All Expert comment articles – Page 9

  • Costa drive-thru
    Insight

    ​The road to drive-thru F&B success

    2021-10-28T10:29:00Z

    Recent Savills research suggests demand for drive-thru food and beverage (F&B) has increased 25% since the pandemic began.

  • WALL-E
    Insight

    WALL-E moment for work trends

    2021-10-28T00:00:00Z

    We find it hard to resist reducing problems to simple A/B choices.

  • Housing
    Insight

    Strategy is a major step forward

    2021-10-28T00:00:00Z

    Last week, the government published the long-awaited Heat and Buildings Strategy ahead of the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow.

  • climate
    Insight

    BREEAM can help get us on track

    2021-10-28T00:00:00Z

    COP26 commences on Sunday, with a number of carbon-intensive sectors scrutinised over the next fortnight. No doubt two of these will be property and construction.

  • single column pic from peter bill
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    Time to peer into Pandora’s box

    2021-10-28T00:00:00Z

    Do you recall the Pandora Papers? A box opened on 3 October to reveal the names of those who owned at least 1,500 UK properties worth £4bn.

  • Solar panels
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    Joined-up, urgent action is crucial

    2021-10-28T00:00:00Z

    As I write this, the UK government has just announced a £400m green investment deal with Bill Gates, Boris Johnson has finally published his long-awaited Net Zero Strategy and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has published its Heat and Buildings Strategy setting out how the buildings sector ...

  • Housebuilding
    Insight

    ​The timber building transformation is already under way

    2021-10-27T10:56:00Z

    While Paris’s COP21 was a pivotal moment, hosting the first built-environment-focused day at a COP event, Glasgow’s Cities, Regions and Built day next month has confirmed our sector as one of the most critical for the climate’s future.

  • Budget
    Insight

    What can the real estate sector expect from the upcoming Autumn Budget?

    2021-10-26T07:03:00Z

    Editor: This week, the chancellor of the exchequer will announce his Autumn Budget. Given the government’s ‘Build Back Better’ agenda, we expect that the real estate sector will not be ignored.

  • Brownfield land site
    Insight

    ​What to consider when accessing brownfield funding

    2021-10-25T09:01:00Z

    The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has announced the release of a further £57.8m of Brownfield Land Release Fund (BLRF) to 53 local authorities. The total fund amounts to £75m. Local authorities can bid for the remaining £17.2m.

  • Business rates
    Insight

    Business rates reforms may not be bold, but they will be green

    2021-10-25T08:51:00Z

    When the UK Government announced its “fundamental” review of business rates in last year’s Budget, it was widely hoped that significant reform of this tax would be forthcoming. 

  • Brownfield site
    Online

    ​Brownfield sites can deliver more housing but longer-term approach needed

    2021-10-21T15:19:00Z

    On 12 October, the government announced that approximately £58m of the Brownfield Land Release Fund has been allocated to local authorities to deliver housing on underutilised public sector land.

  • Business rates
    Online

    ​Reform of business rates relief must not be delayed any longer

    2021-10-21T15:15:00Z

    Chancellor Rishi Sunak has alluded that he might not give a comprehensive response to the consultation on business rates reform when he gives his Budget next Wednesday, but might “tinker with the system” – on the grounds that he has not yet had time to give the question proper consideration.

  • Petrol
    Insight

    Make fuel poverty a thing of the past

    2021-10-21T00:00:00Z

    We’ve had an abundance of fuel for so many decades. Suddenly there are energy problems that have affected the whole of the UK in recent weeks. We have frantically had to queue for petrol for our cars, and numerous energy companies have gone bust due to soaring wholesale prices.

  • Houses
    Insight

    First Homes could be last homes

    2021-10-21T00:00:00Z

    The key priority for this government seems to be widening home ownership and the property world now has a new tenure to grapple with following the introduction of First Homes.

  • Insulate Britain protest
    Insight

    Time to fight carbon with carbon

    2021-10-21T00:00:00Z

    Are you, like me and most Brits, trying to do your bit to save the planet, but totally hacked off by the nihilistic tactics of Insulate Britain? Can I suggest a way to stop the lunatics from gluing themselves to the M25: next time they pounce, turn the heating up ...

  • Berlin commuters
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    It’s business as usual in Germany

    2021-10-21T00:00:00Z

    In a Financial Times opinion piece earlier this month headlined ‘Why Germany is the West’s sanest country’, columnist Gideon Rachman wrote: “The recent German election and its aftermath underline the point; it was a close contest, but the losers accepted the results gracefully. No one tried to claim that the ...

  • David Mann and Saleem Sazal at pride
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    Celebrating 10 years of diversity

    2021-10-21T00:00:00Z

    It’s amazing that it only became illegal to discriminate against people identifying as lesbian, gay or bisexual in the workplace in 2003. The property industry’s own landmark moment came in 2011, when Freehold was launched as a networking forum for UK real estate LGBTQI+ professionals.

  • Covid-19
    Insight

    ​We need to work together to reach net zero

    2021-10-19T11:28:00Z

    If there was ever any doubt as to the devastating realities of our climate crisis, the IPCC’s recent report highlighting the current state of the climate should confirm otherwise. 

  • Diversity
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    ​Freehold networking forum reaches 10 years

    2021-10-18T00:00:00Z

    It is amazing that it only became illegal to discriminate against people identifying as lesbian, gay or bisexual in the workplace in 2003. Until Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations became law in the UK, you could effectively be sacked for being gay, while trans people did not receive protection until ...

  • Housebuilding
    Insight

    ​Suburban build-to-rent is one to watch

    2021-10-14T12:48:00Z

    What will be the key property trends of 2022? The exponential growth of the suburban build-to-rent (BTR) market will surely be one to watch.