All Economics articles – Page 9

  • Candy & Candy’s One Hyde Park in central London features a concrete frame, with the perimeter columns cast from
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    Specialist cost update

    2009-05-22T00:00:00Z

    In the first of a new series, the Sense Cost Consultancy team examines the toll the recession is taking on prices in three sectors: substructure, superstructure and cladding

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    The UK's £34bn rail programme: people, get ready...

    2009-05-22T00:00:00Z

    …there’s a train a-coming. Well, not a train so much as a £34bn programme to upgrade the UK’s rail network. Emily Wright looks at what the money will be spent on, and how you can get on board

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    The tracker: Deceleration

    2009-05-15T00:00:00Z

    The industry is still declining, but the rate has slowed, and the activity index is at an eight-month high. This may be the first step, says Experian Business Strategies, on the path to recovery

  • The National University Library in Zagreb
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    Country focus: Croatia

    2009-05-08T00:00:00Z

    The economy here is weathering the global recession better than most, and a shrewd firm might want to get in before the EU accession boom. Milan Momcilovic of EC Harris gives the briefing

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    Market forecast: Where are we now?

    2009-05-01T00:00:00Z

    The plunge in tender prices has ended and costs are falling, but the outlook is still gloomy, thanks in part to the decline in the value of the pound. Peter Fordham of Davis Langdon crunches the numbers

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    Mini cost model update: Small projects

    2009-04-24T00:00:00Z

    Max Wilkes of Davis Langdon revisits industrial units, primary schools and primary healthcare centres to investigate how recent dramatic falls in tender prices have affected building costs

  • BRE house
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    Sustainability: Zero-carbon homes

    2009-04-17T00:00:00Z

    The government has committed itself to making new homes zero carbon after 2016. But a lot depends on how you define zero … Isabel McAllister of Cyril Sweett reports

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    The tracker: Bottoming out?

    2009-04-09T00:00:00Z

    The picture in February was still pretty bad, but most of the indicators, and almost all the regions, are showing a rise from January’s nadir, says Experian Business Strategies

  • Biomass boiler: 25-40 weeks
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    Spotlight on sustainability

    2009-04-03T00:00:00Z

    Lead times may have levelled out, but if you are commissioning the latest green technologies there could still be a bit of a wait. Brian Moone of Mace gives an idea of what to expect

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    Lead times: January-March 2009

    2009-04-03T00:00:00Z

    If you want to know about the latest changes to lead times – well there are hardly any. Only two categories have altered, and the situation looks set to stay that way

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    Cost management: The new rules

    2009-03-27T00:00:00Z

    After more than 80 years of using the standard method of measurement, the RICS is to publish comprehensive rules for calculating the cost of a whole project. Their author, David Benge, explains

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    Cost update: March 2009

    2009-03-27T00:00:00Z

    At this stage of the economic cycle, overall costs are still rising, but some sectors, such as metals, are dropping like stones. Peter Fordham of Davis Langdon crunches the numbers

  • When the good times rolled... Erick van Egeraat’s headquarters for ING in Budapest was completed in 2004
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    Country focus: Hungary

    2009-03-20T00:00:00Z

    Hungary had hoped to be a safe haven for investors but since September it’s been hit by record negative growth and a plummeting currency. Tibor Stahl of EC Harris in Budapest tells a familiar tale

  • Terminal 5, Heathrow: Planned passenger throughput determines the size of the terminal, pier layout, check-in desks and departure gates
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    Cost model update, March 2009

    2009-03-06T00:00:00Z

    With the construction market in reverse, it’s crucial to have the latest data. This cost update has been compiled by Max Wilkes and Simon Rawlinson, with help from Davis Langdon’s sector experts

  • Riches beyond the dreams of avarice: Dubai’s Shangri-La hotel was finished before the slowdown
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    The world construction outlook

    2009-02-27T00:00:00Z

    In the old days, before the world banking meltdown, firms looked abroad for expansion opportunities. These days they are economic migrants. Davis Langdon looks at the best places to flee

  • Grimshaw’s £71m conversion of an Edwardian office block for the London School of Economics
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    Cost model update: Public sector

    2009-02-20T00:00:00Z

    With the construction market in reverse and tender prices in freefall, it’s crucial to have the latest building costs. This update has been compiled by Max Wilkes and Simon Rawlinson of Davis Langdon

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    The tracker: How low can we go?

    2009-02-13T00:00:00Z

    Activity levels fell for the 10th month in a row, the rate of decline headed towards a new low, and don’t even ask about employment prospects

  • Demand is low, unemployment is up and so are stockpiles. Prepare for a deep impact
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    Spotlight: How hard will the credit crunch hit?

    2009-02-06T00:00:00Z

    Demand is low, unemployment is up and so are stockpiles. Prepare for a deep impact

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    Lead times: November 08 - January 2009

    2009-02-06T00:00:00Z

    Unsurprisingly, a weak economy has led to a reduced workload for many contractors, a few of whom are dropping lead times to a level not seen since 2003

  • Will Bank of England governor Mervyn King cut interest rates to zero?
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    Market forecast: Two years to go …

    2009-01-30T00:00:00Z

    Building prices plummeted 7.5% in the last quarter of 2008, and aren’t set to bottom out until 2011. Peter Fordham and Maren Baldauf-Cunnington of Davis Langdon deliver the latest grim predictions