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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2020-02-28T16:14:00+00:00By Giles Fuchs
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.
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?’).
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).
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.