The lighter side of property

Property news with a light-hearted angle, plus news on charity work by people in the property industry.

Emamaulela Barborogolio, Norwood

When two become one...

22 June 2017

This year’s Norwood Property Lunch was inevitably an event of mixed emotions.

Elifar Challenge 2017

Property teams fall over themselves to benefit charity

22 June 2017

Retail is a competitive world, so Metropolis wasn’t surprised to see the annual Elifar Challenge tug of war being taken particularly seriously.

LandSec building

No secs please we’re Landsec

16 June 2017

Metropolis was interested to hear this week that Land Securities was being rebranded.

Women's Charity Golf Day

Gender parity comes to the fore at charity golf event

8 June 2017

Word has reached Metropolis of an industry golfing social with a difference: the organisers set a rule from the outset that every team had to feature at least one woman.

Young Property Personality of the Year: Sam Sananes, UBS Global Asset Management - sponsored by ChanceryGate

Sananes’ sporting legacy provides a Boost to charity

31 May 2017

Metropolis is delighted to back Boost Charitable Trust’s launch of a sporting memorial fund for former UBS-CLOVA portfolio manager and 2012 PW Young Property Personality of the Year Sam Sananes, who sadly passed away earlier this year aged 39.

Clarence Dixon CBRE

CBRE hosts sector-first multi-cultural networking event

22 May 2017

CBRE has hosted a first of its kind property sector mutli-cultural networking event.

PW Cup 2017, Loftus Road

Slips, smokes and suntans at the PW Cup

19 May 2017

When it took over the title sponsorship of property’s oldest charity football competition dating back to 1966, Property Week wanted to evoke the spirit of England’s solitary World Cup victory.

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Antony Cotton

Separated at birth: Antony Cotton and Richard Palmer

Metropolis is inclined to order a pint of Newton and Ridley from Richard Palmer, new associate partner at Carter Jonas, so close is his resemblance to Antony Cotton, the actor who plays Coronation Street’s barman Sean.

Eddie Jones

Separated at birth: Eddie Jones and Ross McNulty

When Metropolis heard Robertson’s new director had a strong rugby pedigree, we were not expecting a titan of the game like England head coach Eddie Jones. But alas, it was his lookalike, ex-Scottish international Ross McNulty.

Amber Rudd

Separated at birth: Amber Rudd and Rosie Toogood

Flicking through our people moves, Metropolis was surprised to see Amber Rudd hadn’t waited until the election result to move to another role, but it turns out L&G’s Rosie Toogood just shares a strong likeness to the home secretary.


Separated at birth: Sebastian Southward and Guillaume Doucet

The sun may have been out in the UK of late, but there’s still a chill in the offices of Welsh auction house HRT, with sales negotiator Sebastian Southward bearing a striking likeness to Canadian ice hockey star Guillaume Doucet, formerly of the nearby Cardiff Devils.

Drone racing

Drone racing gets offices buzzing with excitement

15 June 2017

Forget paintballing - competitive drone racing could be the next big thing in office bonding.

Aitch Group North Pole trek

Smith has to grin and bear it

8 June 2017

While the property industry can boast some truly epic charity fundraisers, Metropolis can’t recall coming across one so fraught with danger as the feat recently embarked upon by Aitch Group chief executive Henry Smith.

Graham Fawcett FA Cup

Fawcett finds FA Cup to his fancy ahead of final

25 May 2017

Fawcett Mead created a stir on social media this week when they appeared to have scooped themselves a spot on the FA Cup’s tour of London ahead of this Saturday’s final between Arsenal and Chelsea.

David Montague

Don’t scare us like that, David

18 May 2017

This year’s RESI Awards went off with a bang, but what most guests at Grosvenor House wouldn’t have realised was that a minor disaster was only narrowly avoided.


Quintain’s Wembley Park ready to roll

11 May 2017

Quintain’s redevelopment of Wembley Park is about to get its biggest viewing on national television as top elite racers from across the globe battle it out alongside double-Olympic Champion Ed Clancy OBE and Property Week.

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Second-tier Premier League clubs pay a crazy penalty

3 May 2017

With £5bn worth of television money coming from BT and Sky Sports over the next three years, Premier League clubs are unlikely to plead poverty any time soon. But when it comes to business rates, some of those lower down the pecking order are seemingly being penalised for seeking success.

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