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December 2011

21 Dec
13:18

The Future of PFI

Submitted by Ed Baldwin, EC Harris, Partner, Health Sector

The recent announcement by the Treasury that they are looking for a new mechanism for delivering public assets and services must, overall, be welcomed.  Any incentive aimed to deliver improved public infrastructure which helps to kick start the economic recovery and provide growth in these challenging times must be seen as positive. However, I would question the need for a totally new model on the basis that “if it ain’t completely broke, why fix it?”  Whilst... Read More

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The Future of PFI
16 Dec
10:22

Efficiencies Favour the Brave - The Public Sector in 2012

Submitted by Graham Kean, EC Harris, Head of Public

2011 has been quite a year, with change being the only constant, but we have seen many public sector organisations embracing innovation and improving outcomes for communities with much, much less. This has been inspiring, but with more instability on the cards in 2012, it is vital this dynamism continues. They say fortune favours the brave but for the modern public sector organisation fortune equates to efficiencies. Those which effectively engage with the private sector, make bold decisions... Read More

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Efficiencies Favour the Brave - The Public Sector in 2012
16 Dec
09:50

Developer Led Infrastructure

Submitted by Richard Jones, EC Harris, Head of Residential, Regeneration & Growth

I am beginning to see a different and more innovative approach to Developer Led Infrastructure (DLI). Recognising that it is the upfront costs associated with the projects infrastructure (including remediation, roads and utilities etc) that act as the barrier to moving a project forward, developers are looking at new and innovative ways to help fund these works. The industry has talked about InfraCos for a long time but it is only recently that we have begun to see the real emergence... Read More

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Developer Led Infrastructure
12 Dec
14:42

The Bristol 2050 Vision

Submitted by Richard Bonner, EC Harris, South West Location Leader

The announcement by Nick Clegg that Britain’s "core cities" are to be asked to negotiate a series of deals with Whitehall providing them with unprecedented powers to raise funds to shape public transport, incentivise growth through new business and organise the local labour market sits neatly alongside the Bristol 2050 city region vision.   Launched last week by the GWE Business West Initiative, a group of influential business leaders,... Read More

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The Bristol 2050 Vision
9 Dec
11:50

Construction stats: 2011 better than expected, but 2012 still looking gloomy

Submitted by Simon Rawlinson, EC Harris, Head of Strategic Research

Today’s release of construction output statistics includes a welcome upward revisions to second and third quarter 2011 output, adding to +0.7% aggregate output this year.  £300 million of this increase is data sourced from a more complete survey of work, but the rest of the change is related to technical adjustments to constant prices. This upgrade is a salutary reminder that it is dangerous to base too much reliance on early statistical releases, so the emerging... Read More

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Construction stats: 2011 better than expected, but 2012 still looking gloomy
7 Dec
09:07

A Competitive Contracting Market

Submitted by Richard Jones, EC Harris, Head of Residential, Regeneration & Growth

A Competitive Contracting Market In most recessions and more importantly the recovery phase, tender prices for residential projects take on a new competitiveness as contractors strive to maintain workload and cash-flow. Recently, projects in London and the South East are experiencing prices at a level 20% lower than what were already competitive budgets; prices in the fourth quarter of 2011 are similar to those in the 2004-2005 era. With the expectation that tender prices will... Read More

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A Competitive Contracting Market

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