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  • Eat out to help out sign
    Insight

    Hospitality faces a knockout punch

    2020-10-01T00:00:00Z

    Editor: It really is turning into the fight of the century for the hospitality sector .

  • Students in corridor
    Online

    Tech will underpin PBSA flex appeal

    2020-09-30T11:01:00Z

    Editor: It is encouraging to see PBSA adopting more flexible leasing arrangements in order to accommodate different course lengths and formats and address the increased uncertainty surrounding the pandemic .

  • Car park
    Insight

    Let’s repurpose underused car parks

    2020-09-23T12:23:00Z

    Editor: In 1970, Joni Mitchell’s hit ‘Big Yellow Taxi’ proclaimed “they paved paradise and put up a parking lot”. Perhaps it is time to revisit this.

  • New Look
    Insight

    Expect more New Look-style CVAs

    2020-09-23T11:46:00Z

    Editor: The New Look CVA rent deal is a watershed moment for both occupiers and landlords.

  • Coronavirus
    Insight

    Covid insurance ruling may save jobs

    2020-09-17T00:00:00Z

    Editor: The High Court ruling that some insurers should have paid out for losses caused by lockdown is a major victory to policyholders and the thousands of businesses that had trading interrupted by Covid-19.

  • Streets from above
    Insight

    A tight timescale for affordable homes

    2020-09-17T00:00:00Z

    Editor: The government’s commitment of £12bn to help deliver 180,000 new affordable homes over the next five years is welcome and significant – as is the pledge that 50% of these new homes will be affordable rental product (‘Jenrick releases details of £12bn affordable housing programme’)

  • Office ext generic
    Insight

    Let’s do things better post-lockdown

    2020-09-09T10:38:00Z

    Editor: The argument about getting people back to the office (‘ Government campaign to bring workers back to the office ’), continues to spark fierce debate.

  • Homeless man
    Insight

    We must solve homelessness now

    2020-09-09T09:47:00Z

    Editor: The news that Alvarium Home REIT Advisors is seeking a £250m listing to aid its effort in tackling homelessness in the UK  is a welcome and timely step towards delivering safe shelter for all.

  • Climate change construction
    Insight

    Green recovery post-lockdown is vital

    2020-09-02T11:36:00Z

    Editor: While TrustMark accreditation is vitally important in establishing consumer confidence in the tradespeople retrofitting homes (‘ RIBA responds to £2bn Green Homes Grants ’, a more pressing need might first be increasing the size of our nation’s energy workforce.

  • Flats
    Insight

    Two-speed rental market is emerging

    2020-09-02T11:14:00Z

    Editor: The latest rental index from Zoopla shows a two-speed rental market emerging in the UK. Outside London, annual rental growth to the end of Q2 2020 was up 2.2%, while in London rents fell 1.4% year on year.

  • Road traffic
    Insight

    Traffic reveals post-lockdown trends

    2020-08-27T00:00:00Z

    Editor: As lockdown restrictions have lifted, traffic has migrated back to motorways with even more visitors than before.

  • Funky office
    Insight

    Flex space offers high street solution

    2020-08-27T00:00:00Z

    Editor: There is no doubt that the British high street is facing a crisis, having been impacted by consumer preferences for online shopping and lockdown.

  • Office resi conversion
    Insight

    We must improve and repurpose existing buildings

    2020-08-12T13:07:00Z

    Editor: The reaction to the government’s extension of permitted development rights (PDR) for new housing has been loud and passionate. It may be a tool to drive volumes but experience plainly shows us that it is not a route to creating quality homes that people want to live in . ...

  • Warehouse
    Insight

    Logistics sector also needs support

    2020-08-12T12:12:00Z

    Editor: It is not unprecedented for planning reforms to be part of the government’s economic stimulus package, but these have tended to focus on housing. Meanwhile, logistics, which last year contributed £124bn (gross value added) to the economy, and directly supported almost one million jobs, often gets sidelined.

  • Green buildings
    Insight

    Planners failing on sustainability

    2020-08-06T00:00:00Z

    Editor: The Town and Country Planning Association survey findings are no surprise, but hugely frustrating given the focus on sustainability, climate change and now, driving a green economy ( ‘Most planning committees fail to “seriously consider” climate crisis’ ).

  • Retirement home
    Insight

    Time to plan for an ageing population

    2020-08-06T00:00:00Z

    Editor: Housing secretary Robert Jenrick’s announcement of ‘radical reform’ to the country’s antiquated planning system must be celebrated ( ‘Jenrick to announce radical planning shake-up’ )

  • Construction site
    Insight

    Developers must consider the neighbours

    2020-07-30T00:00:00Z

    Editor: The government giveth with one hand and taketh with the other in its planning system reforms ( ‘Industry reacts to Boris Johnson’s Covid-19 recovery speech’ ).

  • Office
    Insight

    The traditional office has advantages over flexi space

    2020-07-30T00:00:00Z

    Editor: I have followed your articles by Steve Jude, chief executive of NewFlex, on the whys and wherefores of the service office market for many years and have always found him optimistic about the serviced office market competing with, and perhaps taking over, from the traditional market.

  • Coronavirus/working from home/facetime
    Insight

    The return to offices calls for some flexibility

    2020-07-23T00:00:00Z

    Editor: Gerald Kaye’s column did a fantastic job of extolling the office’s virtues and pointing out home-working’s limitations.  

  • Food Warehouse interior
    Insight

    Government must aid the F&B recovery

    2020-07-23T00:00:00Z

    Editor: Having seen numerous cycles, although they have not been easy, I have been comforted by the knowledge that food and beverage (F B) is always the last to fall and the first to recover.