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  • Green buildings
    Insight

    How we can help to hit carbon target

    2020-01-23T00:00:00Z

    Editor: It is great to see that Property Week  and the UKGBC are launching the Climate Crisis Challenge .

  • Empty high street shops
    Insight

    Convenience still counts for investors in retail

    2020-01-22T14:36:00Z

    Editor: January brings its usual gloomy round of retail health warnings, with even food retailers reporting downward sales and the market bellwether of John Lewis deciding whether or not to pay its partners their annual bonus, but there are pockets of retail resilience .

  • Investment
    Insight

    More stable political climate will boost investment

    2020-01-15T14:26:00Z

    Editor: Last year was challenging for many in UK real estate. This was not due to investors losing interest in our market, but largely because it was difficult to move forward without certainty on Brexit.

  • Co-living generic
    Insight

    Hotels can learn from co-living sector

    2020-01-15T13:52:00Z

    Editor: With Savills predicting an increase in UK hotel market activity this year , perceived stability in the market and the continued growth of the international tourist and staycation market, hotels are not alone in recognising the opportunities current market conditions offer.

  • Nicola Sturgeon
    Insight

    A second Scottish referendum remains unlikely

    2020-01-09T15:19:00Z

    Editor: Your post-election commentary highlights a “resurgent SNP” and pressure on Westminster to deliver another independence referendum . The quote from Alex Price refers to the results “creating uncertainty in this region” – arguably true, but it’s worth examining if any uncertainty is justified.

  • Investment
    Insight

    Housing requires diverse investment

    2020-01-08T13:55:00Z

    Editor: In his recent article, Greg Hill highlighted the risk that a rise in the Public Loans Work Board rate poses to regeneration and housing schemes supported by local authorities .

  • Offices
    Insight

    Flexible office sector will continue to thrive in 2020

    2019-12-17T16:51:00Z

    Editor: The flexible office market has enjoyed rapid growth over the past five years and had an interesting ride in 2019.

  • Coworking
    Insight

    Modular is just part of the solution

    2019-12-17T16:31:00Z

    Editor: I’ve long advocated the role of modular construction in addressing Britain’s housing crisis. So it has been heartening to see a groundswell of support from all corners for modular, including most recently from our government. As recently argued in Property Week, it does indeed look like we are on ...

  • Cambridge
    Insight

    Oxford-Cambridge Arc requires joined-up thinking

    2019-12-12T15:45:00Z

    Editor: David Jackson is right to call for a strategic framework for the Oxford-Cambridge Arc. It’s important that political parties recognise more needs to be done – and soon.

  • Coworking
    Insight

    Winners and losers in flex space race

    2019-12-12T15:08:00Z

    Editor: Adam Branson’s article shone a light on the recent trials and tribulations of some flexible workspace operators, including The Clubhouse, which I founded in 2012. While it is right to question the long-term viability of any rapidly expanding sector, Rome wasn’t built in a day.

  • Selfridges
    Insight

    Workspace market goes mainstream

    2019-12-04T11:35:00Z

    Editor: The news that Selfridges has signed a management deal with workspace provider Fora is evidence of the growing and evolving appetite for flexible working .

  • Coworking
    Insight

    Small flex space firms drive sector

    2019-12-04T11:32:00Z

    Editor: Despite wobbles in the market, the flexible workspace ‘Goliaths’ armed with buckets of cash and asset-backed finance continue to take up swathes of commercial space .

  • WeWork
    Insight

    WeWork changed the office market for the better

    2019-11-27T16:41:00Z

    Editor: The sad saga of WeWork is a shame .

  • Retail
    Insight

    Retail-to-resi PDR: devil is in detail

    2019-11-27T16:07:00Z

    Editor: I am writing in response to the Conservatives’ recent election pledge to relax shops-to-homes planning laws.

  • Serviced office space coworking
    Insight

    Big landlords can succeed in the flexible market

    2019-11-20T11:26:00Z

    Editor: In his recent interview with Property Week ,  IWG founder Mark Dixon argued that large landlords should not set up their own flexible workspace operations but should instead partner with established flexible workspace providers .

  • Johnny Ronan
    Insight

    Not all tall buildings are created equal

    2019-11-20T11:05:00Z

    Editor: I was pleased to hear a rallying cry from Johnny Ronan for tall buildings and the need to build cities higher , especially with the current emphasis on low-rise successes such as the RIBA Stirling Prize-winning Goldsmith Street scheme in Norwich.

  • Proptech
    Online

    Regtech can help mitigate risk in the property sector

    2019-11-19T13:23:00Z

    Editor: In September, Purplebricks warned shareholders that it was in discussion with HMRC over its anti-money laundering procedures and that there could be a potential cost.

  • Glasgow
    Insight

    Q-Park sale-and-leaseback strategy will pay off

    2019-11-14T13:43:00Z

    Editor:  It has been reported that parking operator Q-Park has completed 14 sale-and-leasebacks across the UK since March this year . Investors are more interested in the market than ever before – but why?

  • WeWork
    Insight

    Flexible office model is here to stay

    2019-11-14T12:50:00Z

    Editor: The further we dig into the sorry story of WeWork, the clearer it becomes that the factors that led to its incredible expansion worldwide are the same factors that have fuelled its demise .

  • Esther McVey
    Insight

    McVey’s vision for modular housing is spot on

    2019-11-06T10:31:00Z

    Editor: The news that housing minister Esther McVey has called for the UK to become a ‘centre of excellence’ for modular housing, with the north of England as the ‘construction hub’, couldn’t come soon enough .