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

  • Bungalow

    Home economics: serious innovation required to boost retirement housing

    2018-02-23T00:00:00+00:00By Alastair Stewart

    None of us is getting any younger. Yet, at the same time as ministers are fretting about young people getting on the housing ladder, there are precious few homes for the older age group to step down to.

  • Workspace office

    Office angles: what the future holds for flexible space providers

    2018-02-23T00:00:00+00:00By Jamie Hopkins

    Last year marked a moment of change for the commercial property industry that can be characterised by just one word: flexibility.

  • Michela Hancock

    Open plan: we must take a bold approach to parental dialogue

    2018-02-23T07:00:00+00:00By Michela Hancock

    “I plan to start a family imminently.” It’s not something many women would feel confident saying in an interview, nor is it something many interviewers would expect to hear.

  • Symmetry park bicester

    Developers – always check the two Es

    2018-02-23T00:00:00+00:00By Tom Leeming

    When it comes to identifying strategic sites for development, it’s now all about the two Es: energy and employment.

  • Warehouse

    Smart spaces can deliver flexible logistics

    2018-02-22T13:48:00+00:00By Ben Taylor

    It’s frustrating isn’t it? When you’re greeted by that ‘sorry we missed you’ slip on the doormat advising of yet another failed delivery attempt for that parcel you ordered.

  • Man signing contract

    Don’t write off the sale-and-leaseback just yet


    This year is expected by many to signal the end of the sale-and-leaseback transaction. After all, with the introduction of IFRS 16 next year, it would no longer be the pure off-balance sheet financing tool it once was and all companies that lease real estate would see their balance sheet ...

  • Griffin centre orchard st

    London sheds still appeal

    2018-02-22T06:39:00+00:00By Philip Colman

    Despite Greater London industrial deals reaching a record high of more than £1bn in 2017, investor appetite appears to have remained unabated during the early stages of 2018. Unsurprisingly, the various built opportunities being marketed continue to see strong interest.

  • Chocolate

    ‘Forrest Gump’ asset management leaves you with too many soft-centre chocolates

    2018-02-21T07:20:00+00:00By Mike Prew

    The good detective’s ABC mantra is ‘accept nothing, believe nobody, challenge everything’, but it seems REIT shareholders are overly reliant on appraisers’ asset valuations and audited accounts even as auditing standards have re-entered the spotlight.

  • Construction

    Risk capital is the key to unlocking sites


    Despite the lack of housing being categorised as a national emergency, the pace of development on many sites is frustratingly slow.

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    Grey panther Richard Desmond on the property prowl after Express sale

    2018-02-16T00:00:00+00:00By Peter Bill

    Richard Desmond is planning to Go Big on property after selling his Express newspaper interests to the owners of the Daily Mirror last week.

  • Proptech

    Technology should create solutions – not just noise

    2018-02-15T07:00:00+00:00By James Morris-Manuel

    Arguably one of the best tech entrepreneurs, Elon Musk, once said: “Focus on signal over noise. Don’t waste time on stuff that doesn’t actually make things better.”

  • Whitefriars shopping centre

    We need bolder decisions to save our town centres

    2018-02-15T06:49:00+00:00By Alan Harris

    These are challenging times for the nation’s towns. Step away from prime cities and some of the more affluent commuter towns and the picture is one of urban areas in decline.

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