Andrew Stone Freelance

Property Week

Stories by this contributor.

  • How Paradise Birmingham is taking shape

    15 September 2017

    Paradise isn’t a word often associated with Britain’s second city, but it is hoped that soon Paradise Birmingham, one of the most significant office-led projects in the city’s history, will be something of the sort for the city centre workers who occupy it.

  • Shed-to-bed conversions win few fans as PDR approaches

    8 September 2017

    Living on an industrial estate might not sound appealing, but building residential units on former manufacturing sites is exactly what is being proposed to help to alleviate the housing crisis.

  • Blackpool hopes airport energy hub will diversify economy

    2 August 2017

    Blackpool Council has worked hard to turn around the town’s fading reputation and it is not only its leisure attractions that have had an overhaul.

  • DJ Property weighs up options for Weymouth industrial estate site

    14 July 2017

    Dorset-based industrial and commercial landlord DJ Property is forging ahead with a new strategy to improve two of its assets in Weymouth. However, it may need help if it is to convince tenants that the town’s business credentials are on a par with its seaside resort status.

  • Southampton looking ship-shape as developments gather pace

    14 July 2017

    Southampton’s Ocean Village marina has a new jewel in its crown following its stalled post-recession redevelopment. The Harbour Hotel, shaped like a ship to echo the city’s links with the ocean liner business, is a symbol of the prospects for the buoyant - and increasingly affluent - city centre.

  • What does serious fraud investigation mean for self-storage sector?

    6 July 2017

    The self-storage industry has an image problem. The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is investigating aggressively sold self-storage investment schemes that have led individual investors to lose money - in some cases their entire life savings.

  • Taurus takes bull by horns with Haverhill and Basildon projects

    2 June 2017

    Taurus Developments has been busy. The London- and Bath-based company is currently development manager and co-investor on two industrial and warehouse development projects at Haverhill Business Park in Suffolk and a speculative scheme at Basildon in Essex.

  • Ambitious development is the only way in Essex

    2 June 2017

    Colchester, Britain’s first city and its oldest recorded town, has in recent years lacked the PR profile or the pull of neighbouring towns. East of the county’s industrial core, the town lost out to Chelmsford, Essex’s administrative centre, in its 2012 bid to become a city once again.

  • Full of eastern promise: Suffolk Park offers scale and space

    1 June 2017

    Work is under way at Suffolk Park, a 114-acre extension to the business park on the outskirts of Bury St Edmunds. The scheme will provide new space in a 35-acre enterprise zone, as well as large plots for in-demand regional distribution centres.

  • Future Carrington could be a ‘transformative’ development

    19 May 2017

    One of the largest development opportunities in Greater Manchester is under way after Trafford Council gave the nod to the first phase of the Future Carrington project, in a move that many anticipate will unlock significant and ‘transformative’ new development in the area.

  • Slough sloughs off old skin with £1bn transformation

    28 April 2017

    While both a commercial and industrial success story, Slough has long been held back from realising the full potential of its enviable location thanks to its fractured and unappealing town centre.

  • West Midlands gets an ‘oo’ with Typhoo Wharf

    21 April 2017

    The redevelopment of Typhoo Wharf and surrounding sites is set to accelerate the emergence of a new creative and technology hub taking shape just east of Birmingham’s city centre.

  • Squeeze on space prompts imaginative solutions

    13 April 2017

    Rents are on the rise in the trade counter sector as a result of the dearth of new space and strong demand from non-traditional occupiers.

  • A new dawn for the Port of Tyne

    10 March 2017

    The Port of Tyne has a long, rich history. Founded by the Romans in the second century as a trading post for goods, in the 1600s the port truly began to thrive, thanks to steady growth in the export of coal.

  • Competitive socialising swings into city centres

    22 February 2017

    In a growing number of city centres, students, hipsters and office workers are shunning their local boozers and flocking instead to a new kind of entertainment space that offers activities such as ping pong, darts and urban golf.

