Cost Data

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    Cost comparison: Upgrade or renew?


    To meet net zero targets, owners must bring buildings up to scratch. Whether to refurb or demolish and rebuild is the question

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    Why are we struggling to make modular work?


    A series of MMC firms have gone to the wall this year and doubts persist among more traditional builders. Tom Lowe looks at the issues involved

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    Cost model: Distribution warehouses


    The combined impact of inflation plus materials and labour shortages is stretching developers of logistics centres – yet demand for this building type remains high

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    Cost model: Cancer care centres


    The challenge is to deliver cancer centres that provide highly effective, technologically advanced care and support as well as research and education

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    International cost comparison 2022


    The latest trends in international construction costs as markets around the globe adjust to post-covid recovery, the Ukraine war and other factors

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    Cost model: Impact of building regulation changes


    Changes this June to the Building Regulations Parts L and F will raise standards on decarbonisation and ventilation. What are the cost implications?

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    Cost model: High-rise residential

    Residential towers are on the rise again as the industry addresses sustainability, fire and overheating issues

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    Cost model: Low carbon frames

    Structural frames are one of the biggest contributors to embodied carbon, but issues with data quality have made tackling this difficult – until now

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    Cost model: Office fit-out

    Workplace requirements have been shaken up in the past two years – but have office fit-outs evolved in line with the new normal? 

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    Cost model: Sports stadiums

    More sports clubs are looking to diversify their stadium offer to improve their revenue streams and operating position, particularly in smaller developments

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    Cost model: Regional science parks

    The UK needs 10 times more laboratory space just to meet current demand, and the life sciences sector is growing exponentially – a strong market opportunity for developers and investors. Aecom’s Alison Wring walks us through the factors influencing cost and design in this innovative sector

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    Cost model: Net zero homes

    As net zero carbon becomes a guiding principle across all new buildings but with so many design and construction issues yet to be solved or standardised, creating housing stock is a challenge, explains Aecom’s Rob Mills

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    Procurement in an inflationary market


    With some materials prices going through the roof, inflation has become the hot topic for 2021. Simon Rawlinson of Arcadis examines what is causing the problem and what mitigation options clients have

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    Cost model: Data centres

    Data centres have become vital infrastructure, but as their importance has grown, so too have their size, security threats and carbon output

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    Cost model: Reinvention

    Reinvention – making obsolete buildings relevant to today’s market, including by conversion to more valuable uses – is a green alternative to demolition and rebuilding. Nic di Santo, Alastair Kenyon and Rachel Coleman of Alinea balance the benefits against the risks and constraints, and detail the costs of an example ...

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    International cost comparison 2021


    Agnieszka Krzyzaniak of Arcadis reflects on the resilience of the global construction sector in 2021 and some of the emerging short-term and long-term challenges the industry is facing as part of the recovery

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    Cost model: Zero carbon offices

    UK offices could well become the standard-bearers for innovative carbon-cutting practices – here Aecom provides a cost breakdown of a typical low carbon office scheme

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    Cost model: Rural affordable homes

    As people head for the countryside with the expansion of home-working, pressure on rural housing stock can only grow, including demand for affordable homes. Aecom’s Paul Houghton explains the specific challenges and opportunities of developing such provision and provides a cost breakdown of a typical scheme

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    Cost model: Later living provision

    The later living sector must grow rapidly to support the UK’s ageing population. Alex Hyams of Alinea and Assael Architecture’s Félicie Krikler and Rory O’Hagan consider how to unlock the sector’s potential from a design and location perspective and break down the costs of building a retirement community

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    Tax relief: the Structures and Buildings Allowance


    The Structures and Buildings Allowance extends tax relief from plant and machinery to cover other parts of a non-residential building or structure but it can be hard to adminster