All Expert comment articles – Page 16

  • Warehouse
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    ​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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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.

  • Leasehold
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    ​It will take decades for benefits of Leasehold Reform Bill to be felt

    2021-12-08T22:43:00Z

    Last week, the second reading of the Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill passed unopposed. Referred to as ‘the appetiser’ by former housing secretary Robert Jenrick, it is the first of a two-part reform of leasehold. 

  • Office
    Online

    ​Office leases of the future

    2021-12-06T14:26:00Z

    The future of the office and its role in the commercial world is a popular debate. Whatever your view, it is difficult to deny that the role of the office is changing. 

  • Housing generic
    Online

    ​How might stamp duty rules on mixed-use and multiple dwellings change?

    2021-12-06T14:20:00Z

    The government is consulting on making changes to the stamp duty rules on mixed-use and multiple dwelling transactions. The proposed changes, which are significant, are unlikely to be introduced until autumn 2022.

  • Climate change building
    Online

    Offsetting can close the carbon gap, but it is no climate fix

    2021-12-06T13:03:00Z

    Real estate clients are increasingly making corporate commitments to become net zero within a relatively short period of time. 

  • Charlotte Crawley headshot
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    Let’s build genuinely inclusive places

    2021-12-03T09:36:00Z

    As we mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities, it is a fitting time to shine the spotlight on an issue that deserves to be higher up property’s ESG agenda. We talk about creating spaces that work for everyone but while access is factored into design and planning, the more ...

  • Peckham Levels 2
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    London’s repurposing renaissance

    2021-12-02T00:00:00Z

    Retail has faced significant structural change over the years – with an excess of retail space and the rise of online retailing, combined with the 2008 recession, leading to a swathe of retail business failures and consequent high street vacancies.

  • Casa by Moda neighbourhood
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    Rental is a key part of the housing mix

    2021-12-02T00:00:00Z

    The government has been banging the drum for new housing for years, with its 300,000 target tattooed on the sector’s collective mindset. But what the government doesn’t say, and what we at Moda know to be true, is that a big chunk of those new homes need to be rental ...

  • Michael Gove
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    Gove must avoid levelling down

    2021-12-02T00:00:00Z

    Just when we thought the worst of Covid was behind us, along comes Omicron. It may or may not be massively serious but meanwhile travel restrictions are tightened, supply chains disrupted and life in general is just a tad more miserable.

  • Office
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    Family values can aid investment

    2021-12-02T00:00:00Z

    After nearly 18 months of largely standing on the side lines, family offices are eager to deploy capital in real estate markets across the UK, but remain selective in their investments.

  • COP26 sign
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    COP26: reasons to be cheerful

    2021-12-02T00:00:00Z

    One of the most dangerous symptoms of climate anxiety is a feeling that the problems are too great and we can’t – as individuals or industries – make a difference.

  • Finance chart Covid-19
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    ​Can new arbitration process solve Covid rent arrears disputes?

    2021-11-25T11:37:00Z

    On 9 November 2021, the government introduced The Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill to parliament with the intention of establishing a legally binding arbitration process for commercial landlords and tenants who have not already reached an agreement to sit outside the court process.

  • Train platform
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    Rail is a key route to level up UK

    2021-11-25T00:00:00Z

    Storms in the Midlands ahead of COP26 felled trees and cancelled rail services, forcing some delegates to seek alternatives such as flying or hiring a car. The incident brought into focus not only the impacts of climate change, but the importance of a resilient public transport network.

  • Michael Gove
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    Planet Property is turning green

    2021-11-25T00:00:00Z

    The age-old development model rests on the bedrock of being able to build back better – and the bigger the better. But this assumption is being undermined by climate change concerns, amplified by COP26 this month.

  • Detroit social decay
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    Factor social good into equation

    2021-11-25T00:00:00Z

    Property has had a largely dismal time in the past 18 months. Some of the UK’s biggest REITs reported £7bn of losses for the year to 31 March, several open-ended funds threw in the towel and there was the realisation that government was on the side of the tenant, not ...