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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

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    Procurement update: increasing productivity


    Design, procurement and construction processes have become more complex over time, and the added complications of covid-19 and Brexit have piled on the pressure. Steve Watts of Alinea examines in detail the factors affecting productivity and considers how we can bring about improvements to get more for less

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    Cost model: Repurposing offices to labs

    The need for laboratory space is soaring, driven by the booming life sciences sector. For developers and landlords hit by declining demand for offices, this provides an opportunity. Aecom’s Alison Wring assesses the cost considerations of repurposing offices for laboratory use and provides a typical cost breakdown

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    Cost model: School buildings


    Demand for school buildings is rising in the UK, but with land and funding at a premium, those tasked with making safe, inspiring educational spaces face tough limitations. Aecom’s Sarah Crowley, Peter Robinson and Jeff Simmonds examine the schools building sector and offer a cost breakdown

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    International cost comparison 2020


    Global recession is a fact. What does this mean for the global construction sector, and can construction come to the rescue of the broader economy, asks Agnieszka Krzyzaniak of Arcadis

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    Cost model: Garden communities


    Low-density rural housing schemes offer an opportunity for true net zero carbon development: from site-wide renewable energy strategies to low-carbon homes delivered through modern methods of construction. Aecom’s Richard Green, Miles Attenborough, Rob Mills and Paul Wilcock explore the benefits and costs

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    Procurement update: post-covid projects


    Clients and contractors face unprecedented levels of uncertainty in bringing forward new projects during the pandemic.  Simon Rawlinson of Arcadis examines the options available to help manage the risk

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    Cost model: CLT frame buildings


    The rapidly expanding use of CLT saw its trajectory arrested in the UK by new regulations in the wake of Grenfell, but if safe solutions can be found then the material offers considerable cost and climate advantages over more traditional frame solutions. Alinea breaks down the costs 

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    Cost model: Film and TV studios


    Even before the pandemic, home streaming of films and TV shows was growing rapidly, feeding demand for new facilities that can create compelling material for these platforms. Aecom’s Paul Davis, Laura Jevons, Ben Hooker and Tim Jackson examine the key cost drivers of building a new studio or sound stage ...

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    Cost model: Primary healthcare centres


    An area of growing focus for NHS investment is the improvement of primary healthcare buildings. Aecom explores how they can provide modern, fit-for-purpose care environments, giving a cost breakdown for an example fit-out