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  • Green buildings
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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.

  • Diversity
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    Property needs diverse new talent

    2020-07-15T14:25:00Z

    Editor: We are fully behind the chancellor in supporting young people into employment, and London’s real estate sector must seize the opportunity to recruit young people from all backgrounds.

  • farmiloe building
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    WeWork generation are our future

    2020-07-15T14:10:00Z

    Editor: We are hearing lots of doom and gloom about what will happen to the huge amount of vacant office space appearing across the capital .

  • Planning and dev
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    We must plug housing investment gap

    2020-07-09T09:03:00Z

    Editor: As lockdown eases, we are reminded that we need to get the economy going again.

  • Empty shop
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    Planning reform key to UK recovery

    2020-07-09T08:48:00Z

    Editor: The prime minister is clearly backing construction to dig us out of the economic hole created by Covid-19 ( ’Industry reacts to Boris Johnson’s Covid-19 recovery speech ’).

  • High street
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    Tenants’ code is too little, too late

    2020-07-01T09:51:00Z

    Editor: Unfortunately, the new Code of Practice for commercial property came too little too late for the June rent quarter day (‘ Government extends ban on tenant evictions and releases code of conduct ’.

  • Roger Wade
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    A chance to evolve, not Armageddon

    2020-07-01T09:42:00Z

    Editor: I read the article ‘ Wade warns of Armageddon ’, with interest and a little frustration.

  • Rent signs
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    Isn’t it time we focused on BTR for key workers?

    2020-06-26T00:00:00Z

    Editor: We have celebrated the brilliance of build to rent at the RESI Conference for a decade, but you have to stop to ask what has the sector done for key workers, who are on or below the median wage and unlikely to qualify for traditional social housing? 

  • Generic office
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    Demand for offices will not go away

    2020-06-26T00:00:00Z

    Editor: Considering the abruptness of organisations moving away from office-based work to observe Covid-19 social distancing restrictions, it is not surprising to read ‘The London office market braces itself for poor Q2 figures as take-up slumps by 88%’. .

  • Cladding
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    Cladding fund offers unequal solution

    2020-06-19T00:00:00Z

    Editor: The combustible cladding issue in the wake of the Grenfell disaster is set to run for years despite the launch of the government’s latest £1bn Building Safety Fund ( ‘Cladding fund may fall short of remediation needs, say critics’ ).

  • Office generic
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    Why we should put people at the centre of business

    2020-06-19T00:00:00Z

    Editor: Amanda Clack was correct last week  in pointing to the need for “strategic decision-making” when returning to our workplaces.

  • Finance generic
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    The lockdown period may usher in a leasing sea change

    2020-06-12T00:00:00Z

    Editor: It’s no surprise that the likes of The Restaurant Group (owners of Chiquito, Food Fuel and Frankie Benny’s) and other tenants in similar sectors have used company voluntary arrangements (CVAs) to seek to resolve any stalemate with their landlords over how much rent to pay ...

  • Climate change
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    The UK must step up on net-zero carbon

    2020-06-12T00:00:00Z

    Editor: I read with interest last week that less than half of real estate professionals feel equipped to address the climate crisis.

  • Canary Wharf skyline
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    There’s a key role for tech in post-Covid offices

    2020-06-05T00:00:00Z

    Editor: Your article ‘ Canary Wharf sets out back-to-work plan’  highlighted the often default view that as lockdown is relaxed, we will all return to offices just as before.

  • Construction
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    Time for MMC to come to the fore across the UK

    2020-06-05T00:00:00Z

    Editor: For some time, the UK government has been promoting greater adoption of modern methods of construction through both its housing and industrial strategy policies. So I was encouraged to read ‘Homes England launches years-long study to support MMC uptake’ as it looks to tap into MMC’s “enormous potential” ...