• Grenfell Tower

    Everything must change after housing’s 9/11 – there cannot be another Grenfell


    Everything changed on the morning of 14 June 2017. Grenfell Tower was UK housing’s 9/11. From now on, more homes need to be built - and be built better. Hang the ideology.

  • Grenfell Tower RH

    Grenfell tragedy makes social housing top priority


    The horrifying event last week at Grenfell Tower in North Kensington and resulting anger will force the industry and Government to face up to the challenge of funding for the delivery of affordable housing, as well as its quality and safety.

  • Great Property Bike Ride 2016

    World’s Biggest Property Bike Ride Blog: the final countdown


    There are only  two days left before over 800 cyclists come together to embark on the World’s Biggest Property Bike Ride - and chairman of EMEA retail at CBRE, Malcolm Dalgleish, tells us about his excitement ahead of his third participation.

  • Whole Foods Market

    Store Wars: the Empire Fights Back


    Physical stores generally have been given the ultimate vote of confidence from the unlikeliest of sources. Supposed high street tormentor-in-chief Amazon is to fully traverse the divide into store-based retailing through the $13.7bn purchase of Whole Foods.

  • CBRE Bike Ride 3

    World’s Biggest Property Bike Ride Blog: final week


    Lisa Commins, a senior surveyor at CBRE talks about taking on the World’s Biggest Property Bike Ride for the first time ever.

  • Brexit

    Measure twice – you only get to cut once


    In my column in March, I described how I was encouraged by the industry’s dialogue with government and observed that, despite most people’s views that Brexit was bad for the UK, it appeared we were looking to the future and trying to make the best of a challenging situation.

  • London skyline

    Hung parliament brings uncertainty – and opportunity


    With no party winning an outright majority at the election and the process for Britain leaving the EU to be initiated with key meetings shortly, the country still dealing with the aftermath of its third terror attack in three months and Trump ruling the US via a series of erratic ...

  • Theresa May

    Next time the Tories must offer a positive vision


    At the start of the year, I wrote in my Helical board paper how 2017 might unfold politically across Europe. Nowhere in my musings was there the prospect of a UK general election.

  • Alok Sharma housing minister

    Forget the soundbites – focus on the real issues


    The prime minister noted in her post-election speech last week that “what the country needs more than ever is certainty”. Yet, over the next few months, we face not only a hung parliament, but also the probability of a Conservative leadership challenge, and the possibility of another general election before ...

  • Housing crisis

    Despite political uncertainty, the time is right to tackle the housing crisis


    At the start of 2017, many commentators looked across the channel at the series of impending national elections - in France, the Netherlands and Germany - and noted the uncertainty they posed.