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Office of the future

Innovative thinking required to bring about the smart office buildings of the future

Thinking about what the buildings of the future will look like might seem an overwhelming task to some, while to others it may seem a fruitless endeavour that has little impact on how real estate companies actually operate. In fact, neither view is correct, according to a new report designed to break down innovation in the built environment into manageable, actionable topics.

Cardiff Bay

Local sourcing can bring material benefits to procurement

We recently announced the winners of a student competition to find Wales’s brightest design talent. The winning students - James Gould (University of South Wales) and Emily O’Reilly (Carmarthen School of Arts) - are now developing furniture and fabric designs for the new ID:SR Sheppard Robson-designed BBC Wales Broadcast Centre in Cardiff.

Contamination and pollution of nature

How will Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris agreement affect the UK?

Many of the decisions Donald Trump has made since he became US president in January have raised eyebrows in Europe, but his decision on 1 June to withdraw from the Paris climate change agreement - forming a three-strong club outside the agreement along with Nicaragua and Syria - has drawn particular ire.

Yorkshire Museum

Valuation Tribunal rules museums must be valued on net income for business rates

York Museum and Gallery Trust has won its battle with the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) in which it claimed that properties should be valued on a net income basis for business rates purposes, rather than rebuild costs.

Data cybersecurity

Be diligent with your data to avoid paying the price

Last month’s global outbreak of ransomware, which hit more than 200,000 victims in 150 countries, has underlined the importance of cybersecurity.

Procurement plan

Q&A: Will Brexit bring out the best in public sector procurement?

The public procurement process comes in for a lot of criticism, especially for the time it takes to bid and the amount of money it can cost, with most large-scale development projects in particular having to go through the full OJEU (Official Journal of the European Union) process.

MEES main graphic

Q&A: John Stewart, Jason Harris-Cohen, Vanessa Warwick and Hilary Grayson on how buy-to-let landlords can prepare for MEES

With the deadline to comply with the government’s Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) now less than a year away, Property Week spoke to four buy-to-let property experts in an attempt to clear up the confusion around the incoming energy policy.

Planning

Degree apprenticeship aims to attract more people to town planning and tackle growing skills shortage

Last month, the government approved in principle a proposal by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) to develop a degree apprenticeship to train the next generation of chartered town planners in England.

Theresa May

The Conservative manifesto unveils more changes to the business rates system

The Conservatives are planning further changes to the business rates system if they retain power in next month’s general election, the party’s manifesto has revealed.

Office blur credit phokin Shutterstock

Let us create buildings that make people feel better

With even the famously stiff-upper-lipped Royal Family opening up about their mental health, it seems the stigma surrounding the topic is finally beginning to fade away, so it was heartening to see the property industry come out so strongly recently for Mental Health Awareness Week.

Property Case News

Legal consultation

Relying on section 49 LPA 1925 – can you be rock solid?

The payment of a deposit by a buyer to a seller under a contract for sale is a fundamental part of a transaction since it comprises the “consideration” that all first year law students learn is necessary – along with offer and acceptance – for the formation of a binding agreement between parties.

Legal consultation

Property tycoon facing £611m debts loses high court battle

A property tycoon facing debts of £611m has lost a High Court battle with creditors over an individual voluntary arrangement (IVA) that would have seen creditors receive seven pence for every pound owed.

Julian Bisson

Preparation will help landlords avoid service charge pitfalls

Service charges have the potential to become a fairly contentious issue between landlords and tenants. Indeed, an intermediate landlord recently faced litigation over the reasonableness of the amounts claimed.

Cotton production

Court of Appeal shakes up contract law

A recent Court of Appeal judgment, MSC v Cottonex (2016), has clarified the law around repudiatory breaches of contracts, specifically the ability (or inability) of an innocent party to affirm a contract where a repudiatory breach has occurred.

Kate Nyakecho

The ‘vacant possession’ pitfall of ending a commercial lease

Commercial tenants with a ‘vacant possession’ break clause in their lease run the risk of nullifying the termination of the lease by failing to properly remove all their belongings from the premises - even down to internal walls and floor coverings - a recent ruling by the High Court has found.

Georgina Squire dispute resolution at Rosling King

Landmark judgment for lenders on negligent valuation case (1 July 2016)

The Court of Appeal has issued a landmark judgment in a professional negligence case setting a new precedent by changing the legal principle of causation.

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