All Comment articles – Page 13

  • Wakefield v2
    Insight

    Making a northern powerhouse

    2022-07-19T23:00:00Z

    Andrew Coombs, chief executive of Sirius Real Estate, tells Andy Hillier why the business park operator has its gaze fixed on the north after the purchase of BizSpace.

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    Insight

    It’s time for REITs to take shelter

    2022-07-19T23:00:00Z

    The words of the Rolling Stones 1969 hit Gimme Shelter sum up the situation faced by REITs today: “A storm is threatening/My very life today/If I don’t get some shelter/I’m gonna fade away.” They face unusually uncertain times.

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    Insight

    Innovation no longer a dirty word

    2022-07-19T23:00:00Z

    For decades, innovation was considered a dirty word in housebuilding, a sector that was referred to by economists as ‘the backwards industry’ due to its reluctance to embrace technological innovation.

  • Finance
    Insight

    Time to get creative with finance

    2022-07-19T23:00:00Z

    The FT recently reported that the UK economy was experiencing “the worst combination of surging prices and zero growth” since the 1970s, with inflation reaching a 40-year high at 9.1%.

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    Professional

    Impact of BNG on local planning

    2022-07-19T23:00:00Z

    A mandatory 10% biodiversity net gain (BNG) will be required on most new developments from autumn 2023. But an increasing number of Local Plans already require BNG, as our research on 322 English local planning authorities (LPAs) has found.

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    Professional

    Legal professionals can be agents of change in property

    2022-07-19T23:00:00Z

    Lawyers have a positive role to play in helping the property industry become more diverse and inclusive

  • Working from home
    Insight

    What has WFH taught us about maximising the office?

    2022-07-18T13:41:00Z

    We are now approaching six months since Covid work-from-home (WFH) guidance was scrapped and a hybrid working model of some degree is now ingrained in most companies. 

  • Planning
    Insight

    Plan-making vital to levelling up

    2022-07-13T23:00:00Z

    The Levelling Up White Paper, which focuses on tackling regional disparities across the UK, is essentially a manifesto for levelling up everywhere, not just north versus south. 

  • Strand Palace Hotel
    Insight

    Premium service is vital to success of hotel market

    2022-07-13T23:00:00Z

    Dalata’s recently reported pandemic bounceback, with “a faster-than-anticipated recovery in hotel markets over the past four months”, makes for positive reading after the challenges of the past few years (‘Dalata bounces back from pandemic as hotel revenue rises’). As confidence returns, I think we are going to see quite a ...

  • Google Palace
    Insight

    Mighty monument to passing era

    2022-07-13T23:00:00Z

    In late May, it took half an hour to half-circle the unfinished 330m-long Google Plex at King’s Cross, including stops to gawk and wonder if this skinny, 11-storey landscraper will one day become an object of Ozymandian curiosity. Maybe a stop on the tourist trail? 

  • Proptech
    Insight

    Proptech can lead the diversity drive

    2022-07-13T23:00:00Z

    I wholeheartedly agree with your article ‘Property needs female talent’, with the caveat that in the ‘newer’ areas of real estate, such as proptech, there is the potential for change from the beginning.

  • Smart tech net zero
    Insight

    Net zero demands fact not theory

    2022-07-13T23:00:00Z

    With energy prices continuing to rise, creating energy-efficient homes that are affordable to build and run is more vital now than it ever has been. However, housebuilders need to transform the way they develop their designs to deliver the step-change in efficiency that customers are demanding.

  • Data
    Insight

    Data is a dynamo for real estate

    2022-07-13T23:00:00Z

    In 2013, professor Dan Ariely of Duke University memorably said: “Big data is like teenage sex: everyone talks about it, nobody really knows how to do it, everyone thinks everyone else is doing it, so everyone claims they are doing it…” 

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    News

    London offices remain resilient

    2022-07-12T23:00:00Z

    In her recent comment piece ‘Snapshot of a new office normal’, Susan Freeman quoted Remit Consulting office occupancy figures for central London of 29.3% at the start of June. That figure taken on its own does not look positive for those of us that own and develop offices in central ...

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    Professional

    Time to green up town centres

    2022-07-12T23:00:00Z

    The drive to make our previously carbon-intensive town centres net zero has forced developers, local authorities and citizens to reassess their impact on the local environment. 

  • Rising rates
    Professional

    Tech to cut building energy use can yield more than smaller bills

    2022-07-12T23:00:00Z

    With reports showing that Britain’s inflation rate has climbed to the highest it has been in 40 years, the UK faces an increasing risk of falling into a recession. As a consequence, landlords and property managers of industrial and commercial buildings face mounting pressure to keep their properties appealing to ...

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    Professional

    Bright signs in new planning bill

    2022-07-12T23:00:00Z

    Our planning system in its present form is inefficient, overly complex, unpredictable and badly resourced. 

  • Climate biodiversity 2
    Professional

    Habitat bankers aim to relieve the strain of biodiversity net gain

    2022-07-12T23:00:00Z

    Biodiversity net gain (BNG), designed to reverse the decline of biodiversity and put back more than is lost through development, is legally mandated as part of the 2021 Environment Act.

  • Barclays real estate
    Online

    ​Barclays poll reveals majority yet to begin costing EPC transition

    2022-07-12T09:46:00Z

    A LinkedIn poll conducted by Property Week on behalf of Barclays reveals that almost two-thirds (61%) of respondents have not yet costed their transition for getting buildings’ Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) to at least C by 2027, and B by 2030.

  • Retirement home
    News

    Data is vital to navigate the complex later-living market

    2022-07-07T00:00:00Z

    Editor: After reading your recent article on the looming senior housing crisis, I think there’s more to be said on the matter from a consumer data perspective.