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  • Diversity
    Insight

    Government support key to greater gender equality

    2021-06-17T00:00:00Z

    Editor: New schemes to champion gender equality in the construction industry are a promising step, and we must also continue to focus on the broader work required to empower women across the property sector as a whole (‘ Two industry leaders appointed to spearhead campaign tackling gender inequality in construction ...

  • Team reading planning proofs
    Insight

    We must design safe, inclusive spaces

    2021-06-17T00:00:00Z

    Editor: Your recent article on designing spaces with a wide range of needs in mind struck a chord with me .

  • ESG
    Insight

    Do not ignore ESG when recruiting

    2021-06-10T00:00:00Z

    Editor: As the property industry embraces ever more ambitious sustainability targets, we are right to be cautious about the rising threat of ‘greenwashing’ (‘ Greenwashing is a threat we should all seek to challenge ’). One area where that threat is most acute for the real estate industry is talent ...

  • Houses being built
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    Greenfield sites needed to meet housing demand

    2021-06-10T00:00:00Z

    Editor:  The CPRE’s latest report is right about one thing – too few homes are being planned for the north of England .

  • WeWork
    Insight

    WeWork is Icarus of flexible workspace

    2021-06-03T00:00:00Z

    Editor: Last week, WeWork published its Q1 results for 2021. Its losses – both financial and including a quarter of its members – come as little surprise (‘ WeWork loses £1.48bn and quarter of members due to Covid ’).

  • Old people covid
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    Boosting later living will aid UK’s recovery

    2021-06-01T16:53:00Z

    Editor: News that increasing numbers of over-65s will seek a sense of community in later life as a result of the pandemic adds urgency to the elderly living sector’s need for modernisation (‘ Pandemic shifts view of later living for quarter of over 65s ’).

  • High Court
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    There are more landlord v tenant cases to come

    2021-05-27T00:00:00Z

    Editor: It seems that Dan Taylor’s article in Property Week  celebrating the Westfield vs Fragrance Shop CVA wins for landlords  was premature.

  • Tech working
    Insight

    Tech-driven offices are key to attracting tech occupiers

    2021-05-27T00:00:00Z

    Editor: I echo the optimism shared by Manish Chande in his recent article regarding the growth of the UK technology sector and its potential to underpin demand for workspace in the years ahead.

  • Social homes
    Insight

    Social housing REITs are a win-win for everyone

    2021-05-19T08:23:00Z

    Editor: Civitas released a strong trading update recently, highlighting that 99% of rent was collected this past year and announcing an uptick in its dividend target for 2022. It was another indication of social housing REITs’ continued outperformance against other property REITs.

  • Homeless man
    Insight

    A tremendous response from industry

    2021-05-19T08:20:00Z

    Editor: On behalf of LandAid, we want to say thank you for the support of the industry on the launch of First Step, our three-year strategy to provide 1,000 beds for homeless young people and to facilitate £1m of pro bono work every year by 2023.

  • Green homes grant
    Insight

    Data can drive down retrofitting costs

    2021-05-13T00:00:00Z

    Editor: Last month, the government axed the £1.5bn Green Homes Grant scheme, having reached just 10% of the 600,000 homes chancellor Rishi Sunak promised would be improved (‘Anger as Green Homes Grant is scrapped’) .

  • Cladding removal
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    The time has come to pay for profit

    2021-05-13T00:00:00Z

    Editor: We express our thanks to the emergency services whose prompt actions prevented the recent fire at New Providence Wharf from becoming a tragic sequel to Grenfell Tower.

  • Old people
    Insight

    Rental vital to senior housing market

    2021-05-07T00:00:00Z

    Editor: Last year was forecast to be a record year for the senior housing market, with more than £1.5bn expected to be invested. It didn’t happen but what we did see was an increase requirements for homes offering safety within a community setting and the need for solutions that drive ...

  • office ventilation
    Insight

    Good office ventilation just the start

    2021-05-07T00:00:00Z

    Editor: With lockdown restrictions easing, a return to the office is a priority for many. A recent study by Survation indicated that 74% of people want to return to the office – be that on a full-time or hybrid basis .

  • Ruddy shelduck
    Insight

    We must do more to protect our world

    2021-04-29T00:00:00Z

    Editor: One of my favourite spots in the city is St James’s Park.

  • Energy efficiency rating
    Insight

    Time to act to make homes greener

    2021-04-29T00:00:00Z

    Editor: Aside from the issues of too few installers, delays in grant payments and the need for a long-term committed programme, the government must also address how it will encourage behaviour change among homeowners on energy efficiency.

  • Online shopping
    Insight

    We need a business rates reform now

    2021-04-22T00:00:00Z

    Editor: Tax Day was sadly a Groundhog Day in terms of business rates reform. Delaying the government’s consultation on reform until autumn 2021, the fourth delay in a year, had been disappointing, but everyone hoped Tax Day (23 March) would provide some new insights.

  • ESG
    Insight

    Older property also has ESG investment potential

    2021-04-22T00:00:00Z

    Editor: ESG was a corporate buzzword long before Covid-19. But the possibility of translating this into a successful investment was still viewed by some with a degree of scepticism.

  • Closed Covid
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    More support is needed for tenants

    2021-04-15T00:00:00Z

    Editor: I read with interest your coverage of the BPF’s call for landlords to submit evidence to MHCLG’s eviction ban consultation , which will undoubtedly offer the government invaluable insight as to what should happen after the ban is lifted.

  • Aluminium cladding
    Insight

    The government must act on cladding

    2021-04-15T00:00:00Z

    Editor: When no one can be held responsible, everyone must be accountable. That is why we have a government to collect and use our taxes to defend us, protect us, educate us, heal us, house and employ some of us, or support us when we are not.