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    In figures: National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline


    Where and how money will be spent over the next decade

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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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    Market forecast: Bouncing back


    Rising demand and tightening supply are driving up both costs and tender prices. How much of this is just a spike rather than an underlying upward economic trend? 

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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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    Sustainability: Calculating social value


    Alinea and Social Value Portal explore how social value can be deliver and calculated, with  examples of how it can work in practice

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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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    Market forecast: High hopes


    While sentiment is high for a recovery, new orders are not fully mirroring this optimism, and a supply crunch is hitting the materials chain hard

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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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    Infrastructure: Our hydrogen future


    Interest in green hydrogen has escalated rapidly, so what are the benefits and challenges of this highly sustainable energy technology and what would a hydrogen revolution mean for the built environment?

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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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    Market forecast: Uncertainty looms


    There are signs of an increase in output, but ongoing uncertainty around covid lockdowns and Brexit red tape make the future harder to predict

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    Payment times: How long do the top 50 contractors take to pay up?

    Keep up to date with the payment times of the leading contractors in the construction sector

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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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    Infrastructure for active travel


    The pandemic has led to accelerated investment in the infrastructure required for active travel to engineer daily exercise back into our lives

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    Market forecast: A slow recovery


    Construction output and sentiment have regained much ground after their collapse amid the initial lockdown, but ongoing uncertainty means recovery is wobbly

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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