McBains Cooper Kicks Off Prosperity Fund Project

Published: 21/07/16

McBains Cooper kicked off the Prosperity Fund Project and its training of the Medellin PPP Agency at the end of June

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Ben Walpole Promoted to Associate Director in Thames Valley Office

Published: 01/07/16

Congratulations to Ben on a well deserved promotion

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Pedal Paddle Peak-ed

Published: 24/06/16

Congratulations to the 32 participants who successfully took part in the Pedal Paddle Peak Challenge 2016

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McBains Cooper now BIM Level 2 certified

Published: 20/06/16

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The London Real Estate Forum 2016

Published: 16/06/16

Project Architect Leif Martinez attended The London Real Estate Forum 2016 on 14th-15th June

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McBains Cooper now BIM Level 2 Approved

Published: 15/06/16

UK’s leading interdisciplinary service to be BIM Level 2 certificated using the BRE Global certification scheme for public project compliance

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McBains Cooper Secures Planning Permission for over 1,000 Homes in Milton Keynes in 15 Months

Published: 14/06/16

McBains Cooper has secured planning permission for another 216 homes within Area 11 of the Milton Keynes Western Expansion Area (WEA)

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McBains Cooper Secures Another PPP Win in Colombia

Published: 03/06/16

Contract win highlights opportunities for British firms

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First Schools Complete in Attica Schools PPP Project in Greece

Published: 25/05/16

The first schools in Greece’s inaugural PPP schools project have reached completion.

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Key Staff Rewarded With Promotion Within McBains Cooper Specialist Housing and Master Planning Team

Published: 20/05/16

McBains Cooper is delighted to announce the promotion of Peter O’Rourke and Jithin Dev

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McBains Cooper’s Housebuilder Survey - The Results

Published: 13/05/16

As seen in the press, McBains Cooper recently commissioned a survey of housebuilding firms

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McBains Cooper appointed onto Jaguar Land Rover Design Panel

Published: 04/05/16

McBains Cooper, one of just eight approved design consultants on Jaguar Land Rover’s architectural design panel.

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Half of UK housebuilders not worried about Brexit impact

Published: 21/04/16

A survey of owners and directors of 389 housebuilding firms across England was carried out for leading property and construction consultants McBains Cooper

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McBains Cooper’s Leif Martinez at the City of London Building of the Year Award.

Published: 12/04/16

McBains Cooper Project Architect Leif Martinez attended the unveiling of the plaque for The City of London Building of the Year Award 2015

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McBains Cooper Contributes to New Global PPP Certification Program Guide

Published: 05/04/16

A new body of knowledge on PPPs, commissioned by the World Bank Group and its partners and to which Anthony Coumidis, Director at McBains Cooper, contributed is now available to download online from the APMG International website.

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Pedal, Paddle, Peak - Saturday 18th June - The Lake District

Published: 01/04/16

McBains Cooper and the Association of Property Lenders have joined forces to launch a triathlon-style team challenge, in aid of Muscular Dystrophy UK.

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Lufthansa’s new airport lounge completes at Dubai Airport

Published: 01/03/16

The construction of Lufthansa’s new lounge at Dubai International Airport has reached completion.

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Key London Office Staff Rewarded with Promotion

Published: 23/02/16

We are delighted to announce the promotion of four key individuals from our London office, in recognition of their hard work and dedication to the business.

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Work Completes at The Fitzbourne, at 91 New Cavendish Street

Published: 15/01/16

McBains Cooper has delivered yet another high end, luxury apartment scheme for Oakmayne Bespoke

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10 Soho Square scoops Silver in the Apartment category at the WhatHouse Awards 2015

Published: 10/12/15

10 Soho Square, an Oakmayne Bespoke development designed by McBains Cooper, has been awarded Silver in the Best Apartment category of the WhatHouse Awards 2015.

