4 Mar 2016

At Urbis, our practice areas cover many different sectors and our services vary. Two of our national directors discuss where the opportunities will lie and the key sectors they expect will rise to prominence in 2016. 

National Design: a diverse portfolio of projects ahead

2016, from the perspective of design, looks set to continue the strong growth that has underpinned the past 12 months. Although there is a predicted cooling in the residential apartments sector we note that a significant amount of offshore capital remains available and that it is being used to unlock opportunities in the infrastructure, retail, tourism and greenfield sectors. In particular, the big opportunity for 2016 relates to the private funding (partially or fully) of public infrastructure.

The ‘greenest' projects that are built around ‘authentic experiences’ for consumers and buyers are the clear winners.

Our portfolio of projects continues to be diverse with no one sector clearly dominating however, in all of our work the race to ‘differentiate’ projects from competitors remains hotly contested and the ‘greenest’ projects that are built around ‘authentic experiences’ for consumers and buyers are the clear winners.

There are plenty of projects to watch out for and, depending on your view, a number of key economic sectors that will out perform others in 2016. From my perspective though, it is less about sectors and more about geography, and in this context it is the city centres that will dominate. International retail, tertiary education facilities, urban waterfronts, transport infrastructure (particularly light rail in most capitals) and mixed use development are all keeping our national team busy for the foreseeable future.

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Economic and Social Advisory: helping governments make good decisions

We are constantly in an election cycle whether federal, state or local, or in competition for funding/finance.

In times of economic restraint, it is never more important for governments to make good decisions about where to invest the public dollar to maximum effect.

In times of economic restraint, it is never more important for governments to make good decisions about where to invest the public dollar to maximum effect. Independent, robust evaluations which incorporate economic and social benefit as well as place-based assessments are required, whether the investment be in an urban regeneration or community housing project, an education or employment program, or an energy efficiency initiative.

Governments of all persuasions need to be able to better understand  and communicate the return  on investment in programs and infrastructure projects. Only in this way can we be sure that  tax payers’ money is being targeted appropriately and that maximum public value is gained.

As government increasingly partners with the private and NGO sectors, they too, will require advice about the best way of making these new partnerships work.

Urbis’ experience in advising government, private and non-government sectors on economic and social impacts and outcomes makes us uniquely placed to provide quality advice in an increasingly complex word. We are thrilled to be working on some ground-breaking projects at the moment – all have a major focus on developing learnings from these new initiatives to assist our clients make informed decisions.

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Alison Wallace View Profile

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