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  • The low cost of water in the UK and the lack of compulsory metering means there is little incentive to save water and much of it is wasted

    Sustainability: Managing water consumption


    Water conservation is often given a low priority in sustainability strategies, but in areas where the water supply is under pressure from development, it may provide relief. Simon Rawlinson of Davis Langdon examines the options and their costs

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    Cost update: December 2006


    In this quarter’s update on the cost of materials and labour, Peter Fordham of Davis Langdon reports on the latest inflation trends. And reading on we have details of pay awards for workers

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    Cost model: Small industrial units


    They’re flexible, investor-friendly and easy to build. But how much does it cost to construct small industrial units? Max Wilkes of Davis Langdon explains

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    Market forecast: Gearing up for 2012


    Last year’s slight downturn in workload has reversed in 2006. But, says Peter Fordham of Davis Langdon, construction inflation can only keep growing as we gear up for the Olympics

  • The Lowry Centre in Salford combines art galleries and theatres. It was designed by Michael Wilford & Partners

    Cost model: Museums


    Museums and galleries have to be more high-tech, sustainable and visitor-friendly than ever before. Neal Kalita of Davis Langdon runs through the funding, design and environmental issues as well as breaking down the costs of a new-build extension for a museum

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    Don’t be square


    Large-scale masterplans have to design in flexibility for the long term, whether that means allowing for change of use or turning public spaces into World Cup match screening venues.

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    Cost update: September 2006


    In this quarterly update on industry materials and labour, Peter Fordham of Davis Langdon reports on the impact of commodity prices – plus, how copper is becoming a precious metal and the going rates for heating and ventilation workers

  • The flexibility of construction management was an advantage in the highly complex Time and Space planetarium project in Greenwich Park

    Procurement: Construction management


    Even in these risk-averse days, some hands-on clients still prefer the construction management route. But would more schemes benefit from the CM approach? And how should clients organise themselves to get the best results?

  • The flagship Manhattan store of handbag maker Longchamp boasts a three-storey cascading staircase designed by Thomas Heatherwick and made from 55 tonnes of steel. The engineer was Packman Lucas

    Specialist costs: Retail fit-out


    Retail fit-out offers repeated high volumes of work as well as high-end one-off projects. Neal Kalita of Davis Langdon outlines the particular demands of high street fit-outs, details the procurement and project management issues and breaks down the refurbishment costs

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    Market forecast: Output recovering


    In the latest quarterly focus on industry trends, Peter Fordham of Davis Langdon reveals that after a slow 2005, output is climbing back up – and prices with it. Plus, a look behind curtain walls

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    So here’s the plan


    Creating a large-scale mixed-use masterplan calls for a wide range of skills and knowledge. In the first in a series of three articles on masterplanning, Alex Davey, partner at Davis Langdon, looks at 10 key considerations

  • London Zoo’s Komodo Dragon House boasts a 300 m2 green roof, erected in 2004 by Miller Roofing using Sarnafil products, and based on biodiversity principles developed in Switzerland

    Sustainability: Green roofs


    Living roofs are often specified for their symbolic value, as a statement of the owner or developer's environmental credentials. But, as Simon Rawlinson of Davis Langdon explains, there are also tangible cost and performance benefits to going green up top

  • At developer Stanhope’s 14,300 m² Chiswick Park, west London, buildings are clustered and retail outlets brought within the office shells to create a mini-community

    Cost model: Business parks


    Business parks are back, but this time they need to be sustainable and mixed-use. Neal Kalita of Davis Langdon examines how developers can meet the evolving needs of planners and occupiers without breaking the bank

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    Cost update: June 2006


    In this quarter's focus on the costs of industry materials and labour, Peter Fordham of Davis Langdon reports on the impact of record global commodity prices

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    The latest look at materials and energy costs shows that manufacturers' input prices are still through the roof - partly because gas is 60% up on this time last year …

  • The Forest Road Primary Care Centre in Enfield, north London, was designed by Dransfield Owens

    Cost model: Primary healthcare


    In the latest of our series of cost models for projects of less than £1m, Max Wilkes of Davis Langdon takes a look at the design considerations, funding, procurement, wider development issues and costs involved in the construction of a new-build primary healthcare centre

  • Building work on Foster and Partners’ Tanaka Business School at Imperial College London was carried out by contractor Exterior after a two-stage tender

    Procurement: Two-stage tendering


    In the second of our procurement series, Simon Rawlinson of Davis Langdon takes a look at two-stage tendering and how to get the best out of the early appointment of the contractor

  • Foster and Partners’ Bishops Square development in Spitalfields, east London, uses a large number of unitised components.

    Here's one we prepared earlier …


    If you are a specialist in residential development or hotels, you'll be well up on the many uses of off-site manufacture. But are there the same opportunities to build off site in the office sector? Simon Rawlinson of QS Davis Langdon discusses the current state of play

  • Architect EDAW’s impression of the proposed bridge linking Stratford City to the main stadium, part of its Olympic masterplan

    Market forecast: Looking up


    This quarter, Davis Langdon reports on an optimistic construction market, with prices accordingly on the rise … Plus a look at the effects of the Finance Bill, and the latest materials price trends

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    Cost update: September 2005


    In our latest analysis of construction materials prices and labour costs, Building reports on rocketing input prices and a recent drop in the cost of materials – plus why building operatives are whistling a happy tune …

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