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Handshake deal

SevenCapital gets go-ahead for £270m Swindon leisure scheme

17 November 2017

SevenCapital’s plans to build a £270m leisure scheme in Swindon have been given the go ahead.

Philip Hammond

Stamp duty in the spotlight ahead of next week’s Budget

16 November 2017

As he faces renewed calls to rethink stamp duty in the final run-up to the Budget, chancellor Philip Hammond is said to be considering a range of options for the unpopular tax, including scrapping it entirely for first-time buyers.

International architect named as Manchester's Northern Gateway masterplanner

13 November 2017

International design and architecture practice, Farrells, has been appointed to masterplan the Northern Gateway regeneration project in Manchester.

Earls Court protest

Residents claim victory as CapCo revises Earls Court plans

7 November 2017

Residents at Capital & Counties’ (CapCo) controversial Earls Court development site are claiming victory over the developer today as the local council moved to retake control of the two housing estates at the heart of the scheme, Property Week can reveal.

Sir Howard Bernstein

Sir Howard Bernstein joins Manchester City in development role

7 November 2017

Sir Howard Bernstein has taken a development-focused advisory role at the parent company of Manchester City Football Club, Property Week can reveal.

Interest Rate Swaps

Property reacts: Bank of England increases interest rates

2 November 2017

The Bank of England’s monetary policy committee has voted to raise interest rates for the first time in a decade.

Grenfell Tower

Building safety deadline extended for private tower block owners

2 November 2017

Private owners of residential buildings have been offered an extended deadline to supply the government with information on building safety in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Brexit and beyond

'To Kill a Mockingbird' book title stairs

'Uncomfortable' Brexit issues must be faced head on

I was amazed to read recently that a school district in Mississippi had removed To Kill a Mockingbird from its pupils’ reading list because the book was making children “uncomfortable”.

Kevin Nowlan

Hibernia benefits from Brexit-effect on Dublin office demand

Irish property investment group Hibernia Reit is benefitting from Brexit-related lettings and forecasts 2017 will be close to a record year for office take-up in Dublin.


Brexit doom-mongers have been proved wrong

After my last two articles this year avoided the subject, I make no apology for returning to Brexit.

London skyline

London still out of favour due to Brexit

London has ranked among the European cities with the worst outlook for 2018 in a survey of more than 800 real estate professionals.


Brexit: looking forward means looking back

News of historic data surrounding the performance of UK commercial property immediately after the referendum vote in June 2016 has played a role in providing the context needed to reassure the market, as well as those all-important overseas investors that have, obviously, shown even greater appeal as the potential for doors throughout Europe to close, intensifies.  


Planning and Policy FEATURES

Jeremy Corbyn new

‘Fuller form of rent control’ is never successful

It is hard to know exactly what Jeremy Corbyn means when he talks about “rent controls”.

Planning and Policy OPINION


It's time to sacrifice profits to rebalance society

Recent events have provided further evidence of the ideological and socio-economic divide that exists today in the UK.

Haringey regen

To fix our housing market, London needs political joint ventures

This year’s general election result was not so much about Brexit, but quality of life. Part of this debate centered on housing and that has continued in party conference season.

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