2022 Vol. 1

PERSPECTIVE

Bringing imagination to life since 1783

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Taryn Harbert

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Future Thinking , Perspective
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The year is 1783. The treaty between the United States and Great Britain is signed in Paris, formally ending the American Revolutionary War. The Montgolfier brothers send up the first hot air balloon. Mozart’s Great Mass is performed for the first time in Salzburg. And the firm that is now Rider Levett Bucknall opens its doors for the first time.

A history spanning nearly 240 years is extraordinary, and one which brings pride to every member of RLB’s team. But we are not a firm to look back. We are focused on the future – and on the ideas, collaborations and opportunities ahead as we bring imagination to life around the world.

At RLB we deliver proactive and innovative client services and successful project outcomes to shape the future of the built environment. As an independent construction cost consultancy, RLB boasts a team of 4,000-plus that delivers the best outcomes to thousands of clients throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania, the Middle East and the Americas.

We are a powerhouse of global construction market intelligence. We are trusted partners dedicated to achieving our clients’ goals and to making a difference to the lives of people around the world. 

Perspective Magazine, our flagship global publication, showcases just some of the ways we inspire fresh perspectives on age-old problems. I am proud to see our team contributing to public discourse as trusted sources of factual information and insight.

This edition of Perspective focuses on progressive and thought-provoking pieces on big picture topics from the power of data to the future of working in a virtual environment. We also drill down into market-specific stories that are applicable around the world. These include trends in residential developments in Hong Kong, the cost of building in Africa and the dramatic rise of design build procurement in Qatar. 

We reveal what’s ahead for sports venues, examine the role of public art in placemaking and feature the latest trends in data centre development. 

RLB’s people are powered by a clear purpose: to create a better tomorrow. We have been doing this for well over two centuries. While our future story is unwritten, one thing is certain: a better tomorrow is only possible through flawless execution today.

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Reducing financial risks for the lender

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Digitalisation in Hong Kong’s healthcare developments

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