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Is Costain the next Carillion and why is bigger better in India?

Is Costain the next Carillion and why is bigger better in India?

In 1865 Richard Costain persuaded his brother in law to take the boat to Liverpool, setting up business as jobbing builders and undertakers, and the company they founded went on to build Mulberry Harbours for D Day, assembled the largest dredging fleet ever to create acres of new land for Hong Kong Airport and was […]
Time matters with India’s Real Estate revitalisation

Time matters with India’s Real Estate revitalisation

KPMG reported last month that Indian Real Estate Sector has now entered a “revitalisation mode”, with aggregate growth projected to reach $ 650 Billion by 2025 and topping $850 Billion by 2028: the average yearly contribution of real estate to the Indian economy will more than double from its current 7% by 2025. And CBRE […]
Modular Construction: the answer to the shortage of skills in India

Modular Construction: the answer to the shortage of skills in India

Most Indians work in agriculture but next comes construction, and according to the latest Economic Survey the subcontinent’s real estate and construction sector is likely to create more than 15 Million jobs over the next five years, that’s three million every year. To put that in perspective less than 3 Million people are currently employed […]
Better Smart than Big: India’s Eco Hospitality Sector

Better Smart than Big: India’s Eco Hospitality Sector

The problem with global conglomerates is that they have global reach but monolithic thinking. Look how long it took Facebook to respond to high profile data breaches, with the hardly media shy Mark Zuckerberg virtually disappearing from the ubiquity of his own platform for weeks on end. Think of IBM: slow to the point of […]
Modular Construction and Indian Real Estate

Modular Construction and Indian Real Estate

Mitsubishi Corporation announced this month its first ever investment in Indian Housing: it will invest $25 Million in Chennai through its subsidiary DRI India and plans to build 1,450 new homes on a 186,000 square meter site. And as if you needed any reminding of the buoyancy of Indian real estate, three quarters of those […]
Modular Construction: A Global Construction Solution

Modular Construction: A Global Construction Solution

Lets get straight to the point: the UK construction industry has a problem, three problems to be precise. First, an aging demographic (mostly with their own homes) combined with a impoverished younger population (mostly without); secondly, a lack of new companies entering the sector (think Carillion) and, third, a marked decline in skilled labour that […]
Eco Hospitality as part of India’s Climate Change Agenda

Eco Hospitality as part of India’s Climate Change Agenda

What exactly do we mean by Eco Hospitality? McDonalds has its own unique take on things, announcing plans to serve rice at tourist resorts on the subcontinent: rice with extruded cheese or spicy packet sauce. Take your pick. And PepsiCo India has a global sustainability agenda as well, planning to reduce the size of its […]
What the Reserve Bank of India can teach the Bank of England

What the Reserve Bank of India can teach the Bank of England

Inflation, as it happens, is also attracting considerable attention not only on the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England but also at the Reserve Bank of India which anticipated recent events in Threadneedle Street by raising its own interest rate to 6.5%. That came hard on the heels of a hike of 0.25% […]

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