Helen Thomas's articles

  • Markets

    Power of the people

    International Supplement 1 October 2004

    Suzhou, with its seven million inhabitants and 100 sq mile industrial park, is one of hundreds of secondary cities powering the Chinese economy.

  • Quintessentially British: Thames Town will have a village green
    Markets

    Forever Chingland

    International Supplement 1 October 2004

    The rural, English-themed Thames Town in the Shanghai suburbs is a world away from its crammed, bustling downtown.

  • Huge high-rises are being built at record speed, creating vast blocks of office space
    Markets

    Capital intensive

    International Supplement 1 October 2004

    In the rush to build before the government’s Olympic deadline, huge schemes are going up all over Beijing. But many doubt their viability.

  • Old and new, side by side
    Markets

    Red alert

    International Supplement 1 October 2004

    The Chinese government is taking action to stop the Chinese economy from overheating. Helen Thomas reports from Beijing

  • Markets

    Uphill struggle

    16 July 2004

    After a site assembly process that included moving an entire cemetery, developer North West Estates is set to start on a redevelopment that promises to revive Manchester’s Cheetham Hill.

  • Markets

    The money programme

    16 July 2004

    The Northwest Development Agency is under fire for overspending and causing uncertainty over funding for key projects. But as Helen Thomas reports, it claims it’s all part of the plan

  • Markets

    Cultural resolution

    16 July 2004

    One year on from Liverpool’s selection as 2008 European Capital of Culture, the celebrations are over and developers are working on schemes that will be ready in time for the deadline.

  • Insight

    The breeding ground

    2 July 2004

    Some of today's biggest and brightest names in property started out at Michael Laurie & Partners. Helen Thomas turns the clock back 20 years and finds out what made the practice tick

  • Markets

    Bridge over troubled quarters

    18 June 2004

    The view from Brentford's flyover is one of dereliction in the heart of west London, but Isis's waterside development could signal a mixed-use future for the area.

  • Markets

    Up in smoke

    4 June 2004

    The demise of Stoke's famous potteries pushed the city into decline. Can a multi-agency approach to regeneration relight its fire?