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Elbphilarmonie, Hamburg

Cost model: New-build concert halls

28 Jul 17

As cultural icons they can make a huge contribution to any city, but concert halls can have costs and a complexity of scale to match


Cost model: Residential timber

6 Jun 17

A familiar building material now has many innovative and scientifically developed forms, of which cross-laminated timber is perhaps the most compelling

Modular housing in Ladywell

Cost model: Modular construction

11 Apr 17

Debates about modular construction and off-site manufacture are nothing new. But with more suppliers, better quality and greater awareness within the industry, could it finally achieve critical mass?

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New Jaguar Land Rover dealership at Manor Royal, Crawley

Cost model: Car showrooms

22 Feb 17

The motor industry is booming, with showrooms continuing to be built. And with the customer experience at the heart of the schemes, substantial add-on features may be included

The IMAX on London’s South Bank has an award-winning design

Cost model: Cinemas

11 Nov 16

Cinemas can brighten urban areas and masterplans, and need good design and facilities to attract increasingly discerning audiences

Commercial Office Towers

Cost model: Commercial office towers

27 Jul 16

The number of towers being proposed and developed in London and the UK continues to grow, as does their height

Delivery van

Cost model: Retail distribution centres

12 Apr 16

A growing urban population with complex buying behaviours will require a dynamic and agile logistics network from UK retailers keen to make the most of this fast-moving market

A Pirbright Institute scientist working inside a high-containment laboratory in the institute’s Plowright Building

Cost model: Laboratories

17 Nov 15

The UK is a world leader in scientific research and those involved are demanding ever more sophisticated laboratory buildings in which to conduct their work

Cost model: Extra care housing

Cost model: Extra care housing

25 Sep 14

With a rapidy ageing population demanding high standards of both housing and care, while also imposing a rising cost on public finances, could “extra care” housing be part of the solution?

The Olympic Stadium, Stratford, London

Cost model: Stadium construction

12 Jun 14

In a changing landscape for major sporting infrastructure schemes, what does it take to develop and operate stadiums and arenas? Hein le Roux and Eugene Corrigan of Aecom report

A private hospital department reconfigured to house a new digital theatre

Cost model: Private healthcare

18 Feb 14

The reforms to the NHS are likely to lead to more work for private providers - and their construction teams. Mark Robinson of Aecom highlights the main design considerations for private hospitals and breaks down the costs


Cost model: Convenience food stores

26 Sep 13

As increasing numbers of consumers adopt the little-and-often approach to food shopping, Dan Hunt and Geoff Coleman of Aecom explore the keys to success and typical costs of this competitive sector

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Cost model: Primary schools

13 Jun 13

Now that we might be building primary schools again, what are the costs?


Cost model: Palliative care

17 Jan 17

The demand for high quality healthcare facilities aiming to improve the quality of life of patients with serious illnesses is increasing

London’s Shard tower is an example of a mixed use scheme

Cost model: Mixed use

6 Sep 16

Shifting economic and social conditions mean developers are increasingly pursuing mixed use schemes but different use classes on a project can cause complications


Cost model: Affordable housing

7 Jun 16

As the UK housing crisis continues to escalate, those at the bottom of the market increasingly find themselves priced out


Cost model: Private rented sector

24 Feb 16

The PRS market has found its stride. New occupiers are demanding fresh ideas and high quality. Making the most of this niche asset class requires a careful balance between capital investment and annual yield

London office

Cost model: London offices

23 Sep 15

Strong growth in central London’s office market is now driving developers to look to locations they may not previously have considered


Cost model: The agile workspace

6 Aug 14

Office work has changed beyond recognition since Dolly Parton’s Nine to Five. But only now are offices being designed with as much flexibility as the workforce that uses them, write Ciaran Timpson, Nicola Gillen and David Thornley of Aecom

New London Architecture’s view of the City of London in 2025

Cost model: Tall buildings

15 Apr 14

With nearly 250 towers set to be built in London alone - the vast majority of them residential - Brian Smith, Mital Dholakia and Richard Heseltine of Aecom highlight the main design and cost considerations in reaching for the skies

data centre landscape

Cost model: Data centres

21 Nov 13

The data centre sector remains highly active and market growth has continued throughout the global recession. We examine the latest trends in low-energy data centre design, procurement and construction

White Collar Factory, Old Street

Cost model: TMT offices

9 Aug 13

The emergence of the technology, media and telecoms market sector looks set to define a new office product. Here are some of the key drivers behind this change and how they might affect the cost of office delivery

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Cost model: Hotels

18 Apr 13

Converting an existing building is often the best option for opening new hotels. Here are the main design considerations and costs

Specialist costs: Off-site manufacture

16 September 2011

Off-site manufacture is proving cost effective, sustainable and ticks building regulations boxes


Specialist costs: M&E

01 July 2011

Legislative, economic and technological changes are presenting both challenges and opportunities to M&E firms. Erland Rendall of Davis Langdon, an Aecom company, reports

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Specialist costs: Curtain walling

20 May 2011

The London office market revival could be the boost that curtain walling contractors need. So what are the options in terms of cost, and meeting Part L requirements? Steve Mudie of Davis Langdon, an Aecom company, reports


Specialist costs: Steel and concrete

18 March 2011

Steel and concrete subcontractor turnovers have taken a double hit as the price of raw materials has surged and work dried up. Despite no improvement to the short-term outlook, Peter Fordham of Davis Langdon, an Aecom company, sees a glimmer of hope from 2013

