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Property Week

Stories by this contributor.

  • Harnessing the spend of the baby boomer generation

    16 November 2017

    Groundhog Day - sorry, the Budget - is upon us again. Far from freeing up the green belt, turning up borrowing for social housing or seed-funding modular factories, we’re likely to see more pointless demand-side levers or the training of more brickies (a bit like shuffling the deckchairs on the Titanic).

  • Perfect time to take a sabbatical

    3 October 2017

    In a week when we took a step closer to World War III, took a step back towards socialism with Jack White… sorry, Jeremy Corbyn, demanding rent caps, while his London mayor banned Uber, I was glad to see a few chinks of light prick through the gloom in your ‘Fairytale of New York’ ser

  • RESI 2017: cheque mates

    7 September 2017

    With penthouses, Uber rides and running tracks aplenty to lure tenants, does build-to-rent still have hurdles to overcome? Property Week looks at the headline issues to be debated at next week’s RESI Conference.

  • Celebrating student housing’s graduation

    24 November 2015

    This year’s Property Week Student Accommodation conference will mark a record year for the asset class.

  • Commercial Property Blog

    28 May 2010

    Commentary from PW's bloggers

  • BLOG: Brown and out - welcome to the Cameron and Clegg years

    12 May 2010

    As the police escort peeled away from Gordon Brown leaving Buckingham Palace at sunset, it was the final sad scene of New Labour’s epilogue which has lasted pretty much three years.

  • Don’t look back in anger

    12 May 2010

    As the police escort peeled away from Gordon Brown leaving Buckingham Palace at sunset, it was the final sad scene of New Labour’s epilogue which has lasted pretty much three years. Ironically, it was property that became Brown’s first big broken promise. Just as it brought down RBS and Lloyds, so the promise of three million new homes quickly turned to parody. But after five days of chaos with the bond markets holding a blunt knife to the UK economy’s jugular we at least have

  • Champagne socialists and property rock n' rollers

    5 May 2010

    In a week where the prime minister had to do more digging than the entire UK property industry has over the last decade, you’d have thought he’d have got more of a drilling in the debate.

  • Champagne socialists and property rock’n’rollers

    30 April 2010

    In a week where the prime minister had to do more digging than the entire UK property industry has over the last decade, you’d have thought he’d have got more of a drilling in the debate. But it highlights the ineptness of the other two and their complete lack of a detailed idea that he wasn’t. Some people may remember Beavis and Butt-head, the ‘90s American cartoon MTV used to show about two socially inept rock-loving teenagers who were both obnoxious and rude to every other c

  • Budget 2010: What difference does it make?

    25 March 2010

    ‘Vote for change,’ scream the Tory banners, with airbrushed-Dave peering down creepily like the ghost of Gareth Gates.‘The choice,’ we’re told, is of ‘five more years of

  • BLOG: Cannes-do attitude

    17 March 2010

    Day two of Mipim-proper is slightly sorer than the first and it was good to see our national journalists staying out past 10.30pm after an embarrassing show saw everyone tucked up in bed far too early on Monday. Half of the Brits here dispersed to the local Irish pub to see Chelsea demolished but all the A-listers were dining at CBRE’s apartment.

  • No mud, but Cannes will be Glastonbury for all you suits

    13 March 2010

    If you replaced the yachts with tents, champagne with magic mushrooms and lawyers with, erm, lawyers, then Mipim becomes Glastonbury.

  • No mud, but Cannes will be Glastonbury for all you suits

    13 March 2010

    If you replaced the yachts with tents, champagne with magic mushrooms and lawyers with, erm, lawyers, then Mipim becomes Glastonbury. “I’ll meet you by th

  • The Green Mile

    23 February 2010

    After more leaks than the Titanic and more false starts than a botched NASA mission, the Tories’ planning green paper is now out.It was with a thud as sloppy as a pair of Gordon Brown’s socks hitting a hapless aide in the face that the Conservatives’ planning green paper finally made its official appearance this afternoon. It limped onto the interweb without fuss or fanfare and after Property Week exclusively unveiled it weeks ago, it confirms pretty much everything you’ve probably already

  • A game of three halves

    27 January 2010

    The three biggest hitters in property - British Land, Land Securities and Segro - go head-to-head over the future of the property industry. Andrew Teacher is on the sidelines with his shorthand pad.

