All Insight articles

  • Cambridge
    Insight

    Oxford-Cambridge Arc requires joined-up thinking

    2019-12-12T15:45:00Z

    Editor: David Jackson is right to call for a strategic framework for the Oxford-Cambridge Arc. It’s important that political parties recognise more needs to be done – and soon.

  • Coworking
    Insight

    Winners and losers in flex space race

    2019-12-12T15:08:00Z

    Editor: Adam Branson’s article shone a light on the recent trials and tribulations of some flexible workspace operators, including The Clubhouse, which I founded in 2012. While it is right to question the long-term viability of any rapidly expanding sector, Rome wasn’t built in a day.

  • Generic biz rates
    Online

    Why we should welcome business rates review: seeing the opportunity in voids

    2019-12-12T13:02:00Z

    Packed with predictable ‘get Brexit done’ messaging and steadfast in its endeavour to not rock the boat, it’s no real surprise that the Conservative manifesto has been widely criticised as bland. 

  • Rushmoor
    Insight

    PWLB rate rise risk to regeneration

    2019-12-12T00:00:00Z

    Over the last few weeks, we’ve heard a lot of bluster about housing targets and new homes revolutions, but simmering in the background is a policy change that threatens to derail the very regeneration and housing projects the politicians are trying to kickstart.

  • Arcelor-Mittal Orbit
    Insight

    Getting the culture right is an art

    2019-12-12T00:00:00Z

    We have all seen cases where an attempt to include culture in a real estate development doesn’t feel right: where a project’s cultural offering looks copied from somewhere else, where it seems to be the result of a box-ticking exercise or where it appears insincere and disingenuous.

  • Ali Abbas
    Insight

    Interview with Art-Invest Real Estate’s Ali Abbas

    2019-12-12T00:00:00Z

    Art-Invest entered the UK market at a time of Brexit-related political chaos. Emanuele Midolo asks managing partner Ali Abbas why – and what’s next.

  • Student accommodation
    Online

    The prospects for student accommodation in 2020

    2019-12-10T13:39:00Z

    Last year, to coincide with Property Week ’s Student Accommodation Conference, we challenged developers and investors to question the status quo by looking to extend the lifecycle of their beds-for-rent portfolios – a theme that was picked up in the Future Living Report published by Investec earlier this year.

  • Auction sign
    Online

    Investors on parade: why more and more shops are going under the hammer

    2019-12-09T11:13:00Z

    On the face of it, parades of local shops in secondary locations might not seem attractive investments but they are becoming increasingly popular with buyers in the auction room.

  • Co-working space
    Insight

    Mixed-use goes to the next level

    2019-12-06T00:00:00Z

    How we work and how we live are evolving at a faster pace than ever before. In major cities across the world – including London, New York, Singapore and Hong Kong – flexible working, innovative office spaces, top-class amenities and competitive socialising between residents are creating more effective and diverse ...

  • Keys
    Insight

    Social sustainability is the future

    2019-12-06T00:00:00Z

    Last week, I mentioned to my 14-year-old daughter that I was writing this column.

  • Nigel Robin
    Insight

    Interview with Urban & Civic’s Nigel Hugill and Robin Butler

    2019-12-06T00:00:00Z

    To mark Urban Civic’s 10th anniversary, Nigel Hugill and Robin Butler show Liz Hamson around their crowning glories in Alconbury and Rugby

  • Business team against skyline
    Insight

    Property’s key values for 2020s

    2019-12-06T00:00:00Z

    The blend of how we live, work and spend our leisure time continues to change at pace and as we move towards a new decade, this will only accelerate.

  • General Election index
    Insight

    MPs and their financial links to the property industry

    2019-12-05T00:00:00Z

    With the general election less than a week away, Property Week reveals the MPs with the biggest financial links to the industry.

  • Diversity
    Insight

    Why we’re all Sneetches at heart

    2019-12-05T00:00:00Z

    The Sneetches by Dr Seuss is a parody of prejudice and diversity – both current property sector preoccupations.

  • Agency survey
    Insight

    UK agencies thrive despite uncertain climate

    2019-12-05T00:00:00Z

    Over the past 12 months, the UK agency sector has remained resilient despite the uncertainty caused by Brexit.

  • Investing Money
    Insight

    P2P could be in for a bumpy ride

    2019-12-05T00:00:00Z

    With historically low interest rates, a decreased appetite by high street lenders to lend to SMEs following the financial crisis and an opportunity to use technology to gain an advantage over traditional processes, the rise of peer-to-peer (P2P) platforms has not been surprising.

  • Selfridges
    Insight

    Workspace market goes mainstream

    2019-12-04T11:35:00Z

    Editor: The news that Selfridges has signed a management deal with workspace provider Fora is evidence of the growing and evolving appetite for flexible working .

  • Coworking
    Insight

    Small flex space firms drive sector

    2019-12-04T11:32:00Z

    Editor: Despite wobbles in the market, the flexible workspace ‘Goliaths’ armed with buckets of cash and asset-backed finance continue to take up swathes of commercial space .

  • High street
    Online

    Flexible planning is key to helping high streets

    2019-12-02T12:26:00Z

    With traditional retail under pressure from many quarters, much consideration is being given to how our high streets can remain healthy and relevant.

  • Planning and dev
    Online

    What is the structures and buildings allowance and how is it applied?

    2019-12-02T12:20:00Z

    The government first introduced the structures and buildings allowance (SBA), a tax allowance for commercial property designed to stimulate investment on structures and buildings, in October 2018.