Expert comment

  • Fintech image

    What does the future of property finance look like?


    Looking to the next decade of real estate financing, a number of factors are on the minds of lenders and borrowers including the rise in the volume of debt finance and the impact that technology may play.

  • Workspace The Frames

    How to keep humanity at the heart of office design


    One always wonders what the world of work will look like over the next few decades. Could we be interacting in virtual reality and relying on robots, or will face-to-face networking still be the order of the day? What will it all mean for the working environment?

  • London white Edwardian houses

    London remains safe as houses for Middle East money


    I am frequently asked the age-old question: why is London the destination of choice for Middle Eastern investors? A number of factors in London and the Middle East change frequently, yet London remains a popular choice. The rock-solid British laws and property market continue to draw foreign

  • LandAid House topping out

    Being LandAid's chair has made me so proud


    I’ve had a long association with LandAid, and one that gives me a huge sense of pride. I well recall Mike Slade telling me back in the early noughties when I was chief executive of the British Property Federation about his plans to turn a tiny charity, run by enthusiasts with day jobs, into a real

  • Roger Scruton cr Alexandros Michailidis shutterstock_1098445052

    Government’s housing Luvvies are all style and no substance


    Everything’s been tried: Help to Buy, lifting council house building caps, modular homes. But still the government is nowhere near to hitting its target of 300,000 new homes a year. There’s only one solution. Call in… The Luvvies.

  • Laptops flex working

    Conventional real estate has totally misunderstood co-working


    A lack of real data around the supply and demand of co-working spaces has clouded the market view in recent years. The traditional real estate market continues to misunderstand the key drivers behind the growth of this sector. But what is also stymieing a greater understanding is a sector wedded to

  • High street

    For every struggling retailer there's another succeeding


    Amid high street gloom this autumn, one Financial Times article on retail property in the US caught my eye. Surely I’m talking about another prediction of failure and falling values, warning of further problems over here in the UK?

  • Living Wage Employer

    A living wage – a small change for a big social impact


    Environmental social governance (ESG) has been one of the major themes of 2018 and it has become such an intrinsic part of an investor’s decision-making criteria that neglecting to give proportionate value to ESG immediately weakens your ability to compete in a highly active market.

  • Hoxton Holborn

    Blending multiple uses under one roof is key to longevity


    The retail unit is dead. As is the corporate office. And the hotel.

  • Trans Awareness

    Transgender awareness: creating a fully inclusive culture


    While the number of ‘awareness’ days/weeks/months can sometimes feel overwhelming, a recent one had a real impact on us.