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McBains Cooper secures planning permission for a new self storage facility at a notoriously difficult site in Mill Hill, North London for James Taylor Construction.
Greece’s first ever PPP project has been selected Education Deal of the Year by World Finance magazine.
Watch Michael's appearance on Elfinanciero on Bloomberg TV
A McBains Cooper managed project is now reputed to be the most expensive home in the World, ahead of Buckingham Palace in second position!
McBains Cooper gets its stake for Mexico ready
Leading interdisciplinary property and construction consultancy, McBains Cooper has been shortlisted for a P3 Award 2014 in the category 'Best Technical Advisor', underpinning the firm's contribution to public-private partnership initiatives across Latin America.
McBains Cooper comments on new BCO guide to specification
Colombia's National Planning Department (NPD) has employed interdisciplinary property and construction consultants, McBains Cooper as part of a British-Colombian team named Union Temporal McBains-Doran & Osorio to conduct feasibility studies on a new social housing programme.
A team of McBains Cooper Clients and staff braved torrential wind and rain to take part in the Prudential Ride London 100-mile cycle event to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy.
Interdisciplinary construction and property consultancy, McBains Cooper, has agreed a contract with the University Partnerships Programme to act as employer’s agent on a £140.7 million development deal at the University of London.
Our International Managing Director, Santiago Klein, appeared on La Republica's website last week commenting on Public Private Partnerships in Colombia.
McBains Cooper, the UK’s leading interdisciplinary property and construction consultancy, has provided employer’s agent and cost management services to Athlete Lab, London’s hotly-awaited boutique cycling gym.
"I'm left with the feeling "Well what did you expect?". Concerns that the review will be kicked into the long grass are probably well founded..."
“Throughout MIPIM there has been a real sense of positivity about resurgent European commercial real estates markets such as Ireland, Spain and Greece. This is good news because the return of investor confidence is fundamental to progressing vital infrastructure projects in those regions. McBains Cooper is one of a number of UK property and construction specialists that offers advice and shares technical and financial know-how with investors, developers and local governments in recovery markets.
From 11th – 14th March, London’s leading interdisciplinary property and construction consultancy, McBains Cooper, is showcasing its breadth of services and depth of technical expertise at MIPIM, the industry’s foremost real estate event in Cannes.
McBains Cooper is awarded urban planning & development contract for European Investment Bank framework
The 4-year agreement will see the UK consultancy provide master planning, architecture and engineering, and project management and monitoring services to the Bank, as well as advice on economics and development strategies.
In Building Design just before Christmas, there was a call for a ‘Jamie Oliver’ of the architectural profession to make it more ‘main stream’/ popular and to dispel some of the misconceptions of the architectural profession – bring architecture to the masses. The suggestion made by Max Farrell, son of Terry Farrell who is currently working on the Farrell Review.
Property Week : Issue 06/12/13 It’s time to get on the private-rented bandwagon Written by Richard Fewings
Sir, I agree with deputy mayor Richard Blakeway’s view that new types of housing will come to market in the years to come, including the expansion of intermediate stock and rented accommodation, which will help to retain residents of all income ranges in the capital (Tale of two Londons, 15.11.13, right).
In Mexico, interdisciplinary property and construction consultancy McBains Cooper has been appointed to provide due diligence services for Prudential Real Estate Investors (PREI).
McBains Cooper, the interdisciplinary property and construction consultancy, has recently been appointed to advise the consortium of lenders behind the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station.
From highways to prisons, the Colombian government wants to concession a multitude of projects, mostly in 2014. Why does the country need all this and how will the projects be financed?
Working in close partnership with the Colombian government for the creation of a contractual PPP framework, interdisciplinary property and construction consultancy McBains Cooper is not only demonstrating PPP in action but is co-shaping Colombia’s process of restructuring its public services and infrastructure provision.
The Matrix building at 9 Aldgate - the brainchild of architects at McBains Cooper - is the last building to receive redevelopment planning permission from The City of London Corporation. The complex drop-down and rebuild, with three additional storeys yet a slimmer body, will see the realisation of an architecturally sensitive and technically complex new twelve storey hotel building.
Colombia’s Ministry of Finance and Public Credit has a challenge when it comes to public spending – to gain the support of each ministry, region or city within Colombia’s government. It recently called on McBains Cooper to impart expertise on the benefits of using PPPs as a procurement method for the development of social infrastructure.
Care Standards are changing and with these the delivery of care and facilities to do so effectively must change too. Kevin Whitehead considers what is needed to move the sector’s buildings forward to care for those with dementia.
UK construction and property consultant McBains Cooper has opened its first office in Colombia. Already established as a leading public-private partnership consultant in Mexico, the company is targeting the burgeoning Colombian PPP market as a key driver of growth for its Latin American business.
The National Infrastructure Agency (ANI) and the Ministry of Transportation have launched the pre-qualification process for three more concessions in connection with road renovations in Bogota, Cundinamarca, Cauca, Putumayo and Huila, with a combined investment estimated at Ps4.44bn, the agency said last week.
