All Economics articles – Page 12

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    Cost model: Schools


    It’s a critical time for BSF. With the programme’s first schools just open and large-scale building starting, local authorities will begin to find out if the effort has been worthwhile. Simon Rawlinson and David Long of Davis Langdon review the issues of design and delivery

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    The tracker: Trouble on the horizon


    The industry is still going strong, but a drop in tender enquiries suggests that activity may slow in the future. Experian Business Strategies reports

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    Specialist cost update: Fit-outs


    Economic caution has led some office clients to put larger schemes on hold and internet shopping is taking its toll on the retail sector, but landscapers are seeing a rise in activity. Gardiner Theobald reports

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    Lead times February-April 2008


    Only six packages reported any change this quarter as work loads stabilised, says Brian Moone of Mace. Overleaf, Mace Business School examines the skills crisis

  • The £200m Middlehaven development in Middlesbrough Dock, by Studio Egret West and BioRegional Quintain will include biomass technology

    Sustainability: Biomass energy


    In this latest feature on the economics and feasibility of sustainable technologies, Simon Rawlinson of Davis Langdon examines the potential for biomass energy systems, considering the adequacy of the fuel supply and the viability of various system types at different scales

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    Cost update: March 2008


    Construction costs are rising twice as fast as consumer prices on the back of rising oil and import prices, but the annual rate of growth is slowing, reports Peter Fordham of Davis Langdon

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    The tracker: Cracks emerge


    Responses to this month’s survey were more downbeat than usual, with uncertainty in the wider market starting to make its presence felt, says Experian Business Strategies

  • Fosters + Partners masterplan in Santa Giulia on the outskirts of Milan will accommodate about 12,000 residents in 600 flats beside a 4.5ha private park

    Country focus: Italy


    The Italian construction industry has played a central role in the growth of the economy in recent years. Although the global slowdown is now steadying the boom, new project finance rules and investment vehicles should help offset its effects. Roberto Talotta of EC Harris reports

  • Studio E Architects’ Sacred Heart Primary School in west London is built around a 120-year-old tree

    Cost model update: Small projects


    Max Wilkes of Davis Langdon revisits industrial units, primary schools extensions and primary health care centres to investigate how recent changes to legislation, specifications and general price increases have affected building costs

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    International costs: 2008


    As inflation cools in western Europe and the US, it’s roaring away in eastern Europe. Gardiner Theobald surveys the world and tells us what it sees

  • The 1,800m2 nanoscience centre at the University of Cambridge

    Cost model: Laboratories


    Laboratories are probably the most demanding buildings that it is possible to build. Here, Simon Rawlinson of Davis Langdon examines the factors that their designers have to take into account, from the need to attract world-class talent to energy efficiency

  • This building at 122 Leadenhall Street is being demolished from the bottom up by contractor McGee

    Spotlight on enabling works


    Those contractors involved in getting a site ready face an extremely complex market …

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    The tracker: Against all odds


    You would think contractors would be feeling seasick given the current financial turmoil – but you would think wrong: things are still surprisingly upbeat, says Experian Business Strategies

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    Lead times November 2007-February 2008


    For the first time since the construction boom began, lead times seem to be returning to normal, says Brian Moone of Mace.

  • Develop and construct was used on Oundle School's £7.9m SciTec Centre in Peterborough by Feilden Clegg Bradley and Willmott Dixon

    Procurement: Develop and construct


    Simon Rawlinson of Davis Langdon describes a new twist to this procurement route that combines elements of two-stage tendering and collaborative working

  • Rainy days: the Bank of England says commercial property is a serious risk

    Market forecast: Orders holding up


    Despite the pessimism all around, most contractors have strong order books and there are few reports of projects being cancelled or delayed. Peter Fordham of Davis Langdon reports

  • Zaha Hadid’s proposed £987m 180-acre scheme for the Zorrozaurre peninsula in the Basque region of Spain

    Country focus: Spain


    Spain has enjoyed a booming economy over the past 10 years, with annual growth well above the EU average. But is the fiesta about to end? Marcos Uttley del Corral of EC Harris reports

  • Coop Himmelb(l)au’s BMW World in Munich uses a complex latticework of steel to create a dramatic tornado-like structure

    Specialist cost update: Structures


    The credit crunch has led to the cancellation or postponement of some schemes, but the year ahead is still looking buoyant across the sector. Gardiner & Theobald report

  • The ground source heat pump is sized to meet 50% of the energy needs of Urban Splash’s Lake Shore House in Bristol

    Sustainability: Heat pumps


    Can the technology that powers the humble fridge contribute to reducing carbon emissions in a cost-effective way? Simon Rawlinson of Davis Langdon looks at what heat pumps can, and cannot, offer a future development

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    The tracker: A little festive cheer


    Despite the threat of higher borrowing costs, the industry is yet to encounter liquidity problems and firms remain optimistic about future employment, reports Experian Business Strategies