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9 Feb
15:48

Unlocking benefits through quick decisions

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

There's no doubt that George Osborne's emphasis on creating a 'Northern Powerhouse' as part of the National Infrastructure Plan is welcome. Investment in infrastructure contributes to GDP growth in a way that few other investments are able to and the proposed rail upgrades set out in the Plan will have an enabling effect on the regional economies. However, a lengthy decision-making process on important and inevitable infrastructure projects is still preventing the UK from reaping... Read More

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Unlocking benefits through quick decisions
21 Jan
16:00

The need for counter-cyclical thinking in public sector housing delivery interventions

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

With the continuing focus on the housing agenda by all political parties and the ever diverse search for avenues by which increased housing supply can be delivered, it is clear that there are long-term structural constraints in the market which seriously hamper the ability of the public sector to really effect meaningful change in output. The reliance on the private sector and the market mechanism is now not only to deliver private housing but also to integrally support social housing output... Read More

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The need for counter-cyclical thinking in public sector housing delivery interventions
16 Jan
17:21

Adapting to Scarcity 2015

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

As the property and construction industries kick-start 2015, all signs point to a strong year for investors, developers and all parts of the design and construction supply chain. However, we could be rapidly moving into a point in the cycle where demand exceeds supply, where a war for talent disrupts project resourcing and where over-trading risks below-par performance and poor quality work. The aligned stars of strong end-user demand, widely available finance and high quality product will... Read More

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Adapting to Scarcity 2015
16 Jan
09:05

The cost of providing school places is at least 50% higher than has been reported

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

I discussed my views on the school places funding gap with Construction Enquirer, click here to read the article or read my full viewpoint below.  The cost of providing the 878,000 additional school places needed between 2015 and 2023 has been estimated at £12bn.  We have analysed our benchmarking data, drawn from our work on school projects with local authorities and the Department for Education, and we believe that a more accurate figure would be in excess of £18bn. ... Read More

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The cost of providing school places is at least 50% higher than has been reported
13 Jan
17:35

The Shifting Private Rented Sector Sands

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

My views on the outlook for the Private Rented Sector in 2015 were published in Construction News on 9 January 2015 as their 2015 Housing Preview of The Year. See the full article below. 2014 was a fascinating year of twists and turns for the UK residential sector, and I expect 2015 to be no different. What is clear is that the importance of housing to the political agenda of all main parties has added a particular spice to residential development and investment markets which remain in... Read More

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The Shifting Private Rented Sector Sands
9 Jan
11:20

2015 โ€“ a year of change for the public sector

Submitted by Philip Black, EC Harris, Head of Public Sector

Austerity is here to stay in 2015, but whatever the results of the general election, there will be change, even if this involves the speeding up or slowing down of current legislation and policy implementations. The desire for devolution of power from central government to city regions and combined authorities has gained real momentum across the political divide and this will mean change. Our leaders in education, central and local government and health have looked forward and outlined what... Read More

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2015 โ€“ a year of change for the public sector
5 Jan
16:16

Totex optimisation relies on Total Information

Submitted by Simon Bimpson, EC Harris, Head of Utilities

To mark the 25th year of water privatisation, I attended a roundtable held in conjunction with Utility Week to debate the challenges of delivering AMP6 now that the price review is drawing to a close. Totex was one of the issues discussed, and the following expert view was published in Utility Week on 12th December. Information quality will be a key issue for water companies aiming to optimise their programmes in forthcoming AMP6. With Ofwat's final determinations published, water... Read More

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Totex optimisation relies on Total Information
22 Dec
16:02

All change for AMP6

Submitted by Greg Bradley, EC Harris, Partner Utilties

To mark the 25th year of water privatisation, I attended a roundtable held in conjunction with Utility Week to debate the challenges of delivering AMP6 now that the price review is drawing to a close. The following write-up was published in Utility Week on 12th December. Marking a quarter of a century since the water industry was privatised – and ahead of the evening’s event, Utility Week and EC Harris sat down with key figures at a roundtable to discuss the challenges of delivering... Read More

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All change for AMP6
22 Dec
10:12

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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Integrating Human Factors into Operational Safety
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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