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    London remains safe as houses for Middle East money

    2018-12-07T00:00:00+00:00By Raed Hanna

    I am frequently asked the age-old question: why is London the destination of choice for Middle Eastern investors? A number of factors in London and the Middle East change frequently, yet London remains a popular choice. The rock-solid British laws and property market continue to draw foreign investment from around ...

  • LandAid House topping out

    Being LandAid's chair has made me so proud

    2018-12-07T00:00:00+00:00By Liz Peace

    I’ve had a long association with LandAid, and one that gives me a huge sense of pride. I well recall Mike Slade telling me back in the early noughties when I was chief executive of the British Property Federation about his plans to turn a tiny charity, run by enthusiasts ...

  • Workspace The Frames

    How to keep humanity at the heart of office design

    2018-12-07T00:00:00+00:00By Angus Boag

    One always wonders what the world of work will look like over the next few decades. Could we be interacting in virtual reality and relying on robots, or will face-to-face networking still be the order of the day? What will it all mean for the working environment?

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    Government’s housing Luvvies are all style and no substance

    2018-12-06T05:06:00+00:00By Alastair Stewart

    Everything’s been tried: Help to Buy, lifting council house building caps, modular homes. But still the government is nowhere near to hitting its target of 300,000 new homes a year. There’s only one solution. Call in… The Luvvies.

  • Laptops flex working

    Conventional real estate has totally misunderstood co-working

    2018-11-30T00:00:00+00:00By John Williams

    A lack of real data around the supply and demand of co-working spaces has clouded the market view in recent years. The traditional real estate market continues to misunderstand the key drivers behind the growth of this sector. But what is also stymieing a greater understanding is a sector wedded ...

  • High street

    For every struggling retailer there's another succeeding

    2018-11-30T00:00:00+00:00By Adam Jaffe

    Amid high street gloom this autumn, one Financial Times article on retail property in the US caught my eye. Surely I’m talking about another prediction of failure and falling values, warning of further problems over here in the UK?

  • Living Wage Employer

    A living wage – a small change for a big social impact

    2018-11-30T00:00:00+00:00By Guy Glover

    Environmental social governance (ESG) has been one of the major themes of 2018 and it has become such an intrinsic part of an investor’s decision-making criteria that neglecting to give proportionate value to ESG immediately weakens your ability to compete in a highly active market.

  • Hoxton Holborn

    Blending multiple uses under one roof is key to longevity

    2018-11-29T05:48:00+00:00By James Sparrow

    The retail unit is dead. As is the corporate office. And the hotel.

  • Trans Awareness

    Transgender awareness: creating a fully inclusive culture

    2018-11-26T13:20:00+00:00By Chris Grigg

    While the number of ‘awareness’ days/weeks/months can sometimes feel overwhelming, a recent one had a real impact on us.

  • High street

    Fear of price-cutting is devaluing a profession


    “There is something rotten at the core of the valuation system.” These are the words of a moderately senior industry figure, dismayed by the pretence that retail capital values are gently contracting, rather than rudely collapsing.

  • Black Friday UK

    Will Black Friday 2018 prove to be UK retail’s darkest day?

    2018-11-23T09:19:00+00:00By Stephen Springham (Knight Frank)

    Is Black Friday more damaging to the UK retail sector than Brexit and the rise of online combined?

  • Amazon Go shop

    Black Friday: shops and ecommerce must be able to exist side by side

    2018-11-23T00:00:00+00:00By Andy Gulliford

    Black Friday today will inevitably provoke further debate over the future of online shopping versus bricks-and-mortar sales in shopping centres and on the high street.

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