All Comment articles – Page 2

  • Jeremy Hunt

    Hunt’s the only man for the job


    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.

  • Graph – annual total return (%)

    Woodford woes prompt liquidity rethink


    The well-publicised Woodford scenario has again brought open-ended property funds to the front pages of the national newspapers, referencing the illiquidity mismatch between their underlying assets and the offer of daily liquidity.

  • Workplace

    Tech matters in fight for talent


    With every chief executive eager to attract and retain great people, now is a good time to reflect on the war for talent that faces organisations and how to engage those great people through an enhanced workplace.

  • Acton Gardens Central Square Apartments

    Partnerships make communities


    When the housing secretary announced a new commission championing beautiful buildings as an integral part of the drive to build the homes communities need, it marked a shift in the way national government viewed the future of housebuilding.

  • Smart Home Features

    How to cater to today’s consumer


    Does anyone remember what life was like before the iPhone or TV on demand? 

  • Wardian development, Canary Wharf, Isle of Dogs

    Towering ambitions in Docklands


    At 7pm on Friday 9 February 1996, I was one floor up from Property Week , working at Building magazine. 

  • Gender pay gap

    Pay gap reporting is here to stay


    We have a problem. According to PwC, the average gender pay gap in real estate improved by 3.8% in the newly reported 2018 figures but the sector continues to have one of the highest pay gaps among all UK industries at 28%

  • Construction

    Fresh modular recruits welcome


    The recent news that Goldman Sachs has invested £75m in East Midlands factory-built housing company Top Hat is a welcome shot in the arm for the struggling modular housing sector.

  • shutterstock_221809534_cred Nejron Photo

    Learn from personal challenges


    It is the third anniversary of Britain’s referendum on its membership of the EU and yet we are no closer to knowing what Brexit really means

  • House price inflation

    Lurch to left would be a calamity


    George Monbiot, Stowe- and Oxford-educated environmental and political activist and Guardian columnist, is clearly a very clever chap, but he is as scary as he is smart.

  • Kier

    Kier should look back not forward


    Kier doesn’t need ‘Future Proofing’ (the title given to its largely ineffectual turnaround programme). It needs past-proofing, or at least recent-past-proofing.

  • Coal Drops Yard, King's Cross

    Are charity shops finally losing their stigma?


    The inclusion of a Shelter store in the ultra-cool and aspirational Coal Drops Yard scheme in London’s King’s Cross is a potential game-changer.

  • The Record Hall, Farringdon, London

    Sustainability from the inside out


    Change is afoot. The property industry has long considered investment in sustainability to be important, but often at odds with the profit-driven pressures many real estate companies face.

  • Mipim pic

    Mipim 2019: day two – a busy London Stand, UK investment and a packed itinerary


    I can tell it’s been a successful and event-packed day at Mipim as I’m writing this blog in the early hours of the morning! We have just concluded our Tuesday night Mishcon de Reya client dinner at La Petite Maison, which has become something of a tradition. As always, it ...

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    Mipim 2019 blog: day one – construction chaos, high winds and comfortable shoes


    Has anyone else noticed there is something strange going on with the Cannes beach restaurants? Mystified by the profusion of building construction permits outside the familiar beachside haunts, I did a little research and came across a Hollywood Reporter piece last summer headlined ‘Cannes Construction Leads to Chaos on ...

  • Frankfurt, Germany

    ​How Frankfurt is benefiting from Brexit


    As there are still no definitive signs to show whether the UK will leave the EU in less than three weeks, continental European cities are benefiting from this uncertainty. 

  • Citigroup Building

    Collapse of Long Island Amazon deal is bad news for New York City


    The governor of New York State, Andrew Cuomo, is begging Jeff Bezos to reconsider his stunning decision to walk away from a ‘done deal’ to create an Amazon campus in the Long Island City neighbourhood of Queens. 

  • West End retail

    The year 2020 is going to be the start of a new chapter for London’s West End


    A perfect storm of rising costs, waning consumer confidence and Brexit uncertainty has hit UK retail, putting businesses and investors under increasing pressure to adapt and ride the wave of change.

  • Mipim, Cannes

    Looking back at 30 years of Mipim memories


    Incredibly, this year is the 30th anniversary of Mipim, the international real estate convention in Cannes. 

  • London skyline

    London’s long-term future has never looked brighter


    As the international property world gathers at Mipim, those visiting the London Stand may expect uncertainty to be the prevailing mood as Brexit looms on the horizon.