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Construction Cost Outlook 2020

Andrew Phipps • 03/12/2019

The construction industry is not typically thought of as a driver of change – and its buildings are still assembled in largely the same way they were 50 years ago. Now we're seeing tech solutions to address rising construction costs.

Today, the construction sector is under immense pressure to reinvent itself. Developers and contractors across Europe are facing increasing financial pressures due to the rising cost of qualified labour, construction materials and land. The construction industry also has a long-standing productivity problem – while reliance on foreign workers and new EU pay regulations may cause further issues in a time of rising borders.

 
Tech adoption

According to McKinsey, technology alone has the potential to increase global construction productivity by 15 per cent. In 2020, more firms will embrace software that integrates the different stages of the production process – from design and scheduling to source of documentation, construction performance and contract management.

MMCs go mainstream

Modern Methods of Construction (MMCs) will also begin to revolutionise the sector. Until now, negative perceptions have prevented this construction method from going mainstream. In 2020, however, new advances in quality control, speed of delivery and reliance on labour will make a crucial difference.

3D printing on the rise

Chinese company WinSun claims that 3D printing can cut construction time by 50-70%, labour costs by 50-80%, and waste by 30- 60%. 2020 will likely see innovations paving the way for adoption of 3D printing on a wider scale – such as the Van Wijnen group’s plans to build the first habitable 3D-printed homes in Eindhoven.

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Insights • Forecast / Outlook

Demographics Outlook 2020

Over the last 40 years, Europe’s population aged 65+ has almost doubled in size. Meanwhile, 55% of people now live in cities, and single-person households are increasingly standard. In our Demographic Outlook report, we examine how real estate is reacting to these trends – and where the opportunities lie in 2020.

Andrew Phipps • 03/12/2019
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Insights • Forecast / Outlook

Political and Economic Outlook 2020

Change is the “new normal” – and in 2020, the real estate sector is likely to face the continuing effects of a global economic slowdown, trade wars, and the further polarisation of politics and an ongoing talent shortage.

Andrew Phipps • 03/12/2019
costs
Insights • Forecast / Outlook

Construction Cost Outlook 2020

The construction industry is not typically thought of as a driver of change – and its buildings are still assembled in largely the same way they were 50 years ago. Now we're seeing tech solutions to address rising construction costs.

Andrew Phipps • 03/12/2019
environment
Insights • Sustainability

Environment Outlook 2020

Currently, buildings are responsible for 40% of energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions in the EU, so it is critical that the real estate sector plays its part in helping achieve climate goals.

Andrew Phipps • 03/12/2020
investment
Insights • Forecast / Outlook

Investment Outlook 2020

Who will be the risk-takers?
Although weak economic growth and historically low yields are likely to continue in 2020, there are still opportunities to seek higher returns – and an increasing number of investors are willing to try. However, any high-yield property asset will come with risks that need to be understood, so investment intelligence is more important than ever. In our new Investment Outlook Report, we take a look at the key trends in store for 2020, including:
Andrew Phipps • 03/12/2019
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Insights • Forecast / Outlook

Logistics Outlook 2020

2020’s headline news is that logistics real estate will continue to be driven by key trends in e-commerce, technology, and labour availability.

Andrew Phipps
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Insights • Technology

Technology Outlook 2020

The real estate industry is now witnessing some fundamental changes. After years of lagging behind the pace of technological change, property is beginning to catch up.

Andrew Phipps • 03/12/2019
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Insights • Forecast / Outlook

Outlook 2020: Central Business Districts

Should we leave CBDs behind? The Central Business District used to be the beating heart of a city. In recent years, however, changes in behaviour, technology and economic life have led to a greater spread of activity.
Andrew Phipps • 03/12/2019
change
Insights • Forecast / Outlook

Outlook 2020 Social Change

In our Social Change Outlook report for 2020, we look at the most important factors driving change in the new decade – not just for society in general, but also for the future of real estate.

Andrew Phipps • 03/12/2019
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Insights • Forecast / Outlook

Retail Outlook 2020

New mindsets will drive change

Today’s retail sector is undergoing major disruption, fuelled by a set of powerful technological, social, demographic and economic forces.

Andrew Phipps • 03/12/2019
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Insights • Forecast / Outlook

Mixed Use Outlook 2020

The concept of mixed use property development is undergoing a revolution. The new generation of developments will be altogether different: genuine multi-functional spaces that increase flexibility, create experiences, and provide maximum connectivity.

Andrew Phipps • 03/12/2019
environment
Insights • Sustainability

Environment Outlook 2020

Currently, buildings are responsible for 40% of energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions in the EU, so it is critical that the real estate sector plays its part in helping achieve climate goals.

Andrew Phipps • 03/12/2020