OSM accounts for between 6% and 10% of the value of the UK construction industry. But innovations are coming through to improve the inherent limitations to designs based on modules and so reduce our reliance on more expensive on-site work

Specialist costs: Off-site manufacture

17 September 2010

Simon Rawlinson of Davis Langdon takes a look at how that sector can add greater value


Specialist costs: M&E services

02 July 2010

M&E specialists are still in a contracting market, and face an ever-expanding set of challenges

The Foster + Partners designed hospital for Circle Healthcare is clad in bespoke aluminium shingles made by Gilmour combined with an off the shelf glazing system by Schuco. It was installed by Lakesmere

Specialist costs: Building envelopes

21 May 2010

How to deliver high quality, cost-effective solutions

Specialist costs steel and concrete

01 April 2010

The structures trades have been some of the hardest hit by the recession. Simon Rawlinson and Mark Lacey of Davis Langdon examine how specialist contractors and the supply chain have faced up to the challenges

The flagship Manhattan store of handbag maker Longchamp boasts a three-storey cascading staircase designed by Thomas Heatherwick and made from 55 tonnes of steel. The engineer was Packman Lucas

Specialist costs: Retail fit-out

2006 issue 31

Retail fit-out offers repeated high volumes of work as well as high-end one-off projects. Neal Kalita of Davis Langdon outlines the particular demands of high street fit-outs, details the procurement and project management issues and breaks down the refurbishment costs

Car manufacturer Mercedes’ showcase building at Brooklands in Surrey has a highly architectural concrete frame. The £3.5m frame was cast in situ using the latest technology

Specialist costs: Concrete frames

2006 issue 03

Ian Purton reports on the impact of the new Eurocodes, the increase in post-tensioned flooring and recent cost changes in the sector

Steel diagrid frames, like this one on London’s Swiss Re, are becomingly increasingly popular because larger clear-span spaces can be created

Specialist costs: Structural steelwork

2006 issue 03

The Chinese construction market and the Eurocrats in Brussels are having an effect on the steelwork sector, reports David Cane

One of two internal courtyards at Discovery Place office development, Farnborough, designed by Whitelaw+ Turkington and with Goddards as landscape contractor and Wates Construction as the main contractor

Specialist costs: Landscaping

2005 issue 42

In our latest specialist market overview, Gardiner & Theobald’s Joe Burns examines the current UK landscaping sector, including current hot topics and typical costs – plus an expert offers his view of the scene …

Specialist costs: ICT installations

2005 issue 39

In the latest of our market overviews, Stuart Guy of Gardiner & Theobald runs through the eight current ICT systems to install in your building and how much they cost – plus a technological specialist gets a grilling

This standing seam roof is a prominent feature of the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow, designed by Foster and Partners

Specialist costs: Roof coverings

2005 issue 34

In the latest of our market overviews, Caleb Mudzudzu of Gardiner & Theobald examines current issues in the roof coverings sector, including design and costs – plus a Q&A with a top-five specialist firm

Curtain walling

Specialist costs: Curtain walling

2005 issue 29

In the latest of our specialist market overviews, Duncan Smith of Gardiner & Theobald examines the vibrant sector of curtain walling. Plus we give an expert at a top company a grilling …

Stone restoration and conservation specialist Stonewest was responsible for the renovation of the famous West Front of St Paul’s Cathedral which was completed at the end of 2004.

Specialist costs: Stone restoration

2005 issue 24

Our series of specialist market overviews continues with a close-up look at stone restoration and conservation. David Harding of Gardiner & Theobald examines the hot topics, costs and key contractors

Temple Bar

Specialist costs: Stone restoration

2005 issue 24

Our series of specialist market overviews continues with a close-up look at stone restoration and conservation. David Harding of Gardiner & Theobald examines the hot topics, costs and key contractors

Exposed services are all part of the “wear the label on your sleeve” aesthetic of Selfridges in Birmingham. The services engineer was Arup with installation by Haden Young

Specialist costs: Services

2005 issue 20

In this month’s specialist market focus, Simon Willis, partner at cost consultant Gardiner & Theobald, examines today’s services sector – including the current hot topics, design considerations and the all-important costs. Plus, an M&E specialist speaks out

Scenic glass lifts flank the grand stairs at Manchester Art Gallery

Specialist costs: Lifts and escalators

2005 issue 15

In the latest of our specialist market overviews, Robert Nicholson of Gardiner & Theobald looks at hot topics, lead times, key suppliers and costs in the lift and escalator sector – plus a specialist manufacturer is put under the Q&A spotlight

Specialist costs: Structural steel

2005 issue 06

With steel demand at an all-time high last year, David Cane, associate at Gardiner & Theobald, considers what’s next for the sector – plus David Sands of Bourne Steel gets a grilling

The Boots brand is immediately recognisable in its hundreds of stores across the UK

Specialist costs: Shopfitting

2004 issue 45

In this specialist market overview, Russell O’Hare of Gardiner & Theobald’s Retail Group looks at the procurement, design challenges and costs for shopfitting works, and Bill Fraser of the Pel Group talks about trends in retail

Specialist costs: Concrete frames

2004 issue 38

In the first of our specialist market overviews, Ian Purton of Gardiner & Theobald looks at the concrete sector’s lead times and costs

Specialist costs: Office fit-out

2003 issue 15

Although demand for new-build office space has plummeted in the past two years, one particular office sector is active and competitive. In this model, Davis Langdon & Everest, services cost consultant Mott Green & Wall and property tax specialist NBW Crosher & James examine the falling costs of fit-out

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