The lighter side of property

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

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Mipim can’t stop the feeling

23 March 2017

In the first Mipim since the Brexit vote, it’s fair to say the entertainment wasn’t quite as extravagant as during Mipims past. But that doesn’t mean the partying had stopped completely - for fans of ’80s pop and ’90s sporting legends, at least.

Kyran Bracken

Bracken to convert smashes for cash at LandAid Mipim Tennis Classic

14 March 2017

The LandAid Mipim Tennis Classic 2017 has converted its biggest signing to date with Rugby World Cup winner Kyran Bracken now confirmed to compete.

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Trading places at CBRE

14 March 2017

Metropolis was surprised to see an email drop into its inbox last week highlighting a big change in the senior team at CBRE.

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Wheelie good news for Quintain’s Wembley Park

9 March 2017

Already a sporting mecca for fans of football and the NFL, Wembley Park is about to see elite cycling added to the mix at the Quintain redevelopment.

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Games night proves a smash for LandAid Mipim Tennis

8 March 2017

It wasn’t quite in the league of Cliff Richard being wheeled out at Wimbledon for a pre-game sing-song. But the LandAid Mipim Tennis Classic pretournament games evening this week was certainly entertaining.


A recruitment consultant that can’t recruit for itself

22 February 2017

A footballer should be able to kick a ball, a baker should be able to make a cake… and a US president should probably know where Sweden is.

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Share the love and the home

15 February 2017

Third wheels and spare parts may rejoice as apparently shared ownership was all the rage this Valentine’s Day.

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Rupert Perkins

Separated at birth: Rupert Perkins and Charlie Stayt

As ‘property pundits’ like Andy Teacher and even our own Guy Montague-Jones increasingly fill BBC airwaves, we got to thinking that Squarebrook’s founder Rupert Perkins could easily front BBC Breakfast given his likeness to host Charlie Stayt

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Separated at birth: Mark Williams and Heston Blumenthal

With fine dining aplenty on offer in Cannes, Metropolis would like to anoint Hark Group’s Mark Williams as property’s most likely to deliver a Heston Blumenthal-style culinary creation… or at least carry off his look.

Peter York

Separated at birth: Jason Biggs and Peter York

If anyone leaves a pie out in CBRE’s national office agency department, colleagues may find out whether it’s more than just a likeness that surveyor Peter York shares with American Pie’s Jim Levenstein (AKA actor Jason Biggs).

Tim Rodber

Separated at birth: Sean Lock and Tim Rodber

Normally football is the ‘funny old game’ but, given how founding Instant Group seems to have transformed former England prop Tim Rodber into comedian Sean Lock, perhaps rugby union should assume that mantle.

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Pluggers urge punters to bid at their convenience Video

23 March 2017

Metropolis has received many unusual press releases over the years - from one suggesting people redesign their rooms as Fifty Shades-style sex dungeons to another inviting us to the opening of a bus station - but no press agency has made a bizarre pitch quite as insistently as the folks at Simple Stars.


Who’s got the biggest baggage at Mipim 2017?

14 March 2017

Mipim is well known for its symbols of excess, from Vincent Tchenguiz’s Veni Vidi Vici super-yacht to King Sturge’s ‘last days of the Roman Empire’-themed bash in 2008.


Croydon shows true Cannes-do attitude

9 March 2017

Breakfast mimosas, big deals and yacht parties are all synonymous with the annual real estate madness of Mipim… and so, it seems increasingly, are spats between councils and local media.

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Sellar’s Noah’s Ark legacy

8 March 2017

Charity Noah’s Ark has praised the “invaluable contribution” it received from legend Irvine Sellar right up until his shock passing last weekend.


Fit for a prince: HRH helps LandAid raise £250,000 for new capital initiative

3 March 2017

Property charity LandAid has celebrated its 30th anniversary by launching a new capital appeal to create a 146-bedroom building near Old Street as a safe place for London’s homeless to live.

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Exec turns miles into smiles

22 February 2017

Frogmore chief executive Jo Allen is hitting the streets, not to find the firm’s next deal - but to undertake her first-ever marathon.

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