Tendering: Does it give you value for money?

Traditionally, when preparing to undertake a construction project the process involves employing an architect to prepare all the tender documents and drawings. You would then send these out to several contractors to receive quotes for the work, and more than likely pick the company which balances cost, time and quality most effectively. At this stage … Continue reading “Tendering: Does it give you value for money?”

Local authorities’ evolving role as property investors

In a sense, local authorities have long been major property owners. Many councils have significant portfolios of retail and office properties, after all, and while a huge amount of housing stock has been transferred to housing associations since the 1980s, some authorities remain major residential landlords. However, it is increasingly clear that councils are now … Continue reading “Local authorities’ evolving role as property investors”

Flexible workspace vs traditional office – the debate continues

In August, it emerged that flexible office giant Regus had acquired rival Basepoint Business Centres for around £100m. The deal was significant in and of itself – Regus was seeking to consolidate its dominant position in the market and at a stroke added about 1m sq ft to its portfolio – but it was also … Continue reading “Flexible workspace vs traditional office – the debate continues”

The density debate: how should London grow?

It has been well documented that there is a huge amount of residential and commercial space required to meet London’s future needs. The debate around London’s density can be largely categorised into two key questions: how do we accommodate more homes and workspaces, given the unprecedented population and employment growth? And how should we deliver … Continue reading “The density debate: how should London grow?”

Proptech and how it’s shaping the construction industry

The industry is undergoing a huge revolution. With 2017 unofficially labelled ‘The Year of Proptech’, there are three areas that have already witnessed significant progress – both in terms of existing processes and final results. With automation and integration transforming the construction industry, a wave of recent proptech initiatives is overhauling the way large-scale projects … Continue reading “Proptech and how it’s shaping the construction industry”

Driving talent to the South: a review of Knight Frank’s ‘M25 Report’

According to Knight Frank’s M25 Report, key urban regeneration and infrastructure developments continue to be a trigger for driving talent out of London and across the wider South East of England. In the report, published earlier this year, Ealing, Maidenhead, Reading, Croydon and Cambridge were just some of the zones namechecked as most likely to … Continue reading “Driving talent to the South: a review of Knight Frank’s ‘M25 Report’”

The Spring Budget

Although the Spring Budget failed to be headline-grabbing, it did outline a number of measures that will have welcome knock-on effects with several provisions set to encourage and enable local construction and development across the UK. With a combined £536m investment package promised for free schools, grammar schools and existing local authority schools, the Budget’s … Continue reading “The Spring Budget”