Opinions from leading experts on the latest developments in commercial and residential property.

  • Flats

    There is a model of freehold that can work for tenants and owners alike


    This week, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government announced a consultation on a major reform of ground rents. In many respects it’s kicking at an open door.

  • High Street

    Place shaping is key to salvation of the high street

    2018-10-18T23:00:00+01:00By Paul Clement

    Stories about our high streets have been dominating the headlines of late, with a number of retailers and casual dining brands falling casualty to the ‘perfect storm’ of business rates, wage inflation and a change in consumer trends.

  • Francis Crick__Laboratory - HOK

    Science & tech: new avenue for commercial developers?

    2018-10-18T23:00:00+01:00By Dan Hajjar

    Consider a recent RICS survey headline: ‘Punishing time for retail continues’. The report provides a dire prediction for high-street retail. Declines in demand have triggered sharp increases in available space. The outlook for retail hasn’t been this bad since the recession, suggests the survey.

  • Modern flats

    Build-to-rent holds promise for long-term investment

    2018-10-18T04:15:00+01:00By Ami Kotecha

    The housing crisis is a hot topic not just in the property industry but across society as a whole. A report from the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee said that the UK government needed to boost its homebuilding target by 50% to create 300,000 new homes each year to ...

  • Theresa May dancing

    Theresa May dances back to the days before Thatcher’s housing revolution

    2018-10-11T23:00:00+01:00By Alastair Stewart

    Mrs T must have turned in her grave. Last week, her latest successor ushered in a return to mass council house building, undermining the defining policy of the Thatcherite revolution.

  • Workspace

    Operator model offers landlords a flexible future


    Some 79% of commercial landlords say they plan to launch a flexible office offering in the next year, according to a recent CBRE study. With the co-working sector enjoying a 10% growth spurt in recent months, traditional landlords are playing catch-up. So how can they enter the co-working market?

  • resi2018_trailblazers-15

    RESI Trailblazers showcase sector's entrepreneurialism

    2018-10-11T05:11:00+01:00By James Gray

    When I looked around the room at the first ever RESI Trailblazers networking reception at last month’s RESI Convention, I was struck by the sheer diversity of businesses and organisations represented, from local authorities to proptech start-ups.

  • 4 Kingdom Street

    Better urban design can boost our mental wellbeing

    2018-10-11T04:59:00+01:00By Nigel Webb

    Heads Together, the mental health initiative spearheaded by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex, recently launched an initiative aiming to change the way we approach mental health in the workplace.

  • World Mental Health Day logo

    Developers need to wise-up on mental health

    2018-10-10T08:58:00+01:00By Ben Channon (Assael)

    At a time when humans spend the majority of their lives indoors, developers need to realise the responsibility they have to create spaces that support mental wellbeing.

  • Kensington high st

    If the Conservatives want to be the party of business, the opportunity is ready for the taking

    2018-10-08T11:10:00+01:00By Matthew Ogg

    The theme that the Conservatives sought to weave through last week’s conference was opportunity.

  • Malibu, California

    “Is Compass a money-blowing residential version of WeWork?”


    Last week, WeWork backer SoftBank pumped $400m into Compass, a high-end US residential property site absurdly valued at $4.4bn. Some of that cash may well be splashed in London.

  • Prospect Heights Pacific Park

    Letter from New York: Pacific Park's "money pit"

    2018-10-04T23:00:00+01:00By Steve Cuozzo

    Foreign money twice bailed out Pacific Park, one of New York City’s most ambitious but contentious developments. Now a major Chinese player has scaled back its stake. The move might put some juice back into the slow-moving Brooklyn scheme, but completion remains a far-off dream.

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