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Digital disruption is something that working in property and construction we hear a lot about. According to some, robots are coming to take our jobs and soon we won’t need to learn to drive either. Without sounding sceptical, this is currently quite a far cry from the industry we work in. Property, infrastructure and construction in general is still a rather traditional industry when it comes to how we work, albeit some technology advancements.
Having attended the ‘Deloitte Global Technology Media and Telecoms prediction’ event and ‘Digital Opportunities in Property Technology’ session over this last quarter it certainly has given us food for thought on what technologies could start to impact our industry and how automation could replace more of the mundane jobs we still currently do manually. The four areas below we think are key to consider in realising continued opportunities within the real estate, infrastructure and construction industries.
Ultimately there is a huge opportunity for us in real estate, infrastructure and construction to use data more effectively and efficiently to inform our decisions, streamline the ways in which we work, produce more automated reports, allowing us all to become increasingly digitally streamlined. Whilst some of these technologies are quite a way from being used in everyday work within our sector communities, the people working within them would do well to remain open minded, embrace the technology and be prepared to upskill to take full advantage of the digital opportunities which continue to be developed.
Ed specialises in leading the planning stages of multi phase major projects and advises a range of public and private sector clients and can manage large teams of technical consultants to deliver project objectives within clearly defined timescales. Ed is based in Manchester, but has also worked extensively across Greater London and South East, Leeds and Sheffield. Highlights of recent experience: Regeneration Frameworks - Ed has been and continues to be involved in the production of evidence led Regeneration Frameworks, which establish key development principles and masterplan objectives for large regeneration projects, often requiring extensive coordination and mediation between multiple landowners and stakeholders. Ed has recently delivered two such frameworks, including Old Saint Mary’s Parsonage. Sheffield Central Area Strategy – Ed led on the production of the Sheffield Central Area Strategy, which will ultimately form part of the emerging Local Plan. The commission brief is to produce an evidence-led regeneration framework for the Central Area, which facilitates the acceleration of housing delivery, whilst also making recommendations for public sector intervention and strategic decisions relating to other uses. The project required extensive stakeholder consultation, with external organisations, politicians and Council Officers. Didsbury Technology Park; Manchester – Provides planning, EIA and consultation strategy advice for this major multi-phase mixed use development proposal. The masterplan strategy requires the testing of masterplan parameters, within which detailed planning applications could be brought forward. The approach has afforded the client accelerated delivery of the first Phases and flexibility for future phases without the need to secure Outline permission. The planning strategy effectively met the differing requirements of multiple landowners and stakeholders, and also oversaw the effective consultation strategy required to ensure all the complexities of the masterplan strategy were clearly communicated to all consultees. Vauxhall Square; London Borough of Lambeth - Ed helped to secure planning permission for this major mixed use development at the heart of the regeneration of Nine Elms, including two 50 storey residential towers, commercial space, hotels, public realm and a sheltered accommodation hostel. Considering the strategically important location and public interest, extensive stakeholder engagement was required throughout the project, as well as a rigorously tested Environmental impact Assessment.