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Wellbeing with teeth

Southern Grove’s pet piranhas indulge in vicious office infighting

Urban bee keeper

SEGRO creates a buzz

Shed specialist becomes big producer of honey and other artisanal food

Signs of the zodiac

Star-crossed movers

New astrological guide lets couples know when to move in together.

Esther McVey

Home discomforts

New housing minister’s ‘housework’ joke falls flat during RESI speech.

Steven Lydon - Knight Frank FOS

Lacrosse purposes

A former coach of the England men’s lacrosse team has joined a new team of an altogether different sort – namely Knight Frank’s flexible office solutions business.

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Agent P

Agent P: The Savoy


8:30pm, 11 October, Gondoliers Room, The Savoy: This is the life! GBH’s best Asian client has gathered the development team that managed to jam an extra 1,400 homes on brownfield land just inside the M25, bought five years ago with outline permission for 5,000 units, for a no-expense-spared dinner.

Spin class

Spin Class: extinction rebellion


“What do you think of XR, Hen?” Sophie asks rather earnestly. “Oh, I like it,” I reply, looking down at my new iPhone. “I like the bigger screen, the face ID….”

Central Saint Giles

This week in… 2010

In October, Legal & General Property and Mitsubishi Estate Company let 78,000 sq ft of office space at their Central Saint Giles development in London to Mindshare, a subsidiary of marketing communications giant WPP.

Building house

This week in… 2014

The Labour-commissioned Lyons Housing Review was published. It suggested that housing delivery needed to be increased to 200,000 homes a year.

Holland & Barrett

This week in… 2014

Holland & Barrett kicked off a search for sites for 40 new stores up to triple its usual size.

Beetham Tower, Manchester

This week in… 2003

North West developer Beetham Organisation was given the green light for its £150m 47-storey glass skyscraper by Manchester City Tower, making it the UK’s then tallest residential tower.


This week in… 2012

Travelodge confirmed a list of 49 hotels it was seeking to transfer to new operators as part of its proposed CVA to address its £500m debt pile.

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