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  • Macy's New York

    Changing consumer trends take a bite out of Big Apple’s famous department stores

    2018-08-16T23:00:00+01:00By Steve Cuozzo

    Londoners troubled over the plight of debt-ridden House of Fraser as it fell into administration last week and was promptly bought by Sports Direct should know that the department store scene in America is even more dire. Jumbos are closing from coast to coast while in Manhattan, the historic something-for-everyone ...

  • The John Lewis flagship in the scheme sports a criss-crossing design

    City view: Hammerson creates value for executives not shareholders

    2018-08-16T05:01:00+01:00By Roger Bell

    Bill Gates has described the book “Factfulness” by Hans, Ol & Anna Rosling as one of the most important books he has ever read and an indispensable guide to thinking clearly about the world. The tome’s basic argument is that the world is in much better shape than the media ...

  • Roof terrace, Argo

    Healthy homes can help relieve pressure on the NHS

    2018-08-16T05:43:00+01:00By Helen Gordon

    The concept of ‘wellness’ is one trend that has really struck a chord with Grainger and our customers. It influences how we are designing and operating our buildings.

  • Meeting

    Is revised NPPF fit for the next five years, let alone 10?

    2018-08-16T05:03:00+01:00By Ian Anderson

    It’s six years since the first National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was published, a document that revolutionised planning by condensing thousands of pages of national guidance to just 65. The revised NPPF, released on 24 July, is no less radical in seeking to set out national policy for the next ...

  • Redrow Colindale Gardens

    The build-to-rent sector stands up

    2018-08-14T12:02:00+01:00By Alex Greaves

    Recently, I received in my inbox a portfolio of three assets offered for investment, comprising a couple of thousand units, set to reach practical completion next year.

  • Shopping

    Evolution of UK retail market means only the fittest will survive

    2018-08-10T13:01:00+01:00By Darren Freed

    Barely a week goes by without another story on the state of the UK retail market. The volume of CVAs and frequency of headlines would have many believe the end of retail is nigh, but a more balanced discussion is required.

  • Rochester Riverside

    Building quotas put communities at risk

    2018-08-09T16:01:00+01:00By Rebecca Worthington

    The pressure is on housing developers like never before. The government is calling for 300,000 new homes to be built every year until at least 2025. This would be the fastest rate of building since the 1950s.

  • Auriens retirement home, Chelsea, London

    We should aim to meet growing demand for high-tech, collaborative retirement living

    2018-08-09T15:27:00+01:00By Savannah de Savary

    Much has been written about the housing needs and desires of millennials, but I would argue that, with our ageing population, the sector should also be paying attention to how innovation in technology and design can be applied to providing better housing options for seniors.

  • Faisal Butt

    What can we learn from the Emoov story?

    2018-08-09T13:08:00+01:00By Faisal Butt

    There’s something special about the number 100. In sports, an American football field is 100 yards long. In science, 100 degrees Celsius is the boiling temperature of water. And, in finance, most currencies are divided into 100 sub-units. So, when a start-up I invested in five years ago increases in ...

  • Brexit

    Why Brexit is killing the London housing market


    The growing uncertainty around the outcome of the long-drawn-out Brexit talks has made buyers wary of the housing market’s future in the capital. With stamp duty rises and the removal of tax breaks for buy-to-let investors, the climate is firmly on the sell, and high prices have deterred buyers.

  • Proptech

    Proptech and millennials are changing property

    2018-08-07T12:36:00+01:00By Fred Bristol

    Property Week’s Power of Proptech survey results were published last month and it appears that the property industry has started to embrace proptech – 61% of respondents commented that tech will have a positive effect on revenue in 2018, up 13% from 2017.

  • Croydon Westfield

    Croydon council prepares for Crexit possibilities

    2018-08-03T00:00:00+01:00By Peter Bill

    On 17 May, Westfield shareholders ticked the £18.5bn takeover offer made in December 2017 by French retail giant Unibail-Rodamco. A week earlier I’d asked Croydon council chief executive Jo Negrini if she was worried that the coming surrender of Westfield to the French might further delay the £1.4bn Whitgift Centre, ...

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