Liz Hamson

Liz Hamson

Liz Hamson has been the editor of Property Week since July 2014 and writes a weekly leader column as well as other features across the property sector.

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    It’s all offices and politics


    What a week! Boris Johnson’s announcement that Plan B restrictions are being lifted did not distract attention from a totally self-inflicted leadership crisis (as Property Week went to press, it looked as though he was about to be given the heave-ho after being accused of “defending the indefensible” over ‘Partygate’).

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    A real stand-up Guy: interview with Guy Grainger


    Exactly a year after becoming JLL’s EMEA global head of sustainability services and ESG, Guy Grainger took over on 1 January 2022 from David Partridge as president of the BPF. He sets out his stall to Liz Hamson.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Allan gets down to business


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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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?

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    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?”.

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    Get involved in the Climate Crisis Challenge


    How do we turn followship into leadership ahead of COP26? That is the question we will be asking at our Climate Crisis Challenge Campaign Spotlight Event, in collaboration with UKGBC, on Thursday 23 September – and we are inviting you to put your questions, too, to the c-suite speakers and ...

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    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…

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    Looking back at 9/11


    It doesn’t matter how many times I see footage of the planes striking the Twin Towers, the sight never fails to shock. It is the unsteady angle of attack, terrifying speed and devastating impact, especially of the second plane as it scythes through the South Tower.

  • Simon Murphy, CEO Battersea Power Station

    Big interview with Simon Murphy, CEO of Battersea Power Station Development Company (BPSDC)


    Battersea Power Station Development Company boss Simon Murphy tells Property Week how the developer scaled “the Everest of property” and why he is so bullish about the £9bn scheme’s post-Covid prospects.

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    A RESI you can’t afford to miss


    The government’s announcement this week of a new £8.6bn funding package to make home ownership a more “realistic and affordable” aspiration for tens of thousands of families is a welcome one. But the devil will be as much in the delivery as the detail.

  • Morrisons Abergavenny

    What next for PE target Morrisons?


    There may be more reasons to buy Morrisons, but only one really counts as far as the private equity players currently circling it are concerned: its £6bn property portfolio.

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    The countdown to RESI begins


    If you look out the windows of the Property Week office in Croydon, you can see cranes in almost every direction, most of them hoisting building materials up and down residential towers.

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