The lighter side of property

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


When is a purchase not a purchase? When it’s a sale...

2 August 2017

As corrections to press releases go, Standard Life Investments Property Income Trust’s stock market announcement last Friday will probably have led to a few red faces.

Juniper Three Peaks Challenge

Industry hero and family scale peaks for cancer charity

27 July 2017

You can’t keep a good man down. That is certainly the case for Juniper Real Estate principal Mike Ayton, who has developed a worthy habit of tackling challenging hikes for charity.

HQR Summer Ball

HQR builds on the success of last year’s summer ball

19 July 2017

London’s high-quality residential (HQR) development community has shaken off the downward sales trend to deliver a bumper £108,000 sum for a trio of charities.

GCW Three Peaks

GCW puts in a peak performance for Three Peaks

12 July 2017

It appears triumphing at the annual Elifar Challenge wasn’t enough of a, well, challenge for retail consultant GCW.

Lockton Dodgeball

Dodgy outfits and dodging balls for the Rainbow Trust

6 July 2017

Metropolis is one of the many fans of cult movie DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story, but we haven’t yet been moved to host an industry-wide tournament celebrating the sport.

Moore cheque presentation

Moore support for the Property Week Cup

28 June 2017

Metropolis has received many great letters in its time but arguably none more inspiring than the one that dropped into the inbox last week.

Emamaulela Barborogolio, Norwood

When two become one...

22 June 2017

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

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emmy rossum

Separated at birth: Emmy Rossum and Ana Nekhamkin

We’re not sure if Inhabit MD Ana Nekhamkin can hold a tune like Christine Daaé in Phantom of the Opera, but she does share a striking likeness with actress Emmy Rossum, who played the character in the Hollywood musical.

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Separated at birth: Joe Wicks and Adam Williams

Adam Williams, associate at building surveyor Bruceshaw, is a dead ringer for social media health guru Joe Wicks, aka The Body Coach. But is it purely a facial resemblance, or does he have a ripped body to match?.

Robert Orr

Separated at birth: Robert Orr and Alex MacQueen

Titlestone chief executive Robert Orr has made many big strategic calls to take the firm to £2bn in drawn-down facilities, but probably none as wacky as his lookalike, The Thick of It’s ‘blue-skies adviser’ Julius Nicholson, aka actor Alex MacQueen.

Anna Kendrick

Separated at birth: Becky Hance and Anna Kendrick

Metropolis isn’t sure whether newly promoted Colliers International director Becky Hance is as pitch perfect as actress and singer Anna Kendrick but she does share a near perfect likeness with the star of the Pitch Perfect franchise.

Bees on honeycomb

Beesy does it: GVA makes Manchester sweeter

2 August 2017

It seems that the property industry is getting back to nature. First, Property Week reported last week that Barratt is installing ‘hedgehog highways’ in its 2,500-home Kingsbrook development in Aylesbury.

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RESI 2017: for those about to rock...

27 July 2017

Alongside the outstanding speaker line-up, opportunities to network and high-level debates on the key issues in the sector, PW’s annual RESI Conference is known for its entertainment.

PW FC with Jesus

Divine intervention for PW FC

19 July 2017

Property Week’s history on the football field is about as trophy-laden as that of our local team Crystal Palace.

Power 100 Liz watching

Presentation hits a bum note

13 July 2017

After months of painstaking research, Property Week launched its inaugural Power 100 last week at an event hosted by co-sponsor Dentons. Unfortunately, all the hard work was very nearly undone by a slip of the bum…

Steve Hilton Vicar

Higher calling for property PR

9 July 2017 | Updated: 12 July 2017

The world of property PR is a changeable field, but shifting from representing the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, Colliers International and the National Landlords Association to preaching on behalf of God Almighty is one of the more surprising career moves.

Mark Bruno Datscha Bike Ride

Off-road encounters at record-breaking CBRE Property Bike Ride

28 June 2017

You can’t host the world’s biggest property bike ride with some of the riders encountering obstacles outside of the organiser’s control. And despite raising a record £46,717 for Shelter, CBRE’s Great Property Bike Ride 2017 was no exception to that rule.

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