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20 Feb 2017
The Elan Valley Aqueduct, which has been supplying the Midlands with a vital water supply for more than a century, is undergoing a £75m project to bypass worn out pipes. Fisher German's Alan Dadswell MRICS and George Simpson MRICS explore the mammoth task ahead.
17 Feb 2017
Salaries for property professionals remained robust in 2017, according to the latest survey by RICS & Macdonald & Company, but the gender pay gap has increased from last year.
The BCIS Online featured project for February 2017, submitted by Mott MacDonald, is the recently completed £30.78m replacement secondary school and sports hall block, in Northwood, London.
If infrastructure professionals Dr Philippa Stratford and Liam Hewitt prove anything, it's that there isn't one definitive path into the surveying profession. One was working with the UN in Cambodia and looking for career change after having a family. The other? A Lego addict aiming to turn his passion into a career.
The BCIS five-year forecast for the infrastructure sector shows construction demand growing throughout the period (3rd quarter 2016 to 3rd quarter 2021). As a result, tender prices are expected to rise slightly faster than costs.
Prime Minister Theresa May's speech on 17 January makes it more likely that the UK will withdraw from the Single Market and the Customs Union.
16 Feb 2017
Scanning in tight or constricted structures can be a challenge; fortunately, modern, mobile-mapping technology can help. This cutting-edge technology was recently put to good use by an MSt student and geospatial imaging analyst to survey the intricate and hidden spaces of one of the largest and most magnificent monastic gatehouses in Britain.
Business rate changes are causing alarm in some quarters. Director at Bilfinger GVA Rob Gurney-Smith asks whether the "Check, Challenge, Appeal" (CCA) system for those questioning their non-domestic rates bill will be an improvement.
15 Feb 2017
The Council of European Construction Economists (CEEC*) carries out an exercise each June to compare construction costs between countries. Here are their findings.
Sean Tompkins, 15 Feb 2017
We may be witnessing some sort of change in how we’re mapping the world … in economic terms at least.
14 Feb 2017
If Mike Fuhr CBE's long and successful career in infrastructure taught him anything, it's that to deliver a project right, you have to ensure it's the right project.
13 Feb 2017
China may be the initiator of the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative, but infrastructure projects of this nature are not possible without international standards.
Kim Bailey, 13 Feb 2017
These upcoming two weeks (13-26 February) mark First Time Buyers fortnight and with this in mind, we’re urging first time buyers to become more familiar with the buying process, including the importance of commissioning a Home Buyer Survey before committing to purchasing any property.
Unbelievable diversity, vast opportunities and incredible people – these are what make global agriculture so interesting, but there are challenges everywhere. Robert Moore was awarded a Nuffield Farming Scholarship to learn about agricultural practices around the world. Here he shares his experiences.
Like most good ideas, One Belt, One Road – China’s key international strategic project – is both simple and based on extremely powerful forces.
Les Pickford, 13 Feb 2017
Katy Dowding has worked on some huge projects, including private finance initiative (PFI) schemes for the £352m refurbishment of the Ministry of Defence's headquarters in Whitehall and the £1bn redevelopment of Barts and The Royal London hospitals in London.
Dilapidations is a specific area of law relating to breaches of a tenant’s lease obligations or covenants. A dilapidations claim can be made by the landlord against the tenant during or towards the end of a lease, or after the lease has ended.
10 Feb 2017
We spoke to chartered Planning and Development surveyor, Valerie Owen OBE, ahead of the UN’s Women and Girls in Science Day on 11 February, who is encouraging gender diversity in careers.
Did you know that the UK’s student housing market is set to top £45 billion in value in 2017? Head of City Engagement Andrew Knight summarises key findings from our Real Estate Investors Conference with Hogan Lovells, which focused on alternative asset classes, international standards and encouraging collaboration between our industry and the City of London.
Claudia Conway, 10 Feb 2017
From a simple bus stop in a small community to mega developments in big cities, infrastructure has a transformative effect on the people that use it. This couldn’t be more evident in the densely populated cities across India, where population profiles include the very wealthy, as well as the very poor, and all of whom would hugely benefit from access to new developments, such as rapid transit.
Mike Swain, 10 Feb 2017
New York is one of the smartest and most visited cities in the world. Therefore, to build a new area from scratch on an old rail yard in west Manhattan which rivals places like Madison Avenue, Times Square and Central Park as places to live, work and play might seem a crazy ambition.
09 Feb 2017
Back in 1974, a long-haired and much slimmer BCIS staff member undertook a "year out" from a sandwich course in quantity surveying and celebrating his 21st birthday. On his birthday, he received a state-of-the-art Sinclair Cambridge pocket calculator, which at the time cost £22.50.
West Midland’s regional board member, Stewart Sherman-Kahn has recently been appointed board member of Midlands based networking group OpenLand. Following the success of their first event, Stewart discusses the reasons why it is so important for the industry to embrace diversity.
Shortage of supply in both the lettings and sales segments continue to present a huge challenge for the market, according to the January 2017 RICS UK Residential Market Survey.
Geoff White, 07 Feb 2017
Almost 200 planners, architects, engineers, landscape architects and chartered surveyors met in Birmingham to question the candidates who want to be the first ever directly elected mayor of the West Midlands Combined Authority on 4th May.
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