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  • Shed
    Markets

    The sustainability revolution

    2020-02-19T00:00:00Z

    Few sectors have changed as much over the past decade as industrial and logistics. The previously subordinate asset class now tops the target list of investors globally. But as online retail continues to grow, the reshaping of the sector is just beginning; the logistics property market of 2030 will look ...

  • Smartphone
    Markets

    No longer the industry’s ugly duckling

    2020-02-19T00:00:00Z

    In recent years, the industrial and logistics sector has been a standout performer of the commercial property market.

  • Manchester
    Markets

    An exciting decade awaits

    2020-02-19T00:00:00Z

    To think about the future of the UK’s industrial and logistics market against a backdrop of several changes that are taking place in the market, there are two themes that stand out as having the potential to change the types of industrial buildings that will be occupied and sought out. ...

  • Proptech
    Insight

    Stay ahead of the medtech boom

    2020-02-19T00:00:00Z

    With a new Budget on the horizon, the government is focusing on delivering its target of increasing investment in R D to 2.4% of GDP by 2027. Life sciences will be critical, but the industry is changing rapidly and so too is its need for space.

  • Climate change
    Online

    Achieving Net Zero is going to hurt

    2020-02-18T15:55:00Z

    We are repeatedly being told that the property industry is responsible for a massive 40% of total UK carbon emissions.

  • Planning and dev
    Insight

    Why leasehold reform is essential

    2020-02-14T00:00:00Z

    With a new government comes a new agenda, but some of the same arguments around leasehold reform continue to rumble on. This is perhaps to be expected, given that the UK uses a system of home ownership that is still rooted in medieval history.

  • WeWork
    Insight

    Tech must go direct to end user

    2020-02-14T00:00:00Z

    In the third quarter of last year, global venture investments into proptech reached $24.6bn, surpassing the most optimistic estimates for the year and putting the industry on track to comfortably exceed the $30bn full-year mark.

  • The Pro-Bono Challenge logo
    Insight

    Time for big players to do their bit

    2020-02-13T16:24:00Z

    Getting the UK property industry to deliver and measure true social impact, as a cogent part of their wider stakeholder strategies, is proving much more difficult than Property Week and Newcore had envisaged when we launched the Pro Bono Challenge at RESI last September.

  • Estate agent window
    Insight

    London estate agents make hay

    2020-02-13T00:00:00Z

    “We’re now going to sealed bids on houses that we couldn’t get a single viewing for a few months ago.” This view from a south London estate agent is no flash in the pan. After many months in the deep freeze, the capital’s housing market seems to have thawed.

  • Old people on bench
    Online

    We must ensure seniors have access to safe and appropriate care

    2020-02-07T17:26:00Z

    The news that we will see a 70,000 shortfall in seniors’ homes over the next decade is a timely reminder that ‘generation rent’ is not the only age group facing a housing crisis.

  • Co-living generic
    Insight

    The beating heart of communities

    2020-02-07T00:00:00Z

    Until recently, one of my greatest regrets at work was that I hadn’t spent a significant amount of uninterrupted time with Greystar’s operations – including the property management, maintenance, front-of-house concierge and lettings teams – on the ground at one of our buildings.

  • Climate change
    Insight

    Time to address the climate issue

    2020-02-07T00:00:00Z

    As 2019 fades from view and we look back at it with an element of hindsight, I don’t think history is going to remember it as the year Brexit became a certainty, or even for England finally winning the Cricket World Cup – but as the year that the climate ...

  • Retail
    Insight

    Retail will always have a place

    2020-02-06T00:00:00Z

    The end of 2019 ushered in a calmer UK political climate after the Conservatives’ decisive general election victory.

  • Esther McVey
    Insight

    No. 10: who stays and who goes?

    2020-02-06T00:00:00Z

    When Stephen Barclay, the secretary of state at the Department for Exiting the European Union, resigned at 23:01 hours on 31 January as his department wound itself up, he started the reshuffle Boris made clear would follow once we had formally left the EU.

  • Construction
    Insight

    Housebuilders have much to do

    2020-01-31T00:00:00Z

    Most people have rightly acknowledged that global warming is a very real problem. It does not recognise international borders or economic wealth; it affects us all and we all have a responsibility to address it.

  • Climate change
    Insight

    Designing for a net-zero future

    2020-01-31T00:00:00Z

    London mayoral candidate Rory Stewart has faced a backlash after suggesting that trees should be planted on Regent Street. He tweeted that it was a “disgrace” that the historic street lacked greenery “crucial for the environment – carbon, air quality – but also for mental health and wellbeing”.

  • Shop sale signs
    Insight

    We must act now to save retail

    2020-01-31T00:00:00Z

    The plight of the shopping centre in the UK is worrying… very worrying. Today, many if not all of our existing shopping centres simply would not be built. There is turmoil in this silo of the real estate market as net asset values, which equity capital markets have not believed ...

  • Climate change
    Insight

    Adjust your business model or die

    2020-01-30T16:05:00Z

    Ask 50 different people how best to combat the climate crisis and expect nearly 50 different answers.

  • Amazon parcel
    Insight

    To live or die on the high street

    2020-01-24T00:00:00Z

    Additional business rate relief for shops will do as much good as giving alms to a beggar. Over 600,000 poor beggars already get relief in some form or another. Rateable values are referenced to rents, so rates will fall, eventually.

  • City of London
    Insight

    City’s latest BIDs to help business

    2020-01-24T00:00:00Z

    The Square Mile has remained attractive to firms, workers and visitors over its long history in part by constantly reinventing itself. We have welcomed media, creative and tech firms as well as those from the traditional financial and professional services sectors.