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Director Magazine: Doing Business in Mexico

Published: 25/11/15

Chief Executive Michael Thirkettle speaks to Director Magazine

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Colombia Continues to Embrace PPP

Published: 24/11/15

Since enacting the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Law (Act 1508) in January 2012, Colombia has kick started a number of major infrastructure projects across the country.

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McBains Cooper’s Leif Martinez Participates in 800th Lord Mayor’s Show

Published: 20/11/15

Leif Martinez, Project Architect at McBains Cooper, was recently invited to participate in the 800th Lord Mayor’s Show through his involvement with the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects (WCCA).

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2016 a ‘breakout year’ for Colombia P3s

Published: 11/11/15

Technical consultancy McBains Cooper has been awarded four P3 projects in Colombia since July, and sees 2016 as a big one for the country.

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McBains Cooper Assists with Pilot Phase of new Home Quality Mark

Published: 21/10/15

McBains Cooper is an official supporter of the Home Quality Mark (HQM), having been invited to take part in the technical consultation of the HQM during its pilot phase.

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SKY NEWS: Michael Thirkettle discusses the latest ONS Construction figures

Published: 15/10/15

Michael Thirkettle talks to Sky News presenter, Samantha Washington

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Wenlock Road reaches new heights

Published: 14/10/15

A new mixed use scheme in Hackney, project monitored by inter-disciplinary property and construction consultancy McBains Cooper, is the UK’s tallest cross-laminated timber (CLT) building.

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Key staff rewarded with well deserved promotion

Published: 09/10/15

McBains Cooper is delighted to announce the promotion of key staff members in recognition of their hard work and commitment to the business.

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McBains Cooper to design new divisional headquarters for Lancashire Constabulary

Published: 22/09/15

International property and construction consultancy McBains Cooper has been appointed to provide an inter-disciplinary service to the design of a new divisional police headquarters for Lancashire Constabulary.

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McBains Cooper to Project Monitor Southbank Place Commercial Buildings

Published: 18/08/15

McBains Cooper has been jointly appointed by Almacantar and Cain Hoy Enterprises to project monitor the construction of the two new commercial buildings within the much publicised Shell Centre redevelopment on London’s Southbank.

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CITY AM: London house prices: There’s a bold solution to the housing crisis – if councils get out of the way

Published: 07/08/15

Mark Leeson in today's City AM

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McBains Cooper short-listed for title of Technical Advisor of the Year

Published: 24/07/15

Inter-disciplinary property and construction consultancy McBains Cooper has been shortlisted for the title of Technical Advisor of the Year by the P3 Awards judging panel.

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9 Cambridge Avenue Highly Commended in Sustainability Category of Constructing Excellence Awards 2015

Published: 09/07/15

A SEGRO project, cost managed by inter-disciplinary property and construction consultants McBains Cooper, has been highly commended in the sustainability category of the London and the South East Constructing Excellence Awards 2015.

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Mark Leeson, head of design disciplines at McBains Cooper, asks are we doing enough to make BIM the standard?

Published: 01/07/15

Article on BIM in the Public Sector Build Journal

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McBains Cooper Completes Matalan’s First Central London Store

Published: 22/06/15

Successful opening of the Matalan's first ever central London store.

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Colombia’s Ministry of Culture Entrusts McBains Cooper with all of its Cultural Infrastructure Projects to be delivered via PPP

Published: 18/06/15

Santiago Klein- McBains Cooper International Managing Director

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Elephant Road Tops Out

Published: 11/06/15

McBains Cooper and the rest of the team behind Elephant Road celebrated the topping out of construction on Monday June

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CIMB Bank Appoints McBains Cooper for Latest Phases of Battersea Power Station Redevelopment Project

Published: 26/05/15

McBains Cooper, the interdisciplinary property and construction consultancy, has been appointed by CIMB Bank to provide project monitoring and technical advisory services to Phase II and Phase III of the £8 billion Battersea Power Station redevelopment project.

