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Agent P

Agent P: Baltic Room

2019-12-04T13:32:00+00:00

8.30am, 6 December, Baltic Room: Young Thruster has been tasked with finding out why the hell LondonMetric would want to splash £14.5m on 18 roadside car wash sites. Gangs of Albanians in pub car parks are cheaper and better, surely?

Spin class

Spin Class: PR disaster

2019-11-27T15:20:00+00:00

Ping! It’s an email from a good friend who is a journalist at a national paper. Following the biggest PR disaster in history (Prince Andrew’s interview with Emily Maitlis) and the resignation of the prince’s PR man, who advised against the interview, my friend wants input for an article on ...

Princesshay shopping centre, Exeter

This week in… 2009

The Crown Estate bought a 50% stake in Land Securities’ 530,000 sq ft Princesshay shopping scheme in Exeter.

The Shard

This week in… 2013

US student housing operator Greystar pounced on its second UK student accommodation portfolio, paying £190m.

NOMA development, Manchester

This week in… 2015

The Co-operative Group and Hermes Investment Management secured planning permission for two office buildings, which formed part of their NOMA development in Manchester.

Adelphi,_John_Adam_Street

This week in… 2006

Istithmar, the investment arm of the Dubai royal family, confirmed the acquisition of the Adelphi block on London’s Strand for more than £300m.

Marshalls Yard, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire

This week in… 2004

Dransfield Properties and Prospect Estates submitted a planning application for a £37m retail and leisure scheme in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire.

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