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

  • Arcelor-Mittal Orbit

    Getting the culture right is an art

    2019-12-12T00:00:00+00:00By Hala El Akl

    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.

  • Rushmoor

    PWLB rate rise risk to regeneration

    2019-12-12T00:00:00+00:00By Greg Hill

    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.

  • Student accommodation

    The prospects for student accommodation in 2020

    2019-12-10T13:39:00+00:00By Erin Clarke & Shivani Goolab

    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

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

    2019-12-09T11:13:00+00:00By Richard Auterac

    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

    Mixed-use goes to the next level

    2019-12-06T00:00:00+00:00By James Keegan

    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 ...

  • Business team against skyline

    Property’s key values for 2020s

    2019-12-06T00:00:00+00:00By Ailish Christian-West

    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.

  • Keys

    Social sustainability is the future

    2019-12-06T00:00:00+00:00By Yolande Barnes

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

  • Investing Money

    P2P could be in for a bumpy ride

    2019-12-05T00:00:00+00:00By Simon Thomas

    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.

  • Diversity

    Why we’re all Sneetches at heart


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

  • Planning and dev

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

    2019-12-02T12:20:00+00:00By Trevor d’Sa

    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.

  • High street

    Flexible planning is key to helping high streets

    2019-12-02T12:26:00+00:00By Nigel Evans

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

  • Town centre

    Future is bright for town centres

    2019-11-29T00:00:00+00:00By Phillip Lyons

    The relationship between city centres and surrounding suburbs has been somewhat tumultuous over the past four decades.

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