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Construction in the North – a wealth of opportunities
The UK construction industry accounts for approximately 6% of the economy and has been a consistent source of growth over the last 50 years1. Last month, Dr Claire Handby, a Director in Deloitte’s Real Estate Consulting team, gave a speech at a Chartered Institute of Building (Women in Property) event, and spoke about the value of construction, particularly in the North of England. The construction industry provides employment for over 2 million people in the UK, over half a million in the North of England, and has experienced a 4% growth since 20072.
London’s new look density policy is dividing opinion
By Richard Katz, Deloitte Real Estate
The ‘Draft London Plan Examination in Public’ (EiP) is now in full swing, having already examined key policy topics such as good growth, strategic regeneration, housing supply and housing strategy. The hearing on 05 March 2019 saw the issue of density take centre stage, with draft Policy D6 – Optimising Housing Potential under the spotlight.
By Colin Mounstephen, Deloitte NI
The third annual Belfast Crane Survey produced by Deloitte Real Estate highlights another healthy year for our city, with 35 schemes either completed or under construction through 2018. This compares with 30 schemes under construction or completed in the 2017 survey.
As developers seek to promote comfort and safety in recreational spaces through sustainable urban development, Rachel Brown, Senior Planner at Deloitte, assesses the importance of Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) – particularly in terms of external microclimate – in the planning stage.
The comfort and safety of users in recreational spaces is an imperative requirement for planning approval and is crucial to the success of large scale developments. As a result, EIA requires the developer of tall buildings to embark on the detailed study of external microclimate from the earliest stages of development proposals to ensure the end design is suitable within the existing urban landscape.
Workplaces designed by workforces: Is the potential of wearable technology in the workplace being realised?
Not all corporate occupiers are fortunate enough to build new offices for their employees. Buzzwords like smart and intelligent buildings are nothing new, but how can companies harness evolving technologies to transform their existing buildings to benefit management and staff?
The NHS is transforming how it delivers its services, but one key aspect to enabling this is the need for significant investment in its Estate. According to Sir Robert Naylor’s report last year, the NHS Estate ranges from world class to poorly utilised and not fit for purpose.1 Moreover, Sir Robert estimated that capital requirements could amount to around £10bn. This investment cannot be delivered through public sector funding alone. However, the Chancellor’s announcement in Budget 2018 that there will be no more Private Finance Initiative (PFI)/Private Finance 2 (PF2) Projects, this cuts off a historically well used option for enabling capital investment in the NHS.2 So what next? There are a myriad of potential solutions, and it will require a combination of traditional and innovative approaches to ensure Estates play their part in the transformation of the NHS.
Intelligent Buildings and the Internet of Things (IoT) in real estate are much talked-about, and for good reason. Analyst predictions suggest that there will be over 10 billion connected devices deployed in real estate by 2020.
John Adams, partner at Deloitte Real Estate, discusses the growing challenge to support housing delivery across the UK amid an evolving housing market.
At MIPIM we hosted events with Cities ranging from Belfast to Berlin, from Manchester to Stockholm and Barcelona.
As MIPIM comes to a close, Deloitte Real Estate’s delegation reflects on one of the big themes of this year’s event - the evolution of Smart Cities
Speaking at this year’s MIPIM, a clear theme to emerge has been the consistent and obvious challenge that affects cities all over the globe, which is how we can utilise technology to shape the cities of the future.
Well MIPIM 2018 is over for another year. It was a very good show and yet again the North West shone. The programmes pulled together by both Liverpool and Manchester were the strongest I can ever remember. Liverpool majored on the waterfront with the port and the leisure / tourism sector again to the fore. Manchester presented a wide ranging programme but of particular note were the sessions on natural capital and global sport which added new dimensions to what was already a very diverse programme.