All Professional comment articles – Page 3

  • EV charging
    Professional

    EV charge point deadline looms

    2022-03-03T00:00:00Z

    Last November, the government announced the mandatory installation of electric vehicle (EV) charge points for new buildings in England. With four months to go until these regulations come into force, developers and other stakeholders need to ensure they are up to speed on the requirements.

  • High street
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    Caution advised on rent disputes

    2022-03-03T00:00:00Z

    The pandemic restrictions imposed on landlords preventing lease forfeiture and rent arrears recovery claims against tenants are shortly coming to an end.

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    High streets need organisation

    2022-02-24T00:00:00Z

    Twelve levelling-up missions; King’s Cross-style regeneration of city centres; 53 town centre deals – the UK government appears to be sparing no effort to aid the regeneration of towns, city centres and high streets.

  • Remote working
    Professional

    Business leaders must unlock benefits of new ways to work

    2022-02-24T00:00:00Z

    Covid has demystified the world of remote working, boosting output, creativity and talent retention.

  • Newark Works 1
    Professional

    Why repurpose heritage assets?

    2022-02-24T00:00:00Z

    For many developers, historic assets are offputting and for understandable reasons. After all, they often come with strict rules about what can be done to them – sometimes very little indeed. 

  • Virtual land
    Professional

    Property’s metaverse revolution

    2022-02-17T00:00:00Z

    A reimagined social future or ambitious utopia doomed for failure? The camp may be split, but the metaverse already exists; albeit not the polished dream that Mark Zuckerberg conjured in December 2021 but very real, virtual worlds with new possibilities to be considered.

  • Supreme Court
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    Who has responsibility for the management of wider estates?

    2022-02-17T00:00:00Z

    The Supreme Court in FirstPort Property Services v Settlers Court RTM Co provides welcome clarity over the scope of right-to-manage (RTM) legislation. An RTM company, which is run by leaseholders, manages a block of flats where the right has been exercised pursuant to the provisions of the Commonhold and Leasehold ...

  • Data
    Professional

    How can predictive analytics help to simplify planning and data?

    2022-02-17T00:00:00Z

    The relationship between data and planning is complicated. Big data has become unwieldy as new systems and variables become more complex. With sustainability at the core of new infrastructure and construction projects, town and urban planning has become too holistic for it to meet the scale of delivery.

  • Planning
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    Anticipating 2022’s Planning Bill

    2022-02-17T00:00:00Z

    Greater flexibility in planning has been a lifeline for many projects during the pandemic.

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    How to design offices to suit flexible and hybrid working

    2022-02-10T00:00:00Z

    The World Bank’s new London office demonstrates the value of flexible and socially distanced workspaces.

  • New homes
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    First Homes has its challenges

    2022-02-10T00:00:00Z

    First Homes has been lined up as the replacement to the Help to Buy scheme, but unlike Help to Buy, First Homes will count towards a developer’s affordable housing provision as part of a planning application. 

  • Manchester
    Professional

    The buzz of city life is returning

    2022-02-10T00:00:00Z

    City living has had a tough time throughout the pandemic. Remote working and the closure of hospitality venues eroded the allure of the city, and the nature of housing demand changed.

  • Climate change building
    Professional

    Is the property industry ESG-ready?

    2022-02-03T00:00:00Z

    Investment in the office sector is on the rise, but is the property industry ready to meet the ESG compliance and investment models of real estate investment companies? Are funds ready to invest and looking to attract tenants who need to prove their occupational interests meet the ESG standards they ...

  • Affordable homes aerial
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    Could discounted housing be the solution to Britain’s skills crisis?

    2022-02-03T00:00:00Z

    Britain faces a skills crisis. Vacancy rates are running high and businesses simply cannot get enough lorry drivers, chefs, fruit pickers – the list goes on and on.

  • Flats
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    Assessing BTR’s RPDT ‘exclusion’

    2022-02-03T00:00:00Z

    After a record-breaking 2021, the build-to-rent (BTR) sector has continued to gather pace in 2022, with new sites coming on stream and institutional investors buying or entering into partnership deals with developers.

  • Court of Appeal
    Professional

    Can a guardian claim tenancy after signing a licence agreement?

    2022-02-03T00:00:00Z

    The recent landmark judgment in the Court of Appeal (Global 100 Ltd v Maria Laleva [2021] EWCA Civ) confirms the legality of the property guardianship operational model that defines the status of, and between, property owners, guardianship companies and guardians when securing vacant property.

  • workplace picture
    Professional

    Time to rethink private office spaces in a post-Covid world

    2022-01-27T00:00:00Z

    Pods can provide employers with flexibility, noise cancellation and a host of health and air-quality benefits.

  • Casual dining
    Professional

    The fast-casual restaurant boom

    2022-01-27T00:00:00Z

    The fast-casual boom in the UK’s restaurant industry is becoming increasingly hard to ignore. The fast-food and takeaway sector experienced enormous growth due to the pandemic, but recent data around property prices, consumer trends and industry flexibility are suggesting a reversal of fortunes.

  • Planning
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    Addressing the planning process

    2022-01-27T00:00:00Z

    Following the publication of ‘Meeting Housing Demand’ last week, chairwoman Baroness Neville-Rolfe observed: “The most important aspect in terms of housing supply is planning. Frankly, all the twisting and turning over reform has had a chilling effect, creating uncertainty for housebuilders and planners.”

  • Housebuilding
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    How can developers make money while helping to save the planet?

    2022-01-20T00:00:00Z

    By now, developers will be used to designers promoting opportunities to improve sustainability performance, and equally familiar with these proposals being rejected due to risk and cost concerns.