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Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm

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The Project Support Centre is located in the School of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Westminster.

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HMR (Housing Market Report) Lite

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The National House Building Council (NHBC) has launched a new free publication which contains the headlines from the Housing Market Report, providing you with a snapshot of the housing market every month. The first issue is available now and contains the latest August data for starts, completions, reservations and site visitors. If you would like receive it each month, direct to your inbox, please register your details.

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SWOT survey of housebuilders

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The September 2012 issue of the journal Housebuilder contains an analysis of the annual survey undertaken by the journal to determine the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) facing house builders at present as voted for by a panel of experts.

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9th European Conference on Product and Process Modelling. Reykjavik, 25-27 July 2012

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The European Conference on Product and Process Modelling (ECPPM) is a biannual conference series dating back to 1994. ECPPM was the first BIM conference founded on the basis of European BIM research projects  preceding IFC and BuildingSMART and has fostered BIM development over the last 18 years. The conference series has gained a recognized position as an important event in the international AEC/FM ICT research agenda. The aim of the latest conference is to identify the most recent achievements and directions in dealing with these exciting, but challenging issues by focusing on Product and Process modelling technology in integrated project working, value-based life cycle management and as support for intelligent and sustainable building and construction. Presentations are available online.

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Towards competitive and resource efficient urban mobility. Brussels, 17 September 2012

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This conference marked the launch of the public consultation on the EU’s urban mobility activities in the context of the White Paper Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area – Towards a competitive and resource efficient transport system. The event was aimed at institutional stakeholders as well as local government, transport users and operators, and industry and research representatives. It also considered the accomplishments of the CIVITAS initiative. Launched in 2002, CIVITAS celebrates its 10th anniversary of supporting cities in implementing ambitious transport measures and policies towards sustainable urban mobility. Presentations are available online.

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Opportunities to deliver sustainable procurement and innovation. Malmo, 19-21 September 2012

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The EcoProcura conference series is the only European-wide forum to promote exchange and dialogue amongst diverse purchasers on strategies and the latest policies and practical solutions on sustainable public procurement (SPP) and public procurement of innovation (PPI). Presentations from the 8th edition f the EcoProcura conference are online.

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Managing mixed use developments

Posted on: 26 September 2012
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This guidance addresses the issue of managing mixed use buildings and estates, i.e. those with a mix of commercial and residential units; most specifically, long leasehold residential flats. Relevant to properties in England and Wales, this document is based upon two previous RICS papers: Managing mixed use developments (2009) and Apportionment of service charges in mixed use developments (2009). However, the content has been expanded significantly and encompasses the following: Core principles; Lease structures; Administration, communication and consultation; Financial controls and competencies; Dispute resolution; Anticipated future expenditure ; Health and safety; Sustainability; Other residential legal rights.

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Vila Autódromo: one community taking a stand against Olympic gentrification in Rio de Janeiro

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Sporting events like the Olympics and the World Cup are touted for sparking local economic development but just as often displace large numbers of urban poor to achieve it. Maureen Donaghy visits the community that is challenging the government’s redevelopment plans for the Olympic Park site with its own People’s Plan that promises to be more cost effective.

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Research and innovation for Europe’s future mobility: Developing a European transport-technology strategy

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The European Commission is preparing a strategic framework for transport research, innovation and deployment, based on the White Paper’s vision for an integrated, efficient, safe, secure and environmentally friendly European transport system by 2050. The first proposals for this framework are presented in this Communication, adopted in September 2012. The Communication summarises the achievements of the European transport sector in research and innovation, outlines remaining issues and presents ideas for better serving the needs of European citizens and businesses. The Commission aspires to facilitate coordination of public and private research and innovation efforts across Europe. Addressing the challenge of deploying innovative transport solutions is of particular interest.

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Water matters: Efficient water management in London

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The London Assembly’s Health and Environment Committee has published a  report which sets out a range of measures to help London manage its limited water supplies more effectively and avoid drought restrictions in the future.

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Modelling risk impacts on the variability between contract sum and final account

Posted on: 25 September 2012
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This report looks at the prediction of construction costs, and the difference that varies between the contract sum and final account. The report argues that the Bills of Quantities (BOQ) is not an accurate prediction of construction costs, and the difference varies between the contract sum and final account.A predictive model was developed for new build commercial projects using the ANN. The validation results from testing the developed model showed that the difference between the predicted variation and actual variation ranges from 0.2% and 6.5%. The developed model is potentially a practical useful tool to the professional quantity surveyor in providing a more accurate cost advice based on the notion of risk. It is also of practical relevance to the construction client who is interested in cost certainty and no surprises.

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