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  • City of London

    Why London is still calling


    When the UK first entered lockdown in March 2020, the impact was nowhere more stark than in London.

  • Tax Avoidance

    Pandora Papers and the cracks


    What’s that I spy? A bear heading into the woods clutching a toilet roll? Sorry, say that again. The Pope is… is Catholic?

  • Casino wheel

    All bets are on


    It’s fairly normal to have a healthy dose of cynicism as a journalist – especially after a year and a half of worrying about Covid – but it feels good to be upbeat about life for a change. My lockdown hobbies have all but disappeared and in-person meetings are par ...

  • Mitchell Labiak index

    The end is in sight


    Say it quietly: the pandemic is almost over. Vaccination rates are up, people are hugging again and workers are returning to their offices.

  • Gas

    Another winter of discontent


    Questions, questions, questions. This week, I chaired a Climate Crisis Challenge Spotlight Event, in collaboration with UKGBC, asking a big one: “How do we turn followship into leadership ahead of COP26?”.

  • CS Dentons logistics warehouse

    The changing face of the logistics market


    It’s no secret that the industrial and logistics sector is booming. Take-up in the first half of the year continued to soar and investment activity also sky-rocketed to a new record high of £6bn, according to data from Knight Frank. That’s 54% more than the previous high recorded in H1 ...

  • Robert Jenrick Conservative Party Conference 2019

    Back to Earth… and the office


    Aargh. Just when I thought we’d finally got a secretary of state for housing who vaguely understood the brief…

  • New York September 11

    Looking back at 9/11


    It doesn’t matter how many times I see footage of the planes striking the Twin Towers, the sight never fails to shock. It is the unsteady angle of attack, terrifying speed and devastating impact, especially of the second plane as it scythes through the South Tower.

  • Houses

    A RESI you can’t afford to miss


    The government’s announcement this week of a new £8.6bn funding package to make home ownership a more “realistic and affordable” aspiration for tens of thousands of families is a welcome one. But the devil will be as much in the delivery as the detail.

  • Morrisons Abergavenny

    What next for PE target Morrisons?


    There may be more reasons to buy Morrisons, but only one really counts as far as the private equity players currently circling it are concerned: its £6bn property portfolio.

  • Housing market finance chart

    The countdown to RESI begins


    If you look out the windows of the Property Week office in Croydon, you can see cranes in almost every direction, most of them hoisting building materials up and down residential towers.

  • Remote working

    Welcome to the new WFH


    I was sure that after 16 months of not being able to take foreign holidays (or domestic ones easily), the whole industry would decamp for at least a fortnight this summer as parts of the market hardest hit by the pandemic picked themselves up off the deck with a view ...

  • Liverpool

    Will Liverpool walk on?


    Few cities currently illustrate the ups and downs of the world of property development quite like Liverpool. 

  • Cafe reopening Covid

    Property presses the play button


    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).

  • Business people

    Kick racism out of property


    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 ...

  • Office building

    The times they are a-changin’


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

  • Finance chart Covid-19

    The holiday is now over


    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.

  • Warehouse

    Industrial & logistics sector continues to boom


    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.

  • Covid office worker

    Fewer people, more space?


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

  • Closed due to Covid sign

    More rent misery for landlords


    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.