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Fibre optic cables

Connectivity is the lifeblood of all our occupiers

31 March 2017

Harnessed correctly, occupier data has the potential to transform business strategy and help landlords better adapt to their customers’ rapidly changing needs.


It's time to adopt a more intelligent use of big data

31 March 2017

Why do we do the things we do? In a world that is changing rapidly, with technological inventions constantly challenging our assumptions, why does the property industry remain in its own silo? Most importantly, why do we think our industry is not going to have its own ‘Uber’ moment?

Mark Farmer

Upbeat mood will help us fix the housing crisis

29 March 2017

With Brexit still rumbling on in the background, no doubt many were expecting political uncertainty to hang over this year’s Mipim like the rainclouds did last year. But as Property Week editor Liz Hamson noted, there was in fact a surprising sense of optimism along the Cannes beachfront.


At long last, the government is listening on Brexit

29 March 2017

While the weather at this year’s Mipim conference in the south of France was lovely, particularly when compared with the cold and rain of a year ago, this year there appeared to be a heightened level of focus and seriousness.

Nova Victoria scheme

Embracing tech to help our people help our customers

24 March 2017

It was back in 2006 that we at Land Securities started our transformation of London’s Victoria with the redevelopment of 80-100 Victoria Street and Cardinal Place.


Choice architects don't always put your interests first

24 March 2017

Philip Hammond’s first and last spring Budget earlier this month was something of an anticlimax for many in the property industry, who had high hopes of stamp duty cuts and more detail on business rate reforms.


Why 1 May is a red-letter day for build-to-rent

23 March 2017

On 1 May, a 12-week Department for Communities and Local Government consultation on build-to-rent (BTR) closes.

Business rate map UK

Hammond’s last-minute giveaways don’t mask deep problems with business rates system

22 March 2017

The extraordinary row that has played out in Westminster in recent weeks about business rates was no surprise to those in the retail and property world.

Liz Hamson, editor of Propety Week

The great Brexit paradox

31 March 2017

After all the brouhaha that followed the Brexit vote and faux ‘will she or won’t she?’ drama ahead of this week’s triggering of Article 50 (I say faux because only momentarily was there a suggestion it wouldn’t be this week), the actual event was a bit of an anticlimax, wasn’t it?

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Steve Curran Quartermile

Placemaking key to thriving Scottish towns and cities

29 March 2017

There has been a lot of talk about the growth of the nascent BTR housing market in Scotland in recent months, but very little about the importance of communities.

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