All Expert comment articles – Page 13

  • Finance generic
    Insight

    ​Commercial property landlords must tighten up financial management in 2022

    2021-12-17T12:47:00Z

    With rents still down on pre-pandemic levels in some subsectors of the commercial property market and the cost of mortgage repayments expected to rise next year due to inflationary increases in interest rates, some landlords may need to tighten up their financial management in the year ahead.

  • Cardiff
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    Partnerships drive regen projects

    2021-12-16T00:00:00Z

    Despite years of austerity, the state and public sector is indebted on a grand scale. The hundreds of billions of pounds the government spent to support public services, households and business during the pandemic has caused the government deficit to reach a peacetime record.

  • Delivery van loading
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    Warehouse party set to continue

    2021-12-16T00:00:00Z

    Demand for good warehouse property has never been as high and supply has never been so low. Rental growth has never been stronger and yields have never been lower.

  • Rent signs
    Insight

    BTR has a key role to play in levelling up

    2021-12-16T00:00:00Z

    We welcomed Michael Gove as the new secretary of state dealing with housing and communities, and now levelling up, even if the new department name, Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, doesn’t trip off the tongue.

  • Male business team
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    Airing tricky questions on gender

    2021-12-16T00:00:00Z

    Last week a male principal at a public sector user of property services publicly admonished an agent for fielding an all-male team when pitching for work. 

  • City skyline climate change
    Insight

    Europe is setting a green agenda

    2021-12-16T00:00:00Z

    The last day of COP26 focused on the built environment as a major contributor to – and thus a vital player in solving – the climate crisis.

  • Construction
    Insight

    Where to find most growth in UK construction in 2022 and beyond

    2021-12-16T00:00:00Z

    There’s no doubt the last two years were turbulent for the UK property market, and getting back on track won’t be easy.

  • Payment fraud
    Insight

    ​Automated data collection can help crack down on fraud

    2021-12-14T11:39:00Z

    Within the UK, the London property market, which is one of the highest-valued in the world, is being used as a means to obscure wealth or launder funds.

  • Planning
    Insight

    ​We need a consistent approach to heritage assets

    2021-12-14T11:36:00Z

    Working with a number of national clients with extensive heritage portfolios, I regularly experience a lack of consistency when dealing with conservation issues, even within the same local authority. 

  • Housebuilding
    Insight

    ​We need timber to build on the momentum of COP26

    2021-12-14T09:59:00Z

    Cut through the political noise and we can see that COP26 was a symbolic moment for the built environment. 

  • Climate change building
    Insight

    ​Failing to secure occupier buy-in risks net zero goal

    2021-12-14T09:53:00Z

    For many years, the property industry has been concerned with sustainability and the need to translate intention into action – but as the race towards net zero gathers pace, the stimulus for change is now being driven by investors and occupiers demanding assets and workspace with strong ESG credentials.

  • Covid-19
    Insight

    ​What will draft commercial rent bill mean for rent arrears?

    2021-12-10T14:18:00Z

    The government has published a new Code of Practice and draft Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill to tackle rent arrears for businesses forced to close or operate under restrictions during the pandemic.

  • Climate change
    Insight

    ​The 15-minute city is an important step for sustainability

    2021-12-10T14:13:00Z

    The 15-minute city concept has made a resurgence over the last year or so. Restrictions to our usual way of life have forced us to rethink our perception of density and its role within cities.

  • Digital pic
    Insight

    ​Investment in film and TV studio space brings social value

    2021-12-10T14:08:00Z

    The UK is a world leader in film and television production – and long has been. The talent pool behind and in front of the camera is large and experienced, perfect to fuel the growing demand for digital content from the pandemic backlog and the growth of online streaming.

  • Warehouse
    Insight

    ​Warehouse party set to continue

    2021-12-10T10:00:00Z

    Demand for good warehouse property has never been as high and supply has never been so low. Rental growth has never been stronger and yields have never been lower.

  • Insulate Britain Parliament protest IMG_0228
    Insight

    ESG needs to have a solid impact

    2021-12-09T00:00:00Z

    ESG has been growing in importance for some time, but its rise to the top of the agenda in the past six months has been meteoric. From protesters on the M25 and pledges at COP26, to KeepCups and sustainable cleaning products – our shared responsibility is in every conversation, shopping ...

  • Vulcan Wharf_1 V2 View along Cooks Road from Cooks Road Bridge Approach
    Insight

    A crafty way to save high streets

    2021-12-09T00:00:00Z

    High streets once buzzed with small independent workshops, whose skills were displayed through the shop window, the earliest form of interactive advertising.

  • Modular housing craned in
    Insight

    Has MMC’s moment finally come?

    2021-12-09T00:00:00Z

    ‘Modern’ methods of construction (MMC) have been the next big thing for building houses since the Romans or earlier. 

  • Finance chart Covid-19
    Insight

    Spiralling costs change the game

    2021-12-09T00:00:00Z

    The worst of the pandemic looks to be behind us – provided Omicron is not a game-changer – but businesses worldwide face a different set of challenges, most notably persistently high inflation.

  • Green office
    Insight

    Act now for a sustainable future

    2021-12-09T00:00:00Z

    The built environment covers a diverse range of buildings, from listed historic ones through to the latest in new builds, but the focus must be on decarbonising existing stock, given that 80% of our building requirements for 2050 have already been constructed.