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  • Student accommodation

    Working together for better digs

    2022-10-06T00:00:00+01:00By Paddy Jackman

    The reign of her late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, saw enormous change in all areas of society, but perhaps none more so than in higher education.

  • Construction development

    ‘Universal building’ key to future

    2022-10-06T00:00:00+01:00By John Badman

    Much has been said about future-proofing our cities. How do we do it? One solution is the concept of the universal building – one that, when designed properly upfront, can regenerate over time, adapting to the needs of today as well as the unforeseen needs of tomorrow.

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    People are at the heart of BTR

    2022-10-06T00:00:00+01:00By Helen Gordon

    In the midst of a cost-of-living crisis with inflation and interest rates rising and energy prices hitting record highs, housebuying will likely now be an even bigger barrier for many, and with people renting for longer, landlords need to demonstrate good value through the quality of product and service delivery.

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    Tories must tackle housing deficit

    2022-10-06T00:00:00+01:00By Marc Vlessing

    As Michael Heseltine, a key architect of many of the housing and regeneration policies pursued by the Conservatives over the past 40 years, once put it: “Home ownership stimulates the attitudes of independence and self-reliance that are the bedrock of a free society.”

  • PW071022_stocks_shutterstock_1713378805_cred Poring Studio

    A meltdown is wide of the mark


    “What do you think of Sterling’s performance yesterday?” I asked a neighbour a day after the mini-Budget. “Dreadful,” he answered. “He just couldn’t get the ball across to Kane.” No, I clarified: “The pound versus the US dollar, not Raheem versus the Italian defence.”

  • Lending

    ​What does lenders’ liquidity squeeze mean for investors?

    2022-10-03T09:35:00+01:00By Michael Dean

    Earlier this year an industry survey reported that only 48% of the specialist lending market thought their cost of origination was likely to increase over the year.

  • Diversity

    ​Shining a spotlight on equality, diversity and inclusion in the build to rent sector

    2022-09-30T12:24:00+01:00By Brendan Geraghty

    When better to shine a spotlight on equality, diversity and inclusion than during National Inclusion Week? Now in its 10th year, National Inclusion Week celebrates inclusion and encourages employers to take action to create inclusive workplaces.

  • Shopping centre

    The return of bricks and mortar

    2022-09-29T00:00:00+01:00By Joanna Lea

    Gymshark’s upcoming opening of its first IRL (or ‘in real life’) store on Regent Street is another reminder of the enduring popularity of in-person retail.

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    It's crunch time for affordable PRS

    2022-09-29T00:00:00+01:00By Olivia Harris

    Almost daily media updates add to the growing sense that the cost-of-living crisis is becoming a national emergency, with reporting mostly highlighting spiralling energy costs and the impact of soaring inflation on necessities.

  • Hudson Yards New York 2 night

    Data downplays New York’s office return


    One subject above all others obsesses the New York City property world: the extent and future of office return, now that the pandemic appears over.

  • Worried old lady with gas bill shutterstock_1347745217 Solarisys PW250322

    Uncertainty brings opportunity

    2022-09-29T00:00:00+01:00By James Foster

    As we move from a climate crisis in July and an energy crisis in August to an exchange rate crisis in September, there is little wonder that many commentators are predicting catastrophe over the next 12 months. But as we know from the past nine months, a lot can change ...

  • Formerly_Piero_della_Francesca_-_Ideal_City_-_Galleria_Nazionale_delle_Marche_Urbino_2

    The ideal city is not a numbers game


    I was recently reacquainting myself with an intriguing painting in the Ducal Palace in Urbino, entitled the Ideal City (late 15th century, artist unknown but possibly Piero della Francesca).

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