  • Hotel food and drink: social services

    21 February 2017

    The limp room-service sarnie and soggy breakfast buffet - long the bane of the business traveller - may at last be about to be consigned to history.

  • How automation and AI are transforming the space we need

    9 February 2017

    First, computers beat us at chess. Then, two weeks ago, one beat a table of Texas Hold’em champions at poker. Now computers are coming for your job.

  • Regional spotlight: Yorkshire & Humber

    17 November 2016

    Pushing products to consumers as quickly as possible is the impetus for shed shopping in the region.

  • Regional spotlight: North East

    17 November 2016

    Rental plateau means no speculative shed development in the area - and no hope of a turnaround.

  • Regional spotlight: North West

    17 November 2016

    Demand remains high but a lack of development could pose a threat to stock in the long run.

  • Regional spotlight: Scotland

    17 November 2016

    The Scottish referendum, and then Brexit, have caused a blockage that hasn’t worked its way through.

  • Will the Southern Rail debacle drive down property values?

    10 November 2016

    It has been a miserable year for Southern Rail commuters. The bitter dispute between the rail operator and the RMT union over the future of the trains’ conductors has resulted in countless strikes and daily disruption across its network.

  • Surrey office market on the up despite subdued demand

    10 November 2016

    Office rents continue to climb across the Surrey towns close to the M25, surpassing all records in some cases. And they show no sign of slowing down.

  • Bolton buzz: the transformation of a northern textile town

    7 October 2016

    Bolton is evolving into a more alluring retail, business, study and leisure destination with improved transport and commercial infrastructure.

  • Development in Manchester: crunch time for M1

    6 October 2016

    Manchester may be the leading light of the government’s ‘northern powerhouse’ initiative - and a growing threat to Birmingham’s status as England’s second city - but the city is facing new challenges that could stifle its growth.

  • Liverpool is 'fizzing' – but can the growth be sustained?

    6 October 2016

    Liverpool-based investor and developer Promenade Estates has been outbid on all the major schemes it has tendered for in the last six months.

  • Tech innovations: the need for speed

    30 September 2016

    We want to shop, we want to do it in one click and we want what we’ve just bought right now!

  • The new class of private clubs

    1 September 2016

    A decade or so ago London’s private members’ clubs ably served captains of industry, noughties ‘It Girls’ and the right sort of chaps with a healthy private income.

  • Tech sector powers up Dublin office market

    26 August 2016

    Dublin’s office sector is red-hot at the moment as a frenzy for office space drives up rents.

  • Data centres: charge of the byte brigade

    25 May 2016

    Our hunger for ever-larger data flows is insatiable. Increasingly they are the lifeblood of the economy, of innovations and of operational efficiencies, not to mention our digital consumer lifestyles.

  • Hydrocarbon slump takes toll on Aberdeen

    8 April 2016

    Mothballed rigs, as tall as skyscrapers and crusted brown with rust, crowd the hazy skyline of the Cromarty Firth, their ghostly silhouettes the most visible sign of a decade-long oil-boom-turned-bust.

  • Economic gridlock in Kent

    11 March 2016

    Last summer’s cross-Channel chaos turned the M20 into a giant lorry park. Could it happen again?

  • Why outlets are in

    8 October 2015

    It’s cool to love a bargain these days; just ask the droves of shoppers heading to Poundland, Lidl and Aldi or, increasingly, those making a special trip to an outlet centre.

  • Regional resurgence and the ‘northshoring’ trend

    15 May 2015

    Professional, financial and tech service companies are all looking to expand outside London. We examine the ‘northshoring’ trend and what it means for regional centres.

  • Who shares wins: the pluses and perils of the sharing economy

    8 May 2015

    In March, the government brought in new rules to make it easier for householders to let their properties on websites such as Airbnb. The move was part of a wider attempt by the outgoing coalition to kickstart the UK’s sharing economy.

  • Trade fairs: Face time pays off

    3 October 2014

    Andrew Stone explains how to make the most of your visit to Munich’s Expo Real

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