Property Week Leader & Blogs

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

  • MMC home assembly

    Life and death with modern methods


    The case for modern methods of construction (MMC) has long been described in the most polarised terms.

  • Jeremy Hunt Budget briefcase shutterstock_2275392711 Fred Duval

    Forgotten but not gone: what’s not in the Autumn Statement


    Every Budget or Autumn Statement is notable for the measures not announced as much as those presented at the despatch box.

  • Meta generic

    Meta surrender epilogue: British Land outlines Regent's Place plan


    In September, I used this space to ponder the circumstances around Meta’s surrender of the lease it had taken out on 1 Triton Square, a redeveloped office building in British Land’s Regent’s Place scheme.

  • Construction site

    Building needs a zap, stat


    Most of us would welcome a drop in the headline rate of inflation, but we must be careful what we wish for. Deflation – or falling prices – is not healthy either, resembling instead the slowing beeps of a monitor as the patient slips away.

  • Dominic Cummings

    Decisions, decisions: from the Covid inquiry to levelling-up


    The current public inquiry into the handling of the Covid crisis has so far painted a deeply unflattering picture of the way central government arrives at decisions. Among an extraordinary amount of mud-slinging from former advisers, a couple of things stand out.

  • Logistics - CS

    Logistics: highs and lows


    The government’s call for evidence on ‘Freight, Logistics and the Planning System’, a consultation that opened in July, closed earlier this month and we must now await a government response in the fullness of time, whenever that might turn out to be.

  • Engineer railway

    Is infrastructure on track?


    The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), an independent agency formed to give advice to government, now publishes a major review of infrastructure progress once every five years – the first National Infrastructure Assessment having landed in 2018.

  • Sir Keir Starmer's conference speech 2023 - credit: The Labour Party

    A glittering performance?


    As protests go, showering someone in glitter is probably at the preferable end of hurled substances.

  • HS2 Manchester

    All change please


    “The right thing to do when the facts have changed is to have the courage to change direction.” So said prime minister Rishi Sunak in his speech to the Tory conference on Wednesday afternoon.

  • Meta

    What to make of Meta?


    Meta’s astonishing decision to spend £149m wriggling out of its commitment to lease a London office building from British Land says more about the California-based social media giant than it does about the state of the UK office market.

  • Sustainability reporting_shutterstock_160036250_cred song_about_summer

    All eyes on sustainability


    As he wrestled with getting the economy back on track in the aftermath of the 2008-09 global financial crisis, then prime minister David Cameron was reported to have told ministers and civil servants alike to “cut the green crap”. This from a man who just a few years previously had ...

  • Net zero

    Beware the sunlit uplands


    As I write hastily on Wednesday (20.09.23), I assume speech writers in the back rooms of No 10 Downing Street will be hammering their keyboards with even greater urgency, tasked with framing the government’s shift on climate policy in the best possible light. I don’t envy their task in polishing ...

  • Money men

    The money men


    This week we publish the inaugural Property Top 40 – a list detailing the best-paid executives running UK-listed firms in the property sector.

  • New home key in door

    Good, cheap and fresh: pick any two


    The irony of being probed for anti-competitive practices in the midst of a transparently difficult year will not bring much comfort to the major housebuilders.

  • M&S

    M&S lesson: don’t diss retrofit


    Michael Gove’s decision last week to throw out plans to redevelop the M&S flagship building on Oxford Street must have been particularly galling for the retailer, given that the secretary of state seems to have prioritised protecting the visual impact of the Selfridges store next door.

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