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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
2 Oct
17:32

Tackling today’s Global Aviation Issues

Submitted by Paul Willis, EC Harris, Head of Aviation

Global aviation traffic is once again on an upward trajectory; according to ICAO, international passenger traffic increased by 5.2% in 2013 and further growth is forecast for the rest of 2014. Despite this positive outlook, the industry continues to reflect the same nervousness evident in the wider business environment. Whilst the global economy is showing a steady rate of growth, particularly in Europe, North America’s recovery is slower. The good news is that in Latin America and Asia... Read More

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Tackling today’s Global Aviation Issues
26 Sep
10:06

Learning from the New Boys on the Block

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

Having been involved in the residential development market for many years, both in the UK and internationally, I have seen the evolution of the developer market and the change in the nature of what is being built and who is buying it. One interesting development has been the recent advent of specialist branded PRS & integrated senior living and continuous care retirement community (CCRC) operators starting to develop their designs and brand standards for the UK market. This impending development... Read More

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Learning from the New Boys on the Block
25 Sep
16:52

Removing the Hidden Agenda

Submitted by Mark Cowlard, EC Harris, Global Head of Rail

I recently spoke to Railway Strategies on the process of devolving power in railway franchising, and the outcomes of the Coalition Government’s Localism Act, which devolved decision-making powers from central government control to local communities and individuals. In the article, ‘Removing the Hidden Agenda’, I explore the new opportunities for franchising that this has opened up in the rail sector, including the formation of the new Rail Executive within the Department... Read More

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Removing the Hidden Agenda
25 Sep
15:55

Integrating Human Factors into Operational Safety

Submitted by Paul Sirett, ARCADIS, Principal Human Factors Consultant

Changes to the Control of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH) Regulations are set to turn the spotlight on the role that human factors play in operational safety in oil, gas and petrochemical storage and distribution facilities. The CA is targeting COMAH sites with Competency Assurance inspections from now until 2015.  It has become increasingly clear that the competent authority expect to see the integration of  human factors into operational safety by carrying human reliability analysis... Read More

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