We have become used to everything being available to us at a click of a button or, more commonly, a tap on a smartphone screen.

Allister Hayman

Indeed, we have come to expect it. But is the property industry ready for this revolution? And if not, can it rise to the challenge?

These questions are among many explored in our third issue of Perspectives.

The aim of Perspectives is to step back from the day-to-day and look at the bigger picture through a series of thought-leadership essays.

In this issue, Richard Gerritsen from Yardi underscores the importance of embracing technology.

And Darren Yates of Carter Jonas explores how technology and the war for talent is driving new office trends and shaping the office of the future.

Meanwhile, Robin Squire, managing director of developer Acorn’s Bristol business, looks at the opportunities available to small and medium-sized residential developers as the government and the industry continue to explore new ways to tackle the housing crisis and Colin Cottage from consultant Glenny takes a closer look at the compulsory purchase system and asks if it is fit for purpose.

We also hear from Luton council on the ambitious plans for the regeneration of the Bedfordshire town, while Geoff Cook, chief executive of Jersey Finance, makes the case for offshore investment structures, which are coming under increasing scrutiny following the Panama Papers leak.

Completing the line-up, Andy Janson from Jansons looks at the residential, industrial and office markets in the Thames Valley and Colliers International talks about the importance of property fundamentals in the office market.

We hope you find their insights thought-provoking. If you would like to get involved in the next volume, do get in touch.

Enjoy your summer reading!

Allister Hayman is Property Week’s deputy editor