All Comment articles – Page 4

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    Be up front about fire risk


    An industrial multi-tenant property is only as safe as the riskiest tenant. 

  • Paul Atkins

    Haysmacintyre’s Paul Atkins on why careful management of tax liabilities is key to navigating cashflow


    For developers, the current environment is proving difficult to navigate. After several years of sustained growth in the housing market, prices have been dropping, which, combined with wider economic challenges – not least a sharp rise in interest rates – and the introduction of stringent new regulations, has left developers ...

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    Logistics: highs and lows


    The government’s call for evidence on ‘Freight, Logistics and the Planning System’, a consultation that opened in July, closed earlier this month and we must now await a government response in the fullness of time, whenever that might turn out to be.

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    How will the next government tackle property issues?


    Editor: There are several well-documented, interconnected issues affecting the UK property market: the affordability crisis; the imbalance between supply and demand; empty and derelict properties; the planning system; and sustainability.

  • shutterstock_2266106503_cred Francesco Scatena

    Privatisation may fix planning system


    Editor: Britain’s planning system is saddling us with all kinds of social and economic problems and must take a large share of the blame for the housing crisis that is freezing a whole generation out of home ownership. 

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    It’s time for a change at the top


    Last week’s two by-elections were terrible results for the Conservatives. It’s true that if Reform UK’s vote, which attracts some hard-right Tories, had been added to their vote they would have very narrowly won in Mid-Bedfordshire. 

  • SMW

    UKGBC’s Simon McWhirter on why the built environment needs a paradigm shift


    To deliver a sustainable, net zero future, the built environment needs a paradigm shift. We must channel our deep dismay at the government’s short-sighted rollback into a powerful, collective voice focused on the changes we need.

  • Urban House

    Creating a greener, fairer urban future


    More than 55% of the world’s population lives in urban areas, a figure that the United Nations Human Settlements Programme predicts will reach more than 68% by 2050. At the same time, urban areas contribute to over 70% of global GDP around the world.

  • Parul Scampion, COO, Fruition Properties

    Fruition’s Parul Scampion on the political chokehold on SME developers


    In the modern landscape, political uncertainty has become an ever-present shadow on businesses of all sizes. However, it is the small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that bear the brunt of this instability; it undermines the ability to plan, invest and contribute to the critical task of providing much-needed new homes. ...

  • Nick Leslau

    Prestbury Investments’ Nick Leslau on the US investment cycle and its impact on the UK


    I am currently in California, a place I haven’t visited since just before Covid-19. Recently, reading that some of the planet’s biggest real estate investors such as Blackstone and Brookfield have been handing back keys to lenders, I have been keen to understand the scope of the problems in the ...

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    Is infrastructure on track?


    The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), an independent agency formed to give advice to government, now publishes a major review of infrastructure progress once every five years – the first National Infrastructure Assessment having landed in 2018.

  • shutterstock_463572404_cred Gellert Buzas

    UK housing’s mixed weather map


    “On a bad day… you can see Wales,” a chief executive of a national housebuilder joked some years ago while unveiling homes by the Severn Estuary outside Bristol. Since then, local prices have soared, forcing many workers in the booming Somerset area to buy on the other side of the ...

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    Housing needs Georgian renaissance


    Editor: Among opposition leader Sir Keir Starmer’s recent promises about housing, the one that stood out was his pledge to build Georgian-style homes in urban areas. It is easy to see why: Georgian architecture has created some of the UK’s most desirable and aesthetically pleasing homes.

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    RAAC: keep calm and tackle the problem head on


    Editor: With the media rightly focusing on the widespread concerns surrounding the use of reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC) across schools and housing, investors should not panic, but should still examine its potential presence in commercial buildings in their portfolios.

  • Jack Brayshaw, Vistry Group

    Vistry Group’s Jack Brayshaw on waiting for the Future Homes green light


    Since the government announced the Future Homes Standard (FHS) in 2021, the housebuilding industry has been working hard to prepare for the new building regulations that come into force in 2025, requiring all homes to be 75% to 80% more energy efficient, and ready to transition to net zero emissions.

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    Net zero brings values into focus


    How a business rises to the challenge of reaching net zero reveals a lot about its core values, two leading lawyers from Mishcon de Reya tell Property Week.

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    Local authorities lead the way in implementing net zero housing


    It may seem far away, but restructuring our economy to meet net zero by 2050 is a huge undertaking. Despite the challenge, some impressive policy to achieve the government’s legal target is coming forward.

  • Lisette van Doorn

    ULI’s Lisette van Doorn on why carbon pricing is key to decarbonise real estate


    How can real estate collectively address the sector’s impact on the environment to achieve a carbon-neutral, or even carbon-positive, built environment?

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    AXA IM Alts’ Phillip Shalless on the role of community-focused real estate


    When it comes to the design and operation of new buildings, environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations are right at the top of the agenda.

  • Laura Leggetter

    SEC Newgate’s Laura Leggetter on how gender equity leads to better community engagement


    Have you ever thought about the height of the shelves in your office kitchen? Where the main entrance is – or how well it’s lit? How about the amenities around your office: not just the places to grab a sandwich or take clients for a drink, but also the nursery ...