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  • Mountpark Countryside
    Insight

    It’s a watershed moment for MMC

    2021-06-17T00:00:00Z

    The term ‘modern methods of construction’, or MMC, has been bandied around for more than two decades and it’s safe to say that it’s no longer being considered a fringe theme on the news agenda.

  • Sittingbourne night shot_Luke Hayes
    Insight

    The rise of our forgotten towns

    2021-06-17T00:00:00Z

    The past year has had a devastating effect on towns and cities up and down the country. As well as big metropolitan hubs, smaller regional centres have been hollowed out as people stayed at home, worked remotely and rightly did whatever they could to minimise the spread of Covid-19.

  • ESG
    Insight

    When it comes to ESG, focusing on ‘S’ and ‘G’ is vital

    2021-06-17T00:00:00Z

    While ESG has been high on agendas for some time, Covid-19 has thrust it into the spotlight. With the industry contributing 40% of global carbon emissions, the ‘E’ has taken centre stage so far.

  • House of Fraser Fremlin Walk
    Insight

    Bringing some sunshine into retail

    2021-06-17T00:00:00Z

    A Pharmacy2U vaccination centre popped up last week in a former Laura Ashley store in the Fremlin Walk shopping centre in Maidstone. The signage is pop-up, not permanent. But some feel an injection of outpatient treatment centres into shopping centres could inoculate some stores against death by Amazon.

  • Piccadilly
    Insight

    Why all of London’s West End needs ‘levelling up’

    2021-06-17T00:00:00Z

    ‘Levelling up’ is a term used a lot by government to address disparities between north and south, but there is a danger central London will also become uneven in its prosperity as we climb off the floor after Covid-19.

  • Closed due to Covid sign
    Online

    The government’s Pushmi-Pullyu strategy suggests Dr Doolittle is really in charge

    2021-06-16T11:46:00Z

    There is an underbelly of inequality in the hospitality sector that is causing incredibly turbulent times. Almost every proclamation from the government swings operators and even entire sectors from the haves to the have nots.

  • The Royal Courts of Justice
    Insight

    Landlords, beware the cross-class cram down

    2021-06-11T12:13:00Z

    The Virgin Active Restructuring Plan was put to the test at the hearing before the High court which, to the collective dismay of UK landlords, saw the plan and “cross-class cram down” sanctioned.

  • Modern office
    Insight

    Grey space: lessons for landlords

    2021-06-10T00:00:00Z

    If traditional CRE landlords had previously been deaf to the siren song of flexible workspace, the emergent phenomenon of ‘grey space’ is now prompting increasing numbers of landlords to listen closely.

  • For sale sign
    Insight

    Ditch the sou’wester for shades

    2021-06-10T00:00:00Z

    “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows,” a now newly octogenarian Bob Dylan howled in 1965’s Subterranean Homesick Blues. As for housing, you definitely don’t need an economist to know which way prices are going.

  • Community
    Insight

    How BTR can help build recovery

    2021-06-10T00:00:00Z

    After a few false starts, current signals suggest we are gradually heading back to a more ‘normal’ way of life. Increasingly, when I speak to people over Zoom they are in the office and my favourite restaurants are booked solid.

  • Planning and dev
    Insight

    Why developer tax is bad news

    2021-06-10T00:00:00Z

    We can all agree that many of those in their retirement years have needed our support more in the past 18 months than ever before.

  • Life science lab
    Insight

    Laboratories must adapt or die

    2021-06-10T00:00:00Z

    For the past 20-plus years, the life sciences industry has been focused on flexibility, where laboratories are planned and created with all systems and services in place, often before it is fully known what processes and technologies are needed.

  • New Look
    Online

    High Court CVA decision rules in favour of New Look

    2021-06-08T10:19:00Z

    The decision in the New Look CVA challenge has been viewed with disappointment by landlords with the High Court rejecting all grounds of challenge pursued and ratifying the CVA as being lawful. 

  • flexible office
    Online

    Propertyshe Perspectives: Grosvenor’s new type of landlord and tenant relationship, a customer-centric future for the workplace, Etsy buys Depop, coalition demands Better Business Act

    2021-06-04T14:17:00Z

    Although there was disappointing news this week with Portugal going onto the amber travel list, it is so reassuring to see London coming back to life.

  • Empty classroom
    Insight

    Experiences are the linchpin of a meaningful education

    2021-06-03T00:00:00Z

    Like many people over the past year, I have become familiar with the arrival of an email that brings the news that an event has either been postponed or cancelled in its entirety, sometimes for the second year in a row.

  • Bishopsgate cranes April 2021
    Insight

    Leadership in ESG is critical for the City’s future success

    2021-06-03T00:00:00Z

    Huge attention has been paid to the future of the City of London as the premier office location, but core to that world-leading offer and continuing confidence is leadership on environmental, social and governance issues.

  • The finance tower - Brussels
    Insight

    What cities must change in order to emerge stronger from the pandemic

    2021-06-03T00:00:00Z

    While the pandemic has massively disrupted city life and vibrancy, Europe’s civic leaders and urbanists remain optimistic about the future of cities. However, what is needed for cities to emerge stronger from the crisis?

  • JP Morgan Chase HQ NY
    Insight

    The Big Apple’s office return

    2021-06-03T00:00:00Z

    New York City is not quite ready to party. True, the vaccines have routed coronavirus – a seeming miracle after last year’s horrific ‘epicenter’ death toll. Coney Island’s rollercoasters are roaring again.

  • Zero carbon
    Insight

    Greenwashing is a threat we should all seek to challenge

    2021-06-03T00:00:00Z

    The world has been thinking and talking about net zero for a long time. The claims have been bold and the pledges plentiful, but it’s hard to tell how much progress has been made, not least because the pledges are working to such long-term horizons.

  • Retail space
    Insight

    Evolve fast if you want to survive

    2021-05-27T00:00:00Z

    Much hope and optimism has been placed on the opening up of the UK’s retail and hospitality sector as it welcomes customers back, in line with national guidelines.