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  • Grenfell Tower
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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.

  • LabTech Hawley Wharf Camden Lock
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    Change is good

    2019-11-01T12:18:00Z

    While Camden is synonymous with the history of its music culture, world-famous markets and international appeal to tourists, the area is changing.  

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    What is at the heart of a destination?

    2019-11-01T12:15:00Z

    This question is informing many of our decisions at Shaftesbury as we strategically evolve our dynamic London West End neighbourhoods. While people may come to an area for one reason, it can be something very different that prompts them to stay and spend more time.

  • Office meeting
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    We need to step up and do more

    2019-11-01T00:00:00Z

    I have just returned from a fascinating trip walking in Napoleon’s footsteps. Those who know me might think I have an unhealthy obsession with this diminutive leader, but I have always taken an interest in how people can succeed despite not fitting normal perceptions – in Napoleon’s case, of a ...

  • Construction of houses
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    Brexit chaos hits housebuilders

    2019-11-01T00:00:00Z

    The Muppets, sorry, members of parliament have connived against leaving the EU by today and the chaos our self-serving representatives have visited upon the land is already evident in a slew of profit warnings from some of the housing sector’s hitherto most dependable operators.

  • Airbnb
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    Hotels must learn from Airbnb

    2019-11-01T00:00:00Z

    From early next year, visitors to New York will have the chance to stay at one of the city’s most iconic locations, 75 Rockefeller Plaza.

  • Grenfell Tower
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    Ensuring safety: residential property managers should learn from commercial sector

    2019-10-31T17:15:00Z

    It is fair to say that the Grenfell Tower disaster has had a major impact on the residents of all property in the UK. But this awareness of health and safety issues is starting to permeate other stakeholders.

  • Boris Johnson
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    Boris Johnson and tax – what to expect?

    2019-10-31T15:50:00Z

    It might seem all-consuming but negotiating Brexit is not the only major challenge confronting Boris Johnson in the opening months of his tenure as prime minister. 

  • London skyline
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    How can tax-efficient schemes support property developers?

    2019-10-31T15:31:00Z

    Looking at the skylines of the UK’s main cities, one cannot help but be amazed by the volume of residential and commercial construction currently under way.

  • Planning
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    Design vital to housing delivery

    2019-10-31T00:00:00Z

    If developers learn one thing from this year’s Stirling Prize winner, it is that they should invest time and energy in pursuing good-quality architecture in residential schemes – but this does not have to mean higher costs.

  • WeWork
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    Spotlight on asset management

    2019-10-31T00:00:00Z

    WeWork’s travails have thrown the spotlight on the UK property world’s asset management expertise.

  • Generic finance graph fall
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    Lenders still have appetite for alternative sectors

    2019-10-30T14:55:00Z

    Editor: Your article, ‘ Lenders reveal extent of fears about retail property and WeWork ’, rightly highlights some of the fears and scepticism from lenders following recent events, as illustrated by the upturn in yields.

  • Finance generic
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    Why institutional funders are increasingly attracted to non-bank lenders

    2019-10-25T10:09:00Z

    There is nothing new about non-bank lenders focusing on the real estate sector. They have been around for a while and the trend has been exacerbated by the ongoing inability and unwillingness of more traditional forms of finance to evolve.

  • felicie pic
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    It is up to us to rein in emissions

    2019-10-25T00:00:00Z

    When it comes to tackling climate change in the built environment, the prevailing philosophy seems to be that talk is cheap and action is expensive.

  • Derwent London - Brunel Building
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    Simple buildings, complex uses

    2019-10-25T00:00:00Z

    An intriguing insight into the relationship between architecture, development and investment comes from Yolande Barnes, formerly global research director at Savills, now a professor at, and chair of, the Bartlett Real Estate Institute, University College London.