Property Week Leader & Blogs

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

  • Staircase tax

    Second-guessing second staircases


    This week, we take a closer look at the implications of new second-staircase rules for high-rise residential developments.

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    Object lessons in retrofitting


    My regular commute to work includes a quarter-mile walk between rail and tube, along Newgate Street in the City of London near St Paul’s.

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    Offset funding failure


    Few in business will be entirely shocked to learn that a levy imposed by government has been collected with little idea of how to spend it.

  • Mipim 2019

    Mipim and the human factor


    One of the joys of visiting Mipim is not knowing quite who you’ll meet or what you might hear while you’re there.

  • Kings Cross

    What goes down…


    Anyone feeling bleak about today’s depressed property values should take heart from this week’s cover star: Roger Madelin of British Land.

  • Marble Arch Marks and Spencer CGI

    Retrospective clarity on retrofit


    As we all know, Marks & Spencer’s flagship Marble Arch store is at the centre of a long-running planning dispute, but it also happens to be slap bang in the middle of the City of Westminster.

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    Who inspects the inspectors?


    As we warned last week, a “massive slowdown” in the residential sector is looming as the deadline for building control surveyors to register with the Building Safety Regulator draws closer.

  • Workspace's The Frames, Shoreditch - breakout space

    Hotel, office, home: It’s all in the mix


    Over the past few years Property Week has frequently cited the trend of ‘hotelification’ in prime office development.

  • AI

    Can AI cut it in property?


    This week we examine how artificial intelligence (AI) might help, hinder or transform the property sector.

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    What does the future hold for BTS?


    Head along any motorway in the UK and before long you’re bound to pass a vast warehouse development.

  • ITV studios redevelopment

    Gove finally provides a soothing South Bank surprise


    The long-awaited and much-delayed decision on the future of London’s South Bank will have triggered gasps of relief as much as surprise, given how many must surely have been holding their breath for the outcome.

  • Construction site

    Ducking the deadly blows when contractors crash


    Given all the challenges and setbacks a developer must survive before the first shovel goes into the ground on a new project, it must feel like a particularly brutal punch in the face when a contractor suddenly collapses before completing the work.

  • Michael Gove shutterstock_2229800903 LINGTREN

    Why Gove’s proposed ground rent plan is nuts


    The phrase ‘sledgehammer to crack a nut’ doesn’t quite measure up when it comes to the overblown solutions that housing secretary Michael Gove is weighing up to fix problems with residential ground rent.

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    The Supreme Court’s carbon conundrum


    The notion that a single courtroom verdict might throw the entire planning system into chaos does provoke a cynical question: how would we tell?

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    There’s no profit in standing still


    As you may have noticed, during the holiday break we’ve had the decorators in to update our print magazine’s look and feel. I hope you like the result, which is part of Property Week’s never-ending effort to improve the service we provide.

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