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  • Property Awards 2019
    Insight

    Property is a huge force for good

    2019-05-02T23:00:00Z

    Back in the summer of 2001, I answered a job advert in The Times for the role of director-general of something called the British Property Federation.

  • Office conversion
    Insight

    PDR is a catalyst for regeneration

    2019-05-02T23:00:00Z

    Permitted development rights (PDR) hit the headlines again last week, when the Labour Party joined a raft of objectors, ranging from the Town and Country Planning Association to MPs in the House of Commons Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee.

  • Commercial building generic
    Insight

    The case for buying at auction

    2019-05-02T23:00:00Z

    In the excellent IPF report, The Size and Structure of the UK Property Market, the total investment stock of private investors and private property companies in 2017 was estimated at £72bn – not an insignificant amount, as this represents about 14% of the total value of UK commercial property stock ...

  • Strettons Auction
    Insight

    What are the advantages of selling property at auction?

    2019-05-02T23:00:00Z

    The thud of a gavel simultaneous with the sound of “sold!” usually sends an adrenaline rush through anyone attending an auction. 

  • View from City Hall
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    Investors are taking the long view

    2019-05-01T23:00:00Z

    Wall-to-wall negativity on Brexit from politicians and the media would have us believe the UK economy is on life support and that we’re destined to fall into recession any day now.

  • Bidx-65
    Insight

    The myriad benefits of the digital auctions revolution

    2019-05-01T23:00:00Z

    It has been apparent for some time that the real estate industry is fundamentally changing, with the data revolution permeating all areas of the built environment. The impact has been particularly powerful in the world of auctions, where we have seen the online model challenging the traditional ballroom auction.

  • Gavel
    Insight

    Introducing auctions to prospective bidders

    2019-05-01T23:00:00Z

    While the process of buying and selling at auction is relatively simple, the in-house dynamics are often not. 

  • Construction
    Online

    Is it time for the built environment to declare its own climate emergency?

    2019-05-01T10:21:00Z

    As the Labour Party attempts to force a vote in the Commons declaring a nationwide ‘environmental and climate change emergency’, is it time for us who operate within the built environment to wake up to the stark realities of our warming world?

  • Tulip
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    Should new genuflect to the old?

    2019-04-24T23:00:00Z

    There are different sorts of fire and different sorts of response. Wartime destruction often triggers a desire to rebuild what has been lost (Hamburg, Warsaw); terrorist destruction can inspire a defiant new response (Ground Zero). Accidental fire is rather different, as the tragic destruction of significant parts of Notre-Dame is ...

  • Deliveroo
    Insight

    Collaboration key to future of retail

    2019-04-24T23:00:00Z

    One of the biggest challenges facing retailers in these uncertain times is meeting the changing demands of consumers.