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  • Net zero
    Insight

    Net-zero buildings: tax incentives have role to play

    2022-06-22T23:00:00Z

    I read with interest your article ‘Coalition of industry bodies to develop UK net-zero carbon building standard’. The focus on ESG credentials of new and existing buildings was front and centre of the agenda at Mipim in March and also with the respondents of the Saffery Champness Real Estate Sentiment ...

  • PW240622_houses_shutterstock_1578797014_cred Sam foster
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    Affordable homes key to levelling up

    2022-06-22T23:00:00Z

    In February, the government published its Levelling Up White Paper outlining its long-term promise and plan to spread opportunity more equally across the UK, ensuring regions outside London and the South East are brought up to the standards of the rest of the country. 

  • Help to Buy
    News

    The End of Help to Buy has come at the wrong time

    2022-06-15T23:00:00Z

    The government’s announcement that it is bringing forward the deadline for Help to Buy is completely unfair and untimely. 

  • PW170622_sold sign_shutterstock_1785988439_cred I Wei Huang
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    Right to buy is just a boost for PRS

    2022-06-15T23:00:00Z

    Is the new right-to-buy scheme merely a boost for the private rental sector (PRS)? In my opinion, yes.

  • PW100622_healthy home_shutterstock_262437152_cred Breadmaker
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    Let’s build on Healthy Homes progress

    2022-06-09T00:00:00Z

    Editor: Like many in the housing sector, I have watched with keen interest the achievements of the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) Healthy Homes campaign and the progress of the Healthy Homes Bill.

  • Hotel room
    News

    Office hotelification is about more than just services

    2022-06-09T00:00:00Z

    Editor: Your recent market report on the ‘hotelification’ of office space highlighted the importance of creating high-quality workspace, but this hasn’t occurred solely in reaction to Covid and WFH.

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    Knowing your audience is key to good office design

    2022-06-08T12:25:00Z

    As described in the ‘great ‘hotelification drive’, decision makers in the property industry are finding it necessary to combat the great resignation and compete with the comfort and convenience of working from home by shifting their approach to office spaces - making them more attractive, more focused on wellbeing and ...

  • London cranes
    News

    The office flight to quality continues

    2022-06-01T00:00:00Z

    Editor: I read with interest your coverage of Deloitte’s latest London Office Crane survey (‘Crane survey shows ESG front of mind as London office upgrades dominate’).

  • older couple 5
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    Tax breaks for older downsizers miss the point

    2022-06-01T00:00:00Z

    Editor: Rumours are circulating that tax breaks are on the table for older downsizers, in a bid to free up family homes. This might encourage some movement, but in reality it misses the point. The crux of the issue is simply that there aren’t enough housing options available for people ...

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    PDR schemes call for flexible finance

    2022-05-25T23:00:00Z

    The government’s new permitted development rights (PDR) have opened up a swathe of potential opportunities for developers to repurpose significant amounts of our failing high streets.

  • Shopping centre
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    Right data is vital when repositioning retail assets

    2022-05-25T23:00:00Z

    As Rob Wilkinson noted in his recent comment piece, sentiment plays a huge part in the decision to invest in retail.

  • Marks and Spencer
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    We must repurpose retail landmarks

    2022-05-18T23:00:00Z

    The future of the Marks and Spencer Oxford Street store presents a moment where London can stand and make a statement that we value our heritage and emphasise the importance of adaptive reuse for the future of city building.

  • Crane building site
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    Councils need better resources for housing delivery

    2022-05-18T23:00:00Z

    Michael Gove’s suggestion of abolishing S106 and introducing an Infrastructure Levy is being debated extensively.

  • Empty shops
    News

    Vacant retail plan very short-sighted

    2022-05-12T00:00:00Z

    Editor: In response to your article ‘Experts bemoan Tories’ plan for vacant high street units’, I believe the industry will have even more issues to bemoan if these plans go ahead.

  • Housing market
    News

    The housing market is still healthy despite headwinds

    2022-05-12T00:00:00Z

    Editor: Yesterday, I sheepishly glanced at the latest mortgage approval numbers as they were announced by the Bank of England.

  • London
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    Plateauing of tall-building pipeline may be on cards

    2022-05-04T23:00:00Z

    Last week, Knight Frank and New London Architecture launched the annual Tall Buildings Survey, which provided an excellent snapshot of London’s evolving skyline of 20-storey-plus buildings.

  • Reading Retail Park
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    Build biophilia into retail design

    2022-05-04T23:00:00Z

    I read with interest ‘Has retail turned the corner?’, which explains that there is “now more emphasis on creating unique, high-quality experiential spaces”

  • Office_credit_shutterstock_Who-is-Danny_1714935862
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    Green fit-outs key to future-proofing

    2022-04-27T23:00:00Z

    Construction material costs hit an all-time high earlier in the month, propelled by demand and inflationary pressures across the sector.

  • Green office
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    It’s on us to encourage greener approach to property

    2022-04-27T23:00:00Z

    The more the world learns about climate change, the more we realise we all have a part to play in halting it – and that extends to how we live and particularly our housing. 

  • Construction drone
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    Counter construction costs with greater efficiency

    2022-04-20T23:00:00Z

    Energy prices are the latest headache for property as the sector weighs up build costs against development returns.