities Leadership Board. Woods Hardwick’s Birmingham Planning Director, Paul Woods, is delighted to be one of the inaugural Board members.The Board, to be chaired by Dr Halima Sacranie (Research Lead, Housing and Communities Research Group at the University of Birmingham), will be responsible for shaping the Centre for the New Midlands’ work across this hugely important area of public policy.
In a Government consultation running until 12 October, people across Oxford and Cambridge Arc have the opportunity to contribute to the long-term development of our area.The outcomes of the consultation will help to shape and enhance the infrastructure, environment and new developments in the counties of Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire. The plan will be developed by Government, informed by engagement with local communities and stakeholders, and will have sustainability at its core.
Back in January 2020, Woods Hardwick’s architects and engineers secured outline planning permission for Denison Investments for a site off Yelnow Lane, Sharnbrook, a highly desirable village location situated in North Bedfordshire.Through our existing knowledge and experience of the site, the Woods Hardwick’s architectural team continued to support the site’s developer, Dandara Ltd, in successfully securing planning permission for the subsequent reserved matters application for 51 family homes.
For any budding architectural technicians or technologists out there, find out what it’s really like working as part of our growing architecture team.Jake Snooks is a Junior Architectural Technician in our Bedford office. He joined Woods Hardwick in October 2020, and over the last 10 months has been busy supporting our Residential Architecture team.
The construction industry is ramping up its use of modular construction.Against the backdrop of the housing crisis, a lack of affordable homes, planning reform and a skills shortage - throw in a global pandemic - and the current landscape needs to be reviewed - and quick!