All Comment articles – Page 2

  • Energy efficiency
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    Optimising efficiency: The glaring hole in energy strategy

    2022-11-24T14:32:00Z

    What if there was a way for UK buildings to reduce both their emissions and their energy bills by a significant amount, for minimal financial outlay?

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    Levelling up: PRS must take priority

    2022-11-24T00:00:00Z

    The private rented sector (PRS) needs to be top of the list when it comes to levelling up. 

  • To let signs
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    Government must offer lifeline to buy-to-let sector

    2022-11-24T00:00:00Z

    We have been talking about the end of the buy-to-let era for some time, but the recent move by the Bank of England to raise interest rates really does signal its death knell, both as a viable sector for investors and as a model that makes a useful contribution to ...

  • Tintagel Castle and bridge
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    Beauty is not a simple matter

    2022-11-24T00:00:00Z

    The inaugural Building Beauty Awards were celebrated at a ceremony this week, with Lord Foster of Thames Bank the guest of honour.

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    Propelling the UK to self-reliance

    2022-11-23T00:00:00Z

    Brexit, the pandemic and the Ukraine conflict have all disrupted supply chains and marked turning points in the priority that European policymakers place on their own self-reliance.

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    Co-living plays vital role in cities

    2022-11-23T00:00:00Z

    As a former planning officer, I know the difficulties that boroughs have in meeting affordable and market housing delivery targets, creating genuine mixed and balanced communities and persuading developers to adopt an ‘open-door policy’ for local existing communities and groups. 

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    Show football mobs the red card

    2022-11-23T00:00:00Z

    One of the highlights of the summer was the UEFA Women’s Euro Championship and the thrilling performance of the England team. They have rightly won praise, setting an example that will be an inspiration for girls and women today, and for future generations.

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    Virtual real estate: bust or boom?

    2022-11-23T00:00:00Z

    Only eight months ago we were discussing the boom of real estate in the metaverse and its bright, shiny future. US rapper Snoop Dogg replicated his Californian mansion by creating a 144-parcel paradise and then the nine-parcel property next door set a record purchase of $450,000 (£382,000). 

  • Euro 2020 fan zone
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    ​Designated Entertainment Zones good for cities

    2022-11-18T00:00:00Z

    One of the highlights of the summer was the Women’s UEFA European Championships and the thrilling performance of the England team. They have rightly won praise, setting an example that will be an inspiration for girls and women today, and for future generations.

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    England still needs freehold system

    2022-11-17T00:00:00Z

    Since a thumping 2019 General Election win, the Conservative government has pursued a reckless war with freeholders in England. Its strategy, seemingly only adopted to win political capital, will remove professional oversight in apartment blocks, putting residents’ safety at risk while significantly increasing the number of dilapidated buildings.

  • Market shares
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    Investors can’t ignore the elephant in the room

    2022-11-17T00:00:00Z

    Last week’s leader was a timely and friendly reminder to the industry not to ignore the elephant in the room as we head into a seemingly inevitable recession.

  • Retirement home
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    ​Government must support later-living developers

    2022-11-16T09:55:00Z

    Editor: Given the UK’s housing shortage, many will be pleased to hear Michael Gove’s recommitment to building 300,000 new homes by the mid-2020s. 

  • Contract signing
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    Why shared ownership is so vital

    2022-11-16T00:00:00Z

    As shared ownership now has four decades under its belt, we can take a cue from how this crucial tenure has endured previous property market cycles. While this resilience shows that the product will stand the test of time, there are steps the government and sector must take to support ...

  • Rent signs
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    Investors are homing in on rental

    2022-11-16T00:00:00Z

    Following the mini-Budget that was anything but small, bond markets are now back in the headlines in a way unseen since the eurozone crisis. The yield for 30-year gilts climbed by 120 basis points in the three days after the ‘fiscal event’ – a jump that threatened to push some ...

  • Co-working space shutterstock_1646993932 BAZA Production
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    Flex space offers a hybrid solution

    2022-11-16T00:00:00Z

    Flexible workspaces have been the solution for a huge number of companies during the turbulent Covid-19 times, and this will only increase into 2023. 

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    Time to champion disabled staff

    2022-11-16T00:00:00Z

    It is encouraging to see some great efforts to redress construction’s historical lack of diversity. Some real gains have been made, but applause should be tempered by the knowledge that there’s still much to do – particularly when it comes to disability. 

  • Jeremy Hunt holding Rugby shirt
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    Brace for the impact of real austerity

    2022-11-16T00:00:00Z

    In 1947, as he was about to present his Budget, Labour’s Hugh Dalton, the then chancellor of the exchequer, let slip to an old friend: “No more on tobacco; a penny on beer; something on dogs and pools but not on horses; increase in purchase tax, but only on articles ...

  • To let sign
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    High debt costs and low yields to affect BTR appetite

    2022-11-10T00:00:00Z

    In response to your recent article ‘BTR sector set to keep growing as economic situation worsens’, I would agree with the effects of rising demand due to a chronic shortage of rental property and a growing tenant pool.

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    Time for practical action on climate

    2022-11-10T00:00:00Z

    Record-breaking temperatures in the UK and Europe over the summer and extreme weather events globally should in theory have galvanised the governments and corporations attending COP27.

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    Sustainability must take priority

    2022-11-09T00:00:00Z

    No matter the current government appetite for new housing, what is clear from both a political and social perspective is that the UK needs to keep building new homes to meet demand.