All Costs articles – Page 3

  • The Frankfurt skyline – the investment focus in 2010 is expected to be on residential, retail and office buildings

    Country focus: Germany


    Overall the outlook for Germany is reasonably bright, but construction will feel the pain as the effect of the economic stimulus measures wears off

  • 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


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

  • Bahrain World Trade Centre, designed by Atkins. The Gulf state is the most expensive in the region, with prices running at about 11% above the UK

    International costs 2010


    Now that the great global roller-coaster seems to be slowing down, where has it left tender prices? Paul Moore of EC Harris looks at how economies around the world have fared …

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    What it costs: Flooring


    Level access showers can improve quality of life for disabled users. Peter Mayer of BLP Insurance looks at the design options and lifecycle costs for retrofitting them into existing floors

  • Designed by JM Architects and engineered by Gifford, the £8m refurbishment and remodelling of Elm Court school in south London (pictured here and throughout) gave a new lease of life to an Edwardian school building

    Cost model: School refurbishment


    Continuing this week’s focus on the renewal of the school estate, Simon Rawlinson and Paul Zuccherelli of Davis Langdon review one of the biggest challenges facing the BSF programme

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    Cost model: Access control systems


    This month Davis Langdon Engineering Services compares the features of various methods of access control for both people and vehicles

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    Cost model: Building in the Middle East


    This month Davis Langdon Engineering Services looks at the unique environmental challenges posed by projects in the Middle East.

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    Cost model: green retail refits


    Green retail refurbishments can be good for business as well as the planet. Davis Langdon Engineering Services explains the options

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    What it costs: Synthetic resin floors


    These hardwearing floors come in a baffling array of types, but fear not: Peter Mayer of Building LifePlans is here to simplify matters

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    What it costs: Pervious paving


    Sustainable urban drainage systems are a must for school and hospital developments. Peter Mayer of Building LifePlans gives the whole-life costs of one solution

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    What it costs: Garage doors


    Residential garage doors come in a variety of shapes, sizes, finishes and styles. Peter Mayer of Building LifePlans considers their maintenance issues and lifecycle costs

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    Cost model: The benefits of TV via LAN


    Replacing conventional TV distribution systems with LAN technology saves money and prevents low-tech problems such as ghosting, says Davis Langdon Mott Green Wall

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    What it costs: Textile floor coverings


    The whole-life costs of textile floor coverings can be distinctly pricey for commercial and domestic buildings. Peter Mayer of Building LifePlans reviews the options

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    What it costs: windows


    There are a lot of variables to consider when specifying windows. Peter Mayer of Building LifePlans tots up the numbers for different options

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    What it costs: ceramic tiles


    Ceramic tiles have come a long way since ancient Egypt. Peter Mayer of Building LifePlans considers the options

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    What to specify: flooring


    Everything you could possibly want to do to a floor is covered this week, from laying it, carpeting it, heating it, colouring it and protecting it, to fixing balconies and inserting sockets into it.

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    What it costs: timber internal doors


    There are so many timber internal doors on the market, it can be hard to see the wood for the trees. Peter Mayer of Building LifePlans helps specifers pick the right product

  • This naturally ventilated Essex office was designed by Aukett Fitzroy Robinson. It was built on a sloping site, so the lowest floor is above ground at the front of the building, but below it at the rear

    Whole-life costs: Basements


    In this quarter’s comparison of whole-life costs, David Weight of Currie Brown digs deep into the financial pros and cons of adding a basement or half-basement to your building

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    Whole-life costs: Concrete vs steel


    What are the environmental, capital cost and lifetime cost differences between a building with a steel frame and one built using concrete? David Weight of cost consultant Currie Brown applies the firm’s Live Options modelling system to find out

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    Costs: Entrance flooring systems


    Entrance flooring systems tend to be short-life components with high whole-life costs. Peter Mayer of Building LifePlans assesses options and costs for entrance matting