All Cost model articles

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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

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    Cost model: London office refurb


    With a lower carbon impact than new-build and the potential for repurposing existing stock into attention‑grabbing schemes, refurbishment is more than ever a serious prospect for London developers 

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    Cost model: Tall buildings


    London was slow to adopt tower building but the City’s distinctive skyline shows how much attitudes have changed