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  • ESG

    ​‘G’: the forgotten letter in ESG


    It’s undeniable that governance takes a back seat to environmental and social in the ESG equation, but if real change is to take place then it may be the most important letter in the abbreviation.

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    ​Getting the formula right for overage agreements


    Overage agreements are, for many reasons, a trap for the unwary.

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    More speed and flexibility needed for the Industrial & Logistics Sector


    Cloud kitchens, new quick-commerce companies and traditional tenants are racing for space in the Industrial and Logistics sectors with both brownfield and green sites in demand.

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    Residents are key to hitting net zero target


    Cutting carbon is crucial, but we also need to focus on how to improve the things we can’t directly control. We headed to Brighton last month for new property conference Footprint+. The event largely focused on how the property industry can improve its carbon footprint from infrastructure development, which is ...


    RICS must divide or be conquered


    Lord Michael Bichard’s review of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), published this week, sets out a clear path forward for the beleaguered professional body – a way out of the mire it has floundered in for the past 18 months, and the long-term governance blunders that created the ...

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    Do we still need tower blocks?


    Originally aspirational places to live in the 1950s and 1960s, tower blocks developed a reputation for anti-social behaviour and as quickly as they were built, they were demolished.

  • Shopping Mall

    Malls can hold key to levelling up


    At the heart of the government’s aspiration to regenerate regional towns and cities lies a sleeping giant that holds a significant key to levelling up: the oft-overlooked shopping centre.

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    When life gives you lemons, trade property


    As the pandemic started to subside, many of us in the investment community were ready to breathe a long-awaited sigh of relief: no more sitting in front of the TV nervously awaiting updates on the latest restrictions, tiers and lists.

  • Share price

    Focusing on fundamentals is vital


    That the current environment is challenging is self-evident. The impacts of supply chain disruption, labour shortages and the rising cost of raw materials and energy have combined to deliver the highest rate of inflation for 40 years.

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    No one can call Michael Gove idle


    Say what you like about the secretary of state for levelling up, housing and communities, but Michael Gove certainly hasn’t been idle.

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    The future of work: high-tech spaces in heritage buildings


    Post-Covid, professionals are seeking a comfortable office space embodying a boutique hospitality style.

  • Net zero

    Net-zero buildings: tax incentives have role to play


    I read with interest your article ‘Coalition of industry bodies to develop UK net-zero carbon building standard’. The focus on ESG credentials of new and existing buildings was front and centre of the agenda at Mipim in March and also with the respondents of the Saffery Champness Real Estate Sentiment ...

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    Experts say shopping centres ‘back in vogue’


    Harvey Centre joins growing list of malls that have gone on market in recent weeks

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    Affordable homes key to levelling up


    In February, the government published its Levelling Up White Paper outlining its long-term promise and plan to spread opportunity more equally across the UK, ensuring regions outside London and the South East are brought up to the standards of the rest of the country. 

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    Climate crisis: the onus is on us all


    The spike in energy prices affecting individuals and businesses across the country brings the imperative for more energy-efficient buildings even more into focus.

  • High street

    Compulsory purchase orders can pave the way to successful levelling-up regeneration


    Town centres are at the heart of our local communities and economies but most are in serious decline. Although this deterioration is not exactly news, the government’s levelling-up agenda has recently brought the urgency of town centre regeneration into sharp focus.

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    Resi investors can dodge inheritance tax trap


    The central benefit of investing in property is its reliability. Consistent need, particularly for housing, means residential investment remains a popular and clear-cut investment strategy. House prices have risen over the past two years, and while we can expect a decline as the market naturally fluctuates, it is rarely a ...

  • Grenfell Tower

    Grenfell: five years on and counting


    Five years ago this week, fire took hold of Grenfell Tower and spread with a speed and ferocity that surprised everyone. Since that awful night, the response has plodded on at a pace that will have surprised almost no one.

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    Riding out the economic storm: In conversation with Phil Westerman at Buzzacott


    With real estate encountering strong economic headwinds from inflation and rising interest rates, Property Week contributing editor (news) David Parsley sat down with Phil Westerman, partner and head of real estate at accountancy practice Buzzacott, to discuss the outlook for the industry. Their conversation covered the aftermath of Brexit and ...

  • Finance

    Industry figures say interest rate hike is forcing mortgage market changes


    The Bank of England’s move to raise the base interest rate by 0.25 percentage points to 1.25% is having an immediate impact in forcing lenders to reprice their mortgage products, according to property industry figures.