All Expert comment articles

  • Planning and dev
    Insight

    We must rebuild the public’s trust

    2019-11-22T00:00:00Z

    In a polarised society, where trust in politicians and developers is at such a low ebb, connecting with communities is both more difficult and increasingly important.

  • Zero-carbon home
    Insight

    How housebuilders can go green

    2019-11-22T00:00:00Z

    We are facing a climate crisis on an unprecedented scale.

  • The Colmore Building, Birmingham
    Insight

    Flexible workspace is here to stay

    2019-11-22T00:00:00Z

    Despite the recent, much-publicised problems of WeWork and some smaller providers, flexible workspace is booming.

  • Strettons Auction
    News

    Caution in the auction room could be costing investors dear

    2019-11-21T00:00:00Z

    Investors that wait to pick off unsold lots after auctions could often get a better deal in the ballroom 

  • London
    Insight

    London still strong in Asia’s eyes

    2019-11-21T00:00:00Z

    As someone who has been travelling to Asia on property business since 1987, I’ve had some interesting moments.

  • Flats
    Insight

    BTR tops alternative investments

    2019-11-21T00:00:00Z

    The end of Help to Buy is fast approaching. It feels symbolic, reflecting the UK population’s shifting attitudes away from an occupier-owner model to that of private renter. From 18-year-olds heading to university through to retirees looking to downsize, the UK residential landscape is undergoing seismic change.

  • Wellbeing staff outside
    Insight

    It’s time to focus on people and place

    2019-11-15T00:00:00Z

    Ample clear working heights, the right number of dock-level loading bays and being a stone’s throw from the nearest motorway junction – these are just the kind of features that once formed the backbone of what we thought about as industrial and logistics developers and landlords. 

  • Funky office
    Insight

    We can disrupt the disruptors

    2019-11-15T00:00:00Z

    For the past three years, Generation Z has been entering the workforce. Over the coming decade, millions more young adults, born between 1996 and 2010, will begin employment, with new challenges and opportunities. Companies involved in the working ecosystem now have to cater for four generations – all with unique ...

  • Craft brewery
    Insight

    Tenant diversity is a boon for investors

    2019-11-15T00:00:00Z

    A multi-let industrial peer recently told me that the best days of his year are those he spends on site talking to his customers. I couldn’t agree more. The sheer variety of businesses that occupy the average industrial estate is endlessly fascinating, and the drive, entrepreneurialism and passion on display ...

  • Proptech
    Insight

    How tech will benefit real estate in the future

    2019-11-15T00:00:00Z

    At the start of this month, I was invited to give the opening keynote at Proptech Middle East in Dubai. 

  • Brexit
    Insight

    Brexit effect on logistics

    2019-11-14T10:58:00Z

    The UK’s eventual departure from the EU is likely to cause major changes in occupational demand. The industrial and logistics sector will be at the forefront of this change, given its role in creating, moving and storing physical goods.

  • Daniel Craig Pinewood
    Insight

    We need studio space – and fast

    2019-11-14T00:00:00Z

    James Bond has been one of Britain’s most high-profile symbols since his arrival on the big screen in 1962. But now his home is under threat from the arrival of an American giant.

  • Boris Johnson
    Insight

    Johnson is clearly in his element

    2019-11-14T00:00:00Z

    So Boris finally got the election he was calling for.

  • Empty warehouse
    Insight

    Make most of old industrial land

    2019-11-13T15:28:00Z

    Industrial towns across the country were once the centre of Britain’s car-building might. But after successive years of decline, we are starting to look at how former car manufacturing land can be brought back into use, bringing the towns that the manufacturing giants left behind back to life.

  • Grenfell Tower
    Online

    Learnings from the Marchioness disaster: post-Grenfell recommendations cannot be ignored

    2019-11-08T12:08:00Z

    In the early hours of 20 August 1989, the 47-ton pleasure steamer Marchioness , packed with 130 partygoers, sank in just 30 seconds after being hit by the 1,475-ton dredger Bowbelle  on the River Thames in London.

  • Westhorpe Gardens
    Insight

    Shared victory for social housing

    2019-11-08T00:00:00Z

    For property people, it doesn’t get much better than winning the Stirling Prize. It’s the new-building equivalent of the Booker Prize for literature or the Turner Prize for art. Past winners have included the glitzy and glamorous – perhaps none more so than last year’s £1.3bn Foster-designed Bloomberg HQ.

  • Brexit chess pieces
    Insight

    No need to turn back on Europe

    2019-11-07T15:05:00Z

    Amid all the political wrangling over Brexit in the last few months, you might have missed a report from the European Systemic Risk Board, Europe’s economic watchdog, that commercial and residential property across Europe has been overvalued.

  • Co-working
    Insight

    How to solve the skills gap crisis

    2019-11-07T15:01:00Z

    To get a glimpse into how we are taking practical steps to bridge the skills gap needed to respond to the UK’s housing needs, you just have to witness the apprentices who have come through a new fast-track scheme that we’re backing expertly laying rows of bricks on one of ...

  • WeWork
    Insight

    Feet of clay cannot keep walking

    2019-11-07T00:00:00Z

    REITs’ share prices rebounded 5% in a Brexit relief bounce as the receding risk of no deal drove up the value of sterling against the US dollar.

  • Broadway plans
    Insight

    Nimby policies to attract voters

    2019-11-07T00:00:00Z

    Plop: the first general election leaflet hit the doormat last Saturday. A tightly targeted anti-development screed from Helen Grant, MP for Maidstone and The Weald. The loyalist successor to batty Ann Widdecombe is clearly not a deux with the Conservative target of building 300,000 homes a year.