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  • Finance generic
    Online

    Every downturn ends in recovery – this one will be no different

    2020-09-03T10:35:00Z

    The danger of writing a piece like this is the temptation to sound wise after the event, or to attempt to predict the future. As the Nobel prize-winning, behavioural economist Daniel Kahneman observed, “we are prone to overestimate how much we understand about the world and to underestimate the role ...

  • Working from home
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    WFH doesn't work for everyone

    2020-08-18T11:26:00Z

    The Covid-19 pandemic has caused disruption on a global scale, radically altering our lives and moving us rapidly into a ‘new normal’, which we’re still coming to terms with.

  • Boris Johnson
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    A long road to recovery

    2020-07-02T00:00:00Z

    The tectonic plates are moving – and not before time.

  • Online shopping
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    Digital must pay its way

    2020-06-25T00:00:00Z

    Shopkeepers in Britain have been brutalised by circumstance. The last 18 months have seen the feckless Theresa May government, the Brexit saga, the December 2019 general election and then, to top everything off, Covid-19.

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    Interaction is key to creativity

    2020-06-25T00:00:00Z

    Speculation that the Covid-19 crisis will herald the end of the office makes me think of Mark Twain’s quip that reports of his death had been greatly exaggerated. Just like Twain in 1897, the office has not died in 2020.

  • Smart building
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    It’s time for buildings to get smart

    2020-06-25T00:00:00Z

    Long gone are the days of cubicles and typewriters, smoke-filled offices and the nine-to-five. 

  • BTR
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    The BTR sector is primed for success

    2020-06-25T00:00:00Z

    Institutional property investment in the UK has historically given residential a wide berth. 

  • Brandenburg Gate lockdown
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    Covid-19: the lessons we can learn from Germany

    2020-06-25T00:00:00Z

    Many public figures have described the current situation as the War Against The Coronavirus and with a military background, I appreciate and understand the importance of preparing for any eventuality.

  • Legal news new
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    Service charge challenge serves as a warning

    2020-06-22T09:25:00Z

    The High Court has upheld a decision of a deputy master refusing to grant summary judgment for a landlord in a service charge dispute. 

  • Finance
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    Empathy between occupiers and landlords essential ahead of June quarter

    2020-06-18T16:21:00Z

    The government’s recent announcement that it intends to publish a code of practice imminently for commercial landlords and occupiers to adopt when discussing rental payments is certainly to be welcomed.

  • Construction
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    It’s time to redefine our industry

    2020-06-18T00:00:00Z

    There’s never a dull moment in the property sector, but the past year has had plenty of twists and turns with Brexit, a general election and Covid-19. Last July, I had the honour of being appointed as president of the British Property Federation (BPF) and as I reach the end ...

  • Modular housing
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    Modular homes are the future

    2020-06-18T00:00:00Z

    Just over a month before much of the world went into lockdown, at the 50th World Economic Forum in Davos, session after session was devoted to tackling the climate crisis.

  • High Street London
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    Why the new property code of conduct will ultimately be toothless

    2020-06-18T00:00:00Z

    Property owners have been facing a huge uphill struggle during this pandemic and the government has now unintentionally made the situation much worse.

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    Listing ships and a circus

    2020-06-18T00:00:00Z

    David Atkins is still at the wheel at Hammerson until a replacement chief executive is found. On Monday, Rob Noel entered the map room of the drifting retail giant as incoming chairman. The former Landsec boss is now in charge of plotting the future direction of the listing ship, with ...

  • Flats
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    Cultivating a sense of belonging

    2020-06-18T00:00:00Z

    In a fast-changing world, we humans instinctively seek familiarity. But when it comes to places, familiar doesn’t need to mean old, repetitive or boring. It should mean ‘relatable’ and ‘made with you in mind’ because, ultimately, if you can relate to your surroundings and other people also using the space, ...

  • Charlie Catterall
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    Alternative leasing methods key for restaurant operators

    2020-06-12T14:21:00Z

    While it is an uncertain time for operators to think of acquisitions, landlords still have sites to lease and will face a need to fill more stock than before. 

  • Gym
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    What are the options for gym owners after lockdown?

    2020-06-11T09:24:00Z

    On 23rd March the Government announced that as a result of the Coronavirus Act 2020 “no business will be forced out of their premises if they miss a payment in the next 3 months.”

  • Brum Library roof garden
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    A healthy focus on space

    2020-06-11T00:00:00Z

    One effect of the current health crisis has been to focus on how we can redesign or rethink the places we live, work and play in to deal with this and future pandemics. That should mean new workstreams.

  • Laptop
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    Skipping a cycle could be good in the long term

    2020-06-11T00:00:00Z

    It’s said that necessity is the mother of invention, and the major changes to our lives in the past few weeks have led to greater adoption of existing inventions to enable us to function (or survive) in as normal a way as possible.

  • At desk in mask
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    Creating the new office normal

    2020-06-11T00:00:00Z

    Our CBRE EMEA Occupier Survey 2020, published this week, is a timely reminder of why now more than ever, as we look at returning to office-based work, we need to focus on strategic decision-making that combines the ‘people agenda’ with a robust real estate and technology strategy.