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.
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.
Meraas City Walk mixed-use development, Dubai
Our services were provided from inception to completion, i.e. from early concept design to final accounts closure.
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.
Developing and repurposing for a new era
The property development market has changed considerably in the last few years, and even more so since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Net zero needs more than climate diplomacy
We are in a time of climate emergency. Organisations taking a programmatic approach to net zero need to define clear targets and understand the technological, behavioural and strategic levers they will use to achieve the right outcomes.
Industrialising the global retrofit market
It is imperative that we leverage the growing demand for a new global retrofit market as a vehicle to create a truly 21st century construction sector.
- 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