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  • Flats
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    Axing ground rents is a bad idea

    2021-01-07T00:00:00Z

    The UK’s largest developers, including Barratt, have started offering flats with peppercorn ground rents and 999-year lease terms – a move directly linked to a Help to Buy change that means flats sold under the scheme cannot be subject to a ground rent.

  • Home worker
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    Proptech is about to come of age

    2021-01-07T00:00:00Z

    We are almost a year into the global pandemic and offices are largely sat idle and empty. With lockdown now a reality until spring, the question on many industry leaders’ lips is: what does the future hold for commercial offices?

  • CS British Land
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    Offices look to a post-covid future

    2020-12-18T00:00:00Z

    With the deployment of a vaccine sparking hope for a revival of the office sector, British Land and Property Week assembled a panel of top industry figures for a virtual debate about prospects for the sector in 2021, the chances of a widespread return to work and how workplaces ...

  • PW Review of the year opener
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    Review of the year 2020: The year the world stopped

    2020-12-18T00:00:00Z

    Everything ground to a halt in 2020. Decimated by Covid-19, many in retail and hospitality went under. But the arrival of vaccines and a boom in logistics gave cause for hope.

  • Finance chart Covid-19
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    Pandemic? What pandemic?

    2020-12-17T00:00:00Z

    “Tis the season to be jolly careful,” the once ebullient Boris Johnson cautioned the nation, confirming the second lockdown would end in tiers.

  • Yardi think tank tech
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    Tech reshapes student living

    2020-12-17T00:00:00Z

    Last month, Property Week and Yardi hosted a digital think tank to discuss how big a role technology can play in the student accommodation market and the trends that have been accelerated during the pandemic.

  • Podcast
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    The year of creative destruction

    2020-12-17T00:00:00Z

    My recording studio locked down in March, so the Propertyshe podcast series continued digitally.

  • climate
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    Learning from the Covid crisis

    2020-12-17T00:00:00Z

    It would be premature to say that we know the full repercussions of 2020 – they may not be completely visible for decades – but the way we use property and the city has certainly changed this year.

  • Aldgate
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    Covid crunch is coming for offices

    2020-12-17T00:00:00Z

    On Tuesday, the City of London Corporation gave permission for a 12-storey groundscraper set on the frayed eastern rim of the City. The 304,000 sq ft brise soleil-wrapped block (pictured) would look fine on sunny Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai. On dull old Aldgate? Gaspingly out of place.

  • Christchurch after eartquake
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    Crisis calls for long-term thinking

    2020-12-17T00:00:00Z

    The second national lockdown threw society into further disarray and the rumour mill continues to reverberate. For the built environment, opinions have never been more polarised on how the future landscape might look.

  • Workspace
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    Time to join up the dots for flexspace

    2020-12-16T11:46:00Z

    Editor: Flexible workspaces aren’t just offices, they’re hospitality hubs, too. Jonathan Goldstein’s ‘Room Service’ comment  on the trials and tribulations of hotel brand loyalty opens up a debate as to what this might mean for the flexible workspace industry.

  • Proptech
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    Tech will be key to success for BTR

    2020-12-16T11:30:00Z

    Editor: The pandemic has put BTR in the spotlight and reaffirmed the appeal of renting as a lifestyle choice. In an ever-more saturated rental market, technology will be the crucial point of difference.

  • cs freeths Dec 20
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    VR and AR tech is a real game changer

    2020-12-11T00:00:00Z

    Last month, Property Week and Freeths assembled an expert panel for a digital think tank on augmented reality (AR) versus virtual reality (VR), and how the property industry can harness these technologies.

  • Students
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    The PBSA sector has proved resilient

    2020-12-10T00:00:00Z

    The purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) sector has faced a unique set of challenges over the last few months. Remaining fully operational through the pandemic and meeting the needs of students, while also dealing with intense public scrutiny, has been challenging.

  • Debenhams Oxford Street
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    Department stores are not dead

    2020-12-10T00:00:00Z

    The chancellor’s ban on local authorities using Public Works Loan Board (PWLB) loans to buy commercial property investments was widely publicised after his spending review last month. What received less coverage was that the Treasury has also cut the cost for councils borrowing from the PWLB.

  • MODA GCS BIRDSEYE FINAL
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    Clock is ticking on sustainability

    2020-12-10T00:00:00Z

    It is no secret that the built environment is responsible for 40% of the world’s total energy and process-related emissions, and the clock is ticking on achieving net-zero carbon by 2050. 

  • Modern Workspace
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    Time to radically reimagine cities

    2020-12-10T00:00:00Z

    With the UK economy reeling from the effects of Covid-19 and facing the uncertainty of a formal departure from the EU, the government has been clear there will be no return to austerity.

  • Guy Harrington Glenhawk
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    View from the top: Guy Harrington, chief executive of Glenhawk

    2020-12-10T00:00:00Z

    The chief executive of challenger lender Glenhawk talks to Property Week about the launch of its new bridging product and its broader plans to diversify its product range and become a larger non-bank lender.

  • Elderly couple shopping
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    The elderly are central to towns

    2020-12-10T00:00:00Z

    Does housing for older people “undermine the vitality and viability” of a town centre? That was one of Elmbridge Borough Council’s reasons for refusing permission for a housing-with-care scheme in Walton-on-Thames in October.

  • RESI Awards Charlie Stayt
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    Celebrating the housing heroes

    2020-12-10T00:00:00Z

    The stars of the residential sector shone at the virtual 2020 RESI Awards last week where they were celebrated for their sparkling achievements, innovation and sheer resilience.