All Ask the expert articles

  • Blenheim Palace
    Professional

    Retrofitting for a greener future

    2021-04-09T00:00:00Z

    The scale and urgency of climate change means we all need to take action to reduce carbon emissions where we can. 

  • Technology
    Professional

    Scenario-testing tech at the fore

    2021-04-09T00:00:00Z

    Covid has forced many companies to the negotiating table with their landlords to address what some now deem to be expensive, overly long leases. Even for the few that are still committing to physical expansion, it is under markedly different terms.

  • Supreme Court, London
    Professional

    Can TVG registration criminalise a landowner’s pre-existing activities?

    2021-04-09T00:00:00Z

    The recent Supreme Court judgment in TW Logistics v Essex County Council clarified the law on the rights of landowners following the registration of land as a town or village green (TVG).

  • London housing estate blocks
    Professional

    Do buildings under 18m in height require remedial actions to EWSs?

    2021-04-09T00:00:00Z

    Remedial actions to external wall systems (EWSs) are being advised for many residential blocks that fall below the 18m building-height threshold. 

  • UV light
    Professional

    Infection control needs to be taken seriously

    2021-04-01T00:00:00Z

    An infection control strategy is fast becoming a critical element of any ethical business. This is certainly the case for the property market. Those properties that are best able to demonstrate a robust and future-proof policy when it comes to infection control will stand out in a crowded market.

  • High street
    Professional

    High streets need to be adaptive

    2021-04-01T00:00:00Z

    As digital retail moves into the realms of augmented reality and enhanced online experience, Fathom Architects has researched how this translates into physical high street spaces in urban centres.

  • Office meeting
    Professional

    The catalyst of Covid-19 must bring a positive change to our offices

    2021-04-01T00:00:00Z

    Covid-19 has been, and continues to be, a catalyst for change. At some point, life will settle into a new rhythm, which will come with its own challenges. As we grapple with hybrid ways of working, the pandemic has shown that our experiences have not been equal and has emphasised ...

  • Mobile connectivity
    Professional

    How to deliver mobile coverage

    2021-03-26T00:00:00Z

    Gearoid Collins In the commercial real estate sector, tenant experience is driving the industry to become a total service provider. A major requirement for positive tenant experience is ‘always-on’ connectivity. Within commercial developments, there is still ambiguity over who is responsible for dedicated indoor mobile boosting ...

  • Data
    Professional

    How can technical due diligence surveys be conducted remotely?

    2021-03-26T00:00:00Z

    The way technical due diligence surveys are conducted has changed in recent years, driven mainly by investors and buyers increasingly looking for more data-driven reports. Digital transformation has had a key role in the evolution of the service and is enabling buyers to receive data that was previously out of ...

  • Money
    Professional

    Practical steps for effective AML

    2021-03-26T00:00:00Z

    Criminals who launder large sums are usually fairly sophisticated, often belonging to a criminal network. The first thing agencies need to be alert to is obvious signs that something ‘doesn’t feel right’.

  • Housebuilding
    Professional

    How can developers avoid future issues with overage agreements?

    2021-03-26T00:00:00Z

    Headlines throughout 2020 and into 2021 have been dominated by Covid-19. One area in which the news has not all been doom and gloom is property development. Unlike some other industries, housebuilders and developers have – so far at least – not been too adversely affected by the pandemic. 

  • Online meeting
    Professional

    The online-working revolution

    2021-03-19T00:00:00Z

    This year, our CBRE graduates achieved a 100% pass rate on their APC assessment and chartered surveyor exams. This in itself is an achievement, but what is more remarkable is that in the midst of a pandemic, this was all achieved virtually.

  • Elderly care home
    Professional

    The SRE market is ready to be tapped

    2021-03-19T00:00:00Z

    Social real estate (SRE) represents a £50bn-plus investment opportunity in the UK, with private capital urgently needed to support the delivery of SRE assets that cannot be met by over-stretched public finances.

  • Office team
    Professional

    The workplace of the future is defined by choice not location

    2021-03-19T00:00:00Z

    The office might not be dead but it is changing, and employee autonomy is essential to workplace excellence.

  • Warehouse workers
    Professional

    Prioritising warehouse wellness

    2021-03-12T00:00:00Z

    Announcements like the development of a gigantic new electric car-battery plant at Coventry Airport are likely to become increasingly commonplace in the years ahead.

  • Leasehold
    Professional

    Tenants and landlords in limbo

    2021-03-12T00:00:00Z

    For some time, real estate practitioners have been aware of the government’s plans to reform leasehold enfranchisement legislation.

  • Business rates
    Professional

    How can the outdated business rates system best be reformed?

    2021-03-12T00:00:00Z

    Before the chancellor announced his new Budget, he warned he was kicking business rates reform yet again into the long grass, postponing his response to the consultation over reform until autumn – the fourth delay in a year.

  • Generic Office
    Professional

    What are the benefits of drafting comprehensive heads of terms?

    2021-03-12T00:00:00Z

    As businesses get set to return to offices across the UK, many occupiers will be looking to either renegotiate terms or agree new terms to redefine their situation, given a growing acceptance that for many, remote working will form part of the working week.

  • Building design
    Professional

    Envisioning post-Covid design

    2021-03-05T00:00:00Z

    The pandemic has undoubtedly highlighted the importance of certain principles of building design: good ventilation strategies; hygienic and easy-to-clean surfaces; the need for high-quality private and common outdoor space; and spaces that are flexible and adaptable.

  • Building software
    Professional

    Building software’s time to shine

    2021-03-05T00:00:00Z

    The events of the past year have had a profound impact on the way we live and work and it is rewriting what we expect from property and how we use it.