Cities are ever-evolving landscapes. As redevelopment increases, new commercial zones and communities are taking shape, with redundant areas now providing new opportunities for innovative uses and increasing reliance on the private rented market to meet the demand. But with the pressures of rapid population growth, meeting the demand for housing and delivering the right supporting infrastructure is a major challenge if cities are to remain economically competitive and create safe, attractive communities.
In the world’s major cities, the competition for readily serviceable land that can be developed quickly and unhindered by major infrastructure works, is pushing up the cost of land to unprecedented levels. This cost is creating opportunities for the private rented market and forcing a review of the different ways land can be developed, leading to exciting new schemes capable of regenerating whole areas of cities.
Government planning and regulation plays a significant role in encouraging investment in target areas, while also ensuring controlled development with a focus on delivering wider public benefits. In many nations, a sustainability agenda that considers the wider long-term impact of development on communities, employment, social integration and environmental sustainability, is driving new thinking about the aims of new buildings and public spaces.
Both macro and micro-economic trends play a role in the financial returns from development. This includes whether a city is attractive to businesses and individuals, fluctuations in the value of land, the cost of materials in particular regions, the availability and cost of construction skills, and government incentives available.
Meeting the challenges
We have worldwide experience of urban development, regeneration and residential projects, as well as the infrastructure projects that support new development.
Our teams are highly informed about the political, financial and physical environment affecting the programmes they work on, which ensures tailored advice and support throughout the life of projects.
We take a holistic approach to developments, leading everything from the business planning process and bringing together the necessary range of specialists for masterplanning teams to project delivery and cost modelling.
Other areas of work include the unlocking of development sites through delivering enabling infrastructure, working with owners of land to make it attractive and ready for development, and contract management services that help set and control standards of development.
We have also been appointed to the Homes England Multidisciplinary and Technical Services Framework: 2019 – 2023, to help Homes England deliver its strategic plan to accelerate housing delivery in areas of greatest demand.
Our team provides the full range of Homes England Multi-Disciplinary services to support projects at any stage of the development process. Read more about our work on the Homes England Framework.
Learn how we have delivered a range of services to drive success in global programmes and projects, working with major players in the residential sector.
Lime Street, Ireland
Marlet Property Group’s Lime Street scheme was delivered utilising our extensive cost management experience, from planning stage through to final account.
The Trees, India
A sustainable mixed-use development in Mumbai’s greenest district.
Piramal Aranya, India
Building luxury living for Mumbai’s elite.
Greater London Authority – Retrofit Accelerator Programmes, UK
The Greater London Authority’s Retrofit Accelerator programmes are breaking new ground as part of the Mayor of London’s ambitious agenda to make the capital a zero-carbon city.
City centre mixed-use development, Krakow
Providing project management and cost management services on a city centre mixed-use development.
ESS Dome 6 Rotational Camp project in Tengiz, Kazakhstan
Cost management and contract administration services for a high quality accommodation complex on the Tengiz oil field.
Our experts give their analysis of the principal challenges facing the residential sector and set out their thinking on solutions and trends that are shaping the future.
Delivering assets in a deeper shade of green across Africa
In the next few decades, rapid urbanisation and population growth will mean a significant rise in construction activity. It is anticipated that the continent will account for close on 35 percent of the new floor area between 2040 and 2060.
Making net-zero construction commercially viable
As the global real estate industry grapples with rising costs triggered by supply chain disruption, clients face tough decisions to keep their projects on track and on budget.
San Francisco and New York: a tale of two expensive cities
San Francisco has shot back to the top of our rankings for the most expensive city in the world in which to build.
- Programme management
- Development management
- Project management
- Cost management
- Design management
- Schedule management
- Planning and logistics
- Stakeholder and third party management
- Employer’s agent / contract administrator
- Contract management
- Lean consulting and operational excellence