All Expert comment articles – Page 8

  • shutterstock_221809534_cred Nejron Photo
    Insight

    Learn from personal challenges

    2019-06-27T23:00:00Z

    It is the third anniversary of Britain’s referendum on its membership of the EU and yet we are no closer to knowing what Brexit really means

  • House price inflation
    Insight

    Lurch to left would be a calamity

    2019-06-27T23:00:00Z

    George Monbiot, Stowe- and Oxford-educated environmental and political activist and Guardian columnist, is clearly a very clever chap, but he is as scary as he is smart.

  • Kier
    Insight

    Kier should look back not forward

    2019-06-27T23:00:00Z

    Kier doesn’t need ‘Future Proofing’ (the title given to its largely ineffectual turnaround programme). It needs past-proofing, or at least recent-past-proofing.

  • Coal Drops Yard, King's Cross
    Online

    Are charity shops finally losing their stigma?

    2019-06-25T12:09:00Z

    The inclusion of a Shelter store in the ultra-cool and aspirational Coal Drops Yard scheme in London’s King’s Cross is a potential game-changer.

  • Financial crash
    Insight

    How beach body ready are you?

    2019-06-20T23:00:00Z

    The next major end-of-cycle crash in commercial property values will almost certainly not happen for some time. But if I am wrong and the crash is imminent, the way the market is behaving is very definitely different this time.

  • Solar panels
    Online

    Pursuing a net-zero carbon footprint means there is nowhere to hide

    2019-06-20T16:00:00Z

    Theresa May’s plans to introduce legacy legislation to reduce UK carbon emissions to net zero by 2050 means the property industry has nowhere to hide and all involved must step up their plans to mitigate carbon emissions across their portfolios immediately.

  • Online shopping
    Insight

    Don’t penalise online retailing

    2019-06-19T23:00:00Z

    There have been several people calling for online retailers to be levied with a new sales tax to support the struggling high street.

  • Women at work
    Insight

    Take responsibility for diversity

    2019-06-19T23:00:00Z

    Liz Hamson’s leader ( ‘It’s not about us, it’s about you ’) resonated with us at Women in Property. She said: “We will endeavour to make our editorial content as diverse as possible… but I will not and cannot manufacture diversity.” How right she is.

  • London skyline
    Insight

    City office space is in the pink

    2019-06-19T23:00:00Z

    The City of London is synonymous with finance, but a successful Square Mile has always been home to a range of flourishing industries.

  • Proptech
    Insight

    Why London Tech Week matters for property

    2019-06-18T09:08:00Z

    Thirty years ago, London’s Docklands underwent one of the biggest urban regeneration projects of all time – what used to be docks for trade became Europe’s most influential financial district – revitalising the city and altering the path of the UK’s economy.

  • Generic finance graph fall
    Insight

    Housebuilders look to investors

    2019-06-13T23:00:00Z

    One of London’s popular locations for housebuilding saw a startlingly low number of private sale construction starts in the first quarter of 2019. In Zone 2 just outside central London, only 77 new homes got under way, according to research by Molior London. That’s 97% lower than the 2015 peak ...

  • PRS community residents
    Insight

    Sit up and listen to communities

    2019-06-13T23:00:00Z

    In a world where populism is on the rise and people feel disenfranchised from the ‘experts’, it’s time to sit up and listen to what communities truly want from their neighbourhood.

  • Creative office
    Insight

    Is your business fit for tomorrow?

    2019-06-13T23:00:00Z

    How do you successfully grow a business and make it future-proof? Every reader will have their own idea about this, but I’m sure we can all agree that to be future winners in our sector we’re going to have to be more progressive and challenge what have become industry, or ...

  • Boris Johnson
    Insight

    Anyone but Boris for Tory leader

    2019-06-12T11:28:00Z

    So farewell then, Theresa May. You are a decent, dedicated, hardworking person who bore a great burden with dignity and fortitude. You have earned our sympathy. Sadly, you were quite spectacularly incapable of discharging the responsibilities of prime minister.

  • Planning
    Online

    Next round of planning must deliver the economic growth Scotland needs

    2019-06-07T16:06:00Z

    Scotland is at a crossroads… again. Every 10 years, we seem to end up back in the same place, rehearsing the same old arguments. I am not referring to Scotland or the UK’s constitutional future but a topic that is almost as contentious: planning.

  • London houses
    Online

    Over-rail development can get London’s housing targets back on track

    2019-06-07T15:29:00Z

    London is in the midst of a housing crisis and despite chatter in the media from politicians and pundits, little action has been taken. To meet London’s housing targets, we must look at creative, fast-track and sustainable solutions. No response ticks more of these boxes than over-rail development.  

  • Twentytwo Bishopsgate and City skyline sunset
    Insight

    The lioness and her pussycat

    2019-06-06T23:00:00Z

    PLP’s lead architect on 22 Bishopgate, Karen Cook, is a fierce defender of her craft, according to Sir Stuart Lipton, creator of the 1.4m sq ft City tower, which has just topped out at 945ft. “She is a lion; a brilliant architect,” he says. “But every lion needs a lion ...

  • High street
    Insight

    How to revitalise the high street

    2019-06-05T23:00:00Z

    The number of empty shops on Britain’s high streets rose by more than 7,500 last year, and the number of retail openings have fallen every year since 2015, when they were overtaken by closures. While some high streets continue to thrive, many others appear dormant and need to transform.

  • Working
    Insight

    Wellness is no passing fad

    2019-06-05T23:00:00Z

    There is a lot of hype about the flexible office market and it is true to say that it is growing exponentially, with large players, corporate landlords and smaller, more bespoke brands jostling for a piece of the action.

  • Proptech
    Insight

    Modernising investment agency

    2019-06-05T23:00:00Z

    Embracing modern investment marketing methods and technological change has not been easy for the real estate industry.