Property Week Leader & Blogs

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

  • Empty Carnaby St

    September brings some setbacks with it


    It was starting to feel like the end was in sight, wasn’t it? Early September arrived with a distinct back-to-school feeling. (I even saw my neighbour’s teenage son emerge for the first time since March, sporting a crisp-looking uniform.) Footfall was on the up in major cities as the government ...

  • Diversity

    Diversity and the office matter


    I did not want to write this column. As a mixed-race person (half Trinidadian, half English), I am both black and white, but in the increasingly polarised debate over race, I am seen as neither, someone without enough skin in the game either way, the perennial outsider looking in – ...

  • Coronavirus/working from home/facetime

    Home truths about WFH


    God, I miss the office. I even miss the four-hour round-trip commute. Yes, things are that bad – and I am one of the lucky ones.

  • optimism_credit_shutterstock_oatawa_524086885

    Reasons to be cheerful


    Whisper it quietly – are things starting to look up?

  • ChinaRussia flag shutterstock_707059162 Glen Mackenzie

    UK industry on red alert


    The siege mentality induced by Brexit and exacerbated by Covid-19 has made us fearful of almost everything – returning to work, going to the shops, travelling abroad. It has also made us fearful of almost everyone, especially if they’re not British.

  • Surrey County Council

    Councils count the cost


    Don’t try to catch a falling knife, the saying goes. Unfortunately, local authorities (LAs) have not heeded the advice, not when it comes to investment in commercial property, anyway.

  • Light at end of tunnel

    Light at the end of a long tunnel


    Do my eyes deceive me? Is that light I spy at the end of the tunnel? This week, there was cause for cautious optimism on several fronts.

  • Empty row of shops

    It’s do or die time on rent


    It’s the rent, stupid. Landlords of retail property are in despair across the country, as much of their income dries up.

  • Pub closed sign

    There’s not much to drink to


    Super Saturday wasn’t as super as some expected or, rather, hoped. The iffy weather didn’t help, but that wasn’t the real issue.

  • Tony Pidgley

    Winners past and present


    It has been a week of extraordinary highs and lows.

  • Intu Watford

    Hanged, drawn and quartered


    It has been a week of decidedly mixed fortunes for the retail and hospitality sectors.

  • Emma Shone index2

    Everything’s changing, but real estate is changing with it


    In the last issue of Perspectives in March, experts wrote about the importance of Mipim and its networking opportunities. Just over three months later, the concept of rubbing shoulders in Café Roma and drinking rosé in yacht cabins is a distant dream – and just think of all that hand-shaking.

  • Liz Hamson

    Start of recovery… or the end?


    Social distancing? What social distancing? The review of the 2m rule was already looking moot when people started hitting the beaches, attending underground raves and participating in protests.

  • Liz Hamson

    Slow down and fast forward


    While many of us have adjusted to a slower pace of life in lockdown (walking and cycling instead of taking the car or public transport, cooking with family rather than dining out or eating fast food, doing the gardening ourselves instead of paying someone else to do it or, in ...

  • David Parsley index

    What next for Shaftesbury?


    It’s as if Samuel Tak Lee is in a rush to sell his property assets or something.

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