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Posted: 22nd September
By: rlf

housing

The importance of good project management

While the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil may now be a distant memory for many of us, there are some fundamental project management lessons for the construction industry to take from the project, which was plagued by delays, cost overruns and broken promises.

When Brazil was awarded the World Cup back in 2007, FIFA recommended that eight stadia be developed for the competition. That in itself would be a big project...

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Posted: 15th September
By: rlf

housing

Overseas Investors look to invest in London’s landmarks

More than 200 prospective buyers have signed up to bid for the Gherkin after one of London's most distinctive landmarks was put up for sale last month.

Nicknamed the Gherkin for its distinctive pickle-like shape, the 40-storey skyscraper is being sold for the second time in its ten year history, after German property investor IVG Immobilien, which co-owns the building with private equity firm Evans Randall, defau...

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Posted: 9th September
By: rlf

"St Wilfrid’s Hospice in Eastbourne has been serving the community from a modified Victorian family home for the past 27 years.  Demand for our specialist palliative care has been constantly growing and our current facilities are no longer capable of meeting demand. Our research suggested that the early appointment of a competent Project Manager was one of the keys to a successful capital project.  We appointed Robinson Low Francis (RLF) before we had found a site.  Their systematic approach and professional competence has enabled the early identification of risks and the prompt resolution of problems. They have guided the project and given it momentum and as a result we expect to submit a planning application in spring 2010.  This project has been envisioned for over a decade and reserves carefully set aside to prime the project, we cannot afford to make a mistake.   The appointment of the Project Manager from RLF at the outset has already proved to be a wise choice."

Kara Bishop, Chief Executive, St Wilfrids Hospice

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Posted: 8th September
By: rlf

housing

£1.3 trillion to be spent on London infrastructure?

Boris Johnson’s 2050 London Infrastructure Plan details the infrastructure requirements for the capital over the next half century, during which time the population is predicted to reach over 11 million.

In order to cope with the unprecedented growth, the capital will need to build an estimated 50,000 new homes and 600 new schools.
Energy capacity will need to increase by 20% and water supplies will need to be...

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Posted: 8th September
By: rlf

Capital allowances hot topics

Below, Martin Dye, who heads up RLF’s capital allowances and property taxation service, looks at three recent trends in the way we are adding value to our clients:

 

150% relief for cleaning up contaminated land and buildings
Capital allowances on residential schemes, and
The impact of the new capital allowances rules for acquisitions post April 2014

 

With the construction and real es...

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Posted: 1st September
By: rlf

housing

What construction lessons can be learned from the World Cup?

The recent World Cup in Brazil was eventually hailed as a success from a sporting point of view, but the organisation of the tournament faced many problems, not least where the construction of the stadiums was concerned.

Brazil spent about $4billion on the 12 stadiums that were built. But temporarily ignoring the economic issues about whether it was worth it and whether they will be a World Cup legacy, there were ...

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