  • Man in the Mirror

    11 December 2009

    My desk is nearly clear, I’m nearly done and the sustainable office Christmas tree has been on all night again. Soon I’ll be gone. But don’t get too excited, I don’t have a terminal disease and no one’s uncovered my insider dealing or illegal human trafficking either.I’m just about to take a well deserved month away from property. But I can’t help having a quick reflection first and look ahead to next year while I pick another few receipts from under my keyboard and find long-lost shoe pol

  • Core Cities Day Two: Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want

    4 November 2009

    After the misery of Monday, day two of the Core Cities Summit is a bit brighter.One of the running jokes of the morning is how Sadiq Khan, the transport minister, managed to get into the centre of Liverpool without getting hit by a tram. “I’m glad Core Cities have hired Rory Bremner and Nick Clegg doing the entertainment,” he snipes, before reading a speech clearly put together by the work experience boy.Obviously Khan was too busy doing his expenses to come up with anything useful t

  • Core Cities Summit Day One: Blue Monday

    3 November 2009

    It’s all doom and gloom at council leader’s annual bashThe first afternoon of the city leaders’ annual get-together is filled with more than just a little gloom. Everyone you could ever wish to see from the world of regeneration and civic leadership is here, plus a few you probably wouldn’t. Like me.Core Cities – the group representing Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield – has a lot to discuss and, as we all

  • THE IRRESPONSIBLES

    9 October 2009

    It was great to see Yvette Cooper get absolutely slaughtered on Question Time last night. Mrs Ed Balls – by all accounts just as much as a mini-Gordon as the education secretary himself – even got taken apart by an audience member over her flagrant hypocrisy on inheritance tax. That certainly wiped the smug grin off her face.It was certainly an all star cast on and the show and I’m sure I wasn’t alone in forgoing the usual ‘Thursday is the new Friday’ parade round north London for a bit of

  • Sing when you're whining

    8 October 2009

    What makes England a good country is that any nut-job is entitled to their opinion. Take the loose-tongued hippies lining the road outside the Tory conference for example. They spend their days screeching through electric cones about how David Cameron is murdering foxes.Now I’m neither a proponent of Conservatism or Foxhunterism, but that, frankly is toss. Think what it would do to his suit. I took it upon myself to put this to the protestors this morning. Their response?To sta

  • CHAMPAGNE SUPERNOVA

    7 October 2009

    As someone with a pedigree in music, my partying background has always consisted of two things: Jack and Coke. With that in mind, there is one notable thing about the Conservative conference.It isn’t that all the prospective party candidates are all petite, female blondes in their early twenties, or that all the attendees look like the ugly people you bullied at school. It’s that there is more champagne here than Cannes. Yes, it’s been raining, but it’s also been pouring. Pouring Bubbly.

  • HOUSING IN A HALF-SHELL

    6 October 2009

    Having been up here since Saturday, I decided to take a break for briefing BBC producers on the virtues of the BPF’s buy-to-let mortgage regulation policy with a stroll to my favourite boutiques around Oldham Street on Sunday afternoon.Being a valued customer of one of these shops,

  • The CVA backlash begins

    6 October 2009

    Where do firms draw the line between loving in their tenants without dumping the bodies of others into black bags thrown into Walthamstow reservoir? Transparency without favouritism seems to be the balancer. And with that in mind, Westfield chief Peter Miller has hit out at company voluntary agreements (CVAs) being used by retailers to avoid administration. CVAs are increasingly being used by troubled retailers, with notable successes being JJB Sports and Fo

  • Morning after / night before

    6 October 2009

    The news that (literally) woke me up this morning (thanks Mr Pratt) that Grainger chief executive, Rupert Dickinson, had resigned due to health problems was sad but expected.It’s been nearly six months since Andrew Cunningham, their former FD, took the reigns, and thought things now seem on the up for the country’s biggest landlord, ‘RJD’ will leave behind a void of charisma and innovation that will be sorely missed.The whole private rented sector campaign we’ve been pushing in peopl

  • Knives out

    5 October 2009

    “The reality is that momentum has stalled,” admits John Lewis’s head of development Jeremy Collins, president of the BCSC.To the mock-horror of Leeds City Council’s leader Andrew Carter this probably means there won’t be a John Lewis in Leeds any time soon. Still, they’ve signed up for Stratford at least.Collins does talk about the BCSC’s – that’s the British Council of Shopping Centre’s new name (they don’t get this whole ‘acronym’ thing) – five point plan which has been submitted t

  • Jackson revival plans

    5 October 2009

    Conservative regeneration spokesman Stewart Jackson has committed to following through the BPF’s proposals on tax increment financing.This is good news for the industry. Although he did not make any firm commitments around funding, there was a definite nod of agreement to the notion that the public sector would need to take a greater stake in future risk.He also confirmed that regional spatial strategies would be scrapped ‘within a week’ of the party taking power. “We’re getting rid

  • The BPF's Andy Teacher live from the Tory Party Conference!

    5 October 2009

    Happy Monday The things I do for the property industry.To think, I could be on my way to Mapic or even Cityscape (hello Liz), but no, Manchester it is. Home of football’s richest clubs, the world’s richest musical heritage and, for the next week, our nation’s next government*.The backdrop for this conference is a weird sense of positivity.For the last few years, people have approached them with the disdain they normally deserve: week long outings for think tanks and policy make


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