Property Week Leader & Blogs

Comment from editor Liz Hamson and other senior journalists at Property Week.

  • Office generic

    It’s all offices and politics


    What a week! Boris Johnson’s announcement that Plan B restrictions are being lifted did not distract attention from a totally self-inflicted leadership crisis (as Property Week went to press, it looked as though he was about to be given the heave-ho after being accused of “defending the indefensible” over ‘Partygate’).

  • Aluminium cladding

    Developers carry the cladding can


    We all knew it was coming. The answer to the thorny question over who should pay to remove unsafe cladding from residential blocks in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy was never the leaseholders.

  • Cafe closed Covid sign

    The rollercoaster ride continues


    How fitting that we start 2022 with something of a catch-22 dilemma: a hospitality sector that cannot get the lockdown-magnitude help it is demanding – and desperately needs – because the current Covid restrictions do not constitute an official lockdown.

  • Closed due to Covid sign

    It could have been worse


    And just like that… 2021 was nearly over. For a minute there, I thought we were finally emerging from this Covid nightmare and were going to end the year on a high. It wasn’t to be.

  • Work from home

    It’s beginning to look a lot like…


    …Christmas 2020 all over again. OK, maybe not that bad, but as Property Week went to press on Wednesday, Boris Johnson was due to announce the return of WFH and introduction of vaccine passports amid mounting fears of another festive lockdown.

  • Cafe ext Covid

    The social impact of Covid


    This week, Property Week hosted two in-person events – one an invitation-only spotlight on ‘How to do the S in ESG’ attended by 75 people and the other the RESI Awards, which as we went to press on Wednesday, was expecting a capacity crowd of 1,300.

  • Shopping centre

    Rebirth of the shopping centre


    Has the tide finally turned for retail? Anyone who has braved the festive crowds recently would be forgiven for thinking so.

  • Regent Street

    A capital example of recovery


    Give me half a chance and I’ll tell you that I’m from Bristol. Not that you wouldn’t notice. My accent gives me away in seconds. Even though I moved to London three and a half years ago, the West Country brogue is still there.

  • Warehouse

    I&L space shortage points to an uncertain future


    Over the past few months, the national media has been full of stories about shortages. Energy, HGV drivers, supermarket products, petrol… you name it, Britain is short of it. Another shortage that hasn’t made the national headlines, but is being closely monitored by the property industry, is that of industrial ...

  • COP26 sign

    Why didn’t more cop on to COP?


    Last week, I travelled to Glasgow for COP26. As a journalist, I am hardwired to be cynical, to not believe the hype. But COP26 really did make me feel hopeful.

  • Mitchell Labiak index

    Time to be bold


    Fortune favours the bold, so they say. And, in this edition of Perspectives, there is a fair share of bold ideas for how businesses in the real estate industry can adapt to the post-Covid environment.

  • Mark Allan

    Allan gets down to business


    If anyone was in any doubt that Mark Allan means business, they aren’t any longer.

  • Rishi Sunak

    A Rishi washy Budget


    Buoyed by the UK’s better-than-expected economic growth, Rishi made a big show of dishing out the dosh when he delivered his Autumn Budget, promising to increase spending by a cool £150bn over the course of this parliament.

  • Climate protest

    COP out on climate and Covid


    Great. Just when we thought the doom-mongers might be wrong. This week, clouds started to gather once more on two potentially very stormy weather fronts: the climate and Covid.

  • City of London

    Why London is still calling


    When the UK first entered lockdown in March 2020, the impact was nowhere more stark than in London.

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