All Expert comment articles – Page 4

  • Housebuilding
    Insight

    Build homes for heroes

    2020-05-21T00:00:00Z

    Every Thursday, people across the UK stand on their doorsteps to applaud and cheer NHS workers, to show how much we value them and acknowledge their huge dedication and sacrifice during the coronavirus outbreak.

  • Sustainable building
    Online

    Propertyshe perspectives: time to get on your bike, the Covid-19 acceleration factor and the General Projects approach to development

    2020-05-15T16:28:00Z

    With the relaxation of lockdown restrictions allowing some workers to return to their jobs, commuters are being encouraged to literally ‘get on their bikes’ to avoid crowding public transport.

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    A new norm for offices

    2020-05-15T00:00:00Z

    Before we went into lockdown, I’d just finished reading Rebel Ideas by Matthew Syed. The key takeaway of this fascinating book is the importance of diversity and team-working and how we often achieve the best solutions when we collaborate and ‘recombine’ ideas as part of a diverse and dynamic team. ...

  • New York Skyline
    Insight

    Letter from New York

    2020-05-15T00:00:00Z

    New York governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a region-by-region, four-stage plan to reopen the state’s frozen economy, starting with industrial and manufacturing work on 15 May. Three upstate regions have the green light on that date.

  • Online auction
    Online

    Crisis brings out the best in people

    2020-05-15T00:00:00Z

    The Covid-19 pandemic and the need for social distancing has brought about change and upheaval to everyone’s lives, but for auction houses, whose very lifeblood involves a large room filled with lots of people, adapting to a new way of doing things presents a very interesting and unique challenge.

  • Online auction
    Online

    Robust security is essential to online auction success

    2020-05-15T00:00:00Z

    The idea of moving property auctions online is not revolutionary. At Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH), we have been carrying out online auctions for more than three years and moved exclusively online with the creation of 574 in January 2019.

  • Laptop
    Online

    The appetite for auctions remains strong

    2020-05-15T00:00:00Z

    At the start of the year the auction industry was flying high, with reports of the ‘Boris bounce’ strengthening confidence for both buyers and sellers.

  • Investment
    Online

    Changes in seller activity will generate new opportunities

    2020-05-15T00:00:00Z

    Our auctions are going to play a vital role for commercial property investors in the coming months.

  • green planet
    Insight

    Will our planet be the long-term winner?

    2020-05-14T00:00:00Z

    The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on the global economy, with an economic fallout worse than during the 2008 financial crisis, according to the IMF. We’re also seeing a rapid change in people’s working patterns, with millions of employees forced to work from home, and ...

  • Housebuilding
    Insight

    We should prepare now for the great rebuild

    2020-05-14T00:00:00Z

    All of us are wondering what the future will look like. To my mind, one thing is clear – when we begin to emerge from this crisis, a huge effort will be needed to rebuild our economy, and building – in the true bricks-and-mortar sense of the word – must ...

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    Insight

    Light at the end of the tunnel

    2020-05-14T00:00:00Z

    We’ll build again. But, even after the PM’s exhortation for construction workers to be “actively encouraged” back to site, it’s not entirely clear where or when. One thing’s clear, though: nothing will ever be quite the same in property.

  • Tim Vaughan
    Insight

    Landlords are being ostracised

    2020-05-14T00:00:00Z

    It’s like being the unpopular kid in the playground: the big boys pick on you and the teachers ignore your plight. That is the sense of isolation being experienced by the UK’s commercial landlords. No legislation has been put in place to assist this unpopular group.

  • Generic office
    Online

    Safety is key for those going back to offices

    2020-05-11T16:44:00Z

    While the country awaits news on the future of work in a post-Covid-19 world, it is a strange time for the businesses that usually work in offices and the operators that run them. What would help the people returning to work to feel safer?

  • Coronavirus/working from home/facetime
    Online

    Propertyshe perspectives: news from Mishcon Singapore and IPSX; MIPIM virtual and actual; plus don’t cut marketing costs in a recession

    2020-05-07T17:20:00Z

    There seems to have been a welcome shift of perspective this week with a growing focus on how we emerge from lockdown, along with encouraging feedback that there is life after lockdown from places such as the Czech Republic where a phased exit plan is seeing shops, businesses and sports ...

  • Generic family
    Insight

    We are truly in this together

    2020-05-06T00:00:00Z

    It is 8am and the first of five video conferences is about to begin. George and Anne bicker over the insufficient “dusting” of cinnamon on top of the breakfast porridge. 

  • New York Skyline
    Insight

    Letter from New York

    2020-05-06T00:00:00Z

    While most New York City investment-sale and leasing transactions may remain stalled for months more, restoring life to dark office towers, some could come sooner.

  • Theresa May
    Insight

    It’s time to take tough decisions

    2020-05-06T00:00:00Z

    It’s not good out there. However much we enjoy not having to dress up for work or sniff armpits on a crowded train, the fact is Zoom is no substitute for face-to-face meetings.

  • Apex - Marion Court 001 Tooting PW131219
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    Airspace is the answer

    2020-05-06T00:00:00Z

    The coronavirus crisis has affected every facet of our daily lives. The stalling economy is high on the news agenda, but people’s lives have faced a wall too, including when it comes to home ownership aspirations.

  • Warehouse
    Insight

    A new industrial age is dawning

    2020-05-06T00:00:00Z

    The Queen’s speech to the nation last month rightly praised the NHS, shop workers and the hard-working teams staffing Britain’s warehouses in the pandemic.

  • Care home
    Insight

    Retirement villages will adapt

    2020-05-06T00:00:00Z

    In these dark, extraordinary times, we must all ask ourselves: what have we learned? And how can we adapt for the future, to ensure we are never again faced with a threat that can shut down the world economy and put our most fragile in harm’s way?