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Government endorses Farmer Review recommendations

20 July 2017

Ministers have endorsed the government-commissioned Farner Review into the future of the construction industry.

Grenfell Tower

LGA calls for urgent review of building regulations

19 July 2017

The Local Government Association has called on the government to launch an “urgent and immediate” review of building regulations in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire.

Martin Tett Bucks CC LGA

Councils offered experts to tackle housing crisis

18 July 2017

Councils will be offered independent experts who can advise on projects linked to housing and homelessness.

Sajid Javid

Javid to relaunch £2.3bn housing fund

4 July 2017

Sajid Javid, the minister charged with the government’s response to the Grenfell tragedy, will re-announce the government’s £2.3bn Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) today.

Grenfell Tower

Government to launch 'major national investigation' into building cladding

27 June 2017

Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged to launch a “major national investigation” after results showed cladding on 95 buildings has now failed tests being undertaken in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire.

Grenfell Tower

LandAid launches Grenfell Tower appeal

19 June 2017

LandAid, the property industry’s charity, has launched a two-week appeal to businesses and business leaders within the property industry to help raise funds for those affected in the Grenfell Tower fire in west London last week.

The blaze at Grenfell Tower this morning

LGA backs UK-wide review of council's high-rise buildings

19 June 2017

The Local Government Association has announced it is supporting UK-wide council reviews of tower blocks in their local area.

Brexit and beyond


Risk that Chinese investors will turn net sellers

The real downside is not “capital restrictions controlling the exportation of mainland Chinese equity” as Peter MacColl’s column suggests but the likelihood that at some stage mainland Chinese buyers will have to sell UK property assets in order to shore up their liquidity ...


Jury is still out on Brexit one year on from EU referendum

Since the shock result of the EU referendum a year ago, commercial property investment activity - particularly in the prime London office market - has been unexpectedly buoyant. However, opinion remains divided on the underlying health of the market.


Brexit: one year on

A year ago today the UK electorate made the now familiar trip to the polling station and took one of the most momentous decisions in our nation’s democratic history.

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.

200 Capital Dock, Dublin

‘More to follow’ JP Morgan’s Brexit-related Dublin move

JP Morgan’s acquisition last week of 200 Capital Dock was the first concrete example of a major company expanding in Ireland because of Brexit.


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