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  • Team reading planning proofs

    We must design safe, inclusive spaces

    2021-06-17T00:00:00+01:00By Lydia Firminger

    Editor: Your recent article on designing spaces with a wide range of needs in mind struck a chord with me.

  • Diversity

    Government support key to greater gender equality

    2021-06-17T00:00:00+01:00By Robyn Lee

    Editor: New schemes to champion gender equality in the construction industry are a promising step, and we must also continue to focus on the broader work required to empower women across the property sector as a whole (‘Two industry leaders appointed to spearhead campaign tackling gender inequality in construction).

  • ESG

    Do not ignore ESG when recruiting

    2021-06-10T00:00:00+01:00By Deborah Gray

    Editor: As the property industry embraces ever more ambitious sustainability targets, we are right to be cautious about the rising threat of ‘greenwashing’ (‘Greenwashing is a threat we should all seek to challenge’). One area where that threat is most acute for the real estate industry is talent attraction and ...

  • Houses being built

    Greenfield sites needed to meet housing demand

    2021-06-10T00:00:00+01:00By Paul Smith

    Editor: The CPRE’s latest report is right about one thing – too few homes are being planned for the north of England.

  • WeWork

    WeWork is Icarus of flexible workspace

    2021-06-03T00:00:00+01:00By

    Editor: Last week, WeWork published its Q1 results for 2021. Its losses – both financial and including a quarter of its members – come as little surprise (‘WeWork loses £1.48bn and quarter of members due to Covid’).

  • Old people covid

    Boosting later living will aid UK’s recovery

    2021-06-01T16:53:00+01:00By Jitesh Patel

    Editor: News that increasing numbers of over-65s will seek a sense of community in later life as a result of the pandemic adds urgency to the elderly living sector’s need for modernisation (‘Pandemic shifts view of later living for quarter of over 65s’).

  • High Court

    There are more landlord v tenant cases to come

    2021-05-27T00:00:00+01:00By Anthony Lorenz

    Editor: It seems that Dan Taylor’s article in Property Week celebrating the Westfield vs Fragrance Shop CVA wins for landlords was premature.

  • Tech working

    Tech-driven offices are key to attracting tech occupiers

    2021-05-27T00:00:00+01:00

    Editor: I echo the optimism shared by Manish Chande in his recent article regarding the growth of the UK technology sector and its potential to underpin demand for workspace in the years ahead.

  • Homeless man

    A tremendous response from industry

    2021-05-19T08:20:00+01:00By Rob Bould

    Editor: On behalf of LandAid, we want to say thank you for the support of the industry on the launch of First Step, our three-year strategy to provide 1,000 beds for homeless young people and to facilitate £1m of pro bono work every year by 2023.

  • Social homes

    Social housing REITs are a win-win for everyone

    2021-05-19T08:23:00+01:00By Rob Murphy

    Editor: Civitas released a strong trading update recently, highlighting that 99% of rent was collected this past year and announcing an uptick in its dividend target for 2022. It was another indication of social housing REITs’ continued outperformance against other property REITs.

  • Green homes grant

    Data can drive down retrofitting costs

    2021-05-13T00:00:00+01:00

    Editor: Last month, the government axed the £1.5bn Green Homes Grant scheme, having reached just 10% of the 600,000 homes chancellor Rishi Sunak promised would be improved (‘Anger as Green Homes Grant is scrapped’).

  • Cladding removal

    The time has come to pay for profit

    2021-05-13T00:00:00+01:00

    Editor: We express our thanks to the emergency services whose prompt actions prevented the recent fire at New Providence Wharf from becoming a tragic sequel to Grenfell Tower.

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