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  • Green office
    Online

    The pandemic has sharpened focus on rewilding urban spaces

    2021-09-24T15:19:00Z

    The practice of rewilding is frequently carried out in rural areas. It can be defined as restoring an area of land to its natural and uncultivated condition to enable natural processes to repair damaged ecosystems, often by reintroducing native plants or animal species that are high on the food chain.

  • Industrial estate
    Insight

    London’s industrial land dilemma

    2021-09-23T00:00:00Z

    My crash course in commercial property, when I joined the industry in 2002, taught me that there were three principal types: office, retail and industrial. 

  • Diversity
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    It’s time to build a diverse industry

    2021-09-23T00:00:00Z

    The real estate industry needs to build a workforce that reflects our community and makes everyone feel welcome and part of something. As we approach National Inclusion Week, it is a reminder that we are a people business and an opportunity to reflect on just how inclusive we are – ...

  • Rent signs
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    Education is key to BTR’s growth

    2021-09-23T00:00:00Z

    While the UK build-to-rent (BTR) sector is in the headlines for all the right reasons and attracting investment from those who can see its huge growth potential and proven resilience, there is still much to do to educate others on the key differences of the BTR sector compared with housing ...

  • Lending
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    The debt market outlook is brightening

    2021-09-23T00:00:00Z

    Confidence is returning for lenders and real estate market participants with the emergence of a more positive UK economic outlook. Many subsectors such as industrial and residential are in a relatively healthy position, while others, like retail and offices, face challenges.

  • PROPERTY WEEK_RICS_ILLUSTRATION_WANT SOME STUDIO
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    Three items of AOB for the RICS

    2021-09-23T00:00:00Z

    There are three items of ‘any other business’ before the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors fully embarks on Agenda for Change 2.0. 

  • Climate protest
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    Behaviour change is vital if we are to achieve net zero carbon

    2021-09-22T10:59:00Z

    Next week, young climate advocates from across the world will take part in the Youth4Climate: Driving Ambition event in Milan, Italy (28-30 September).

  • Poundstretcher
    Insight

    How will recent retail CVA rulings affect the landlord-tenant relationship?

    2021-09-22T10:56:00Z

    Like numerous retailers over the last few years, Poundstretcher divided its property estate into three categories, A, B and C, by way of a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) launched in July 2020.

  • Construction cranes
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    ​Construction industry and local government must work together on carbon emissions

    2021-09-17T11:19:00Z

    Construction is a major contributor to carbon emissions – buildings consume 36% of energy produced globally and are responsible for 39% of carbon emissions. 

  • Planning and dev
    Online

    ​Why Ireland’s building conservation laws are outdated

    2021-09-17T11:15:00Z

    Conservation laws in Ireland have long adopted a one-size-fits-all approach, in that a building is either a protected structure – or it is not.

  • Vertical farming
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    The rise of vertical farming

    2021-09-17T00:00:00Z

    The recent boom in warehouse take-up in response to unprecedented levels of online shopping has been well documented over the past 16 months. 

  • Fleet vehicles
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    Parking sites are in demand

    2021-09-17T00:00:00Z

    A sustained increase in demand from consumers for speedy deliveries has put pressure on logistics operators to further expand their vehicle fleets. So, it is not surprising that we are now seeing a new trend emerging in the logistics sector of increased requirements from operators looking for land specifically for ...

  • London traffic
    Insight

    Businesses must consolidate deliveries to cut emissions

    2021-09-17T00:00:00Z

    Efficient estate management makes good business sense, and the extent to which building management can also support businesses in achieving their ESG and net zero carbon ambitions is coming into sharp focus.

  • Ryan Unsworth, OPUS North
    Online

    A new generation of operators calls for better standards in workspace

    2021-09-16T09:28:00Z

    The expected stampede to return to city centre offices may be corralled by a lack of suitable supply, according to Ryan Unsworth of developers Opus North.

  • Planning
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    Planning must reflect how we live

    2021-09-16T00:00:00Z

    Planning has been in the headlines all summer, with Create Streets founder Nicholas Boys Smith appointed as head of a new Office for Place and other reforms being blamed for the Conservatives’ loss of the Chesham & Amersham by-election.

  • Tech
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    Proptech needs to raise its game

    2021-09-16T00:00:00Z

    The proptech sector has come a long way since I sat at my kitchen table to plot a course for Built-ID in 2016. Real estate businesses have taken giant steps forward in regard to not only digitising their legacy operations but digitalising their approach to their end users’ experience and ...

  • Data management cityscape
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    It’s time to invest in facilities management

    2021-09-16T00:00:00Z

    The real estate industry is under the spotlight as never before. The buildings we occupy are under constant scrutiny, not just for how they operate during a pandemic but also their capacity to emerge more efficient and more flexible than they were before, as well as increasingly for their net ...

  • RESI 2021
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    RESI Convention ushered in a hybrid future

    2021-09-16T00:00:00Z

    I really must get out more. That realisation dawned on me and possibly everyone else at last week’s RESI Convention, held on terra firma at Celtic Manor on 8 to 9 September rather than via the cloud.

  • Technology
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    Seamless tech connects tenants

    2021-09-16T00:00:00Z

    It was great to be back meeting colleagues from across the sector and sharing experiences of the past 18 months at last week’s RESI Convention, but also more importantly to look ahead.

  • Finance meeting
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    Confidence must be tempered

    2021-09-09T00:00:00Z

    We all know that confidence is a key component of life – how many crucial junctions have we all passed through where the decision to leap, or err on the side of caution, has led us to the exact life we are each living now?