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  • High street
    Insight

    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
    Insight

    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
    Insight

    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
    Insight

    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
    Insight

    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
    Insight

    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
    Insight

    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
    Insight

    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
    Insight

    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
    Insight

    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” ...

  • Housing
    Insight

    Help for reopened housing market is long overdue

    2020-05-28T00:00:00Z

    Editor: In reopening the housing market the government has introduced a number of new measures that will support development that arguably should have been in place anyway.

  • Workspace generic
    Insight

    Put employees first in the return to work

    2020-05-28T00:00:00Z

    Editor: Savills’ Richard Rees is right to emphasise that planning properly for the return to work is crucial, with health and wellbeing a top priority.

  • Comptoir Libanais restaurant, Soho
    Insight

    Time to serve up new restaurant leasing models

    2020-05-21T00:00:00Z

    Editor: While it is an uncertain time for restaurant operators to think of acquisitions, this climate might prove a new dawn for trialling new approaches to leasing.

  • Robot arm
    Insight

    Covid-19 will speed up rise of robots

    2020-05-21T00:00:00Z

    Editor: In response to SEGRO CEO Andy Gulliford’s comment on the warehouse sector’s response to Covid-19 , it will quickly become evident that the pandemic will propel the use of so-called ‘Industry 4.0’ philosophies across factory floors.

  • Disinfectant
    Insight

    Flexible workspace has a key role to play

    2020-05-14T00:00:00Z

    Editor: After weeks of government advice to stay at home and protect lives by working remotely, many workers are understandably apprehensive about a return to the office.

  • Generic office
    Insight

    Tech is crucial for better office health

    2020-05-14T00:00:00Z

    Editor: Your article ‘Eight million office workers unable to return to offices’ suggested how workplaces may need to adapt in the immediate term when we exit from lockdown.

  • Workplace drinking
    Insight

    Who will pick up the bill in the restaurants sector?

    2020-05-06T00:00:00Z

    Editor: What lies ahead for the mainstream restaurant sector? The bottom line is that lower occupancy will be the new norm until the perceived risk subsides.

  • Slate Yard Salford
    Insight

    The demand for agile living is set to grow

    2020-05-06T00:00:00Z

    Editor: As the nation continues to live under lockdown and many of us get used to working from home, residents of apartments with poor facilities are finding out the hard way how vital it is to live in a property where you can work, live and play.

  • Closed shops Sheffield
    Insight

    Rates revaluation threatens recovery

    2020-04-30T00:00:00Z

    Editor: For new rating lists to start next April, at a time when large scale physical changes may still be taking place, or at least bedding-in, just doesn’t make economic sense.

  • Coronavirus closed shops
    Insight

    Sale-and-leaseback of limited value

    2020-04-30T00:00:00Z

    Editor: Sale-and-leasebacks are sometimes a good idea, but it depends on who the retailer is . The upside is that it’s a very quick way to raise capital and retailers are meant to be operational businesses rather than property companies, so it’s quite normal to operate from a leasehold estate. ...