Tencent plans smart city the size of Midtown Manhattan

China’s Tencent is looking to build its own city, called Net City, including corporate offices, apartments and a school on a 21-million-square-foot development the size of midtown Manhattan, The Wall Street Journal reported. Jonathan Ward, design partner for project architect NBBJ, said the idea is a “sustainable city of the future,” WSJ reported. The multinational conglomerate is planning the real estate development for Shenzhen, with construction slated to begin later this year, WSJ reported. The land will face a bay and sit on 320 acres of government-owned land. Sports facilities,…

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Shrewsbury plans to adapt to ‘new normal’

Plans are well underway to help people stay safe as they come back into Shrewsbury town centre as coronavirus restrictions are gradually eased. The Shrewsbury Recovery Taskforce, part of the Big Town Plan Partnership, made up of Shropshire Council, Shrewsbury Town Council and Shrewsbury BID (Business Improvement District), have been in ongoing communication throughout the crisis and developing proposals – with keeping people safe at the very heart of their planning. An initial budget of £100,000 has been set aside by the Partnership to fund a range of placemaking initiatives…

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A closed and more or less deserted Putney HIgh Street during the covid health crisis. Photo by John Cameron on Unsplash

UK Government code of conduct on commercial rent is ‘boost to high street’

The government is working with leading businesses and trade associations to publish a code of practice to support high street businesses through coronavirus. Code will help guide and encourage all parties to work together to protect viable businesses and ensure a swift recovery UK Finance confirms lenders continue to show flexibility to commercial borrowers High street businesses and landlords are set to benefit from a new code of practice, which is in development to provide them with clarity and reassurance over rent payments. High street businesses and landlords are set…

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