All Economics articles – Page 11

  • The Apple store on Regent Street, central London – a good example of a high concept fit-out

    Procurement: Retail delivery


    The successful fitting out of a major retail scheme owes a lot to effective retail delivery management. Simon Rawlinson and Nick Clare of Davis Langdon lift the lid on the processes involved

  • Features

    The tracker: The bumpy road


    Despite wider financial turmoil, most industry sectors held their position this month – although cracks begin to show when the regions are examined more closely, says Experian Business Strategies

  • Zaha Hadid’s €112m (£76m) tower for French shipping company CMA CGM is under construction in Marseilles

    Country focus: France


    President Nicolas Sarkozy’s honeymoon period may be at an end, but France is weathering the credit crisis relatively well and the construction industry is still a bastion of the economy, reports Patrick Leniston of EC Harris

  • Kohn Pedersen Fox’s Midfield Terminal at Abu Dhabi airport will process more than 50 million passengers a year

    Cost model: Airport terminals


    UK airport operators need to make substantial investments in infrastructure to prepare for continuing long-term demand for domestic and international flights. Simon Rawlinson of Davis Langdon reports

  • Global concern: world stock markets have plummeted

    Market forecast: Cut-throat times


    Soaring materials costs have driven up building costs and tender prices, but the economic slowdown is set to apply the brakes. Peter Fordham of Davis Langdon reports

  • Features

    The tracker: Going down


    Materials prices are rising and enquiries and orders are dropping. Experian Business Strategies predicts that this is just the beginning of a further decline in the construction industry

  • Spotlight on steel

    Spotlight on steel


    Rocketing steel prices have affected a wide range of industries – not least construction, says Brian Moone. How far are availability problems implicated in the price rises, and will contractors’ lead times be affected?

  • Workload, lead times and orders remain solid for lifts and escalators but the sector expects the downturn to affect it by 2009

    Specialist cost update: Services


    Luxury residential and public sector projects are keeping the M&E, ICT, lifts and escalators markets buoyant but the rising costs of materials are starting to have an effect.

  • Features

    Lead times May-July 2008


    Four packages have gone down this week and four have gone up, as the downturn pushes from one end and the steel shortage from the other. Brian Moone of Mace reports the numbers

  • The Chinese market is likely to cool after the Olympics are over

    China in detail


    Rising inflation is forcing the Chinese government to restrict foreign investment in development, but strong – albeit slightly slower – economic growth is bound to continue. Investors who are patient and flexible will be rewarded, says Simon Baxter of EC Harris

  • Features

    Is China’s boom over?


    With Olympic-driven development about to end and inflation rising, is growth going to slow? John Ward of the Centre for Economics and Business Research analyses the macroeconomic picture, and overleaf EC Harris looks at the recent past and likely future of construction in the People’s Republic

  • It will be built to code level four and will feature highly insulated walls, a biomass boiler and rainwater harvesting

    Sustainability housing standards


    Now that the Code for Sustainable Homes is mandatory for all new housing in England, housebuilders must set relevant targets and identify cost-effective ways to meet them. Simon Rawlinson of Davis Langdon reviews the latest thinking on low-carbon design features

  • Features

    Cost model: Office refurbishment


    A slowdown in the office market combined with an increasingly prominent sustainability agenda is creating opportunities for refurbishment specialists. Simon Rawlinson and Max Wilkes of Davis Langdon discuss how to maximise a building’s value with a well-targeted refurbishment programme

  • Features

    The tracker: End of the party


    As enquiries fall sharply, it is beginning to look as though construction’s long, long boom may be coming to an end at last. But, as always, the picture is more complex than the headlines suggest. Experian Business Strategies reports

  • loggerheads with Unesco over whether its proposals for the £397m Gazprom tower in St Petersburg will fit with the city’s world heritage site status

    Country focus: Russia


    With spending on construction rising rapidly and the Winter Olympics on the horizon, Russia is a happy hunting ground for building opportunities. Just beware the risks involved, says EC Harris’ Mike Pearce

  • Features

    Cost update: May 2008


    Manufacturing input costs surge as oil and import prices drive inflation higher, although material cost pressures continue to ease, report Máren Baldauf and Jay Kotecha of Davis Langdon

  • Key differences and similarities between competitive dialogue and negotiation

    Procurement: Competitive dialogue


    If your client’s public-sector scheme needs bidder input during procurement, then competitive dialogue is likely to be the best option. Now that some projects have been let using the process, Simon Rawlinson of Davis Langdon reviews the lessons learned

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    The tracker: On the cusp


    There’s been negative sentiment in the construction industry for a while now, and Experian Business Strategies’ March survey does nothing to ease fears of a serious downturn

  • Bucholz McEvoy Architects’ £300m Elm Park is a mixed-use sustainable extension to Dublin.

    Country focus: Ireland


    The Irish economy has doubled in the past decade, and construction has been an important part of that. The emphasis is now moving from housing to infrastructure, says Richard Fitzpatrick of EC Harris

  • More than 34,000 jobs have gone on Wall Street during the credit crunch

    Market forecast: Growth slips


    Tender prices are rising less rapidly as new orders slow, while growth could fall below 1% this year, warn Peter Fordham and Máren Bauldauf of Davis Langdon