This section features the latest news, comments and press releases from our offices around the world, covering all aspects of surveying practice and also current developments within RICS.
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04 Aug 2017
As investigations into the cause, and the subsequent rapid spread, of the recent tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in West London continue, there is clearly a significant and understandable degree of public concern in relation to high rise residential developments; in particular regarding the existence and effectiveness of fire prevention measures and containment of fires once started.
Jeffrey Matsu, 04 Aug 2017
The issue of how to solve the engineering and construction talent gap was recently discussed by senior leaders from across Europe, the Middle East and US at the World Economic Forum's “Future of Construction” Roundtable in Berlin. A reoccurring message throughout our meeting was that the perception of our industry is substantially below its great potential – people like the industry’s purpose, but perceive the work negatively. Do you agree?
Meet the drone-flying, BIM-using, forward-thinking, user-experiencing, dog-walking, AR-dwelling, blockchaining, continually thinking, scenario-designing, wax jacket-wearing, value-adding, data-wrangling, change-embracing surveyor of the future. Recognise yourself in there?
So, who’s taking the lead with augmented reality, drones, BIM and blockchain? Here’s your answer…
03 Aug 2017
Efficiency and productivity are key areas for improvement across many infrastructure sectors. We spoke to Richard Graham FRICS on a unique research and insight initiative which explores at how rail supply chains could be improved and the key issues they face. The series “Sustainable Supply Chains in Rail” launched in July and begins with the topic of leadership.
We’re joining industry voices in support of government plans to boost the private rental sector and tackle affordability in the market. Build to Rent homes are built at scale for the primary purpose of being rented long-term; they can increase choice and quality in the private rented sector.
Alan Cripps FRICS, 01 Aug 2017
Introducing the world's first biophilic design research project at BRE Watford, using an existing 650m2, 1980’s office block to connect buildings with nature.
01 Aug 2017
Secondary school student, English champion kick boxer, CBRE apprentice. Thomas Stevens tells us about his journey into the industry and successes along the way.
31 Jul 2017
We recently caught up with last year’s Real Estate, Infrastructure and Construction Women of the Future award winner, Arcadis Associate Bryony Day MRICS, to discuss the awards, her career and inspirational role models.
28 Jul 2017
Following the recent tests carried out by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) on cladding materials where a failure to satisfy the guidance in the Approved Document has resulted, this guidance is to assist those RICS professionals who are faced with considering the options that are available.
Laura Lindberg, 28 Jul 2017
In July, the media outlets all over Europe used our market insights as a basis for their stories, whereas the topic of firms regulation was prominent in the Spanish media.
27 Jul 2017
The majority of countries recognise the right to private property, so the infringement of that right requires the highest level of justification. However, compulsory purchase powers are essential in providing much-needed infrastructure, such as HS2 and Heathrow. Here are 20 behaviours, highlighted from our professional statement, that are required of surveyors advising on a compulsory purchase.
Nearly half of construction workers think the sector's pay gap between men and women will be lower than the national average within a year.
Simon Rubinsohn, 27 Jul 2017
The Q2 2017 RICS Global Commercial Property Monitor shows sentiment in the real estate sector remains generally upbeat in the majority of markets.
Occupier demand is declining in the office and retail sectors of the UK commercial property market, but conditions in the industrial segment remain firm, according to the Q2 2017 RICS UK Commercial Property Market Survey.
25 Jul 2017
A universal system that enables global comparison of construction project costs launches today. RICS will begin preparation of a global professional statement in cost prediction, incorporating ICMS, later this year and expect publication in 2019.
The Ministry of Defence’s Future Accommodation Model will enable military personnel to live in the private property market, affecting the lives of more than 160,000 servicemen, servicewomen and their families. Assistant Manager at Deloitte LLP Michael Griffith, and category winner of RICS Matrics Young Surveyor of the Year 2016, describes his part in delivering this ambitious project.
We’re looking for new judges to join regional judging panels for the RICS Awards 2018. Adrian Stenning FRICS of Stenning & Co has been a member of the national judging panel for five years. He tells us what being a judge means and what he enjoys most.
20 Jul 2017
The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) were published by the EU in May 2016, and were the conclusion of a lengthy process to improve the protection of data held about individuals in the EU. They are accompanied by a further directive, the Network and Information Security Directive 2016 (NISD).
Why did Lloyds Banking Group make the decision to adopt RICS standards? And what benefits do they bring to their business? We recently met up with David Hughes Head of Solutions, Commercial Real Estate at Lloyds to find out why our standards are so vital to him and the work he does. Read David’s thoughts below.
2017 has seen the introduction of the amended Money Laundering Regulations, enshrining the Fourth European Money Laundering Directive within UK law. Professionals should be to be aware of the most recent amend to HMRC's guidance around this subject.
Last year's 'Building Inclusivity' report showed that 85% of respondents think their leadership team take diversity & inclusion in to account when making business decisions. Furthermore, 75% of respondents feel that leaders who have been trained in D&I were more likely to have plans to increase diversity in leadership.
A recent BCIS news feature, 'Converting offices into homes', identified that on a £/m2 basis, the difference between the cost of conversion and new build can be nominal.
Hew Edgar, 20 Jul 2017
With the Scottish Planning Review nearing completion, we believe that the provisions of Scotland’s compulsory purchase order (CPO) legislation is, in many places, antiquated and fragmented, and is in need of significant reform, if not a full-scale overhaul.
Jeffrey Matsu, 20 Jul 2017
The shortage of skills has become a recurring theme for businesses within the built environment and a major constraint on growth according to the latest results of our UK Construction and Infrastructure Market Survey, Q2 2017.
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