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2 Apr
10:01

Our thoughts on the Energy Review

Submitted by Mathew Riley, EC Harris, Global Head of Infrastructure, Industry and Utilities

Whilst there is a need to ensure that customers are protected from rising energy prices, the Government’s call for a Competition and Markets Authority investigation into the UK energy sector must be tempered with the impact that this may have on the much needed investment into the UK energy market. Any further delay in investment will only add to the looming energy supply crisis.   The UK Energy market is popular with investors because of the characteristics of the sector, namely,... Read More

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Our thoughts on the Energy Review
21 Mar
16:57

Our view on Ofwat’s PR14 prequalification decisions

Submitted by Greg Bradley, EC Harris, Partner Utilties

Ofwat recently published their Price Review 2014 decisions following a review of the business plans which were submitted in December 2013. In short: Two companies have been fast-tracked; Affinity Water and South West Water. Ofwat are confident that their plans will deliver the best outcome for customers. Financial benefits are an initial £4m (Affinity) and £11m (SWW) award, with opportunity for a further £3m and £6m respectively from an incentive scheme,... Read More

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Our view on Ofwat’s PR14 prequalification decisions
21 Mar
02:52

Powering Smart Cities of the Future

Submitted by Richard Warburton, EC Harris, Area Leader, South East Asia

What constitutes a Smart City and what requirements does this concept create in terms of current and future technological solutions? These were just two of the central themes explored at the “Smart Cities, Smart Living Mission”that was hosted by the UKTI in Singapore last week. With massive Smart City urban development programmes being planned or already underway in many countries across South-East Asia, this discussion was particularly timely and generated plenty of debate within... Read More

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Powering Smart Cities of the Future
13 Mar
09:24

How is the large scale housing industry reacting to the zero carbon 2016 challenge?

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

ZED Factory and Good Homes Alliance both spoke at the Ecobuild 2014 session last week about the good work that is already happening in the UK at high levels of sustainability. However, the examples quoted were small scale and isolated, not even making a dent in the 120,000-130,000 units per annum that we will likely build this year. My fear is that their attitude was one of defiance against the volume house building and mainstream development world and that they were effectively looking to create... Read More

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How is the large scale housing industry reacting to the zero carbon 2016 challenge?
12 Mar
17:40

Eco radicalism is not the solution to our industry’s zero carbon challenge

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

“I was part of a lively panel debate at Ecobuild 2014 last week entitled “Zero Carbon by 2016: Can it be done with Traditional Building Methods?” My position on this is clear; the challenge for the house building industry to prepare for the regulatory framework in 2016 is significant. The likely new definition of zero carbon has moved on somewhat from the initial intention of achieving Code for Sustainable Homes Level 6. The government realised back in 2010 that a new definition... Read More

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Eco radicalism is not the solution to our industry’s zero carbon challenge
12 Mar
17:12

The Future of the Smart City

Submitted by Greg Bradley, EC Harris, Partner Utilties

The ‘Smart City’ is an emerging concept.  By creating a sustainable, low carbon economy, which stimulates jobs and addresses the social and employment problems found in any city, UK regions can create smarter, better connected, economically and socially sustainable futures that will ultimately see new opportunities for both national and global investment. Successfully realising a smart city vision requires both technology implementation and behavioural change. Investment is... Read More

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The Future of the Smart City
11 Mar
13:58

Unlocking growth and kick-starting regeneration: Has Bristol found the key to success?

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

Outside of London, Bristol and Bath is the only City Region to make a positive contribution to the UK economy totalling £10bn per annum. It is one of the most resilient localities outside of London and the South East and the West of England Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) outlines ambitious strategies for growth and investment against a clear set of priorities.  Bristol’s strengths include a high rate of business start-up (ranked 12th in the Cities Outlook 2014) and a very qualified... Read More

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Unlocking growth and kick-starting regeneration: Has Bristol found the key to success?
3 Mar
17:20

Is cautious, constrained construction sector crippling house building?

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

Be it mayor of London Boris Johnson’s call to double the current rate of house building in London, the re-emergence of the debates on garden cities and new towns, or Labour’s political sabre rattling around potential “use it or lose it” policies, one thing is clear: the issue of housing supply in this country has never been more prominent. As demand is stimulated by Help to Buy - and now increasingly by general economic recovery - concerns focus on another housing... Read More

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Is cautious, constrained construction sector crippling house building?
16 Jan
16:59

Where now for failing NHS Trusts?

Submitted by Conor Ellis, EC Harris, Global Account Leader, Health

NHS Trusts across the country that are in, or are approaching Special Measures have much to think about. With a number of significant heads commenting on the cost and quality improvements needed in the NHS, the next five years in UK Healthcare will be undeniably challenging and critical to its future. What is the solution?  Whilst each Trust has some unique challenges, there is much more that is common and could be the answer. Through our experience we have distilled our learning into... Read More

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Where now for failing NHS Trusts?
2 Jan
16:35

What is 2014 looking like for water?

Submitted by Terry Povall, EC Harris, Partner, Head of Water

Water companies have been busy in 2013 putting their final touches to their business plans for the next regulatory period. Early indications are that we will see capital spend levels for England and Wales for 2015-2020 around £25bn with slightly lower figures for operational spend making the sector still very attractive as a source of long term sustainable revenue.  One of the key challenges that water companies have had to address in preparing their plans is Ofwat’s TOTEX... Read More

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What is 2014 looking like for water?

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