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  • Aluminium cladding

    Developers carry the cladding can


    We all knew it was coming. The answer to the thorny question over who should pay to remove unsafe cladding from residential blocks in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy was never the leaseholders. 

  • Cafe closed Covid sign

    The rollercoaster ride continues


    How fitting that we start 2022 with something of a catch-22 dilemma: a hospitality sector that cannot get the lockdown-magnitude help it is demanding – and desperately needs – because the current Covid restrictions do not constitute an official lockdown.

  • Closed due to Covid sign

    It could have been worse


    And just like that… 2021 was nearly over. For a minute there, I thought we were finally emerging from this Covid nightmare and were going to end the year on a high. It wasn’t to be.

  • Work from home

    It’s beginning to look a lot like…


    …Christmas 2020 all over again. OK, maybe not that bad, but as Property Week went to press on Wednesday, Boris Johnson was due to announce the return of WFH and introduction of vaccine passports amid mounting fears of another festive lockdown.

  • Cafe ext Covid

    The social impact of Covid


    This week, Property Week hosted two in-person events – one an invitation-only spotlight on ‘How to do the S in ESG’ attended by 75 people and the other the RESI Awards, which as we went to press on Wednesday, was expecting a capacity crowd of 1,300.

  • Shopping centre

    Rebirth of the shopping centre


    Has the tide finally turned for retail? Anyone who has braved the festive crowds recently would be forgiven for thinking so. 

  • Warehouse

    I&L space shortage points to an uncertain future


    Over the past few months, the national media has been full of stories about shortages. Energy, HGV drivers, supermarket products, petrol… you name it, Britain is short of it. Another shortage that hasn’t made the national headlines, but is being closely monitored by the property industry, is that of industrial ...

  • Regent Street

    A capital example of recovery


    Give me half a chance and I’ll tell you that I’m from Bristol. Not that you wouldn’t notice. My accent gives me away in seconds. Even though I moved to London three and a half years ago, the West Country brogue is still there.

  • Mitchell Labiak index

    Time to be bold


    Fortune favours the bold, so they say. And, in this edition of Perspectives, there is a fair share of bold ideas for how businesses in the real estate industry can adapt to the post-Covid environment.

  • COP26 sign

    Why didn’t more cop on to COP?


    Last week, I travelled to Glasgow for COP26. As a journalist, I am hardwired to be cynical, to not believe the hype. But COP26 really did make me feel hopeful.

  • Mark Allan

    Allan gets down to business


    If anyone was in any doubt that Mark Allan means business, they aren’t any longer.

  • Rishi Sunak

    A Rishi washy Budget


    Buoyed by the UK’s better-than-expected economic growth, Rishi made a big show of dishing out the dosh when he delivered his Autumn Budget, promising to increase spending by a cool £150bn over the course of this parliament.

  • Climate protest

    COP out on climate and Covid


    Great. Just when we thought the doom-mongers might be wrong. This week, clouds started to gather once more on two potentially very stormy weather fronts: the climate and Covid.

  • 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…