The Rio Olympics and the legacy of London

London and Rio de Janeiro, like many of the Olympic Games gone before, have something in common: they both promised their people a legacy. At the time of selection, Brazil was set to become one of the world’s largest economies. Although in the interim it has been affected by economic shocks, presidential concerns and healthcare … Continue reading “The Rio Olympics and the legacy of London”

Infrastructure investment delays

Big infrastructure has been under scrutiny recently. In September, the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) was cut from the Planning Bill; NIC Commissioner Sir John Armitt has said that the government does not believe the NIC requires a statutory footing, but critics have questioned the Bill’s revision. Given that the commission was set up to encourage … Continue reading “Infrastructure investment delays”

The rise – and fallout – of mega mergers

The mega-merger is back in the air. From the high profile Marriott Hotels’ proposed takeover of Starwood – awaiting approval by the Chinese government before moving any further forward – to the more down to earth world of industrial gases, where German firm Linde and its American rival Praxair joining forces is set to create … Continue reading “The rise – and fallout – of mega mergers”

Conamar Appointed for Herne Hill Velodrome Revamp

Building and refurbishment specialist Conamar has been appointed to construct the new pavilion building planned for the historic Herne Hill Velodrome in South East London. Working with Hopkins Architects – the team behind 2012 Olympic Velodrome – and other members of the project team for the Herne Hill Velodrome Trust, Conamar will construct the £1.5 … Continue reading “Conamar Appointed for Herne Hill Velodrome Revamp”

Can the Midlands Engine match up to the Northern Powerhouse?

The Midlands Engine for Growth, lesser-known cousin of the much-heralded Northern Powerhouse, was launched by Business Secretary Sajid Javid in December last year. Devolution deals, coupled with large public investment, are designed to give areas such as the East and West Midlands the potential to be catalysts for major development. And such plans could help … Continue reading “Can the Midlands Engine match up to the Northern Powerhouse?”

From clicks to bricks: the new retail landscape

It’s easy to understand why a retailer would move into online trading – most already have. But when pure play e-tailers start opening stores on the high street, it seems counterintuitive, especially in today’s internet culture where everything can be accessed and bought at the click of a mouse. Evolving to keep up with retail’s … Continue reading “From clicks to bricks: the new retail landscape”

May elections and the outcome for construction

After eight years of Boris Johnson occupying the top seat in London’s City Hall, and many Evening Standard front pages, the electoral landscape was altered overnight in May’s local election as Sadiq Khan reclaimed a Labour majority in the capital. Enjoying a 13.6% margin of victory over his nearest rival, Conservative Zac Goldsmith, the new … Continue reading “May elections and the outcome for construction”

Conamar Completes Sustainable Refurb Of Grade II* Listed Energy Institute

Building and refurbishment specialist Conamar has completed a £1.8 million refurbishment at the Energy Institute (EI) on New Cavendish Street, London W1, transforming the 1,264 sq m (13,606 sq ft), five storey, Grade II* listed building with a 1950s extension into modern headquarters for the organisation. After a 999-year lease was signed during the late … Continue reading “Conamar Completes Sustainable Refurb Of Grade II* Listed Energy Institute”