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January 2012

30 Jan
16:17

Property Outlook for 2012 โ€“ change brings opportunity

Submitted by Keith Brooks, EC Harris , Head of Property

2012 looks set to be another year of change, but change drives opportunity and the winners will be those that anticipate it and adapt fast to create competitive advantage.    We enter the year with an uncertain outlook in most markets across the world, where control, speed, asset performance and partnerships will be the key drivers for success. Our property sector experts have considered the year ahead and what it means for our clients. Click... Read More

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Property Outlook for 2012 โ€“ change brings opportunity
13 Jan
11:09

Construction output - we haven't fallen off the cliff yet

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

The latest construction output data from ONS confirm that the construction industry continues to defy the odds in 2011, but that storm clouds are gathering for 2012. The headline results are that output increased marginally month on month and that compared to 12 months ago, activity for the Sept – Nov period is down by 1.2%.  Looking at activity during 2011, both new build and total activity looks as if it will be at least 3% higher than in 2010, and could be higher given the appalling... Read More

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Construction output - we haven't fallen off the cliff yet
11 Jan
09:58

London 2012: Prime residential set to win!

Submitted by Mark Farmer, EC Harris, Head of Private Residential

Throughout 2011 the cautionary headlines in the UK mainstream residential market continued, centering on the key issues of continued lack of mortgage finance, first time buyer affordability and the inability of developers to obtain development finance. This was in vast contrast to headlines around continued boom in the London prime residential market. International investment and the continued relative weakness of Sterling against foreign currencies has underpinned the healthy performance... Read More

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London 2012: Prime residential set to win!
11 Jan
10:01

Should Local Authorities own their property?

Submitted by William Green, EC Harris, Head of Local Government and Communities

Why do so many local authorities insist on owning the majority of their property portfolio, particularly when they are facing their biggest financial challenge for a generation? There is little commercial rationale for being wedded to corporate or operational property. Take the example of private sector businesses such as hotel and leisure chains which run a property operator model that enables them to operate successfully from leased or landlord managed buildings. Local authorities will... Read More

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Should Local Authorities own their property?
11 Jan
10:02

Middle East to take the lead on Intelligent Transport Systems

Submitted by Brian Fitzpatrick, EC Harris, Head of Highways

As a young boy in the 70’s there wasn’t much else to do apart from play football and read, both of which I did constantly.  I read a book, ‘Time for the Stars’ which told a story of fantastic technology called ‘Torch ships’ able to travel at the speed of light to distant stars.  It envisaged communication between the ships and earth by telepathy using twins, with one twin going on the space ship whilst the other stayed on earth. The launch place for... Read More

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Middle East to take the lead on Intelligent Transport Systems

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