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Park Royal

Built-in wellness is becoming a fact of life

22 September 2017

When the White Collar Factory in Old Street, London, opened its doors earlier this month, it wasn’t so much the office space that drew attention as the 150-metre running track that sits atop the 16-storey building.

Crossrail Elizabeth Line

Joined-up thinking is starting to underpin regeneration

22 September 2017

Disruption is the word of the moment. It was the theme for this year’s RESI Conference, with a focus on proptech and the precision manufacturing of homes.

Alok Sharma RESI

Calculating housing need: one size doesn’t fit all Video

21 September 2017

Last week the government released its much-awaited consultation on a new approach to calculating housing needs, as flagged by Alok Sharma at the RESI Conference.

Bovis Homes

How Fitzgerald’s simple fix turned around Bovis after profit warning

21 September 2017

My DIY achievements have ranged from workmanlike (my deck) to farcical (completing a radiator circuit… minus a 90-degree elbow, resulting in the unexpected appearance of a basement swimming pool).

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Fibre optic cables

E-code clarifies relations between landowners and network operators

13 September 2017

The new Electronic Communications Code is expected to come into force later this year as a result of the Digital Economy Act 2017 receiving royal assent on 27 April.

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Liz Hamson, editor of Property Week

Will industrial shed its big-box spec fears?

22 September 2017

No sooner had I signed off a data story for this week’s blockbuster Sheds supplement on the decline of big-box spec development than our resident shed-head Richard Williams presented me with this week’s splash revealing new developer First Panattoni’s hugely ambitious plans for… ...

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Bitcoin burnout?

20 September 2017

It was interesting to see the growing use of bitcoin in the property sector highlighted in David Parsley’s piece on the Scottish power couple offering bitcoin payment for luxury Dubai apartments.

Capital Dock, Dublin

Brexit won’t just benefit Dublin’s elite

13 September 2017

Brexit will benefit more than the members of Dublin’s property elite. To think otherwise is underestimating the wider impact the office market uplift will have on Dublin-based businesses of all sizes.

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Construction: Swimming against the tide

9 August 2017

The UK construction industry has certainly suffered a bad rap in recent years. While Britain’s corporate sector has earned a glowing reputation for slickness and innovation around the world – particularly in areas such as financial services and technology – the building industry has, for the most part, endured something of a public relations nightmare.


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