All Insight articles

  • Impact investing
    Insight

    Impact investing: let’s get to work

    2020-02-27T00:00:00Z

    It is safe to say that social impact was not a priority for the financial industry when I established Patron Capital with my partners 20 years ago. 

  • Oxford Street, London
    Insight

    How to curate great destinations

    2020-02-27T00:00:00Z

    The global retail sector has experienced an unprecedented level of change in recent years and the effects can be seen across UK high streets. According to a recent report by PwC, a record net 1,234 stores disappeared from Britain’s top 500 high streets in the first half of 2019 alone. ...

  • Barts Square
    Insight

    Happy Helical celebrates the City

    2020-02-27T00:00:00Z

    As we await publication of yet another government review of the planning system, the world of property, architecture and construction can only marvel at the profound belief of politicians that by changing things, they really make a difference.

  • Electric cars charging
    Insight

    Infrastructure plan is needed to drive EV take-up

    2020-02-26T14:08:00Z

    Editor: The government’s decision to bring forward the ban on the sale of petrol, diesel and hybrid cars to 2035 is clearly welcome and extremely important for the environment. But it is not particularly helpful, as the electric vehicle market is still in its infancy (PropertyWeek.com).

  • Geograph
    Insight

    Can we expect more ‘hobbit homes’?

    2020-02-26T12:45:00Z

    Editor: With changes to planning mooted in order to hit government housebuilding targets, the drive for quantity may have a negative effect on the quality of space in UK homes (‘ What does the election result mean for the planning system ?’).

  • Proptech
    Online

    A tipping point for proptech?

    2020-02-24T17:28:00Z

    Not a week goes by without a proptech survey, article or conference opining on the opportunities and challenges that technology presents to property investors, developers and occupiers. Picking out the critical issues from the maelstrom of information that is out there can be challenging, but there are a few consistent ...

  • Westfield croydon development night scene
    Insight

    You have to feel for LSH staff

    2020-02-21T00:00:00Z

    Feel for Lambert Smith Hampton staff. By the time you read this, one of two things will have happened: either LSH will have been acquired by reclusive Dane John Bengt Moeller; or the 950 staff will still be in the unwanted hands of estate agency group Countrywide, which has been ...

  • The Climate Crisis Challenge
    Insight

    The PW/UKGBC Climate Crisis Perceptions Survey

    2020-02-21T00:00:00Z

    What does the property industry really think about the climate crisis? Take part in our survey now and help the industry #BeTheSolution

  • Planning and dev
    News

    ESG can’t be box-ticking exercise

    2020-02-21T00:00:00Z

    This year, the World Economic Forum placed the climate emergency firmly at the top of the agenda for governments and corporates across the globe. 

  • Nottingham Science Park - public realm and lilypad walkway
    News

    Social impact: The requirements of B Corporation certification

    2020-02-21T00:00:00Z

    As more companies work towards B Corporation certification, Adam Branson looks at the requirements and benefits of the programme that aims to balance profit and purpose

  • Warehouse tech
    Markets

    The changing face of I&L

    2020-02-20T00:00:00Z

    The industrial sector has transformed itself over the past five years, and the most important driver is the change in consumer behaviour and consequent growth in online commerce. The old model of delivering goods is simply not fit for purpose anymore – and 10 years from now, the new model ...

  • Solar panels
    Markets

    The changes that will define the decade

    2020-02-20T00:00:00Z

    The 2010s saw unprecedented change within our market as the level of online retail grew and the amount of warehouse space required grew with it. 

  • London proptech concept
    Insight

    Tech could be property’s Airbnb

    2020-02-20T00:00:00Z

    It’s no secret that flexible working spaces have transformed the office real estate sector.

  • Prefab modular construction
    Insight

    Airspace development: involve stakeholders early

    2020-02-19T11:41:00Z

    Editor: The prospect of creating new homes in the ‘air rights’ on top of existing buildings offers the opportunity to significantly increase the number of homes being built, which could help ease the housing crisis in London .

  • Proptech
    Insight

    Tech is key to solving housing crisis

    2020-02-19T11:31:00Z

    Editor:  Ritam Gandhi’s recent article was a timely reminder that tech is indeed crucial to solving the UK’s housing crisis .

  • Shed
    Markets

    The sustainability revolution

    2020-02-19T00:00:00Z

    Few sectors have changed as much over the past decade as industrial and logistics. The previously subordinate asset class now tops the target list of investors globally. But as online retail continues to grow, the reshaping of the sector is just beginning; the logistics property market of 2030 will look ...

  • Smartphone
    Markets

    No longer the industry’s ugly duckling

    2020-02-19T00:00:00Z

    In recent years, the industrial and logistics sector has been a standout performer of the commercial property market.

  • Manchester
    Markets

    An exciting decade awaits

    2020-02-19T00:00:00Z

    To think about the future of the UK’s industrial and logistics market against a backdrop of several changes that are taking place in the market, there are two themes that stand out as having the potential to change the types of industrial buildings that will be occupied and sought out. ...

  • Proptech
    Insight

    Stay ahead of the medtech boom

    2020-02-19T00:00:00Z

    With a new Budget on the horizon, the government is focusing on delivering its target of increasing investment in R D to 2.4% of GDP by 2027. Life sciences will be critical, but the industry is changing rapidly and so too is its need for space.

  • Climate change
    Online

    Achieving Net Zero is going to hurt

    2020-02-18T15:55:00Z

    We are repeatedly being told that the property industry is responsible for a massive 40% of total UK carbon emissions.