• Sainsbury’s-Asda merger

    Could Sainsbury’s-Asda deal be derailed by CMA?


    All eyes are back on the Sainsbury’s–Asda deal after the Competition and Markets Authority announced the start of its investigation.

  • Housebuilding

    Greater focus on affordable housing is needed


    A major review of current housing policies has been needed for several years, and the recent green paper opens up constructive channels of dialogue and feedback, which should benefit the housing market.

  • Fibre optic cables

    Cutting-edge broadband can be profitable for developers


    With fast and reliable broadband an essential utility for most people, it is deeply concerning that the installation of true full-fibre infrastructure in the UK is lagging far behind many other countries 

  • American Embassy

    Don’t get caught out – always check who signed the lease


    Emanuele Midolo’s feature on the new US embassy in Nine Elms contains an interesting comment from a US state department official, which indicates that the embassy was funded by property sales including that of the former US Navy HQ at 7 North Audley Street/20 Grosvenor Square. 

  • Telfords BTR scheme The Forge in Upton Park

    BTR still has lessons to learn from other sectors


    CBRE’s latest UK Residential Investment Report notes that “international developers [are] circling the market” with £32.7bn of institutional equity targeting the UK private rented sector over the next five years. This is yet more evidence that investment in the sector is booming.

  • Houses

    Is the government’s housing target unachievable?


    There are a few things that Jacob Rees-Mogg and Jeremy Corbyn agree on. One is that our planning system is not working, so it is disappointing that the new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) kicks the ‘too difficult’ can of meaningful reform further down the street. 

  • Green belt

    Ancient council plans preventing new affordable homes


    The balance between protecting green belt land and delivering government housing targets is one that has always divided opinion. Yet, the misunderstanding and simplification of the term ‘protected green belt land’ is arguably the source of this contention.

  • Princes Quay, Hull

    Turnover lease model is vital for outlet retail success


    At a time when shoppers demand anything at any given time, subsectors such as outlet retail can be resilient but cannot risk being complacent. At Realm, a clear focus on the shopper experience, as well as being collaborative and agile in our retailer relations, is the foundation of the innovative ...

  • Dark clouds over houses

    Landlords face another kicking in government plans


    I refer to the recent comment piece by Alastair Stewart and in particular to the government proposal to introduce three-year minimum leases. Once again the government is bowing to the voices of those who shout loudest while ignoring the silent majority who have bailed them out of the housing crisis ...

  • Proptech image survey

    Millennials and proptech


    Digesting Property Week ’s Power of Proptech survey out last month it appears that the property industry as a whole is starting to embrace prop tech with 61% of respondents commenting that tech will have a positive effect on revenue in 2018 up 13% from 2017.