All Economics articles – Page 7

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    Sustainability: Renewable energy


    The old grudging attitude to renewable energy is being slowly transformed by a series of financial incentives

  • Studio E’s Sacred Heart primary school in Hammersmith, west London, was built in 2007 around two 120-year-old plane trees

    Cost model update: Small projects


    In this latest update, Simon Rawlinson of Davis Langdon reviews the capital costs of primary schools, social housing and small industrial buildings

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    The tracker: One step at a time


    Construction activity and orders are still inching towards growth – even if the civil engineering sector experienced its quietest ever month in January

  • Masdar in Abu Dhabi: the world’s first zero-carbon city

    Country focus: United Arab Emirates


    The end of the year could see a more robust performance from the UAE economy, but for the time being it’s displaying only the most anaemic of recoveries. Simon Light of EC Harris in Dubai reports

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    Cost update: Q4 2009


    The quarterly analysis of changes to costs and prices shows many costs beginning to rise

  • 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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    Spotlight on lifts


    The complexity of lifts can vary immensely, which means that their lead times do the same. Here Brian Moone looks at what’s involved – with special reference to the lifts at one very special building …

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    Lead times: July - September 2009


    There’s good news for anybody waiting impatiently for structural steel – it’s arriving three weeks earlier. Other packages are pretty static, and once again none have increased

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    Market forecast: Another tough year


    Now that 2009 has come into focus, we can clearly see what a disastrous year it was. Unfortunately, the process of recovering from it will not be quick, says Peter Fordham of Davis Langdon

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    The tracker: Key to the door?


    Though the industry faces its 21st consecutive month of activity decline, the residential sector is looking positive and tender enquiries are up as well. Experian Business Strategies does the detail

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    Building intelligence - 22 January 2010


    The worst of the slump may just be over, but we’re still becalmed in the doldrums. R&M, though, has done surprisingly well, says Experian Business Strategies

  • Large property developers could be hit by the CRC. Ropemaker in the City of London is a state-of-the-art low energy building and will help its developer British Land mitigate the costs of the CRC

    Sustainability: Carbon reduction


    The Carbon Reduction Commitment scheme launches in April, but what will it mean for your business? Richard Quartermaine and Steve Smith of Cyril Sweett talk you through it

  • This bridge at Spencer Dock in Dublin was designed by Amanda Levete Architects. There are fears that, due to cuts in the National Development Plan, many proposed infrastructure schemes will be delayed or cancelled

    Country focus: Ireland


    Ireland’s reliance on the property boom has seen it in a bad way since the economic crisis began, says Richard Fitzpatrick of EC Harris in Dublin. But can government action prompt a return to stability?

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    The tracker: Feeling gloomy


    Bad weather, falling activity indices and sharp declines in north-west England and the East Midlands marked October down as a month to forget. Experian Business Strategies reports

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    Cost update: November 2009


    The quarterly analysis of changes to costs and prices shows building costs falling year on year for the first time in four decades. Peter Fordham of Davis Langdon reports

  • The Olympics site in east London was one of the largest contaminated sites in the South-east. It has been cleaned up by BAM Nuttall and Morrison using a variety of techniques including soil washing and bioremediation

    Cost model: Land remediation


    Plenty of sites will need land remediation when the housing market recovers, and the slow market at the moment provides an opportunity to use innovative, sustainable techniques. Duncan Sanders and Derek Vernon of Davis Langdon take a look at the commercial drivers

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    Country focus: Russia


    Russia has been badly hit by recession, and there are not many signs of recovery, says Pavel Vishnaykov of EC Harris Still, the 2014 Winter Olympics provide a glimmer of hope …

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    The tracker recovery on hold


    Signs of recovery over the summer have been tempered by a slowdown in activity and a pessimistic outlook on employment, according to the latest figures from Experian Business Strategies

  • Clay Field social housing in Suffolk, which was built using hemp and lime

    Cost model update: Small projects


    Max Wilkes of Davis Langdon revisits affordable homes, extra-care homes and nursing homes to find out what effect changes in regulations and tender price deflation have had on the sums

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    Market forecast: Still a way to go


    Despite signs of recession abating in some quarters, 2010 will remain tough for the building industry, particularly with public sector work likely to shrink