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BBC: UK construction sector rebounds in March

Published: 15/05/15

McBains Cooper Director, Gareth Hird, quoted on BBC Business

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McBains Cooper Secures Planning Permission for Barratt and David Wilson Homes at Milton Keynes WEA

Published: 27/04/15

Inter-disciplinary property and construction consultancy McBains Cooper has secured planning permission for the first phase of development within Area 11 of the Milton Keynes Western Expansion Area (WEA) on behalf of Barratt and David Wilson Homes.

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World Bank commissions McBains Cooper to write a Guide to Urban Transformation in Turkey

Published: 26/04/15

Leading inter-disciplinary property and construction consultancy, McBains Cooper has completed a Guide to Urban Transformation, on behalf of the World Bank, to assist the Government of Turkey in effectively managing the regeneration of high risk areas facing natural disaster risks.

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McBains Cooper creates 5 luxury residencies overlooking historic Soho Square

Published: 25/04/15

McBains Cooper, the inter-disciplinary property and construction company, has provided a full scale service to Clodex Ltd in the conversion of 10 Soho Square; an Oakmayne Bespoke development.

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McBains Cooper rewards four key individuals with promotion

Published: 21/04/15

McBains Cooper is delighted to announce the promotion of some of its most talented and dedicated staff. Richard Davies has been promoted to Director, whilst Chris Moore, Conor O’Brien and Colin Rae have all been promoted to Associate Director

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City AM: Britain’s anti-immigration arms race could make the housing crisis worse

Published: 17/04/15

McBains Cooper Chief Executive, Michael Thirkettle, speaks to City AM

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McBains Cooper continues to expand in Latin America

Published: 26/03/15

Inter-disciplinary property and construction consultancy, McBains Cooper continues to expand in Latin America, with the appointments of Sergio Montaño as Managing Director of McBains Cooper Mexico and Juan Pablo Hoyos as Director of McBains Cooper Colombia.

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New Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM 2015)

Published: 25/03/15

New Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM 2015) come in to force on 6th April 2015.

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LatAm comes to London

Published: 11/03/15

Last week was a busy week for leading inter-disciplinary property and construction consultancy McBains Cooper, with a series of events linked to the Mexican President’s state visit and the hosting of a business delegation from Colombia.

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Are micro flats the answer to London’s housing problem?

Published: 16/01/15

Mark Leeson comments...

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Published: 05/01/15

Happy New Year and all the best for 2015.

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Apex Corner

Published: 04/12/14

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.

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Attica School PPP Project wins Education PF Deal of the Year

Published: 28/11/14

Greece’s first ever PPP project has been selected Education Deal of the Year by World Finance magazine.

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VIDEO: Michael Thirkettle interview on Bloomberg TV

Published: 14/11/14

Watch Michael's appearance on Elfinanciero on Bloomberg TV

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The World’s Most Expensive Home

Published: 07/11/14

A McBains Cooper managed project is now reputed to be the most expensive home in the World, ahead of Buckingham Palace in second position!

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McBains Cooper gets its stake for Mexico ready

Published: 08/10/14

McBains Cooper gets its stake for Mexico ready

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McBains Cooper shortlisted for inaugural P3 Awards 2014

Published: 01/10/14

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.

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McBains Cooper comments on new BCO guide to specification

Published: 22/09/14

McBains Cooper comments on new BCO guide to specification

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Colombia hires McBains Cooper as advisor for Social Housing PPP

Published: 21/08/14

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.

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Only mad dogs and cyclists go out in a mid morning hurricane

Published: 18/08/14

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.

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McBains Cooper masters Employer’s Agent services at University of London, Bloomsbury

Published: 25/07/14

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.

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La Republica speaks to Santiago Klein on Public Private Partnerships in Colombia

Published: 08/05/14

Our International Managing Director, Santiago Klein, appeared on La Republica's website last week commenting on Public Private Partnerships in Colombia.

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McBains Cooper champions cost control at London Athlete Lab

Published: 07/05/14

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.

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Mark Leeson reflects on the Farrell Review

Published: 11/04/14

"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..."

