All Comment articles – Page 5

  • Construction development
    Insight

    ‘Universal building’ key to future

    2022-10-06T00:00:00Z

    Much has been said about future-proofing our cities. How do we do it? One solution is the concept of the universal building – one that, when designed properly upfront, can regenerate over time, adapting to the needs of today as well as the unforeseen needs of tomorrow.

  • BTR building manager shutterstock_1771381235 Near D Krasaesom PW071022
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    People are at the heart of BTR

    2022-10-06T00:00:00Z

    In the midst of a cost-of-living crisis with inflation and interest rates rising and energy prices hitting record highs, housebuying will likely now be an even bigger barrier for many, and with people renting for longer, landlords need to demonstrate good value through the quality of product and service delivery.

  • Student accommodation
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    Working together for better digs

    2022-10-06T00:00:00Z

    The reign of her late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, saw enormous change in all areas of society, but perhaps none more so than in higher education. 

  • Welsh housing
    Insight

    Action needed on temporary housing

    2022-10-06T00:00:00Z

    As the latest housing minister enters post to an overflowing in-tray, he will be faced with a number of competing priorities. Although efforts will undoubtedly be made to address affordability and supply issues, we should also hope that temporary housing solutions are not overlooked.  

  • Lending
    Online

    ​What does lenders’ liquidity squeeze mean for investors?

    2022-10-03T09:35:00Z

    Earlier this year an industry survey reported that only 48% of the specialist lending market thought their cost of origination was likely to increase over the year. 

  • Diversity
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    ​Shining a spotlight on equality, diversity and inclusion in the build to rent sector

    2022-09-30T12:24:00Z

    When better to shine a spotlight on equality, diversity and inclusion than during National Inclusion Week? Now in its 10th year, National Inclusion Week celebrates inclusion and encourages employers to take action to create inclusive workplaces.

  • Hudson Yards New York 2 night
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    Data downplays New York’s office return

    2022-09-29T00:00:00Z

    One subject above all others obsesses the New York City property world: the extent and future of office return, now that the pandemic appears over. 

  • Worried old lady with gas bill shutterstock_1347745217 Solarisys PW250322
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    Uncertainty brings opportunity

    2022-09-29T00:00:00Z

    As we move from a climate crisis in July and an energy crisis in August to an exchange rate crisis in September, there is little wonder that many commentators are predicting catastrophe over the next 12 months. But as we know from the past nine months, a lot can change ...

  • Shopping centre
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    The return of bricks and mortar

    2022-09-29T00:00:00Z

    Gymshark’s upcoming opening of its first IRL (or ‘in real life’) store on Regent Street is another reminder of the enduring popularity of in-person retail.

  • Liz Truss Downing Street speech shutterstock_2198583263 Fred Duval PW230922
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    What a week it has been

    2022-09-29T00:00:00Z

    During the economic crisis of 1964, prime minister Harold Wilson memorably remarked that a week is a long time in politics. In the economic crisis of 2022, we could perhaps update the saying – a weekend is plenty long enough to machine-gun yourself in the foot. 

  • PW300922_rent sign_shutterstock_1030375225_cred Alicia G. Monedero
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    It's crunch time for affordable PRS

    2022-09-29T00:00:00Z

    Almost daily media updates add to the growing sense that the cost-of-living crisis is becoming a national emergency, with reporting mostly highlighting spiralling energy costs and the impact of soaring inflation on necessities.

  • Simon Clarke shutterstock_2199379329 Clicksbox PW160922
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    Housing secretaries need to have a longer shelf life

    2022-09-28T00:00:00Z

    It was depressing to read in Peter Bill’s column that the new housing secretary Simon Clarke “is seen as a coming man”. 

  • Smart tech net zero
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    Energy crisis: we need to get creative

    2022-09-28T00:00:00Z

    I wholeheartedly agree with the argument put forward by Adam Branson in his article ‘Energy crisis puts pressure on both occupiers and landlords’. Despite the government recently announcing a six-month cap on energy prices, the real estate industry will need to take a creative, technology-enabled approach to alleviate damage.

  • Formerly_Piero_della_Francesca_-_Ideal_City_-_Galleria_Nazionale_delle_Marche_Urbino_2
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    The ideal city is not a numbers game

    2022-09-28T00:00:00Z

    I was recently reacquainting myself with an intriguing painting in the Ducal Palace in Urbino, entitled the Ideal City (late 15th century, artist unknown but possibly Piero della Francesca). 

  • Rent signs
    Insight

    Better – not bigger – data is key to unlocking SFR

    2022-09-27T08:38:00Z

    Single-family rentals (SFRs) are undoubtedly the new darling of residential investment. While build-to-rent strategies are taking off in both the UK and the US, soaring construction costs are driving investor interest towards existing stock.

  • Smart tech net zero
    Insight

    Government must facilitate net zero workplace developments

    2022-09-23T09:26:00Z

    We are in a state of climate emergency. Sea levels are rising, weather patterns are becoming more extreme, with 2021 one of the warmest years on record according to a government report in June titled ‘Climate Change: Global Temperature’. The need for net zero has never been greater.

  • Lorries outside warehouse shutterstock_572219287 Petinov Sergey Mihilovich PW230922
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    The logistics party isn’t over yet

    2022-09-22T00:00:00Z

    The industrials and logistics sector has been a clear outperformer in recent years, and this has led many investors to question whether we’re nearing the bottom of the honeypot.

  • gigafactory
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    Time to plug into gigafactories

    2022-09-22T00:00:00Z

    By 2040, experts forecast the UK will require a total of 21m sq ft of battery manufacturing gigafactories – gigantic plants capable of producing rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, primarily for electric vehicles (EVs).

  • High street
    Insight

    Pressure builds on small landlords

    2022-09-22T00:00:00Z

    Spiralling costs, tougher legislation, increasing interest rates and less favourable tax treatment are creating painful and costly challenges for buy-to-let (BTL) landlords.

  • Houses of Parliament
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    Levelling up must be more than just a political slogan

    2022-09-21T00:00:00Z

    Despite the phrase ‘levelling up’ hanging in the balance, the UK government’s proposal that more needs to be done to “spread opportunity more equally across the UK” is an understatement.