Alastair Stewart

Alastair Stewart

Alastair Stewar has almost 30 years experience of the construction industry as equities analyst, journalist and columnist. He writes a monthly column on the residential market for Property Week and sits on the housebuilding panel of the Experian Construction Forecasting Committee.

 

 

 

  • Housebuilding
    Insight

    Land scarcity sparks costs surge

    2021-05-13T00:00:00

    Things couldn’t get rosier for the housebuilders, it would seem. Sales volumes and prices are up, irrespective of dwindling government support.

  • Darlington
    Insight

    A levelling-up boost for housing

    2021-04-15T00:00:00

    By ‘eck, the BBC is to drag swathes of its London staff up North and the regions in the name of the government’s ‘levelling up’ agenda. It’s bound to price some locals out of the market. And not just for their macchiatos.

  • Dutch brick houses
    Insight

    Why we should stick with bricks

    2021-03-18T00:00:00

    The government’s obsession with modern methods of construction (MMC) seems to know no bounds. Even the chancellor is now a convert. However, I still harbour a heretical allegiance to the most ancient method of construction – brick.

  • Aluminium cladding
    Insight

    Cladding victims get stung again

    2021-02-18T00:00:00

    The headlines were improving for Number 10. Britain’s vaccine roll-out was, as Ursula von der Leyen admitted, a ‘speed boat’ to the EU’s ‘tanker’ and Boris was seen as having relocated his mojo.

  • Raphael Rooms, Vatican
    Insight

    Even the Black Death had its silver lining

    2021-01-21T00:00:00

    The lights are once more going out all over Europe. But the darkest hours in pandemics have often heralded glorious dawns. The horrors of the Great War and even deadlier flu gave way to the Roaring Twenties; the vast social changes wrought by the Black Death ignited the Renaissance.

  • Finance chart Covid-19
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    Pandemic? What pandemic?

    2020-12-17T00:00:00

    “Tis the season to be jolly careful,” the once ebullient Boris Johnson cautioned the nation, confirming the second lockdown would end in tiers.

  • McCarthy&Stone Retirement home PW120419_
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    Corporate bids back in housing

    2020-11-12T00:00:00

    You wait years for corporate bids in the housing sector and then at least three come along at once. Could it be the late noughties all over again?

  • Alone in office
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    Office life needs a radical rethink

    2020-10-15T00:00:00

    I recently spent the two least productive days since the start of lockdown. I went back to the office.

  • Farrow & Ball
    Insight

    Will the housing recovery last?

    2020-09-10T00:00:00

    You know the housing market’s on the up when queues form outside posh paint purveyor Farrow & Ball.

  • Persimmon show homes
    News

    The winds of change are blowing

    2020-08-06T00:00:00

    Persimmon, the UK’s most valuable housebuilder, has long been a hit with shareholders but anathema to politicians, journalists and rivals – who have portrayed the York-based group as synonymous with executive excess, shoddy workmanship and corporate arrogance.

  • Kidbrooke Village, Greenwich
    Insight

    How Tony Pidgley built London

    2020-07-09T00:00:00

    Berkeley Group founder Tony Pidgley was, along with Sir Lawrie Barratt, one of the two giants of modern housebuilding – an industry they both, in differing ways, were largely responsible for fashioning.

  • Housing estate being built
    Insight

    Is the PM going to call in the cavalry?

    2020-06-11T00:00:00

    What does Taylor Wimpey CEO Pete Redfern know that the rest of the embattled housebuilding sector doesn’t? The UK’s second-biggest developer is back in the land market. Could it have had the heads-up that Boris is about to call in the cavalry?

  • For sale signs_credit_shutterstock_Willy Barton_1309929943
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    Light at the end of the tunnel

    2020-05-14T00:00:00

    We’ll build again. But, even after the PM’s exhortation for construction workers to be “actively encouraged” back to site, it’s not entirely clear where or when. One thing’s clear, though: nothing will ever be quite the same in property.

  • Empty construction site
    Insight

    The cash preservation society

    2020-04-02T00:00:00

    “Cash is king.” Never has that well-worn business maxim been more imperative than now, as the country locks down in response to the global coronavirus pandemic.

  • Houses being built
    Insight

    So much for the brighter outlook

    2020-03-18T00:00:00

    Just when things were looking up, along came a global pandemic.

  • Estate agent window
    Insight

    London estate agents make hay

    2020-02-13T00:00:00

    “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.

  • Boris in hard hat
    Insight

    Boris has redrawn property map

    2020-01-17T00:00:00

    Boris Johnson’s election victory was as much of a landslide in tectonic terms as political. Britain’s regional red and blue plates have not so much slid as flipped and the aftershocks could reverberate across the property market for years to come.

  • Modular home
    News

    Can we crack modular housing?

    2019-11-29T00:00:00

    For decades, modular housing has been the sector’s equivalent of nuclear fusion: the imagined fount of limitless supply has always been just over the horizon… but never quite within reach.

  • Construction of houses
    Insight

    Brexit chaos hits housebuilders

    2019-11-01T00:00:00

    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.

  • Brexit chess pieces
    Insight

    Call time on our Brexit purgatory

    2019-09-25T22:00:00

    “JUST GET ****ING ON WITH IT!” Not the war cry of a hardline Brexiteer, but the plaintive refrain (give or take the adverb) from some dozen property people I’ve chatted to over the past month or so – all of whom voted remain, but now long to get on with ...

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