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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  • Covid office worker

    Fewer people, more space?


    One of the nice things about going into the office during a pandemic is how much space you have to yourself.

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    More rent misery for landlords


    We all knew it was coming, but that did not make the government’s announcement on Monday that so-called Freedom Day would be delayed until 19 July any easier to stomach, not least because of the likely ramifications.

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    Four years on from Grenfell


    Who can forget the harrowing images of fire ravaging Grenfell Tower in the early hours of Wednesday 14 June 2017, or the shocked incomprehension on the firefighters’ faces as they rushed towards the blaze, which having started as a seemingly innocuous kitchen fire on the fourth floor would spread so ...

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    UK recovery gathers momentum


    Happy days. The sun has been shining, the Covid death rate has hit zero for the first time since the pandemic began and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is forecasting that the UK economy will grow 7.2% in 2021, up from its prediction of 5.1% in March.

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    Time for British Landsec?


    Are British Land and Landsec waving or drowning?

  • David Sleath

    Interview with SEGRO’s David Sleath


    With great power comes great responsibility. SEGRO chief executive David Sleath talks Liz Hamson through the relaunched Responsible SEGRO strategy ahead of Property Week’s Industrial & Logistics Conference

  • Social distancing

    Another step towards a new normal


    There may have been plenty of clouds in the sky this week, but the outlook is brighter than it has been for some time.

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    Planning for better PDR


    While people have been dreaming of living in large homes with gardens in the suburbs or countryside, the reality all too many have been waking up to is very different, especially if they live in a “home” delivered via permitted development rights (PDR).

  • Green office

    From the ESL to ESG


    What a week. First, former US cop Derek Chauvin was found guilty of the murder of George Floyd, prompting an outpouring of relief over the verdict. Then, we had the outrageous, but happily short-lived, proposals for a football European Super League (ESL), spearheaded by the so-called ‘big six’ UK football ...

  • Pay gap

    Bubbly, bubbles and pay gaps


    Plenty of people will be raising a glass of bubbly on Monday as we reach the first significant milestone on the roadmap out of lockdown. Some, however, will have bubbles of a different sort on their minds.

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    Waking up to a brave new world


    After so many blue Mondays, how nice was it to wake up to Happy Monday on 29 March? It was the perfect spring day to emerge blinking from our WFH bunkers and resume interaction with the outside world – and what a brave new world it is.

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    Out of the retail ashes


    We will soon find out what the new normal looks like for retail when non-essential retail – or what’s left of it – reopens on 12 April.

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    Things are finally looking up


    The industry may not quite be full of the joys of spring yet, but it appears finally to have left the winter of discontent behind it.

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    RICS CEO defends his stance


    It’s the explosive interview everyone has been waiting for. No, not THAT one (all I’ll say about the Harry and Meghan interview is that as a mixed-race woman, I think it’s critically important to address race and mental health issues.)

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    The ultimate fudge it Budget


    It was the best of Budgets, it was the worst of Budgets – the best in terms of the eye-watering £65bn rescue package, and the worst as that said package represents a drop in the ocean of what is required to kickstart the economy.

  • West End Covid

    Roadmaps and brickbats


    As roadmaps go, Boris Johnson’s “cautious” plan to ease England out of lockdown is not exactly the easiest to navigate – and there seems to be at least one major road missing.

  • Climate apocalypse city

    Do or die time for climate


    I thought there was only supposed to be one Blue Monday a year. The 15th of February certainly gave the third Monday in January a run for its money.

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    Reset or RIP for retail?


    Everyone (including me) keeps talking about long, dark tunnels, but I am starting to think we’re actually stuck in a very deep hole – one that it may prove impossible for some parts of the market to dig themselves out of.

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    RICS must face the music


    The genie is out of the bottle. The cat is out of the bag. Pandora’s box is open. RICS can no longer avoid its day of reckoning.

  • RICS flags

    A right ruckus at RICS


    Oh dear. It is never a good idea to keep sweeping stuff under the carpet when everyone suspects – or knows – there is a problem.

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