All Ask the expert articles

  • Dining
    Professional

    Location is key for food outlets

    2021-09-23T00:00:00Z

    Location influences the success or failure of a restaurant in a host of ways, from attracting enough initial customer interest to being convenient to visit. As a business owner, you want to choose a site that is desirable to customers, but there are other factors that will influence and contribute ...

  • Industrial estate
    Insight

    London’s industrial land dilemma

    2021-09-23T00:00:00Z

    My crash course in commercial property, when I joined the industry in 2002, taught me that there were three principal types: office, retail and industrial. 

  • Electric vehicle charging
    Professional

    The EV charging points conundrum

    2021-09-23T00:00:00Z

    As the roll-out of electric vehicle charging points (EVCPs) across the UK gathers pace, commercial landlords and their tenants should be looking at the role they will play in the electric car evolution.

  • Town centre
    Professional

    How can developers put ‘housing with care’ into regeneration plans?

    2021-09-23T00:00:00Z

    Our town centres need – now more than ever before – to be the epicentre of our daily lives. 

  • Diversity
    Insight

    It’s time to build a diverse industry

    2021-09-23T00:00:00Z

    The real estate industry needs to build a workforce that reflects our community and makes everyone feel welcome and part of something. As we approach National Inclusion Week, it is a reminder that we are a people business and an opportunity to reflect on just how inclusive we are – ...

  • Rent signs
    Insight

    Education is key to BTR’s growth

    2021-09-23T00:00:00Z

    While the UK build-to-rent (BTR) sector is in the headlines for all the right reasons and attracting investment from those who can see its huge growth potential and proven resilience, there is still much to do to educate others on the key differences of the BTR sector compared with housing ...

  • Lending
    Insight

    The debt market outlook is brightening

    2021-09-23T00:00:00Z

    Confidence is returning for lenders and real estate market participants with the emergence of a more positive UK economic outlook. Many subsectors such as industrial and residential are in a relatively healthy position, while others, like retail and offices, face challenges.

  • Charity donation
    Professional

    What impact will the Charities Bill have on charity land disposals?

    2021-09-23T00:00:00Z

    The current rules on charity land disposals divide opinion. Some argue that they protect charities, others that they are a bureaucratic obstacle course.

  • Construction cranes
    Online

    ​Construction industry and local government must work together on carbon emissions

    2021-09-17T11:19:00Z

    Construction is a major contributor to carbon emissions – buildings consume 36% of energy produced globally and are responsible for 39% of carbon emissions. 

  • Planning and dev
    Online

    ​Why Ireland’s building conservation laws are outdated

    2021-09-17T11:15:00Z

    Conservation laws in Ireland have long adopted a one-size-fits-all approach, in that a building is either a protected structure – or it is not.

  • Ryan Unsworth, OPUS North
    Online

    A new generation of operators calls for better standards in workspace

    2021-09-16T09:28:00Z

    The expected stampede to return to city centre offices may be corralled by a lack of suitable supply, according to Ryan Unsworth of developers Opus North.

  • Planning
    Insight

    Planning must reflect how we live

    2021-09-16T00:00:00Z

    Planning has been in the headlines all summer, with Create Streets founder Nicholas Boys Smith appointed as head of a new Office for Place and other reforms being blamed for the Conservatives’ loss of the Chesham & Amersham by-election.

  • Tech
    Insight

    Proptech needs to raise its game

    2021-09-16T00:00:00Z

    The proptech sector has come a long way since I sat at my kitchen table to plot a course for Built-ID in 2016. Real estate businesses have taken giant steps forward in regard to not only digitising their legacy operations but digitalising their approach to their end users’ experience and ...

  • Data management cityscape
    Insight

    It’s time to invest in facilities management

    2021-09-16T00:00:00Z

    The real estate industry is under the spotlight as never before. The buildings we occupy are under constant scrutiny, not just for how they operate during a pandemic but also their capacity to emerge more efficient and more flexible than they were before, as well as increasingly for their net ...

  • Working from home
    Professional

    Flexibility is key for employees

    2021-09-16T00:00:00Z

    After a year of successfully working from home, many companies are contemplating whether office life is necessary. After analysing employee satisfaction levels and preferences for remote work (full or hybrid model), many companies have decided that a more flexible model is most appropriate post-pandemic.

  • RESI 2021
    Insight

    RESI Convention ushered in a hybrid future

    2021-09-16T00:00:00Z

    I really must get out more. That realisation dawned on me and possibly everyone else at last week’s RESI Convention, held on terra firma at Celtic Manor on 8 to 9 September rather than via the cloud.

  • Technology
    Insight

    Seamless tech connects tenants

    2021-09-16T00:00:00Z

    It was great to be back meeting colleagues from across the sector and sharing experiences of the past 18 months at last week’s RESI Convention, but also more importantly to look ahead.

  • Data centre
    Professional

    Data centres as an asset class

    2021-09-16T00:00:00Z

    Data centres as an infrastructure asset class are crucial for the digital economy and a huge investment opportunity. The complexity of operational issues is something those new to the sector may not anticipate and interest is likely to increase. We have identified key challenges post-pandemic to consider.

  • Office artwork
    Professional

    Art can be the cherry on the post-pandemic office cake

    2021-09-16T00:00:00Z

    Amid the return to the office, art can help your workplace stand out and enhance employee productivity.

  • Finance meeting
    Insight

    Confidence must be tempered

    2021-09-09T00:00:00Z

    We all know that confidence is a key component of life – how many crucial junctions have we all passed through where the decision to leap, or err on the side of caution, has led us to the exact life we are each living now?