Category: Steve’s Blog

Success in uncertain times

As I look back at the last 12 months, with its backdrop of Brexit’s ‘deal or no deal’ question fuelling economic uncertainty, I am delighted to report that it’s been another successful year for CPC in terms of growth and recognition. On a personal note, on 8 November 2018, I celebrated my 25th anniversary with …

Utilising London’s Marginal Land

The Housing Market in London appears to be faltering with a reduction in both the average house price and private rental incomes by 1% and 0.3% respectively based on the latest figures reported in 2018. In contrast, the number of new homes built in the same period has increased by 1% to 38,200 compared to …

Unconscious Bias

I am sure many of you have come across the term unconscious bias in recent times, but do we all know what it means, the affects it has on our people and what we can do to overcome it to improve business performance? Unconscious bias occurs when people make decisions based on implied prejudices regarding …

Does the National Infrastructure Assessment deliver for a post-Brexit Britain?

The long awaited assessment of the UK’s infrastructure needs and requirements has been published by the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC). Its purpose, according to Chair, Sir John Armitt is to “think beyond technologies…and make the most of future innovations” and focuses on three keys areas around digital connectivity, major transport infrastructure and the UK’s energy …

What makes CPC stand out from the crowd?

CPC is extremely proud and excited to be named as one of the four finalists for the APM’s Project Management Consultancy of the Year award. We are in good company, as the other finalists are Arup, Gate One and Pcubed, last year’s winners. Our shortlisting for this prestigious award is testament to our people who …

Is the supply of homes being constrained?

On 27 June, CPC hosted its third consecutive client lunch in conjunction with this year’s Chartered Institute of Housing conference in Manchester. It was our biggest and best yet with over 70 housing professionals from across the North of England. There was a positive outlook at the lunch around the industry’s ongoing commitment and will …

The changing face of Retail

The UK’s retail market continues to suffer from the increase in internet shopping and the untenable rises in high street rents and rates. We have already seen the impact on a range of brands from Mothercare to Toys R Us. The latest victim in this troubled sector is the House of Fraser with their recent …

Inspiring the next generation

On 13 April, over 350 Young Rail Professionals (YRP) attended this year’s annual black tie event at the Roundhouse in Derby – the World’s first and surviving railway house.  CPC was proud to have sponsored this event for our 6th consecutive year and, as always, the room was charged with a combination of youth, energy …

MIPIM 2018 – Investing in Cities

Duncan Adams and I attended MIPIM this year, the largest global real estate event held in Cannes every year. Hosting over 24,000 visitors, MIPIM provided an opportunity for over 500 cities around the World to promote the benefits of investing in property and infrastructure in their region. The UK Government was represented by over 130 …

Liberating the Northern Powerhouse

For many decades there has been a growing need to rebalance the distribution of business and commerce from London and the south east to the major cities in the north, primarily Leeds, Bradford, Manchester, Liverpool and Sheffield. It is widely accepted that the economic development of the North will be underpinned by a comprehensive overhaul …