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  • London skyline pollution

    Many factors affect wellbeing of office employees

    2020-03-26T13:21:00+00:00By Niki Fuchs

    Editor: In his article, Simon Creasey correctly noted the importance of air quality in offices to the wellbeing of staff.

  • Surveyor

    Purpose of valuation has been lost

    2020-03-25T18:09:00+00:00By Nick Elsley

    Editor: As a retired chartered valuation surveyor with more than 40 years’ experience, I fear that the current debate about valuation models suggests that the profession has lost sight of the fundamental nature and purpose of valuation.

  • Proptech

    Industry has yet to grasp the benefits of proptech

    2020-03-19T15:48:00+00:00By Richard Morris

    The recent Oxford Future of Real Estate Initiative report showing that the UK is leading proptech investment into Europe was encouraging news.

  • Rishi Sunak

    Budget measures must help everyone

    2020-03-18T13:50:00+00:00By Josh Myerson

    Editor: Extra business rates relief measures announced by the chancellor this week, added to those in the Budget, should go far in helping the retail and leisure sector through the worst of the current coronavirus crisis.

  • Rates valuations

    More action is required on business rates relief

    2020-03-18T14:28:00+00:00By Martin Davenport

    Editor: Some businesses can breathe a little easier following last week’s Budget. As Property Week reported, the chancellor announced that any eligible retail, leisure or hospitality business with a rateable value of less than £51,000 will pay no business rates this year.

  • Construction of houses

    Creative thinking needed to fund low-cost housing

    2020-03-11T15:48:00+00:00By Yann Murciano

    Editor: In a recent article, Graham Lanktree reported that 34% of local authorities missed their housebuilding targets in 2019.

  • Planning

    Valuers need clear guidance from RICS

    2020-03-04T13:46:00+00:00By Will Kinnear

    Editor: As a chartered surveyor, I am encouraged to see RICS’ plan to evaluate its practices to ensure public trust in surveyors.

  • Finance generic

    Firesales: alternative lenders should step in

    2020-03-04T14:05:00+00:00By Jacob Lyons

    Editor: There were claims last week that Hammerson could be forced into a firesale after it reported slashing £800m from the value of its portfolio. Rival intu is also reported to be at risk if it fails to raise fresh equity to pay down its £4.7bn debt pile.

  • Office Space in Town, Waterloo

    RICS must update its valuation methods if it wants to remain relevant

    2020-02-28T16:14:00+00:00By

    RICS’ move to regain any lost public trust in the chartered surveying profession is of course to be warmly welcomed. However, in focusing only on public trust, RICS is at risk of ignoring (and losing) the trust of the wider property industry.

  • Geograph

    Can we expect more ‘hobbit homes’?

    2020-02-26T12:45:00+00:00By Richard Payne

    Editor: With changes to planning mooted in order to hit government housebuilding targets, the drive for quantity may have a negative effect on the quality of space in UK homes (‘What does the election result mean for the planning system?’).

  • Electric cars charging

    Infrastructure plan is needed to drive EV take-up

    2020-02-26T14:08:00+00:00By John Roberts

    Editor: The government’s decision to bring forward the ban on the sale of petrol, diesel and hybrid cars to 2035 is clearly welcome and extremely important for the environment. But it is not particularly helpful, as the electric vehicle market is still in its infancy (PropertyWeek.com).

  • Prefab modular construction

    Airspace development: involve stakeholders early

    2020-02-19T11:41:00+00:00By Dr Riette Oosthuizen

    Editor: The prospect of creating new homes in the ‘air rights’ on top of existing buildings offers the opportunity to significantly increase the number of homes being built, which could help ease the housing crisis in London.

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