Finance comment

  • Generic finance graph fall

    Housebuilders look to investors


    One of London’s popular locations for housebuilding saw a startlingly low number of private sale construction starts in the first quarter of 2019. In Zone 2 just outside central London, only 77 new homes got under way, according to research by Molior London. That’s 97% lower than the 2015 peak ...

  • Twentytwo Bishopsgate and City skyline sunset

    The lioness and her pussycat


    PLP’s lead architect on 22 Bishopgate, Karen Cook, is a fierce defender of her craft, according to Sir Stuart Lipton, creator of the 1.4m sq ft City tower, which has just topped out at 945ft. “She is a lion; a brilliant architect,” he says. “But every lion needs a lion ...

  • Proptech

    Modernising investment agency


    Embracing modern investment marketing methods and technological change has not been easy for the real estate industry.

  • Empty shop

    Is the rent being paid on some units relevant to rateable value?


    A shopping centre is anchored by a department store. The department store closes; no other retailer is willing to take over. Alongside the anchor store, a row of shops is now economically obsolete, but they do not empty overnight; the leases have not expired. There is no demand for any ...

  • Brexit

    Investment risk is growing in UK


    Others’ problems should never be a source of comfort but they can provide perspective when required.

  • Climate change

    Social impact is new bottom line


    Impact investing is a further evolution of the integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into investment strategies alongside an overriding desire to ‘do good’ by delivering a social and total return

  • Financial Investment

    Multi-let assets win on flexibility


    Which is a better investment? A single-let or a multi-let asset?

  • Construction

    Development as a force for good


    At Newcore, we are out twisting the arms of the wealthy and generous of Oxford and the South East to raise £3m of extra funds to regenerate a church, crèche, café, drugs outreach and community centre in one of the poorest parts of Oxford.

  • Warehouse

    UK offers higher returns


    For almost a decade now, the UK logistics sector has been undergoing a fundamental, structural change, driven by the insatiable appetite of the UK consumer for goods to be delivered to a place of their choosing.

  • Social media generic

    Social commerce is a logistical challenge


    The European industrial and logistics sector remains in rude health, with take-up and investment volumes robust following what was a record 2017.