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  • London skyline pollution
    Insight

    Many factors affect wellbeing of office employees

    2020-03-26T13:21:00Z

    Editor: In his article, Simon Creasey correctly noted the importance of air quality in offices to the wellbeing of staff . 

  • Surveyor
    Insight

    Purpose of valuation has been lost

    2020-03-25T18:09:00Z

    Editor: As a retired chartered valuation surveyor with more than 40 years’ experience, I fear that the current debate about valuation models suggests that the profession has lost sight of the fundamental nature and purpose of valuation . 

  • Proptech
    Online

    Industry has yet to grasp the benefits of proptech

    2020-03-19T15:48:00Z

    The recent Oxford Future of Real Estate Initiative report showing that the UK is leading proptech investment into Europe was encouraging news.

  • Rates valuations
    Insight

    More action is required on business rates relief

    2020-03-18T14:28:00Z

    Editor: Some businesses can breathe a little easier following last week’s Budget. As Property Week  reported, the chancellor announced that any eligible retail, leisure or hospitality business with a rateable value of less than £51,000 will pay no business rates this year .

  • Rishi Sunak
    Insight

    Budget measures must help everyone

    2020-03-18T13:50:00Z

    Editor: Extra business rates relief measures announced by the chancellor this week, added to those in the Budget, should go far in helping the retail and leisure sector through the worst of the current coronavirus crisis .

  • Construction of houses
    Insight

    Creative thinking needed to fund low-cost housing

    2020-03-11T15:48:00Z

    Editor: In a recent article, Graham Lanktree reported that 34% of local authorities missed their housebuilding targets in 2019 .

  • Finance generic
    Insight

    Firesales: alternative lenders should step in

    2020-03-04T14:05:00Z

    Editor: There were claims last week that Hammerson could be forced into a firesale after it reported slashing £800m from the value of its portfolio. Rival intu is also reported to be at risk if it fails to raise fresh equity to pay down its £4.7bn debt pile .

  • Planning
    Insight

    Valuers need clear guidance from RICS

    2020-03-04T13:46:00Z

    Editor: As a chartered surveyor, I am encouraged to see RICS’ plan to evaluate its practices to ensure public trust in surveyors .

  • Office Space in Town, Waterloo
    Online

    RICS must update its valuation methods if it wants to remain relevant

    2020-02-28T16:14:00Z

    RICS’ move to regain any lost public trust in the chartered surveying profession is of course to be warmly welcomed. However, in focusing only on public trust, RICS is at risk of ignoring (and losing) the trust of the wider property industry.

  • Electric cars charging
    Insight

    Infrastructure plan is needed to drive EV take-up

    2020-02-26T14:08:00Z

    Editor: The government’s decision to bring forward the ban on the sale of petrol, diesel and hybrid cars to 2035 is clearly welcome and extremely important for the environment. But it is not particularly helpful, as the electric vehicle market is still in its infancy (PropertyWeek.com).

  • Geograph
    Insight

    Can we expect more ‘hobbit homes’?

    2020-02-26T12:45:00Z

    Editor: With changes to planning mooted in order to hit government housebuilding targets, the drive for quantity may have a negative effect on the quality of space in UK homes (‘ What does the election result mean for the planning system ?’).

  • Prefab modular construction
    Insight

    Airspace development: involve stakeholders early

    2020-02-19T11:41:00Z

    Editor: The prospect of creating new homes in the ‘air rights’ on top of existing buildings offers the opportunity to significantly increase the number of homes being built, which could help ease the housing crisis in London .

  • Proptech
    Insight

    Tech is key to solving housing crisis

    2020-02-19T11:31:00Z

    Editor:  Ritam Gandhi’s recent article was a timely reminder that tech is indeed crucial to solving the UK’s housing crisis .

  • Houses
    Insight

    Outlook for residential sector is bound to improve

    2020-02-13T16:36:00Z

    Editor: Your article last week, ‘ Institutional investors looking to invest more in the resi sector ’, revealed a not unsurprising trend. With Brexit certainty and the ‘Boris bounce’ effect taking hold, the outlook for property – particularly residential – is bound to improve.

  • Inside track: platforms in  the proposed HS2 station
    Insight

    We must connect north’s thriving cities

    2020-02-13T16:31:00Z

    Editor: At last, HS2 has been given the green light .

  • Student accomodation
    Insight

    Demand for affordable student homes must be met

    2020-02-05T09:57:00Z

    Editor: Your recent piece exploring the pitfalls for investors as student accommodation booms makes clear that the evolving asset class has emerged as a mainstream investment . However, it misses one of the most significant issues facing the sector: an overweighting in new luxury supply against a shortage of more ...

  • Co-working
    Insight

    JV represents future of workspace

    2020-02-05T09:52:00Z

    Editor: It was exciting to read about the partnership between Serendipity Labs and Newable and its co-working launch in the UK .

  • City of London
    Insight

    It’s no surprise flex office providers are expanding

    2020-01-30T16:35:00Z

    Editor: Your recent article ‘ Over 1,000 companies to open new post-Brexit offices in UK ’ is further evidence that Brexit-related doom and gloom in the UK property market has been misplaced. The evidence indicates that the UK is still open for business – and the office sector especially looks ...

  • Climate change
    Insight

    Yes, housebuilding can go green

    2020-01-30T16:28:00Z

    Editor: As your article ‘Hitting green target is a huge challenge for housebuilders’ makes clear, the housebuilding industry has a sustainability problem .

  • Green buildings
    Insight

    How we can help to hit carbon target

    2020-01-23T00:00:00Z

    Editor: It is great to see that Property Week  and the UKGBC are launching the Climate Crisis Challenge .