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

  • London

    Is the urban renaissance over?

    2019-02-22T00:00:00+00:00By Yolande Barnes

    Like many Londoners, I have been worrying about the possible effects of Brexit on our city.

  • Modern flats

    Housing broken but not unfixable

    2019-02-22T00:00:00+00:00By Bill Hughes

    Despite Brexit stealing the limelight, housing remains a top government priority. In fact, there is rare cross-Whitehall agreement that the UK’s housing market is broken and innovation is urgently needed in the supply chain.

  • Construction

    Development counsel for councils

    2019-02-21T00:00:00+00:00By Liz Peace

    I was at the conference of the District Councils’ Network a few weeks ago where Rishi Sunak, a very impressive junior minister from MHCLG, lauded district councils as being the engines and champions of economic growth.

  • Construction

    More investment in planning vital

    2019-02-21T00:00:00+00:00By Andrew Taylor

    The planning system is one of contradictions. Central government and the public generally recognise the desperate need for new high-quality housing.

  • Merkel and May

    Signs of hope in Brexit endgame

    2019-02-14T18:00:00+00:00By

    Property has had a rough time over the past few years at the hands of government.

  • Proptech

    It pays to bet smart on proptech

    2019-02-14T13:14:00+00:00By Angelica Donati

    Last year was a bumper one for proptech. Not only did tech giants continue to validate proptech, with investments such as Softbank’s big bets on WeWork, Oyo, Reonomy, OpenDoor and Compass, real estate investors piled in as well.

  • No-deal Brexit

    Brexit is opportunity not a threat

    2019-02-13T12:26:00+00:00By John Slade

    Recovering from a back operation has helped me put Brexit in perspective – and I’m not talking about the pain involved. My back problems are mostly genetic and were always going to happen, and so too with economic upheavals like Brexit; such macroeconomic and political events are inevitable.

  • Plane

    What could changes in drone regulation mean for the industry?

    2019-02-13T17:04:00+00:00By Edward Cracknell

    Drones have a number of commercial applications from aerial photography to assisting the emergency services – and, potentially in the near future, parcel delivery. Yet the recent incidents at Gatwick and Heathrow have brought into focus the question of how to regulate the use of these remote-controlled aircraft.

  • Laptops flex working

    What does 2019 have in store for the serviced office market?

    2019-02-13T16:50:00+00:00By John Spencer

    What a year we have ahead of us. In 2019, many leases will expire, Brexit will continue to bring uncertainty and new accounting standards will mean greater scrutiny of balance sheets as leases are recorded as assets and liabilities. I believe this could be the perfect opportunity for the flexible ...

  • Planning

    Innovation must serve customers

    2019-02-13T13:12:00+00:00By Mark Allan

    A lot has happened in the nearly three years since I stepped down as chief executive of Unite Students to take up the same position at St Modwen and it is an interesting time to reflect on some of the themes I have experienced and observed.

  • WeWork offices 6th Av

    Time to change office structures

    2019-02-08T00:00:00+00:00By Mary Finnigan

    The bedrock of the modern English real estate economy is old – in fact, medieval. The concepts of freehold and leasehold interests, a landlord’s ability to demand income from pure physical space in return for a leasehold estate, were established in 1066 by William the Conqueror.

  • Stock market generic

    BL is backing IPSX and women

    2019-02-07T00:00:00+00:00By

    British Land will insert an iconic property, worth an eight- or nine-figure sum, into a special-purpose vehicle by the end of June. Shares in the SPV will be sold via an initial public offering. This will be the maiden float on the new International Property Stock Exchange (IPSX), which last ...

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