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    Housing secretaries need to have a longer shelf life

    2022-09-28T00:00:00Z

    It was depressing to read in Peter Bill’s column that the new housing secretary Simon Clarke “is seen as a coming man”. 

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    Energy crisis: we need to get creative

    2022-09-28T00:00:00Z

    I wholeheartedly agree with the argument put forward by Adam Branson in his article ‘Energy crisis puts pressure on both occupiers and landlords’. Despite the government recently announcing a six-month cap on energy prices, the real estate industry will need to take a creative, technology-enabled approach to alleviate damage.

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    Levelling up must be more than just a political slogan

    2022-09-21T00:00:00Z

    Despite the phrase ‘levelling up’ hanging in the balance, the UK government’s proposal that more needs to be done to “spread opportunity more equally across the UK” is an understatement. 

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    Energy strategy overhaul under way

    2022-09-21T00:00:00Z

    We welcomed the recent news of the government’s measures to alleviate the immediate cost of energy on people and businesses. Inflated gas prices driving up costs across the country while the largest energy producers deliver super-profits is outrageous and nonsensical. 

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    Quality offices key as we go forward

    2022-09-14T00:00:00Z

    I read with interest the news that JLL’s Future of Work Survey showed that 72% of commercial real estate decision-makers believe the office is critical to doing business. Some may find this figure surprising – I find it surprising the number was not higher. 

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    Industry must embrace BMS tech amid climate crisis

    2022-09-14T00:00:00Z

    I echo the concern expressed by Jamie Bennett-Ness in his recent article ‘Buildings fail to handle the heat’ over the failure of UK buildings to cope with the recent slew of heatwaves. However, the real estate industry should not resign itself to outdated air-conditioning systems but should instead embrace building ...

  • Remote working
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    Worker welfare is key in hybrid world

    2022-09-08T00:00:00Z

    Editor: In response to your article on JLL’s Future of Work survey, which reveals that hybrid working is critical to real estate’s future, I wanted to share some insights into the accompanying rapid changes in people management.

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    Government must address plight of private renters

    2022-09-08T00:00:00Z

    Editor: It was disappointing to see so little substance from the Conservative leadership hopefuls on a group being hardest hit by cost of living pressures: renters.

  • Remote working
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    It’s time we rethink our working environments

    2022-09-07T15:49:00Z

    The landscape of workspace design has rarely undergone such a rapid, seismic shift as it has in the past couple of years. The workplace is no longer simply a place to work. It has shifted to an infrastructure for building social capital and fostering a sense of purpose and belonging. ...

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    Hygiene gripes can put workers off office return

    2022-09-01T00:00:00Z

    Editor: Remit Consulting’s Return Report points to a positive trend of workers returning to the office; and since it was released, the hybrid forms of work it identifies have accelerated, with the level of employees working exclusively from home falling in the last two months from 22% to 14%.

  • Upton Gardens
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    Adapt forgotten buildings into homes

    2022-09-01T00:00:00Z

    Editor: In the face of increasing pressure to build housing, many towns and cities are considering demolishing historic buildings. There is a scarcity of ‘obvious’ construction sites left, so many are now looking to brownfield or even green-belt sites.

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    Hospitality sector’s moment of need

    2022-08-25T00:00:00Z

    Editor: Now Covid is out the way, we should all be fine… but wait.

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    How the built environment can support young people

    2022-08-25T00:00:00Z

    Editor: The built environment has a real opportunity to support the underfunded education sector and provide the learning environments required to properly educate the youth of today. 

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    Landlords must not neglect efficiency standards

    2022-08-03T00:00:00Z

    As society becomes more environmentally conscious, stricter energy efficiency regulations in the private rented sector are inevitable. This leaves landlords with two options: bury their heads, or welcome the changes, not just for the viability of their portfolios but to help satisfy the goal of making the property sector more ...

  • Proptech
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    Proptech can help drive the ESG agenda

    2022-08-03T00:00:00Z

    I read with interest your article entitled ‘ESG is critical for business’. I was surprised to see no reference to the vital role that technology and data can play in helping the property industry meet its ESG objectives. 

  • New-build homes
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    Housing crisis exacerbated by planning

    2022-07-28T00:00:00Z

    Rising inflation and living costs are affecting everyone in the property sector and elsewhere, but smaller builders and enterprises are particularly struggling with pressures from every side, which is having an impact on the supply of affordable housing in this country. 

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    Landlords must shore up finances amid tough times

    2022-07-28T00:00:00Z

    Let’s face it, times are tough. The spectre of recession, coupled with the cost-of-living crisis, makes it more important than ever for landlords, estate agents and other property management firms to shore up their finances.

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    Heatwaves serve as a final warning

    2022-07-20T23:00:00Z

    As temperatures soar across England and Wales, many office buildings are going to become unusable. This, I believe, should be seen as a powerful warning for real estate investors.

  • Digital technology property
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    AI will take over repetitive tasks in the workplace

    2022-07-20T23:00:00Z

    AI is already in the workplace – but perhaps not obviously so. Already, there are lots of AI tools out there that support businesses with improving data processing and consistency by reducing human error. AI does this by taking over repetitive tasks and analysing data to isolate trends and ...

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    Premium service is vital to success of hotel market

    2022-07-13T23:00:00Z

    Dalata’s recently reported pandemic bounceback, with “a faster-than-anticipated recovery in hotel markets over the past four months”, makes for positive reading after the challenges of the past few years (‘Dalata bounces back from pandemic as hotel revenue rises’). As confidence returns, I think we are going to see quite a ...