All articles by Liz Hamson

  • Tax Avoidance

    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?

  • Gas

    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 ...

  • Robert Jenrick Conservative Party Conference 2019

    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…

  • New York September 11

    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.

  • Houses

    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.

  • Housing market finance chart

    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.

  • Remote working

    Welcome to the new WFH


    I was sure that after 16 months of not being able to take foreign holidays (or domestic ones easily), the whole industry would decamp for at least a fortnight this summer as parts of the market hardest hit by the pandemic picked themselves up off the deck with a view ...

  • Cafe reopening Covid

    Property presses the play button


    Freedom day wasn’t quite the ‘disaster day’ some had forecast, but it didn’t feel particularly liberating, did it? With Covid cases continuing to rise and some of the double-jabbed among them, it is little wonder that people remain anxious about returning to the office (or heading to the shops).

  • Business people

    Kick racism out of property


    There was a sickening inevitability to it – so much so that I switched my phone and the TV off as soon as the game ended and I realised what was coming – but I did not think for a second that one of the idiots taking to social media ...

  • 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.

  • Closed due to Covid sign

    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.

  • Grenfell Tower

    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.

  • Tightly packed flats

    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).