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  • Rent signs
    Insight

    Better – not bigger – data is key to unlocking SFR

    2022-09-27T08:38:00Z

    Single-family rentals (SFRs) are undoubtedly the new darling of residential investment. While build-to-rent strategies are taking off in both the UK and the US, soaring construction costs are driving investor interest towards existing stock.

  • Smart tech net zero
    Insight

    Government must facilitate net zero workplace developments

    2022-09-23T09:26:00Z

    We are in a state of climate emergency. Sea levels are rising, weather patterns are becoming more extreme, with 2021 one of the warmest years on record according to a government report in June titled ‘Climate Change: Global Temperature’. The need for net zero has never been greater.

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    Insight

    The logistics party isn’t over yet

    2022-09-22T00:00:00Z

    The industrials and logistics sector has been a clear outperformer in recent years, and this has led many investors to question whether we’re nearing the bottom of the honeypot.

  • gigafactory
    Insight

    Time to plug into gigafactories

    2022-09-22T00:00:00Z

    By 2040, experts forecast the UK will require a total of 21m sq ft of battery manufacturing gigafactories – gigantic plants capable of producing rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, primarily for electric vehicles (EVs).

  • High street
    Insight

    Pressure builds on small landlords

    2022-09-22T00:00:00Z

    Spiralling costs, tougher legislation, increasing interest rates and less favourable tax treatment are creating painful and costly challenges for buy-to-let (BTL) landlords.

  • Houses of Parliament
    Insight

    Levelling up must be more than just a political slogan

    2022-09-21T00:00:00Z

    Despite the phrase ‘levelling up’ hanging in the balance, the UK government’s proposal that more needs to be done to “spread opportunity more equally across the UK” is an understatement. 

  • Liz Truss Downing Street speech shutterstock_2198583263 Fred Duval PW230922
    Insight

    Truss will take on the Treasury first

    2022-09-21T00:00:00Z

    Only two days after kissing hands with her late Majesty, Liz Truss found herself facing an unprecedented period in our history during which politics largely disappeared from our national consciousness. 

  • Renewable energy shed
    Insight

    Energy strategy overhaul under way

    2022-09-21T00:00:00Z

    We welcomed the recent news of the government’s measures to alleviate the immediate cost of energy on people and businesses. Inflated gas prices driving up costs across the country while the largest energy producers deliver super-profits is outrageous and nonsensical. 

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    Insight

    Live data can keep assets green

    2022-09-21T00:00:00Z

    Landlords and occupiers are perennially searching for ways to reduce their carbon footprint and mitigate the impacts of climate change on their assets.

  • Pupil AI
    Insight

    Without tackling property mismeasurement, we cannot meet net zero

    2022-09-20T13:08:00Z

    Real estate currently contributes 40% of the world’s carbon emissions. As a result, the property sector’s ability to decarbonise is integral to the future sustainability of the planet. Most industry leaders recognise how high the stakes are, not just for the planet but for the future viability of the real ...

  • Simon Clarke shutterstock_2199379329 Clicksbox PW160922
    Insight

    New minister faces a hard road

    2022-09-15T00:00:00Z

    It feels like a time for reflection. I’ll draw a curtain over my gauche joke when confronted by the Queen as she visited the RICS headquarters in 1999 to celebrate the centenary of its George Street home. Let’s stick to political thoughts, given that a new administration is finding its ...

  • Gas
    News

    Industry questions PM’s energy plan

    2022-09-15T00:00:00Z

    “Strangling” energy prices could wipe out profits for over half of the hospitality sector, forcing them to “hand in the keys” if Liz Truss fails to set out an effective support plan for the commercial sector, industry figures have warned.

  • redrow-matthew-pratt
    News

    Redrow calls for halt to merry- go-round of housing ministers

    2022-09-15T00:00:00Z

    Group CEO Matthew Pratt urges government to focus on long-term strategy and reform of planning system

  • Demolition
    Insight

    The debate around demolition

    2022-09-15T00:00:00Z

    The challenge for humanity is to urgently and dramatically reduce global carbon emissions. 

  • Finance chart Covid-19
    Insight

    Are alternatives still good value?

    2022-09-15T00:00:00Z

    As the world plunged into chaos in the spring of 2020, investors rushed to identify the asset classes that would offer the most safety in uncertain times. 

  • Digital buildings shutterstock_1091738318 metamorworks PW050321
    Insight

    Don’t abandon the digital agenda

    2022-09-15T00:00:00Z

    Ever since Boris Johnson announced his intention to resign as Conservative Party leader, and de facto as prime minister, there has been much speculation and concern as to what the future holds for the Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill. 

  • Working from home
    Insight

    Quality offices key as we go forward

    2022-09-14T00:00:00Z

    I read with interest the news that JLL’s Future of Work Survey showed that 72% of commercial real estate decision-makers believe the office is critical to doing business. Some may find this figure surprising – I find it surprising the number was not higher. 

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    Insight

    Industry must embrace BMS tech amid climate crisis

    2022-09-14T00:00:00Z

    I echo the concern expressed by Jamie Bennett-Ness in his recent article ‘Buildings fail to handle the heat’ over the failure of UK buildings to cope with the recent slew of heatwaves. However, the real estate industry should not resign itself to outdated air-conditioning systems but should instead embrace building ...

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    Insight

    We all deserve a smarter office

    2022-09-14T00:00:00Z

    Working from home is great and offers much-needed flexibility, but as many found in the summer, it is less enjoyable when a pool of sweat forms around the bottom of your chair.

  • Workplace - Turkey Mill - Walled garden lunch
    Professional

    Accommodating what employees value in a post-pandemic world will stand businesses in good stead

    2022-09-14T00:00:00Z

    Accommodating what employees value in a post-pandemic world will stand businesses in good stead