Written by our Director of Architecture Mark Leeson, this article discusses the government's recent proposal for zero carbon in 2016.
Colombia needs UK expertise as much as UK firms need the business opportunities that Colombia has to offer. Recognising Colombia’s potential, interdisciplinary property and construction consultancy McBains Cooper has expanded its Latin American footprint and opened an office in the Colombian capital, Bogotá. The firm aims to replicate its success in Mexico and position itself at the forefront of public-private partnership (PPP) projects in the Colombian market.
With the opening of a new office in Maidenhead, leading property and construction consultancy McBains Cooper is creating another interdisciplinary hub in the southeast. The Maidenhead office will provide project management, quantity surveying, design and building services to clients in the Thames Valley region.
McBains Cooper is very pleased to announce that our Senior Civil Engineer Arnoldo Jaime Orozco and Senior Architect Joel Tatton-Bennett of McBains Cooper Mexico have now qualified as members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) becoming two of just eleven RICS chartered surveyors in Mexico.
In a quest to raise £50,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, McBains Cooper’s CEO Michael Thirkettle will be cycling, swimming and running in a series of sporting events between July and September 2013.
McBains Cooper, has been awarded ‘Best Technical Advisor’ on two continents at the World Finance Awards. The winning Public-Private Partnership (PPP) projects cover Latin America for the Mexican Ministry of Security and Europe for the first schools project in Attica, Greece.
Securing finance is crucial to the success of a new development. Julian Symons, Director at property and construction consultancy McBains Cooper recently spoke at the Loan Managers’ Association Conference. He believes quality of building asset, combined with the technical team’s proven track record, are two of the key elements required to ensure a development project becomes a fundable proposition.
Mark Leeson, Director at interdisciplinary property and construction consultancy, McBains Cooper, argues that when it comes to the RIBA’s campaign for Space and Light, size is not the only consideration.
McBains Cooper, the leading interdisciplinary property and construction consultancy, is providing instrumental advice and technical support in the creation of vital new infrastructure in war-torn Afghanistan.
A grade II listed Georgian house in Montpelier Square, Knightsbridge, which is to undergo a full refurbishment, has recently received planning permission for two new basement levels with the help of interdisciplinary property and construction consultancy, McBains Cooper.
McBains Cooper recently hosted a delegation of construction and property professionals from Latin America who visited London to absorb information and understand how the UK construction industry operates, with a view to applying their learning to the Latin American market.
One of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service’s training towers has recently been demolished under the guidance of McBains Cooper, providing a unique training opportunity for Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) teams from the North West.
The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, has recently announced the new permitted development rights that allow a building’s change of use from B1(a) offices to C3 residential without planning permission. McBains Cooper, interdisciplinary property and construction consultancy, understands the benefits of this change but is wary of what it might mean.
Dynamic monitoring is a new technology for the UK, which can provide significant benefits for highways, toll and bridge owners and managers. Here Paul Cowton explains why McBains Cooper is pioneering the technology in the UK, looking at the potential for its use in infrastructure.
The Verge Apartments, a luxury residential scheme in Mayfair, which McBains Cooper provided a full interdisciplinary service for, has won Gold in the What House 2012 Best Apartment Scheme award.
The BBC Inside Out investigation into the number of stalled tall building projects in the City of London raised questions over the future of investment and commercial space in the square mile. Here Mark Leeson gives a more positive view on the longer-term tenacity of commercial demand.
Gareth Hird reports a cautious optimism amongst the delegates at this year's Expo Real, an international commercial property and investment fair held each year in Munich.
McBains Cooper's Richard Fewings provides a summary of the recent RESI conference and gives an overview of the key factors effecting the housing market.
Despite the growth opportunities in the PPP sector in Latin America, the UK is lagging behind other countries in taking full advantage of what the region has to offer.
We are very pleased to announce that we have been nominated by our clients and have been shortlisted for the World Finance Public Private Partnership Awards 2012 in a number of categories.
McBains Cooper has been a major contributor to a book published by the World Bank which aims to address the gulf between those who supply, demand and influence land and land deal issue, and the disparate rules that govern the sale, purchase and development of land.
McBains Cooper has been appointed by the World Bank to help with ambitious government plans to put Kabul back on the map - providing urban regeneration and master planning advice – part of a massive 10-year World Bank-inspired project.
Manchester is in a unique position of having been a relatively ‘ordinary’ city which underwent an attack, but didn’t just simply recover: it has re-fashioned and re-positioned itself by turning a near tragedy to commercial advantage, and now sits a step above where it may well have been had the Arndale Centre not been blown up in 1996.
Members of the public were recently given the opportunity to see inside the new McBains Cooper-designed £18 million landmark police station in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
McBains Cooper will be attending the British Council for Offices (BCO) conference 'The Phoenix Effect - Regeneration, Reinvention and Results' taking place in Manchester 23-25th May 2012.
