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Kim Bailey, 22 Jun 2017
More needs to be done to educate buyers that a valuation is not a home buyers survey, and the industry needs more home surveyors and valuers. These were key issues raised at a recent Residential Question Time Debate, held at the iconic Haydock Racecourse in the heart of the North West.
We're calling on construction firms across the UK to help tackle the skills shortage in the industry by helping some of their community’s most vulnerable people get back into work.
Sophie Hall, 21 Jun 2017
As predicted, Brexit dominated this morning’s Queen’s Speech. With a week of debates to follow, the Conservative Government has until next Thursday to convince Parliament that they are the party to take the UK forward.
21 Jun 2017
In the aftermath of the tragic events at Grenfell Tower, owners and managers of residential tower blocks need to urgently carry out fire safety checks to ensure that appropriate safety and response measures are in place.
Matthew Howell, 21 Jun 2017
This update, for the UK profession, provides a summary of our actions and UK government requirements in response to the Grenfell Tower fire.
Dan Hughes, 20 Jun 2017
We are pleased to announce that our partners, MetaProp NYC, have published the Q4 results of the Global Real Estate Technology Confidence Index 2016.
Sean Ellison, 20 Jun 2017
The lastest RICS Hong Kong Residential Market Survey shows that sentiment surrounding the housing market has maintained positive momentum in May 2017. However, despite remaining bullish on prices and rents, respondents' expect tighter credit conditions over the next quarter.
19 Jun 2017
Are you looking to gain an edge on other entrants to this year's RICS Matrics Young Surveyor of the Year 2017 Awards? Then what could be better than hearing the views of panel judge and Chairman of the UK and Ireland World Regional Board, Fiona Grant?
Dave Ramsey, 19 Jun 2017
We're committed to developing a suite of data standards to help the digital world interact with data that represents information created by its professionals. We need your help.
Ben Elder FRICS, 19 Jun 2017
RICS Valuation — Global Standards 2017 has undergone an essential update.
Boost productivity using modern methods of construction, end Right to Buy, and a need for a long-term housing strategy were the key points raised at the recent Residential Question Time Debate in London which included a panel of esteemed residential professionals.
What’s the critical difference between being a quantity surveyor, a project manager in construction, or a commercial manager in infrastructure? Richard Graham FRICS, leader of our new distance learning course in Infrastructure Commercial Management, outlines how students will learn a new set of skills that augment their existing construction-based capabilities.
Laura Lindberg, 19 Jun 2017
We had a say on important topics affecting the property industry as reflected in our media coverage and social media outreach. Our view on Brexit with regards to the impact of the negotiations was of media interest this spring, together with our experts’ comments on commercial property trends and our professional groups’ insights on proptech.
Fiona Mannix, 16 Jun 2017
We recently attended the launch of the 2016 IPD UK Annual Forestry Index. The UK forestry sector currently contributes £2bn to Gross Value Added (GVA) annually and supports 79,000 jobs in rural locations.
Stephanie Bentley, 16 Jun 2017
With questions still being asked around whether Building Information Modelling (BIM) Level 2 is necessary for businesses success, it’s clear that there is still some way to go before there is sufficient understanding of how BIM will help businesses achieve digital transformation. This was the view of Director of BIM Strategy and Development at Atkins and Chair of the UK BIM Alliance Anne Kemp at our recent BIM Conference.
15 Jun 2017
The cost of rebuilding a house has tripled over the past 30 years. The ABI/BCIS House Rebuilding Cost Index (HRCI) reached 300 in May 2017 compared to its base September 1988 = 100.
Over the last three years, BCIS has received a number of office block to residential conversion projects. In 2013 the subdued office market, combined with the political desire to promote the delivery of new homes throughout the UK, led to the Government introducing new rules, which allowed for the change of use of offices to residential without the need to obtain planning permission.
Laura Lindberg, 14 Jun 2017
This spring we were in the headlines of leading European media with regards to global standards on conflict of interest, valuation and property measurement.
14 Jun 2017
The Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) launched its new Community Infrastructure Benchmark Database (CIBD) in March 2017.
13 Jun 2017
This year, the overall Young Surveyor of the Year 2017 will not only receive this top accolade and industry recognition as the rising star of the profession, but they will also win a Volvo V40 D2 — talk about adding some "va-va-voom".
BCIS’ latest forecast was published on the eve of the election on the assumption that, whatever the outcome, government policies for construction would remain largely unchanged.
Private housebuilders' costs rose at over 5% in the year to 1st quarter 2017 in response to demand pressures on resources.
Lewis Johnston, 12 Jun 2017
The UK has its second hung Parliament in seven years, with no party commanding a majority in the Commons. With the Conservatives proceeding as a minority administration; it is more important than ever that Government listens to the views of the property sector and pursues effective policies across housing, infrastructure and construction.
12 Jun 2017
Stakeholders exist in multiple forms across construction, but the scale, longevity and critical public role of infrastructure means that the commercial manager must deal with a much more complex ecosystem.
10 Jun 2017
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