Property Week Leader & Blogs

Comment from editor Lem Bingley and other senior journalists at Property Week.

  • Canary Wharf life sciences

    The circle of life sciences

    2023-02-03T00:00:00+00:00By

    This week I learned a new word, although I’m not sure it’s a real one that has made it into any dictionaries. ‘Cycology’ is the belief that events will run in predictable cycles, with the implied hope that you can make better decisions if you can see where you are ...

  • Nadhim Zahawi

    PM stumbles in Zahawi zone

    2023-01-27T00:00:00+00:00By

    If any of us wondered what kind of leadership the UK might get from prime minister Rishi Sunak, we now have a clear indicator courtesy of the tax troubles of Conservative party chair Nadhim Zahawi. The leadership we are getting is not what we need.

  • Council housing

    What lies ahead for housing?

    2023-01-20T00:00:00+00:00By

    This week has served up plenty of food for thought on housebuilding, and a dog’s breakfast of industry reactions that run from bleak pessimism to blithe optimism.

  • Open-plan office

    Back to the office?

    2023-01-13T00:00:00+00:00By

    On 19 January last year, the government withdrew its Covid guidance suggesting people in England should work from home. The pace and scale of the resulting return to work naturally became a topic of great interest and no little anxiety throughout the subsequent 12 months.

  • 2022

    Tales of the unexpected

    2022-12-16T00:00:00+00:00By

    Five housing ministers, four chancellors of the exchequer, three prime ministers, two different monarchs and a partridge in a pear tree. Season’s greetings at the end of a very difficult year.

  • Construction development

    Small details, big gains

    2022-12-09T00:00:00+00:00By

    A couple of weeks ago I visited Brent Cross Town, a 180-acre, £7bn new neighbourhood for north-west London being co-developed by Related Argent and Barnet Council. Plans are advanced but work is still at an early stage.

  • shares

    You win some, you lose some

    2022-12-02T00:00:00+00:00By

    This week started with relief that the nation hadn’t gone entirely crazy and voted rogue MP and former health secretary Matt Hancock winner of ITV show I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! Instead, Lioness Jill Scott picked up the crown.

  • Electric vehicle charging shutterstock_754400164 Smile Fight PW240622

    EV revolution lights the way

    2022-11-25T00:00:00+00:00By

    Electric vehicles (EVs) have come a long way in the space of a few short years. Once ridiculed for their short ranges and odd looks, electric cars, scooters and vans are now a familiar sight on our roads as EV technology has improved and owners and business have bought into ...

  • Planning and dev

    Postmodern planning reform

    2022-11-24T00:00:00+00:00By

    This week we hear from Hashi Mohamed, who is one of those remarkable people who runs the risk of making almost everyone else feel like a lazy failure. He is not only an accomplished barrister, broadcaster and author but also a former refugee, underscoring the extent to which he has ...

  • Economic crisis

    Unhelpful history lessons

    2022-11-17T00:00:00+00:00By

    As is widely recognised, history repeats itself. Unhelpfully, it does so in a jumbled kaleidoscope of random repetition that makes it hard to apply the lessons learned.

  • Bank of england

    Don’t bury your head in the sand

    2022-11-11T00:00:00+00:00By

    The Bank of England last week warned that the UK was facing its longest recession in 100 years as it raised interest rates to 3%. Coming off the back of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Russia-Ukraine war, the UK political merry-go-round, supply chain costs rapidly increasing and the cost-of-living crisis, this ...

  • London offices

    Office of the future? On your bike

    2022-11-04T00:00:00+00:00By

    Last month I toured the almost complete JJ Mack Building in Farringdon, guided by Gerald Kaye, chief executive of its developer, Helical.

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    The regeneration game

    2022-10-27T00:00:00+01:00By

    This week saw the dramatic return of a face we thought we’d seen the last of. Alas I am not talking about the nostalgic return of David Tennant to the role of Doctor Who, after a gap of more than 12 years.

  • Business rates

    Burning questions on rates

    2022-10-20T00:00:00+01:00By

    The response from shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves, after new chancellor Jeremy Hunt gave his “economic update” to the Commons on Monday, perfectly captured the calamity created by September’s mini-Budget.

  • Signing document

    The dicey business of pricing

    2022-10-14T00:00:00+01:00By

    Arriving at a fair value for an asset is a tricky business at the best of times, doubly so in a period of high inflation, rising interest rates and exchange-rate volatility. Agreeing a transaction or indeed estimating what’s required to turn a profit has become markedly more challenging than at ...

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