McBains Cooper’s growing presence in Latin America as a go-to public sector advisory body saw McBains’ director Anthony Coumidis join representatives of Citibank and Credit Suisse in a meeting with Peru’s Finance Minister Luis Miguel Castilla Rubio; Peru is to invest the $10 billion in PPP projects over the next five years, underlining the Latin American economy’s development potential.
New Energy Efficiency Rules: A Fifth of Property in Line to be Excluded from Rental and Lease Market
A fifth of commercial and residential property may be excluded from the rental and lease market as soon as 2015 unless owners move to comply with energy efficiency rules.
The Mexican Government’s Public-Private Partnership programme of prison developments has been given a Top 100 ranking for Latin America by one of the region’s leading business magazines – America Economica.
McBains Cooper has been shortlisted within the Regeneration category of the RICS Pro- Yorkshire Awards 2012 for our involvement with Sanctuary Housing Association’s £14 million Shiregreen Streetscene project.
Jorge Lainez and Arnoldo Jaime Orozco made the first progress of work inspection to the San Agustin project, a new city to be built in the State of Chihuahua, on the border with United States.
Our Mexican team continues to grow with the addition of Arnoldo Jaime Orozco and Felix Cañez.
The government’s plans to simplify the planning process could actually slow developments down because the system is designed to be generally reactive rather than pro-active.
The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign (MDC) organised a series of events for their leap year fundraising initiative, ’Make Today Count’, including the co-ordinated skydive for 100 willing campaigners. The McBains Cooper team joined Team 100 Skydive to take a leap of faith to raise money and awareness for the MDC.
McBains Cooper Mexico continues to consolidate its presence in the region, leading some of the most important projects, by size and reputation, in that country.
A newly-built school in Hackney, East London, could become a model for schools worldwide when it features in a presentation at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe on February 21, 2012.
McBains Cooper is urging UK government international trade development teams to wave the flag abroad for UK construction and property businesses who have moved heaven, earth and big pieces of east London to deliver one of the most organised games construction plans ever.
McBains Cooper have put together a team of 10 volunteers to substitute the 'extra' day of work on the 29th February for fundraising for charity and to be part of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign's ‘Team 100’ – one hundred people from across the country who will do a coordinated tandem parachute jump.
McBains Cooper’s Jorge Lainez and Arnoldo Jaime Orozco were recently invited to join the UK Ambassador at the British Embassy’s year end celebrations in Mexico, marking a successful year for Mexico and in particular for British-Mexican relations.
Whilst some experts are predicting more pain on the high street in 2012, McBains Cooper has seen a trend for “value shops”, mobile phone retailers and pawn brokers staking claim to prime shopping strips across the country, changing the high street beyond all recognition.
Britain is in danger of taking its eye off the sustainability ball because of the distractions of dealing with the daily pressures of UK economic turmoil – but green could still be the big cash generator of 2012.
McBains Cooper is involved in a number of inner-city residential redevelopment projects – with several recently completed – but has noticed in each case there is something missing...
McBains Cooper’s hotel team is seeing a distinct pattern emerging: four-star business and conference venue hotels in and around London, and three-star “crash-pad” hotels across the rest of the country.
McBains Cooper's Manchester office narrowly missed out on a prestigious award for its contribution towards the regeneration of a Sheffield housing estate - but 5,000 households believe they're winners anyway.
Tuesday 22nd November saw the unveiling of a huge steel mural of Billy Connolly to formally mark the completion of phase 1 of Sanctuary Scotland Housing Association’s £60 million regeneration project in Anderston, Glasgow.
What happens in the USA today has to happen in the UK tomorrow – and nowhere is it more critical than in the property and construction sector.
“Speculation that future planning laws and guidance are already in force have caused a wide range of reactions – from consternation to excitement. My view is that we should welcome any initiative that speeds up the planning process and encourages sustainable development which is designed to a high standard."
RIBA’s Gerald Ratner moment – its “Case for Space” report slating the country’s housebuilders and their ‘shameful shoebox homes’ – could have a devastating impact upon housing development.
Property and construction consultancy McBains Cooper has appointed Jonathan Mintz as Chief Financial Officer based at the firm’s City of London offices.
McBains Cooper’s Neil O’Brien and Lee O’Neill took time out of their weekend to help hundreds of residents in Sheffield’s Shiregreen join in the party for a ‘Let’s Celebrate’ summer extravaganza event on Saturday 20th August.
The UK construction sector should be looking to the revitalised domestic car manufacturing industry for inspiration to drive efficiencies and cost savings without compromising quality.
The Jordanian government has appointed London-based property and construction consultancies McBains Cooper and EC Harris to help in the delivery of a public sector facility management review and rationalisation.
UK-based property and construction consultancy McBains Cooper is seeing early fruit from its launch into the USA.
Property and construction consultancy McBains Cooper has been appointed as interdisciplinary consultants on a scheme which will have a massive positive impact on the local economy in Southwark, Greater London.