All Comment articles – Page 14

  • Money laundering_shutterstock_180392672_cred Eskemar PW140918_

    New tech is vital in AML battle


    Money laundering continues to dominate the news, and with it comes increasing panic from property firms scrambling to deal with the threat of an HMRC investigation.

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    The digitalisation of the real estate market


    The tech-enabled genie is out and it is not going back in its bottle – even in the complex sector of real estate financing. The gold standard for the industry is real-time processing. This is because real estate and debt fund structures are complex, and understanding real-time cash positions can ...

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    What do employers need to know about long Covid-related disability?


    In Burke v Turning Point Scotland, the Employment Tribunal had to decide whether a man, who caught Covid-19 and experienced fatigue and other symptoms up until his dismissal eight and a half months later, was disabled for the purposes of the Equality Act 2010.

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    Central London’s new office normal is healthier than some figures suggest


    In her Property Week article “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. 

  • Planning

    Will planning ever improve?


    This edition of Property Week provides a snapshot of different views on the planning system – or more accurately thoughts on the different ways it seems to be broken.

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    Planning refusals on the rise


    I recently took part in a public inquiry, giving evidence about the very obvious design qualities of a modestly scaled scheme. It massively enhances what is laughingly categorised as a ‘conservation area’ because it contains a 19th-century railway station. 

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    The secret to sustainable retail


    For everyone in the built environment, sustainability has become a top priority. We’re all talking about it and we’re all trying to be better at it. But what does it really mean for retail? And how should we go about creating a sustainable retail strategy? 

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    Residents key to 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+.

  • Zero-carbon home

    Net zero: the industry is moving forward


     “No progress has been made towards achieving net zero targets in the built environment.” It’s a pretty damning statement on the government’s lack of action from the group of MPs behind the Environment Audit Committee (EAC) report in May.

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    Help to drive the EV revolution


    The moment that many feared or longed for has arrived. Electric vehicles (EVs) are quickly becoming a reality for car owners around the world. 

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    Shrewsbury is embracing changing the retail landscape


    I write in response to Trevor Morriss’s article, ‘Malls can hold key to levelling up’. Shropshire Council purchased the Darwin, Pride Hill and Riverside shopping centres in January 2018 to support the economic growth and regeneration of Shrewsbury town centre. 

  • Social housing

    More social housing is essential alongside more homes to buy


    The importance of home ownership has been underscored by the government’s announcement of plans to introduce a revamped right-to-buy scheme for housing association residents. 

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    ​Elizabeth line will serve as catalyst for the property industry


    To say that many of us in the property and construction industry were looking forward to the Elizabeth line opening would be a huge understatement. It marked a defining moment for transport and its impact will be widespread, encouraging sustainable travel by providing new journey options and reducing travelling time.

  • Green homes grant

    ​What’s the outlook for green real estate financing?


    Commercial real estate lending hit an all-time high in 2021, but how will 2022 compare?

  • 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 ...

  • London housing estate blocks

    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.