Whole-life carbon: Fabric retention

By Mirko Farnetani and Juan José Lafuente of Sturgis Carbon Profiling

In redevelopment or refurbishment, retaining elements of existing buildings offers significant environmental and financial benefits

Modular housing in Ladywell

Cost model: Modular construction

By Rob Mills

Debates about modular construction and off-site manufacture are nothing new. But with more suppliers, better quality and greater awareness within the industry, could it finally achieve critical mass?

London skyline

Sustainability: Zero-carbon London

By Adam Mactavish

The London Plan has specific sustainability targets which affect development in the city


Building intelligence: Q4 2016

By Experian Economics

The UK economy has enjoyed four years of uninterrupted growth and GDP is higher than its pre-crisis peak in 2008 but the outlook for the next two years has weakened following the Brexit vote


Tracker: February 2017

By Experian Economics

Activity growth in the sectors was positive this month, as the residential and non-residential indices both increased, and the total activity index recorded a significant improvement

Touch pad

Infrastructure: Digital Railway

By Ciara Walker, Marc Starmans

A look at the challenges the Digital Railway programme faces, and how they can be overcome by good management, supply chain collaboration and a strong investment case


Cost update Q4 2016

By Michael Hubbard

The fall in the value of sterling has caused building costs and consumer prices to rise, while manufacturing input has taken a hard hit in the last year


City focus: Berlin

By Ciara Walker, Birgit Detig, Ramiro Forné

Ciara Walker, Birgit Detig and Ramiro Forné of Arcadis and CallisonRTKL consider whether Berlin will still be sexy, when it is no longer so poor


Tracker: January 2017

By Experian Economics

The total activity index fell into negative territory for the first time since July last year. The repair and maintenance index also continued on its downward trend

New Jaguar Land Rover dealership at Manor Royal, Crawley

Cost model: Car showrooms

By John Fox, Joe McCann, Chris Webb

The motor industry is booming, with showrooms continuing to be built. And with the customer experience at the heart of the schemes, substantial add-on features may be included

UK construction quarterly output

Market forecast: Still on the up

By Michael Hubbard

The trend continues for rising optimism and workload, though materials costs and wage rates are also increasing, while market uncertainty may have some surprises to pull, says Michael Hubbard of Aecom

Lead times

Lead times: October - December 2016

By Brian Moone

Lead times have changed for only two packages - the lowest level of change recorded in the last decade. But many packages are reporting difficulty in getting qualified or experienced staff, reports Brian Moone of Mace

Tracker index

Tracker: December 2016

By Experian Economics

In the final month of last year there was growth in the total activity index due to improvements in the non-residential and the civil engineering sectors


Sustainability: Efficient offices

By Adam Mactavish, Renee Scarlett, Anthea McDermott

How do you create an energy-efficient office that is cost effective and great for the workforce?


Cost model: Palliative care

By Mark Robinson

The demand for high quality healthcare facilities aiming to improve the quality of life of patients with serious illnesses is increasing


Tracker: November 2016

By Experian Economics

The total activity index and R&M index both fell and the orders index ticked up, while the indices for the separate subsectors showed mixed results


Building intelligence: Q3 2016

By Experian Economics

The latest Office for National Statistics figures show the economy has been in good shape since the referendum vote to leave the European Union. However, more challenging times seem to be ahead

Manchester Victoria station was upgraded between 2013-2015

City focus: Manchester

By Ciara Walker, Jonathan Moore

Ciara Walker and Jonathan Moore of Arcadis consider how the city that has ‘everything except a beach’ is leading by example in the northern powerhouse

Exchange rates

Cost update Q3 2016

By David Holmes

Building costs rose overall, with materials cost inflation increasingly contributing to this - labour costs are rising too but at a lower rate

Figure 1: Warehouse Relocated: 9 Cambridge Avenue

Whole-life carbon: Circular economy

By James Robb and Priyanka Arora from Sturgis Carbon Profiling

Typical design approaches minimise energy use and then offset to reach net zero – but how reliable is offsetting in reality?


Tracker: October 2016

By Experian Economics

The construction activity index ticked down three points, while the R&M index lost points and is exactly in the zero-growth region

Aecom Indices

Market forecast: Medium term limbo

By Michael Hubbard

Brexit continues to cause uncertainty, with increasingly mixed views about the medium-to-long-term emerging across the market. But as Michael Hubbard of Aecom reports, for now, business is looking good

The IMAX on London’s South Bank has an award-winning design

Cost model: Cinemas

By Ben Agyekum, Tim Jackson, Stephen Maxwell

Cinemas can brighten urban areas and masterplans, and need good design and facilities to attract increasingly discerning audiences


Tracker: September 2016

By Experian Economics

Residential activity grew but the civil engineering index dropped to its lowest level since February


International costs 2016

By Simon Rawlinson, William Waller

Global economic volatility, the UK vote for Brexit and currency fluctuations have triggered big movements in the relative construction costs of world cities

Lead times

Lead times: July - September 2016

By Brian Moone

There are capacity issues with some off-site manufacturing but the consensus among other site-based trades is that lead times are stabilising

Los Angeles

Global city focus: Los Angeles

By Ciara Walker, Mike Johnson, Flores Macaria and Girish Kripalani of Arcadis

The ‘city where no-one walks’ is revolutionising transportation and land use to maximise health, income and opportunities

2016-18 forecast

Building intelligence: Q2 2016

By Experian Economics

Total construction output grew more than previously thought in 2015, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics


Tracker: August 2016

By Experian Economics

The construction activity index for August suggests that we are returning to normality after June’s EU referendum shock

Man on roof

Sustainability: The housing ‘trilemma’

By Robin Brylewski, Adam Mactavish

How can the UK deliver the volume of new homes required without sacrificing wellbeing or environmental performance?

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