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

  • Bluewater

    Tough times for British Land and Landsec


    We read REITs’ reports and accounts from back to front for those interesting notes tucked away. This year, both Landsec’s and British Land’s reports include new data on portfolio energy performance.

  • flexible office

    The time is right for ‘brandlords’

    2021-07-29T00:00:00+01:00By Zoe Ellis-Moore

    The flexible workspace market is still growing apace, but it’s not just flexspace and co-working operators that are fuelling supply. Landlords and commercial property investment groups are also investing in flexspace brands, side-stepping partnerships with existing operators to take a DIY approach.

  • Office generic

    Offices will not suffer like retail

    2021-07-29T00:00:00+01:00By Zachary Gauge

    It only took ecommerce penetration to reach 15% in the UK to ultimately reduce the value of retail real estate by more than one third between 2018 and 2020.

  • Tesco Hayes

    Private equity makes a supermarket sweep


    Buses – wait for ages then three come along at once. Such is the case with the interest shown by CD&R, Apollo and Fortress in Morrisons, an equity that has been sidelined in price terms for a sustained period.

  • IMMUNE Steward Genesis Property PW230721

    Business leaders must act fast to ease office-return fears

    2021-07-29T00:00:00+01:00By Liviu Tudor

    The announcement by the prime minister that work-from-home guidance would be lifted on 19 July was met with a sense of optimism by business leaders and property owners, who since March 2020 have faced uncertainty around workforce operations and tenancies.

  • Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds

    Boris failed to show leadership


    I know nostalgia isn’t what it used to be, but in my time in parliament I served two prime ministers who I looked up to.

  • Climate change building

    The property sector is more nuanced than ever


    For decades, the Baby Boomer generation has been able to navigate its way using the property stars, but the trusted constellations seem unusually displaced right now.

  • London's West End

    Staycations will boost the West End

    2021-07-22T00:00:00+01:00By Jace Tyrrell

    Six months ago, I reported on what a difficult year it had been for retail and hospitality, particularly in city centres.

  • Climate change

    What we can expect from COP26

    2021-07-22T00:00:00+01:00By Julie Hirigoyen

    COP26 – the global climate summit being held in November this year – will be a defining moment for humanity.

  • Solar panels & offices

    It’s time to tackle fit-out carbon

    2021-07-22T00:00:00+01:00By Richard Bennett

    In boardrooms across the country, real or virtual, the word ‘sustainability’ is bouncing around like a pinball, interspersed with other words like ‘commitment’, ‘zero’ and ‘Paris’.

  • Court of Appeal

    Complying with vacant possession conditions


    The Court of Appeal recently grappled with the issue of vacant possession when terminating a commercial lease in Capitol Park Leeds Plc v Global Radio Services [2021] EWCA Civ 995.

  • Life sciences lab

    How to ride the wave of investment into life sciences

    2021-07-19T11:33:00+01:00By Lee Polisano

    A source of global hope during the pandemic has been the life sciences sector, which has moved with incredible speed to produce vaccines. The sector’s ways of working and its real estate requirements are changing just as swiftly, with a number of existing trends in life sciences now being accelerated ...

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