All Expert comment articles – Page 9

  • Precast concrete
    Insight

    Net zero needs concrete thinking

    2021-05-13T00:00:00Z

    The results of the  2021 Property Week /UKGBC Climate Crisis Survey highlight a polarised view of the impact of Covid-19 on the climate emergency.  While almost half of respondents felt the pandemic would accelerate our pivot towards decarbonisation, 34.5% felt it would slow it down.

  • Logistics warehouse
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    Driving change in the logistics world

    2021-05-13T00:00:00Z

    Easing quietly out of DHL’s base in Purfleet since late last year, the Volvo FL Electric 4x2 rigid vehicle has the capacity to run for 120 miles and can carry a maximum of 12 pallets and a weight of up to six tonnes. It is also the first fully electric ...

  • Finance
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    Prepare now for LIBOR transition

    2021-05-06T00:00:00Z

    LIBOR (London inter-bank offered rate) will be phased out by the end of this year and borrowers must act now to agree the transition process with their lenders and hedge counterparties. But what is the best approach when lenders’ and hedge counterparties’ transition processes are moving at different speeds?

  • Technology
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    Driving data-led sustainability

    2021-05-06T00:00:00Z

    Many businesses have committed to net zero and sustainability targets that could have a significant, positive impact on climate change. The world’s largest asset managers have joined a group of investors committing to hit net zero.

  • Greenhouse gas emissions
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    Progress is vital to meet the new climate target

    2021-05-06T00:00:00Z

    The UK government recently announced that it would be aiming to reduce UK net greenhouse gas emissions by 78% by 2035 compared with 1990 levels. This new target builds on (and does not replace) the existing target to reduce UK net greenhouse gas emissions by 68% by 2030.

  • Tesco delivery
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    How supermarkets bounced back

    2021-05-06T00:00:00Z

    Who would have thought ahead of this terrible pandemic that as a result of structural adjustments to the grocery trade, UK supermarket impairments would be written back to the tune of a quarter of a billion pounds in the case of Morrisons and Tesco UK alone?

  • Green office
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    ‘Adapt and Make Better’ instead

    2021-05-06T00:00:00Z

    The government’s loosely defined ‘Build Back Better’ mantra suggests construction of new buildings and infrastructure will be one of the engines of economic recovery, but what might this mean in practice?

  • Facetime/zoom call
    Online

    Will zoom have a role post lockdown, the challenges of valuing flex workspace, The Climate Crisis Challenge shortlisted, carbon reduction, interview with L&Q’s Fiona Fletcher-Smith

    2021-04-30T15:34:00Z

    Hopefully, we will continue to integrate zoom and other platforms into our events post lockdown as they have enabled some international panels that wouldn’t otherwise be possible or viable.

  • Electric charging point
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    Industrial must be sustainable

    2021-04-30T00:00:00Z

    Industrials were the star performer in 2020 as Covid-19 not only fast forwarded the growth in online retail, but also prompted manufacturers and retailers to review their supply chains and hold extra stock of key items.

  • Warehouse generic
    Insight

    Invest for the future

    2021-04-30T00:00:00Z

    Logistics is booming, thanks in no small part to the year-long pandemic and people switching to buying online. This is fuelling demand for warehouses to store our future online purchases. Grocery shopping alone in the UK was trending at around 7% pre-pandemic and is now at around 14%.

  • Grocery shopping covid
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    The logistics of leaving the EU

    2021-04-30T00:00:00Z

    Many businesses breathed a sigh of relief when the UK and the EU clinched a last-minute deal days before the end of the transition period.

  • Wellbeing staff outside
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    The real value of outdoor space

    2021-04-29T00:00:00Z

    With British Summer Time finally here, temperatures edging upwards and restrictions lifting, there is an ever-increasing sense of optimism in the air.

  • Flex workpaspace
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    New workplaces for a new world

    2021-04-29T00:00:00Z

    With the recent reopening of the retail and hospitality industry, a new sense of hope has emerged. As the government reopens society step by step, the return to the office is on the horizon.

  • Jermyn St
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    Negotiation with tenants is vital

    2021-04-29T00:00:00Z

    For some time now I’ve enjoyed following my old friend David Cooper’s epic battle on behalf of a quite unique business in London’s Jermyn Street that sells incredibly expensive carpets.

  • Westminster
    Insight

    A future in government property

    2021-04-29T00:00:00Z

    Government property is a brilliant place to work on the biggest, most diverse property portfolio in the UK.

  • House on money pile
    Insight

    An alternative key to the housing crisis

    2021-04-29T00:00:00Z

    The number of small and medium-sized housebuilders (firms that produce 100 units or less every year) has fallen from more than 12,000 in the mid-1980s to around 2,400 today.u

  • Climate change
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    Marketing won’t save the planet

    2021-04-22T00:00:00Z

    George Orwell said: “The slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts.” Yes, and for others to read them. Everyone in real estate treats everyone else in the game as foolish, at least when it comes to trumpeting projects.

  • Climate change building
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    Why offices need to think green

    2021-04-22T00:00:00Z

    As Morticia Addams, the fictional 1930s cartoon character from The New Yorker, observed: “Normal is an illusion. What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly.” You can’t self-isolate against climate change and behind the three ‘Rs’ of reflation, reopening and reoccupation, buildings are going green — fast. ...

  • Green building
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    Government property goes green

    2021-04-22T00:00:00Z

    During the past year, after all we have been through, it would perhaps have been understandable for the property industry to have taken its foot off the pedal with regard to the climate emergency and deal with ‘one crisis at a time’.

  • Abandoned office building
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    Our industry is being set up to fail

    2021-04-22T00:00:00Z

    I am a bit of an ESG Luddite. I care deeply about the future of our world but tend to glaze over when scientists produce analysis of how and when we must achieve green targets, only to be contradicted by others who tell us something very different.