All Expert comment articles – Page 3

  • London skyline

    How can tax-efficient schemes support property developers?


    Looking at the skylines of the UK’s main cities, one cannot help but be amazed by the volume of residential and commercial construction currently under way.

  • Planning

    Design vital to housing delivery


    If developers learn one thing from this year’s Stirling Prize winner, it is that they should invest time and energy in pursuing good-quality architecture in residential schemes – but this does not have to mean higher costs.

  • WeWork

    Spotlight on asset management


    WeWork’s travails have thrown the spotlight on the UK property world’s asset management expertise.

  • Generic finance graph fall

    Lenders still have appetite for alternative sectors


    Editor: Your article, ‘ Lenders reveal extent of fears about retail property and WeWork ’, rightly highlights some of the fears and scepticism from lenders following recent events, as illustrated by the upturn in yields.

  • Finance generic

    Why institutional funders are increasingly attracted to non-bank lenders


    There is nothing new about non-bank lenders focusing on the real estate sector. They have been around for a while and the trend has been exacerbated by the ongoing inability and unwillingness of more traditional forms of finance to evolve.

  • felicie pic

    It is up to us to rein in emissions


    When it comes to tackling climate change in the built environment, the prevailing philosophy seems to be that talk is cheap and action is expensive.

  • Derwent London - Brunel Building

    Simple buildings, complex uses


    An intriguing insight into the relationship between architecture, development and investment comes from Yolande Barnes, formerly global research director at Savills, now a professor at, and chair of, the Bartlett Real Estate Institute, University College London.

  • Workspace

    What next for flexible offices?


    The flexible office market continues to boom. New and longstanding firms jostle to stake their claim – and as I have said before, there’s plenty of space in the forest for everyone to co-exist.

  • University graduates

    Bridging the town-gown gap


    The more time you spend in the real estate sector, the more you realise that most of us live in a cocoon, entirely unaware of the broader world around us. Our methods are outdated and some of the thinking is stale. We can be slow to recognise new trends, reluctant ...

  • WeWork Moorgate London

    Working out WeWork worries


    The mounting difficulties facing WeWork in recent weeks have naturally raised questions, not only for the company’s investors and many thousands of tenants but also for landlords.

  • David Parsley index

    Old school Ritblat set to gain favour over nouveau Candy in Capco battle


    There was a time when the Ritblat name meant a lot more than the name Candy in the property world. Clearly no longer. 

  • Greggs

    Sustainability is retail’s salvation


    Retail is facing a universal issue – caution – and in great waves.

  • Building house

    Homes England is transforming


    Since returning from the RESI Convention last month, I’ve been reflecting on the changes I’ve seen at Homes England since I joined almost two years ago.

  • Wework

    WeWork: This is not a paradigm shift


    I’ve consistently tried to be careful about editorialising on WeWork. But, in the interest of full disclosure, I was quoted in Property Week a couple of years ago as saying that WeWork was coming up in meetings so often that we needed a WeWork swear jar. We never did ...

  • Climate change

    Time to act on climate change


    If there was ever a moment that perfectly encapsulated the role that the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) plays in uniting, inspiring, advocating and enabling change within the built environment, it was Friday 20 September in London, Manchester, Bristol and Birmingham.

  • London houses for sale and rent

    Owning a home no longer sacred


    I bought my first flat in Notting Hill in 1969 for £11,500. I daren’t think what it’s worth today, but it will be more like £1.5m. 

  • Edinburgh, Scotland

    Property factoring sector ripe for consolidation in Scotland


    Currently, there are around 315,000 privately owned properties being managed by more than 250 registered factors across Scotland. 

  • ilke Hull

    To scale up housing, we need to power up partnerships


    Offsite manufacturing has been at the forefront of the housing agenda over the past year.

  • Proptech

    Expo Real 2019: the proptech view


    As recently as five years ago, there was barely any proptech presence at Expo Real.

  • Debenhams

    Are CVAs getting difficult to wear?


    Even as company voluntary arrangements (CVAs) become a high street fixture, landlords have started to question whether they are actually preferable to a tenant entering administration or liquidation. CVAs often force landlords to swallow huge rent discounts on the basis that a diminished income is better than potentially no income ...