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  • Business people
    News

    Young professionals seek climate-conscious careers

    2021-11-26T00:00:00Z

    Editor: My generation has grown up listening to leaders talk about the climate crisis. But we are still on track for disastrous levels of global heating far in excess of the limits in the Paris climate agreement.

  • Care home
    News

    Great news for the care home sector

    2021-11-26T00:00:00Z

    Editor: I was pleased to read that Fortwell Capital has lent more than £450m to purpose-built care home and retirement living developers, creating more than £850m of value within the senior living sector. 

  • Social housing
    Insight

    Community Land Trusts key to solving housing crisis

    2021-11-18T00:00:00Z

    Editor: The rebrand of the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities suggests its secretary of state Michael Gove is keen to progress at pace. But at such an economically fragile and critical time, and following a Budget that was positive for affordable housing, it’s important that the sector also ...

  • Retail
    Insight

    Convert retail assets to flex space

    2021-11-18T00:00:00Z

    Editor: News that banks are refusing to lend on portfolios that are heavily weighted towards retail is indicative of the continued evolution of the high street. In 2020 alone, year-on-year retail footfall dropped by more than 40%.

  • Investment
    Insight

    The Budget was full of recycled housing commitments

    2021-11-12T00:00:00Z

    Editor: The industry had been drip-fed news of measures over the couple of weeks before the Budget and had eagerly awaited details of these changes. While it’s encouraging to see the government’s pre-pandemic commitments back on the agenda, many of these have simply been recycled.

  • Office workers relax over coffee
    Insight

    Landlords should act like partners

    2021-11-12T00:00:00Z

    Editor: Bronny Wilson of Equiem wrote recently in this magazine that landlords should think about how offices can support staff, not tenants.

  • Michael Gove
    Insight

    Michael Gove’s housing policy shift is long overdue

    2021-11-05T00:00:00Z

    Editor: Michael Gove’s plans to shift the focus of housing policy away from the South East to the north of England are welcome.

  • Train platform
    Insight

    Let’s rethink how stations function

    2021-11-05T00:00:00Z

    Editor: Clare Flitton of Landsec recently discussed a “pandemic-driven office revolution”. This isn’t the only asset class that could benefit from fresh thinking.

  • Diversity
    Insight

    Firms should be embarrassed by lack of diversity

    2021-10-29T00:00:00Z

    Editor: Your recent front-page article – ‘Please mind the ethnicity pay gap’ – was excellent, but I feel it only skims over the surface of what should be an issue that firms are embarrassed about.

  • City skyline climate change
    Insight

    Whole-life carbon needs regulation

    2021-10-29T00:00:00Z

    Editor: I read with interest and some frustration your articles last week on the complete absence of discussion on embodied carbon in the government’s new Heat & Buildings Strategy, and just a fleeting mention in its Net Zero Strategy.

  • Coronavirus closed shops
    Insight

    Why landlords and tenants should help each other

    2021-10-22T00:00:00Z

    Editor: It is easy to criticise landlords for not showing empathy to tenants through the pandemic – while some could not, some could.

  • Closed sign coronavirus
    Insight

    Better collaboration is the way forward

    2021-10-22T00:00:00Z

    Editor: The arrival of the Commercial Tenants Association (CTA) ‘banging on the doors’ of landlords it deems bad is welcome in that it reinforces the need for the often adversarial landlord and tenant approach to change.

  • Construction site
    Insight

    Spec schemes: small can be beautiful

    2021-10-15T00:00:00Z

    Editor: When it comes to speculative development, most attention focuses on the big shed developments, but that’s by no means the whole story. Smaller-scale speculative development is on the rise, particularly when it comes to industrial space, and there are a number of good reasons for this.

  • Debt - loan
    Insight

    Dynamic UK alternative debt market is growing

    2021-10-15T00:00:00Z

    Editor: In the article ‘Debt funding for property deals fell 15% year on year in 2020’, AEW appears to include alternative lenders in its data, given its conclusion: “We don’t expect the current cycle of cost-driven inflation to be long-lasting…allowing banks and other non-bank lenders to start lending less conservatively.”

  • Housebuilding
    Insight

    Planning reform crucial to solving housing crisis

    2021-10-08T00:00:00Z

    Editor: Last month, the newly rebranded Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) published the latest figures for housing completions, verifying what we already know – that the UK continues to build far fewer homes than it needs and we are still failing to tackle the housing crisis.

  • Mayfield Manchester
    Insight

    BTR will play key role in Manchester

    2021-10-08T00:00:00Z

    Editor: Manchester was recently named by Time Out as the third best city in the world, putting itself on the map alongside San Francisco and Amsterdam.

  • Housebuilders
    Insight

    Why housebuilders and LAs should partner up

    2021-10-01T00:00:00Z

    Editor: Kate Parker’s recent article considered why local authorities (LAs) were struggling with social and affordable housing targets, a topic that ought to be at the top of Michael Gove’s in-tray.

  • Office workers
    Insight

    Property firms must move with the ESG tide

    2021-10-01T00:00:00Z

    Editor: The news that the UK’s top property firms are in the midst of a recruitment frenzy should come as little surprise, as businesses across the sector benefit from the surge in optimism and uptick in activity in the wake of the pandemic. 

  • Housebuilding
    Insight

    Pause to reforms will lead to housebuilding hiatus

    2021-09-24T00:00:00Z

    Editor: Last week’s announcement of a pause to the biggest shake-up in the planning system in England for 70 years was unwelcome but not entirely unexpected.

  • Michael Gove
    Insight

    Business rates: a plea to Michael Gove

    2021-09-24T00:00:00Z

    Editor: When Michael Gove acknowledged his new position as secretary of state for levelling up, he vowed his “relentless focus will be on delivering for… undervalued communities across the UK” (‘Michael Gove appointed housing secretary’).