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  • Cafe reopening Covid
    News

    Property presses the play button

    2021-07-23T00:00:00Z

    Freedom day wasn’t quite the ‘disaster day’ some had forecast, but it didn’t feel particularly liberating, did it? With Covid cases continuing to rise and some of the double-jabbed among them, it is little wonder that people remain anxious about returning to the office (or heading to the shops).

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    Kick racism out of property

    2021-07-16T00:00:00Z

    There was a sickening inevitability to it – so much so that I switched my phone and the TV off as soon as the game ended and I realised what was coming – but I did not think for a second that one of the idiots taking to social media ...

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    News

    The times they are a-changin’

    2021-07-09T00:00:00Z

    Headlines blaring “unprecedented” this and “uncertain” that have dominated the news over the past year and a half.

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    The holiday is now over

    2021-07-02T00:00:00Z

    Amid all the confusion and chaos over planned foreign trips to countries designated as red, amber or green, we can say with certainty that there is one holiday that will no longer be happening.

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    Insight

    Industrial & logistics sector continues to boom

    2021-07-02T00:00:00Z

    Industrial logistics is one of the few sectors to have emerged strongly from the pandemic. Indeed, such has been the boom in demand for shed space, mainly from ecommerce retailers but also cold storage operators and data centres, that speculative development is booming, too.

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    Fewer people, more space?

    2021-06-25T00:00:00Z

    One of the nice things about going into the office during a pandemic is how much space you have to yourself.

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    News

    More rent misery for landlords

    2021-06-18T00:00:00Z

    We all knew it was coming, but that did not make the government’s announcement on Monday that so-called Freedom Day would be delayed until 19 July any easier to stomach, not least because of the likely ramifications.

  • Grenfell Tower
    News

    Four years on from Grenfell

    2021-06-11T00:00:00Z

    Who can forget the harrowing images of fire ravaging Grenfell Tower in the early hours of Wednesday 14 June 2017, or the shocked incomprehension on the firefighters’ faces as they rushed towards the blaze, which having started as a seemingly innocuous kitchen fire on the fourth floor would spread so ...

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    UK recovery gathers momentum

    2021-06-04T00:00:00Z

    Happy days. The sun has been shining, the Covid death rate has hit zero for the first time since the pandemic began and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is forecasting that the UK economy will grow 7.2% in 2021, up from its prediction of 5.1% in March. ...

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    Insight

    The new normal

    2021-05-28T00:00:00Z

    The world is opening up again and people are starting to get back into old routines. 

  • Finance chart Covid-19
    News

    Time for British Landsec?

    2021-05-28T00:00:00Z

    Are British Land and Landsec waving or drowning?

  • Social distancing
    News

    Another step towards a new normal

    2021-05-20T23:00:00Z

    There may have been plenty of clouds in the sky this week, but the outlook is brighter than it has been for some time.

  • RICS flags
    News

    RICS crisis is far from over

    2021-05-14T00:00:00Z

    It never rains but it pours – or it does at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), anyway. 

  • Auction generic
    Insight

    Auction market has proved its resilience

    2021-05-14T00:00:00Z

    Who would have guessed that more than a year after we were plunged into lockdown that the auction market would prove to be one of the most resilient parts of the property sector?

  • Climate protest
    News

    Don’t be a climate dinosaur

    2021-05-07T00:00:00Z

    Most people agree that urgent action is needed to address the climate crisis.

  • Tightly packed flats
    News

    Planning for better PDR

    2021-04-30T00:00:00Z

    While people have been dreaming of living in large homes with gardens in the suburbs or countryside, the reality all too many have been waking up to is very different, especially if they live in a “home” delivered via permitted development rights (PDR).

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    Insight

    ​Industrial and logistics sector abuzz with activity

    2021-04-30T00:00:00Z

    The industrial and logistics sector is abuzz with activity at the moment and many of the key issues are covered in this supplement.

  • Green office
    News

    From the ESL to ESG

    2021-04-23T00:00:00Z

    What a week. First, former US cop Derek Chauvin was found guilty of the murder of George Floyd, prompting an outpouring of relief over the verdict. Then, we had the outrageous, but happily short-lived, proposals for a football European Super League (ESL), spearheaded by the so-called ‘big six’ UK football ...

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    Retail must reinvent itself

    2021-04-16T00:00:00Z

    After three months imprisoned within the same four walls, people in England were finally (partially) let loose from lockdown this week. 

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    News

    Bubbly, bubbles and pay gaps

    2021-04-09T00:00:00Z

    Plenty of people will be raising a glass of bubbly on Monday as we reach the first significant milestone on the roadmap out of lockdown. Some, however, will have bubbles of a different sort on their minds.