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    Making offices fun is a game-changer

    2024-05-16T00:00:00Z

    Editor: Congrats to Guy Windsor-Lewis for highlighting how Covid lockdowns changed the mindset of office workers.

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    It’s time for decisive action from the Bank of England

    2024-05-16T00:00:00Z

    Editor: With each passing month, the Bank of England’s inflexible interest rate policy is becoming a more bitter, and less effective, pill to swallow.

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    ‘Oven-ready’ London offices can still attract occupiers

    2024-05-01T09:28:00Z

    Until now, headlines reporting on the state of the central London office market have been uncertain at best. It is refreshing to see that numbers are finally revealing the activity that has been going on behind the scenes, with Cushman & Wakefield recently reporting that the City had a record ...

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    Rental supply is key to housing crisis

    2024-05-01T09:15:00Z

    Hamptons’ recent report showing average residential rent rises ‘nearly halved’ since last summer will come as a relief to renters across the country, especially in London, where the slowdown has been particularly pronounced.

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    Students are part of the magic mix

    2024-04-25T00:00:00Z

    Editor: Your recent ‘Solving the student housing shortfall’ roundtable raised some interesting points, with Greystar’s Michela Hancock saying “mixed tenure should be encouraged”.

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    Why the flex office sector no longer needs WeWork

    2024-04-25T00:00:00Z

    Editor: Adam Neumann has made headlines in recent weeks for his $500m bid to buy back WeWork.

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    Forsters’ partner Du Croz on the slow path to planning reform

    2024-04-18T08:30:00Z

    Government has hiked fees and proposed local authorities return money when they underperform.

  • Help to buy scheme
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    Help to Buy was no housing solution

    2024-04-04T00:00:00Z

    Editor: Vernon Pethard advocates resurrecting the Help to Buy Scheme to assist young people and families on to the housing ladder (p25, 15.03.24). I profoundly disagree that this would be a sensible solution to the housing crisis.

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    Tax breaks for retrofit projects are long overdue

    2024-04-04T00:00:00Z

    Editor: Owners of heritage buildings have long been calling for greater support to help them bring their assets up to speed with sustainability targets, so it is reassuring to see the City of London Corporation releasing a retrofit toolkit.

  • Jeremy Hunt
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    Is scrapping FHL yet another an attack on landlords?

    2024-03-13T17:30:00Z

    The biggest headline-grabbing announcement from the Spring Budget as far as the property sector is concerned is the scrapping of the Furnished Holiday Lettings (FHL) regime. FHL provides those who hire out furnished properties as holiday lets with various tax advantages.

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    Why Help to Buy must be resurrected

    2024-03-13T17:29:00Z

    While the chancellor delivered several welcome tax cuts in the Spring Budget, there was a disappointing absence of support pledged for prospective homebuyers.

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    Construction industry can own digital transformation

    2024-03-07T00:00:00Z

    Editor: Contrary to popular belief, a recent report has shown that the UK construction industry has been among the best at digital adoption. However, this has started to grind to a halt as a quarter (28%) of businesses in the sector believe digital transformation is easy for them to achieve.

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    Attitudes to safety must change now

    2024-03-07T00:00:00Z

    Editor: If the property sector handled disasters like Grenfell as seriously as the airline industry takes its disasters, we would not have witnessed the horrific fatal fire in Valencia last month. 

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    Inflexible offices simply won’t cut it

    2024-02-29T00:00:00Z

    Editor: In Nottingham and across the Midlands, we have seen some huge companies downsize and move into serviced office accommodation. They are doing so largely to cut costs, but the trend is also a reflection of a much-changed working environment in which employees prize greater flexibility.

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    How ‘hotelification’ breathes new life into high streets

    2024-02-29T00:00:00Z

    Editor: As hospitality specialist architects and interior designers, we found last week’s edition of Property Week extremely relevant. Studio Moren is the team developing the Great Tower Street property in the City of London for Dominus.

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    Retail sector concerns are overblown

    2024-01-25T00:00:00Z

    Editor: The 3.9% drop revealed in the latest Office for National Statistics retail sales volume report for non-food stores sparked panic in the headlines. Commentators and analysts rushed to outline the chaos on the high streets, with doom-mongering soundbites and accelerated calls for Bank of England rate cuts.

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    Will the Budget bring clarity on stamp duty reliefs?

    2024-01-25T00:00:00Z

    Editor: Speculation is already rife about the possibility of tax cuts in the Spring Budget. So far, income tax and inheritance tax have been the focus, but from a property perspective, possible reductions in the headline stamp duty land tax (SDLT) rates remain a popular theme.

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    Asset managers need the right tools to maintain quality offices

    2024-01-08T10:51:00Z

    I agree with the trepidation expressed in Property Week’s recent article ‘Storm clouds are gathering over the office market’. 

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    Net zero progress is moving far too slowly

    2023-12-18T16:18:00Z

    I found the recent UKGBC and RICS reports, released on Built Environment Day at COP28, to be apt testaments to the current state and sentiment for net zero in the industry.

  • Retirement
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    Don’t forget affordable later living

    2023-12-18T13:42:00Z

    Increased investment in affordable homes has made for welcome reading recently, including Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC) launching its first affordable housing investment to back London Square Group and Square Roots.