Lem Bingley

Lem Bingley

Lem is editor of Property Week.

  • 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.

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    The Climate Crusade: big interview with Grosvenor Property's James Raynor


    Grosvenor Property UK chief executive James Raynor warns that short-term, cyclical upheavals should not mean we abandon long-term thinking about sustainability.

  • 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.

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    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.

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    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 ...

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    Investors unshaken by mini-Budget turmoil at Savills sale


    Auction house says £36m raised at 4 October sale, up 10% year on year, shows strength of investor demand.

  • Industrial and Logistics 2022

    Share your views in the 2022 Property Week logistics census


    Owners and occupiers in the industrial and logistics sector face many challenges as they plan ahead for 2023, with rising inflation, interest rate hikes and the weakness of the pound adding to a long list of existing issues including planning, land availability and environmental regulation.

  • 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.

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    Battersea Power Station: in pictures


    Ahead of the grand opening of the fully refurbished Battersea Power Station a week from now, Lem Bingley takes a tour of the highly anticipated mixed-use scheme.

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    Scottish logistics site stars at Acuitus’s September auction


    Royal Mail distribution centre sold for over £1m, helping the auction house raise total of £18.9m on the day

  • Auctions

    Vacant Bloomsbury office building set to feature in Barnard Marcus sale


    A vacant former office building in central London with redevelopment potential will be the star lot at Barnard Marcus’s 19 October sale.

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    Cladding crisis: Clarke should fund fixes then pursue culprits


    Residential Freehold Association director Mick Platt on why housing secretary should reassess cladding approach

  • Mortgage

    Mini-Budget aftermath: mortgages vanish and yields spike


    Fintech firm Twenty7tec tracks the number of mortgages available in the UK and had been recording a steady decline in the options offered to borrowers over the past six months.

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    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.

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    Listed development options lead Savills’ October catalogue


    Country house and north London apartment block with development potential are star lots in bumper line-up

  • 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.

  • Bond Wolfe auctioneer Graham Carter

    Bond Wolfe achieves ‘healthy results’ at September auction


    Firm says high sales rate shows there is still keen interest in UK property from domestic and international bidders.

  • Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

    An example to us all


    A frequent observation of the past week has been that the Queen’s death came as a shock. Despite her advanced age and obvious frailty when appointing Liz Truss as PM, none of us expected a gentle handshake in Balmoral to be her last official act.

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