All Expert comment articles – Page 12

  • London
    Insight

    There are positive signs for the year ahead

    2022-02-18T00:00:00Z

    Last year was a strong one for industrial land values. While they have been on an upward trajectory for some time, in the past six months we have seen a considerable surge, with values matching – and in some cases exceeding – residential figures, as well as other commercial sectors.

  • Yotel, Clerkenwell 4
    Online

    ​UK hotel sector on track to recover in 2022

    2022-02-18T00:00:00Z

    Last year was challenging for the UK hotel sector, albeit with some encouraging green shoots of recovery over the latter part of the year. 

  • Waverley
    Insight

    More is required from the Levelling Up White Paper

    2022-02-17T00:00:00Z

    The government’s long-awaiting Levelling Up White Paper has arrived, and while there are some encouraging steps, more will be required to deal with what is a complex problem.

  • Column data colour graph
    Insight

    London ends rental drought

    2022-02-17T00:00:00Z

    London rental levels have finally shaken off the curse of George Osborne, with agents now foreseeing residential rents in the capital rising faster than the rest of the country for the first time since the ex-chancellor’s 2015 Budget put the kibosh on the sector for close on seven years.

  • Coal Drops Yard - 2019. Image courtesy of John Sturrock
    Insight

    Setting a course for regen success

    2022-02-17T00:00:00Z

    Lasting improvements in behaviour and the built environment go hand in hand. They take a long time to complete, but the symbolic laying of foundation stones can announce in the near term a determined and deliberate commitment to follow a course to success.

  • Housing generic
    Insight

    Get smarter on BTR amenities

    2022-02-17T00:00:00Z

    This year marks a decade since the arrival of the UK’s first BTR home. The role of amenities and how they are perceived by renters has changed a lot during that period, while the industry’s response has been mixed. There is still room to get smarter.

  • Climate biodiversity
    Information

    ​Property must take the lead on improving biodiversity

    2022-02-16T16:31:00Z

    Later this year, COP15 – the equivalent to COP26 but with a focus on improving biodiversity – will take place in China. Last year, in the lead-up to COP26, it was encouraging to see real estate companies pledge to achieve net zero by 2050.

  • Housing
    Online

    ​How to make a neighbourhood plan that works for locals

    2022-02-16T11:05:00Z

    It is approaching five years since St Ives Town Council in Cornwall introduced policy H2 as part of its Neighbourhood Plan to make housing more accessible to locals, restricting the sale of new-build homes by requiring buyers to prove it is their primary dwelling rather than a second home.

  • Student room
    Online

    We need a more robust approach to bills-included student rents

    2022-02-14T16:06:00Z

    All-inclusive rents have exploded in popularity in the student rental sector over the past few years, but rampant gas prices may lay waste to a trend born out of 2018’s Data Protection Act and 2019’s Tenant Fees Act.

  • London offices
    Online

    ​The end of HiPPO hegemony on office location decisions

    2022-02-10T10:44:00Z

    It was an author called Avinash Kaushik who first coined the term “HiPPO” in his book Web Analytics: An Hour a Day. It means the “highest paid person’s opinion”.

  • Warehouse
    Insight

    The shackles are off for UK property

    2022-02-10T00:00:00Z

    After the turbulence of the past two years, there is increasing optimism about the prospects for UK real estate in 2022. With high vaccination rates, lockdown restrictions easing and much of the workforce returning to work, the light at the end of the tunnel appears to be ever closer.

  • Smart tech net zero
    Insight

    Smart tech is key to a net zero future

    2022-02-10T00:00:00Z

    Achieving net zero is everyone’s responsibility. For too long, the emphasis has been on individuals making small-scale lifestyle changes, or corporate responsibility placating consumers with sustainability soundbites. 

  • Climate change construction
    Insight

    How to decarbonise efficiently

    2022-02-10T00:00:00Z

    While the views concerning the success of COP26 in Glasgow were mixed, the conference certainly increased the visibility of the built environment as a major contributor to carbon emissions and consequently its role in decarbonising. And with visibility comes responsibility.

  • Investment
    Insight

    Reading the ‘crisis’ smoke signals

    2022-02-10T00:00:00Z

    These are difficult times for Britons: a nation still divided over Brexit, polarised views over whether to lock down or to be free, a truly appalling UK government with little to commend the performances of the devolved nations in truth, busted public finances – should they be rectified by taxation ...

  • China flats
    Insight

    Will China slowdown affect the UK?

    2022-02-10T00:00:00Z

    China is home to 1.4 billion people, a major producer and consumer of goods and commodities and a leading engine of global economic growth. Clearly, what happens in mainland China matters.

  • Investment
    Online

    ​A bright year ahead for UK property investors

    2022-02-09T12:26:00Z

    Making predictions is hard and this year is no exception. Concerns around escalating geopolitical tensions and inflation loom large in the background, the latter driven by unprecedented growth in the money supply during the Covid pandemic.

  • Supreme Court, London
    Insight

    ​Settlers Court judgment is a boon for landlords

    2022-02-08T15:15:00Z

    The Supreme Court has given a ground-breaking judgment in the Settlers Court case [FirstPort Property Services Ltd v Settlers Court RTM Company Ltd & ORS [2022] UKC1 (Settlers Court) 12 January 2022], an appeal on the extent of the statutory right to manage a residential building under the Commonhold and ...

  • Empty construction site
    Insight

    ​Grant-funded heritage projects are heading towards no-man’s land

    2022-02-07T14:18:00Z

    The effects of Covid-19 and Brexit on the property industry’s ability to complete projects are well-documented. Material and labour shortages have seen major developers face myriad challenges that are not expected to go away anytime soon.

  • Apprentices
    Online

    ​Developers need apprentices more than they realise

    2022-02-04T00:00:00Z

    With National Apprenticeship Week (7-13 February) fast approaching, it is time for the property industry to re-evaluate its attitude towards skills and employment.

  • Dark Kitchen
    Online

    ​The future is bright for dark kitchens

    2022-02-03T12:08:00Z

    Since the pandemic, one of the biggest changes we have seen in the industrial commercial property market is the rise of dark kitchens.