All Expert comment articles – Page 5

  • Tesco Hayes
    Insight

    Private equity makes a supermarket sweep

    2021-07-29T00:00:00Z

    Buses – wait for ages then three come along at once. Such is the case with the interest shown by CD R, Apollo and Fortress in Morrisons, an equity that has been sidelined in price terms for a sustained period.

  • Bluewater
    Insight

    Tough times for British Land and Landsec

    2021-07-29T00:00:00Z

    We read REITs’ reports and accounts from back to front for those interesting notes tucked away. This year, both Landsec’s and British Land’s reports include new data on portfolio energy performance.

  • flexible office
    Insight

    The time is right for ‘brandlords’

    2021-07-29T00:00:00Z

    The flexible workspace market is still growing apace, but it’s not just flexspace and co-working operators that are fuelling supply. Landlords and commercial property investment groups are also investing in flexspace brands, side-stepping partnerships with existing operators to take a DIY approach.

  • IMMUNE Steward Genesis Property PW230721
    Insight

    Business leaders must act fast to ease office-return fears

    2021-07-29T00:00:00Z

    The announcement by the prime minister that work-from-home guidance would be lifted on 19 July was met with a sense of optimism by business leaders and property owners, who since March 2020 have faced uncertainty around workforce operations and tenancies.

  • Climate change building
    Insight

    The property sector is more nuanced than ever

    2021-07-22T00:00:00Z

    For decades, the Baby Boomer generation has been able to navigate its way using the property stars, but the trusted constellations seem unusually displaced right now.

  • Solar panels & offices
    Insight

    It’s time to tackle fit-out carbon

    2021-07-22T00:00:00Z

    In boardrooms across the country, real or virtual, the word ‘sustainability’ is bouncing around like a pinball, interspersed with other words like ‘commitment’, ‘zero’ and ‘Paris’.

  • Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds
    Insight

    Boris failed to show leadership

    2021-07-22T00:00:00Z

    I know nostalgia isn’t what it used to be, but in my time in parliament I served two prime ministers who I looked up to. 

  • London's West End
    Insight

    Staycations will boost the West End

    2021-07-22T00:00:00Z

    Six months ago, I reported on what a difficult year it had been for retail and hospitality, particularly in city centres.

  • Climate change
    Insight

    What we can expect from COP26

    2021-07-22T00:00:00Z

    COP26 – the global climate summit being held in November this year – will be a defining moment for humanity. 

  • Court of Appeal
    Online

    Complying with vacant possession conditions

    2021-07-20T16:26:00Z

    The Court of Appeal recently grappled with the issue of vacant possession when terminating a commercial lease in Capitol Park Leeds Plc v Global Radio Services [2021] EWCA Civ 995.

  • Life sciences lab
    Online

    How to ride the wave of investment into life sciences

    2021-07-19T11:33:00Z

    A source of global hope during the pandemic has been the life sciences sector, which has moved with incredible speed to produce vaccines. The sector’s ways of working and its real estate requirements are changing just as swiftly, with a number of existing trends in life sciences now being accelerated ...

  • Japanese Knotweed
    Online

    Japanese knotweed: identification and treatment can help solve a knotty problem for the housing market

    2021-07-16T15:36:00Z

    The presence of Japanese knotweed can a deal-breaker but is the bad press out of proportion?

  • Proptech
    Online

    ​Overcoming the legal and regulatory challenges of proptech

    2021-07-16T12:44:00Z

    The real estate industry is experiencing a widespread digital transformation and is seeing the tangible benefits of adopting technology. New innovations are appearing all the time and there is no doubt that proptech is at the heart of this digital revolution.

  • Working environment
    Insight

    Let’s be in teams, not on Teams

    2021-07-15T00:00:00Z

    There have been many stop-starts, but 15 months on from the first lockdown, the office – a collaborative space for experts to strategise, create and innovate – has finally been placed on the ‘green list‘. From 19 July, technology will help guide us back to a new and upgraded working ...

  • Couple with shopping bags
    Insight

    Do not ignore the retail phoenix

    2021-07-15T00:00:00Z

    Over the past year, real estate investors have been piling into the life sciences and logistics sectors en masse. 

  • Cafe reopening Covid
    Insight

    Hospitality will feed the UK's recovery

    2021-07-15T00:00:00Z

    With the end of restrictions on the horizon, so-called ‘Freedom Day’ is now achingly close for the hospitality sector.

  • Alconbury Peter Bill col
    Insight

    From cold war to homes front

    2021-07-15T00:00:00Z

    Urban Civic intends to double in size over the next five years. In January, the master-developer, founded by Nigel Hugill and Robin Butler in 2009, was bought for £506m by the Wellcome Trust. Peter Pereira Gray runs the trust’s £32bn portfolio, which gained 12.9% in value last year. ...

  • Parliament 2019
    Insight

    How to avoid RP Armageddon

    2021-07-15T00:00:00Z

    The prospect of a sudden end to the eviction moratorium was recently described in these pages as “a potential Armageddon” for commercial tenants.

  • Electric car charging point
    Online

    Plugging in to EVCs? Focus on the user experience

    2021-07-13T13:06:00Z

    The UK needs five times as many electric vehicle charging (EVC) points as it currently has in order to meet government bans on petrol and diesel vehicles, according to the Policy Exchange think tank.

  • Commercial building generic
    Online

    Property Week test

    2021-07-13T11:04:00Z

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