All Leader articles – Page 4

  • Logistics warehouse

    Rise of the robots


    The year has started with one question firmly front of mind in the industrial and logistics (I&L) space: has the bubble finally burst or is the sector merely experiencing a temporary dip?

  • Black & White Building, Shoreditch

    Wood you believe it?


    Last week I chaired a Property Week half-day conference as part of our Climate Crisis Challenge campaign, held in a suitably sustainable venue: The Office Group’s recently completed Black & White Building in London’s fashionable Shoreditch. 

  • Canary Wharf life sciences

    The circle of life sciences


    This week I learned a new word, although I’m not sure it’s a real one that has made it into any dictionaries. ‘Cycology’ is the belief that events will run in predictable cycles, with the implied hope that you can make better decisions if you can see where you are ...

  • Nadhim Zahawi

    PM stumbles in Zahawi zone


    If any of us wondered what kind of leadership the UK might get from prime minister Rishi Sunak, we now have a clear indicator courtesy of the tax troubles of Conservative party chair Nadhim Zahawi. The leadership we are getting is not what we need.

  • Council housing

    What lies ahead for housing?


    This week has served up plenty of food for thought on housebuilding, and a dog’s breakfast of industry reactions that run from bleak pessimism to blithe optimism.

  • Open-plan office

    Back to the office?


    On 19 January last year, the government withdrew its Covid guidance suggesting people in England should work from home. The pace and scale of the resulting return to work naturally became a topic of great interest and no little anxiety throughout the subsequent 12 months.

  • 2022

    Tales of the unexpected


    Five housing ministers, four chancellors of the exchequer, three prime ministers, two different monarchs and a partridge in a pear tree. Season’s greetings at the end of a very difficult year.

  • Construction development

    Small details, big gains


    A couple of weeks ago I visited Brent Cross Town, a 180-acre, £7bn new neighbourhood for north-west London being co-developed by Related Argent and Barnet Council. Plans are advanced but work is still at an early stage.

  • shares

    You win some, you lose some


    This week started with relief that the nation hadn’t gone entirely crazy and voted rogue MP and former health secretary Matt Hancock winner of ITV show I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! Instead, Lioness Jill Scott picked up the crown. 

  • Electric vehicle charging shutterstock_754400164 Smile Fight PW240622

    EV revolution lights the way


    Electric vehicles (EVs) have come a long way in the space of a few short years. Once ridiculed for their short ranges and odd looks, electric cars, scooters and vans are now a familiar sight on our roads as EV technology has improved and owners and business have bought into ...

  • Planning and dev

    Postmodern planning reform


    This week we hear from Hashi Mohamed, who is one of those remarkable people who runs the risk of making almost everyone else feel like a lazy failure. He is not only an accomplished barrister, broadcaster and author but also a former refugee, underscoring the extent to which he has ...

  • Economic crisis

    Unhelpful history lessons


    As is widely recognised, history repeats itself. Unhelpfully, it does so in a jumbled kaleidoscope of random repetition that makes it hard to apply the lessons learned.

  • Bank of england

    Don’t bury your head in the sand


    The Bank of England last week warned that the UK was facing its longest recession in 100 years as it raised interest rates to 3%. Coming off the back of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Russia-Ukraine war, the UK political merry-go-round, supply chain costs rapidly increasing and the cost-of-living crisis, this ...

  • London offices

    Office of the future? On your bike


    Last month I toured the almost complete JJ Mack Building in Farringdon, guided by Gerald Kaye, chief executive of its developer, Helical. 

  • Gove-shutterstock_1350365798-(1)-Ian-Davidson-Photography-PW220422

    The regeneration game


    This week saw the dramatic return of a face we thought we’d seen the last of. Alas I am not talking about the nostalgic return of David Tennant to the role of Doctor Who, after a gap of more than 12 years. 

  • Business rates

    Burning questions on rates


    The response from shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves, after new chancellor Jeremy Hunt gave his “economic update” to the Commons on Monday, perfectly captured the calamity created by September’s mini-Budget.

  • Signing document

    The dicey business of pricing


    Arriving at a fair value for an asset is a tricky business at the best of times, doubly so in a period of high inflation, rising interest rates and exchange-rate volatility. Agreeing a transaction or indeed estimating what’s required to turn a profit has become markedly more challenging than at ...

  • Throwing dice

    Best to gather data before gambling


    In 2018 I heard a keynote speech by Ian Robertson, former board member of automotive giant BMW Group. He made a point that has stayed with me ever since. 

  • Liz Truss Downing Street speech shutterstock_2198583263 Fred Duval PW230922

    What a week it has been


    During the economic crisis of 1964, prime minister Harold Wilson memorably remarked that a week is a long time in politics. In the economic crisis of 2022, we could perhaps update the saying – a weekend is plenty long enough to machine-gun yourself in the foot. 

  • Houses of Parliament

    The winter’s tale


    As I write, the government’s emergency “fiscal event” to get the nation through the winter has not yet been formally announced, but the details have been leaking out via the newspapers as readily as heat seeps out of an EPC ‘G’-rated property.