All Comment articles

  • David Parsley index
    Online

    Old school Ritblat set to gain favour over nouveau Candy in Capco battle

    2019-10-23T20:51:00Z

    There was a time when the Ritblat name meant a lot more than the name Candy in the property world. Clearly no longer. 

  • High street
    Insight

    Our high streets can be saved yet

    2019-09-12T23:00:00Z

    The challenges facing our high streets are well known. Brexit, squeezed incomes, business rates, major retail failures, online retail, unseasonably cold weather – the list goes on.

  • Solar panels
    Insight

    Green tech innovators required

    2019-09-12T23:00:00Z

    Intense wildfires in the Amazon, Siberia and Alaska are a stark reminder of the threat to our natural environment.

  • Digital technology property
    Insight

    Change is something to embrace

    2019-09-12T23:00:00Z

    This year’s Trailblazers entries are a testament to a sector that is getting more and more comfortable with new ideas and new ways of doing things.

  • Emmanuel Macron and Boris Johnson
    Insight

    Get this Brexit mess over with

    2019-09-12T23:00:00Z

    Honestly? I haven’t a clue. I can’t think of anything else to say to the steady stream of enquirers including several MP friends who ask: what on earth is going on in our politics and more to the point where is it all going to lead?

  • Climate change
    Insight

    Climate change is a planning consideration

    2019-08-06T13:58:00Z

    In October 2017, William McLennan applied for planning permission for solar panels on his property in Kent. 

  • Rent signs
    Insight

    Changing perceptions of industry

    2019-08-02T00:00:00Z

    A recent perception audit commissioned by the British Property Federation (BPF), the first of its kind across the UK property industry, provided a hard-hitting reality about how our industry is regarded.

  • Liz Hamson
    News

    The only way is up… baby

    2019-08-01T23:00:00Z

    Funny things words. When I was at school, being described as a disruptive influence was not a compliment. 

  • Regents Crescent
    Insight

    Beauty is back in housebuilding

    2019-08-01T00:30:00Z

    This summer, there has been a wave of initiatives to put beauty back into housebuilding.

  • Breakout area
    Insight

    Outlook for flexible workspace sector still bright

    2019-07-31T11:02:00Z

    Editor: The flexible workspace market in London is increasingly competitive and success will require a focused strategy and deep expertise.

  • Retail
    Insight

    Retail-to-resi: one size does not fit all

    2019-07-31T10:49:00Z

    Editor:  In your recent article on the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission’s interim report, Chris Thompson from CACI is right to point out that the UK is over-spaced in terms of retail .

  • Sadiq Khan
    Insight

    Could rent controls boost BTR?

    2019-07-26T01:00:00Z

    London mayor Sadiq Khan put the cat among the pigeons last week when he called on ministers to allow him to impose rent caps in the capital. He stands little chance, but would it be a bad thing?

  • The Riverwalk, Durham
    Insight

    Time to stop working in silos

    2019-07-26T00:00:00Z

    The value destruction going on in our towns and city centres presents both the greatest challenge and the biggest opportunity in my 30 years in the property industry.

  • Liz Hamson
    News

    The blond bombshell lands

    2019-07-26T00:00:00Z

    We’re not living in an age when the mighty are falling.We’re living in one in which the puny are rising.

  • Hyde Park
    Insight

    We need to ‘rewild’ our cities

    2019-07-26T00:00:00Z

    A recent study published in Scientific Reports shows that spending just two hours a week in nature can improve our health and wellbeing.

  • Guy Montague-Jones
    Insight

    From flexible boom to bust?

    2019-07-18T23:00:00Z

    OneEleven’s decision to review its UK plans could be a sign of things to come. 

  • Yoga
    Insight

    Workplaces must be more human

    2019-07-11T23:00:00Z

    Millennials are the driving force behind the world’s changing work habits. 

  • Clapham Park - Courtyard Final
    Insight

    Shared ownership’s time has come

    2019-07-11T23:00:00Z

    There is no denying the success of Help to Buy. From its launch in April 2013 to December 2018, a total of 211,000 loans were granted under the scheme, with a total value of £11.7bn.

  • Tesco van
    Insight

    The ‘new retail’ revolution is here

    2019-07-11T23:00:00Z

    ‘New retail’ is the phrase coined by Jack Ma, co-founder of Alibaba, to describe its aim to redefine commerce by enabling seamless engagement between the online and offline worlds.

  • Jeremy Hunt
    Insight

    Hunt’s the only man for the job

    2019-07-10T23:00:00Z

    As the Tory leadership hustings grind on, the process seems increasingly irrelevant because Conservative Central Office was foolish enough to send ballot papers out too early.