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MIPIM Confident about Greece

Published: 14/03/14

“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.

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McBains Cooper makes its debut at MIPIM 2014

Published: 13/03/14

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.

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McBains Cooper is awarded urban planning & development contract for European Investment Bank framework

Published: 30/01/14

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.

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Is there a call for a ‘Jamie Oliver’ of the Architectural profession?  Mark Leeson comments…

Published: 15/01/14

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.

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Property Week : Issue 06/12/13   It’s time to get on the private-rented bandwagon   Written by Richard Fewings

Published: 12/12/13

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).

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McBains Cooper Lands Job with Prudential in Mexico

Published: 10/12/13

In Mexico, interdisciplinary property and construction consultancy McBains Cooper has been appointed to provide due diligence services for Prudential Real Estate Investors (PREI).

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McBains Cooper appointed at Battersea

Published: 02/12/13

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.

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Government Makes Big Plans - PFI Issue 517 - November 20, 2013

Published: 21/11/13

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?

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At The Pulse Of Colombian PPP

Published: 13/11/13

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.

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Matrix Reloaded

Published: 06/11/13

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.

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McBains Cooper Brings The Best Of British To Colombia

Published: 05/11/13

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.

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Care Management Matters : Nov 2013 Issue - Dementia Care Homes by Kevin Whitehead

Published: 31/10/13

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.

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McBains Cooper Builds In Bogota PFI Issue 513

Published: 27/09/13

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.

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Three More Road Pre-quals -  PFI Issue 513

Published: 27/09/13

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.

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Part L - Making A Leap To Zero Carbon Differentiation

Published: 19/09/13

Written by our Director of Architecture Mark Leeson, this article discusses the government's recent proposal for zero carbon in 2016.

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McBains Cooper Brings PPP To Bogotá

Published: 12/09/13

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.

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McBains Cooper Opens Thames Valley Office

Published: 28/08/13

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.

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McBains Cooper Seniors Become Two of Just Eleven Qualified RICS Chartered Surveyors in Mexico!

Published: 06/08/13

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.

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McBains Cooper CEO To Enter Tri-Sport Event

Published: 23/07/13

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.

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McBains Cooper Voted ‘Best Technical Advisor’ on Two Continents

Published: 29/05/13

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.

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What Does It Take To Get A Project Off The Ground?

Published: 28/05/13

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.

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Clever, Not Crude Use of Space is Needed

Published: 10/05/13

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.

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McBains Cooper Masterplanning Bridges Borders in Afghanistan

Published: 30/04/13

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.

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Grade II Knightsbridge Building Set to Have Two New Basement Levels

Published: 30/04/13

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.

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McBains Cooper Hosts Colombian Chamber of Construction

Published: 02/04/13

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.

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Demolition at its Best

Published: 21/02/13

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.

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McBains Cooper Takes a View on the New Permitted Development Rights

Published: 28/01/13

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.

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New Technology Hits the Road

Published: 22/01/13

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.

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McBains Cooper Client Wins Gold What House Award

Published: 19/12/12

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.

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The Only Way is Up for Commercial Demand

Published: 04/12/12

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.

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Expo Real 2012 - Review of Commercial Property and Investment Fair

Published: 09/11/12

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.

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Residential Property Market - a Review of RESI 2012

Published: 01/11/12

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.

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The Growth of the PPP Market in Latin America – the Mexican and Colombian case

Published: 05/10/12

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.

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World Finance PPP Awards

Published: 21/08/12

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.

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McBains Cooper Helps The World Bank Untie “The Land Knot”

Published: 13/07/12

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.

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McBains Cooper Links with Afghan Government and World Bank to Advise on Kabul Regeneration

Published: 25/06/12

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.

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Manchester’s Bomb Recovery Approach: Export it to Other Beaten-Up Cities

Published: 23/05/12

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.

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Harrogate Police Station Official Opening

Published: 18/05/12

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.

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