All Ask the expert articles – Page 15

  • Data analytics
    Professional

    Data analytics valuable for HAs

    2021-08-26T00:00:00Z

    The data produced by housing associations (HAs) is valuable, but many of them find themselves unable to use it in a way that allows them to make better decisions. ‘Data chaos’, whereby data is siloed and unmanageable, is a common concern.

  • Construction safety
    Professional

    What do amendments to the Building Safety Bill mean for the industry?

    2021-08-26T00:00:00Z

    The Building Safety Bill will now be subjected to the Public Bill Committee and Report stages on 9 September 2021 and 26 October 2021 respectively. The bill will be scrutinised, subjected to evidence from experts and interest groups from outside parliament and debated by MPs.

  • RICS flags
    Insight

    Levitt’ll set RICS change agenda

    2021-08-26T00:00:00Z

    Five members of the RICS Governing Council (GC) are absorbing a 400-page report by Alison Levitt QC on the circumstances surrounding the sacking of four members of the institution’s management board in November 2019. This steering group will issue directions to the ruling body’s other 21 members.

  • generic asset management
    Professional

    How will reform of the pre-pack admin sale process affect businesses?

    2021-08-26T00:00:00Z

    CVAs have monopolised industry headlines in the context of failing companies. However, in the meantime, the government has introduced reforms to the often-criticised process of a pre-pack administration sale to a connected party.

  • Restaurant outdoor seating
    Professional

    Experience is key for restaurants

    2021-08-19T00:00:00Z

    The restaurant of the future might be housed in a space-aged, floating mirror ball with a four-dimensional laser show rotating around a gravity field, with customers eating from chairs and tables hanging in multiple directions. It could also be much the same as current restaurants.

  • Smart home
    Insight

    Is resi ready for a data revolution?

    2021-08-19T00:00:00Z

    The ebb and flow of urban dynamics is changing how we live, work and play in the built environment. Smart home technology and digital systems are layering new functionality into residential spaces, with pandemic-driven need accelerating our acceptance of digitalisation.

  • Construction
    Insight

    Skills crisis looms in construction

    2021-08-19T00:00:00Z

    With much talk about the challenges in securing construction materials, some may overlook the risk to labour costs looming around the corner. This comes as the pressure to design and create the next generation of high-quality, safe, London Plan-compliant zero carbon buildings mounts.

  • Wellness office
    Professional

    Wellness must take centre stage in return to the office

    2021-08-19T00:00:00Z

    Increased focus on staff wellbeing will help people relearn what it means to be together in the workplace.

  • MMC home assembly
    Insight

    Single family is the next BTR frontier

    2021-08-19T00:00:00Z

    Single-family housing is one of the fastest-growing asset classes in the UK and forms a key part of the continued evolution of the living sectors.

  • London apartments
    Professional

    Wellbeing is no longer a ‘bolt-on’

    2021-08-19T00:00:00Z

    Over the past year, health and wellbeing has been very much at the forefront of the public agenda. The London Plan, published in March, has references to the health and wellbeing of Londoners throughout, seeking to ensure that this sits at the forefront of planning decisions.

  • ESG
    Insight

    We must all take ESG seriously

    2021-08-19T00:00:00Z

    With great neighbourhoods comes great responsibility. Moda Living is determined to change the way that people live. To do this, we need to step up and take charge of the way that the rental market treats its residents and the shift towards a healthier, more sustainable way of living.

  • Battersea on London skyline
    Insight

    Facing the ‘age of responsibility’

    2021-08-19T00:00:00Z

    The strapline for this year’s RESI conference is ‘The Age of Responsibility’. It’s quite rightly weighty and sobering. One imagines those attending in person will consciously choose the family electric runabout to park at Celtic Manor and that Merlins Bar will be uncharacteristically quiet after about 11pm on 8 September.

  • Planning
    Professional

    What are the signs of negligence in a conveyancing solicitor?

    2021-08-05T00:00:00Z

    A conveyancing solicitor should ensure all legal considerations and potential issues are covered before the sale of a property goes ahead, leaving all parties with peace of mind that everything is in order with their transaction.

  • High street
    Professional

    Recovery signs appear for the retail sector

    2021-08-05T00:00:00Z

    Retail, leisure and hospitality operators show tentative signs of a summer revival as economic data, proxy indicators for relative recovery strength and the latest statistics on new virus cases suggest a glass-half-full picture. However, the recovery for the UK economy and property markets remains fragile.

  • Office
    Professional

    How will latest PDR rules affect office-to-residential conversions?

    2021-08-05T00:00:00Z

    It barely seems that long since the last tweaks to the planning system were announced and implemented. This time, another shake-up of permitted development rights (PDR) has placed new restrictions on how they can be used to redevelop offices into residential.

  • Wheelchair
    Professional

    Technology will drive city accessibility

    2021-08-05T00:00:00Z

    According to the World Bank, about 15% of the world’s population live with some form of disability – 285 million are visually impaired and 466 million are deaf or hard of hearing. But in spite of these varying needs, there is often a one-size-fits-all approach to designing the world around ...

  • High street
    Professional

    Retail-to-resi is a win for homes

    2021-07-29T00:00:00Z

    The national housing shortage and the retail crisis are two of the property industry’s biggest challenges.

  • Peckham
    Professional

    Community-led regen can work

    2021-07-29T00:00:00Z

    High streets are facing considerable change following the move towards online retail and the impact of the pandemic. However, there is an opportunity for local residents to work alongside businesses and urban designers to rejuvenate local centres.

  • Office
    Professional

    Let’s ensure the workplace works better for everyone

    2021-07-29T00:00:00Z

    Designing for the extreme to benefit the mean can create inclusive environments that suit all employees.

  • Vacant office
    Professional

    The pitfalls of ‘vacant possession’

    2021-07-22T00:00:00Z

    If a filing cabinet is left behind after a break date, has the landlord got vacant possession?