All Expert comment articles – Page 17

  • London Theatre Land lockdown

    Placemaking can save the arts


    In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, London’s cultural scene is more at risk than ever. Museums, theatres and art galleries were forced to close their doors for nearly 18 months, creating extreme uncertainty for the industry and those whose livelihoods depended on it.

  • Green office roof solar panels

    The industry must act now on climate


    As world leaders turn their attention to tackling climate change following COP26 in Glasgow and governments develop key commitments, this is an opportunity for industry to step up and do its part. Because if there is one thing we have learned from recent climate research, it’s that we do not ...

  • Housebuilding

    ​Embodied carbon remains the elephant in the room


    COP26 laid bare the acknowledgement of a climate emergency, with consequent declarations and legislation asserting political will, albeit not going far enough in some minds. 

  • Finance meeting

    ​How will new arbitration bill affect commercial landlords and tenants?


    The government has introduced a new code and legally binding process for landlords and tenants of commercial property to assist them in reaching a resolution where a tenant has accrued rent arrears.

  • Rent signs

    ​Scotland’s buy-to-let landlords have felt the pinch – but how many have left the sector?


    Five years ago, a gamut of changes brought warnings of an exodus of private landlords from Scotland’s private rented sector.

  • Climate protest

    ​COP26: reasons to be cheerful


    One of the most dangerous symptoms of climate anxiety is a feeling that the world’s problems are just too great and that we can’t – as individuals or even industries – make a difference. It’s enough to demotivate even the most strident environmentalist. 

  • Climate change

    ​Commonplace: Giving everyone a role in solving climate change


    What if there was a way for every local community to have an immediate and positive influence on the way that their neighbourhood adapts to climate change? Commonplace has been showing exactly how it can be done.

  • Paris

    ​The 15-minute city in action, high density and café street life, La Samaritaine renovation, support for independent retailers and artisans, why London needs tax free shopping


    Having written my London lockdown chronicles over a period of 18 months, I wanted to add an addendum. After the restrictions of the pandemic, I was overjoyed to have the opportunity to travel to Paris for the first time in a few years. 

  • Business people

    ​Why CBRE’s Career Ready scheme is so important


    Last month, CBRE hosted an internship week for 25 young people in partnership with Career Ready, a UK charity at the heart of a network of employers and educators who believe that every young person deserves the opportunity to enjoy a rewarding future.

  • Delivery bikes

    The dark-store revolution


    Surging demand for delivery services over the past 20 months has had significant implications for urban logistics, with growth in the on-demand grocery delivery market giving rise to several new companies offering deliveries within minutes.

  • Digital automation

    Committing to ESG


    As COP26 has shone a spotlight on the need for collective action to reach net zero, how is the logistics industry advancing in this changing landscape?

  • logistics supply

    Breaking the vicious circle of logistics supply


    This sector is trapped in a vicious circle. We’ve been seeing for years that logistics supply is not keeping pace with demand. 

  • Solar panels shed roof

    ESG is vital for industrial tenants


    It’s no secret that the logistics market is booming. Supply was already struggling to keep up with demand before the pandemic. The acceleration of trends like the move to online retail and the need for bolstering supply chains during the pandemic has led to an even greater appetite for quality ...

  • Flooding York

    Time to build up flood defences


    Heatwaves, flooding, wildfires and storms are increasingly becoming the norm in the UK and this trend is set to continue with the impact of climate change. Extreme weather events can cause significant damage to properties if the right defences are not in place.

  • UK brick stocks

    Housebuilders not bricking it yet


    The abiding metaphor for property is ‘bricks and mortar’, so data on their availability is as good a barometer as any on the relative fortunes of real estate, especially housebuilding. Judging by the latest, it looks like bricks are in shorter supply than, supposedly, turkeys for Christmas.

  • climate

    High time to update Red Book


    The need for real estate to provide a positive social and environmental impact has never been so pressing: according to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, buildings account for up to 40% of energy use in most countries.

  • Student accommodation

    How to aid students’ wellbeing


    For some of the UK population, the recent pandemic has shone a light like never before on a previously less visible issue affecting society: mental wellbeing. One in four people in the UK are now affected by a mental health problem, according to

  • Drone

    ​Drone regulation needn’t be a threat to the drone industry


    Car manufacturer Hyundai recently announced that it will launch an electric autonomous flying taxi by 2028. Whether that is pie in the sky or not, it is clear that drones are taking off. We need to prepare ourselves for a world in which unmanned aerial vehicles share our skies with ...

  • Council housing

    ​Solving the housing crisis needs a ‘big picture’ approach


    Placing a focus on increasing housing affordability for young people, the government’s First Homes initiative is not without merit.

  • Green office

    ​Green leases are a crucial next step to reaching net zero


    COP26 has brought into sharp focus the gap between promises to limit environmental damage and real action. As individuals, we want to do what is right; as businesses, demonstrating green credentials is becoming increasingly important to customers and employees alike.