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8 Dec
12:32

The local roads network has lost out

Submitted by Brian Fitzpatrick, EC Harris, Head of Highways

Following the Autumn Statement given by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, on 3 December 2014, I shared my views on the funding cuts for the local roads network with Building.co.uk. Read the full article below, or click here to go to Building.co.uk. Today’s pledges of investment in strategic roads are welcome, but the cut to local authority funding risks creating a two tier roads system. The pledges for investment in the inter-urban road network are welcome news,... Read More

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The local roads network has lost out
4 Dec
16:56

It's time to think radically in order to secure economic growth

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

Economic growth is an absolute necessity for every authority across the country, as starkly underlined in the LGA’s Future Funding Outlook 2014. Our professionals have been looking at strategic partnerships and the potential gains that these can offer. Read the full viewpoint to find out how local authorities can: Pay for results, not resources Access complementary expertise Unlock a gateway to private investment in your community Read More

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It's time to think radically in order to secure economic growth
4 Dec
12:09

It’s not all about the money, money, money: why public servants also need better places to work

Submitted by Mark Langdale, EC Harris, Lead for UK Central Government

Government property is on the frontline when it comes to making spending cuts, with huge savings having been achieved through this focus. But does this consider the broader costs and inefficiencies tied up with the physical environment in which people work? Our experts have been looking at the areas public sector organisations should be focussing on to achieve strategic objectives around collaboration and performance. Read the full viewpoint to discover how to drive positive change by: -      ... Read More

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It’s not all about the money, money, money: why public servants also need better places to work
4 Dec
11:56

Bridging the basic need funding gap: time for new solutions

Submitted by Marcus Fagent, EC Harris, Head of Education and Children's Services

The challenge of providing enough school places within existing funding constraints is becoming urgent; traditional approaches to expansion will not be enough to meet the continuously rising primary school population. Councils need to find a practical and affordable way to start building education facilities immediately. Our experts believe a flexible approach is needed; a blend of new free schools with cost effective school expansion. Read the full viewpoint to discover our five step solution: -      ... Read More

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Bridging the basic need funding gap: time for new solutions
28 Oct
10:06

Providing Safety Assurance for Successful Nuclear Decommissioning

Submitted by Alec Bounds, ARCADIS EC Harris, Lead for Nuclear Safety

Estimates of costs and timescales to complete nuclear decommissioning in the UK have risen in recent years as more is discovered about the work that is required. The decommissioning process is complex and challenging, with workers getting closer to nuclear material than is typically the case during the operational phase. In addition, there is often significant uncertainty about the inventory, both in total amount and in the radionuclide mix. Before each significant stage of decommissioning, a... Read More

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Providing Safety Assurance for Successful Nuclear Decommissioning
15 Oct
16:24

Nuclear New Build: Hinkley Point C, the cost reality

Submitted by Mark Stewart, EC Harris, Partner, Energy

The European Commission has decided to approve the UK government's subsidy for Hinkley Point C, the first in a new generation of UK nuclear power stations. This is extremely positive news for the UK construction sector, allowing the estimated £24.5 billion project to commence next year. However, I predict that a further legal challenge and financing hurdles could lead to capital cost rises of at least 35 - 40% over the nine year programme. Click here to read my article... Read More

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Nuclear New Build: Hinkley Point C, the cost reality
14 Oct
16:01

Early contracts for renewables generators: the right decision in an imperfect world

Submitted by Paul McQuillan, EC Harris, Partner, Head of Renewables

Was the Department of Energy & Climate Change right to award early contracts, without competition, to eight renewable generation projects in May 2014? Or did it unnecessarily commit a large portion of the Government’s budget for renewable generation in advance of the new Contracts for Difference (CfD) regime, expected to be live in October 2014? In a recently published report, the National Audit Office (NAO) said it was “not convinced that the Government sufficiently protected... Read More

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Early contracts for renewables generators: the right decision in an imperfect world
13 Oct
16:26

Government's new Estate Strategy - from cheaper to better

Submitted by Mark Langdale, EC Harris, Lead for UK Central Government

The updated Estate Strategy for government is a welcome reminder as Whitehall finalises input to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement of the critical importance of the government estate not just to delivering savings but to driving public service productivity and economic growth. Understandably the estates focus of the current Parliament has been relentlessly on cutting costs. Ending leases, rationalising the estate and making best use of its freehold properties... Read More

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Government's new Estate Strategy - from cheaper to better
10 Oct
09:52

Opening London Borough of Bexley's New Civic Offices

Submitted by Tim Preston, EC Harris, Partner, Development Management

Great to see the Mayor of London formally open the London Borough of Bexley’s new civic offices today. It was encouraging to hear the Mayor reiterate the role that public sector workspace transformation plays in productivity and reducing the cost of local government services to the taxpayer. He also referenced the growth potential of Bexley as an outer London Borough with Crossrail and the planned new river crossing playing a key enabling role in development plans. The EC Harris led... Read More

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Opening London Borough of Bexley's New Civic Offices
7 Oct
10:59

The Race to Secure Capacity

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

This year’s London prime residential development pipeline shows a 25% increase in planned activity over the next ten years. With 25,000 units in the pipeline and a combined sales value of £60 billion, the level of prime development now being planned and constructed is at an unprecedented high. Interestingly, the annual growth in total units in the pipeline, at 25%, has fallen yet again (2013 saw an increase of 29% and 2012 an increase of 70%). This may indicate that the pace of... Read More

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The Race to Secure Capacity

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