All Professional comment articles – Page 3

  • London
    Professional

    Building a positive contribution

    2021-07-15T00:00:00Z

    As towns and cities come back to life post pandemic, there is a growing need to rethink workplace buildings to better prepare them for the major challenges currently facing the real estate sector.

  • Old people
    Professional

    BTR offers a shared experience

    2021-07-15T00:00:00Z

    Home ownership is in the government’s DNA, many of its policies specifically designed to encourage people to buy their own homes.

  • London
    Insight

    People have stuck with London

    2021-07-08T00:00:00Z

    It has been well over a year since the prime minister announced the first lockdown in March 2020 and we are edging ever closer to the total end of restrictions later this month.

  • Housebuilding
    Insight

    Wall of money needs a home

    2021-07-08T00:00:00Z

    “There’s a wall of money looking for a home,” a financier told me after one in a flurry of recent private equity-funded acquisitions. Where better a home for these billions than in, well, homes?

  • Parcel delivery
    Professional

    Planning reforms could fall short

    2021-07-08T00:00:00Z

    While the focus of the Planning White Paper is on housing delivery, two areas where reforms are also needed if we are to deliver the cities and developments of the future are logistics and the role of data.

  • Public meeting
    Professional

    What opportunities does the public sector offer as a career?

    2021-07-08T00:00:00Z

    Covid-19 has fundamentally changed the way we need to plan and adapt our cities, our neighbourhoods and our buildings. The pandemic has revealed new expectations for where people would like to live and what types of amenities should be within walking distance.

  • Shopping centre
    Professional

    There is black hole of unpaid rent

    2021-07-08T00:00:00Z

    The government created legislation and guidance for businesses during the pandemic, attempting to protect the economy. It is now consulting on the best way to withdraw or replace the restrictions on evictions and arrears recovery.

  • Europe proptech
    Insight

    Why nearshoring is so beneficial

    2021-07-08T00:00:00Z

    When giant automotive supplier Robert Bosch opened a €1bn chip plant in Germany close to the Sirius Business Park in Dresden last month, it was hailed as a triumph for nearshoring – the opposite of the trend towards globalisation that has driven world economies in the 21 st century. ...

  • Business rates
    Professional

    Can special-purpose vehicle leases be used to avoid empty rates?

    2021-07-08T00:00:00Z

    The recent Supreme Court judgment in Hurstwood Properties v Rossendale Borough Council has clarified that the burden of paying empty rates should fall on the person who has the practical ability to bring unoccupied property back into use.

  • optimism_credit_shutterstock_oatawa_524086885
    Insight

    Art brings joy to our public spaces

    2021-07-08T00:00:00Z

    Writing this on one of the longest (and hottest) days of the year, I can finally say that summer is upon us. 

  • Science lab
    Professional

    Science can save empty spaces

    2021-07-01T00:00:00Z

    With the expectation that many companies will reduce, if not abandon, their office space post pandemic, there is an alternative solution that should be considered when planning the future use of empty commercial buildings – and the answer lies in science.

  • Office
    Professional

    Hybrid working puts the future of corporate HQs in the balance

    2021-07-01T00:00:00Z

    Post Covid, headquarters must be landmark destinations that are worth the commute for employees and visitors.

  • Neighbourhood
    Professional

    Planning places around people

    2021-07-01T00:00:00Z

    Despite its many guises, a 20-minute neighbourhood is essentially a people-focused way of planning, placing daily activities within a reasonable walking distance from home.

  • Pride flag
    Professional

    The importance of visible support for Pride month

    2021-06-24T00:00:00Z

    I find myself getting frustrated around this time of year (Pride month) at campaigners complaining about so-called ‘rainbow washing’.

  • High street
    Professional

    Businesses need economic help

    2021-06-24T00:00:00Z

    This month, chancellor Rishi Sunak’s business rates holiday extension comes to an end, albeit with a partial continuation benefiting just small businesses. However, ‘Freedom Day’ has now been postponed, social distancing continues and some sectors are still unable to open.

  • Business rates
    Professional

    How can the industry best protect businesses from rogue agents?

    2021-06-24T00:00:00Z

    The number of rogue ratings surveyors is on the rise. This is not a new problem. For years, businesses have been prey to cowboy elements in the industry who claim they can achieve massive business rates reductions, demand fees upfront and then often disappear without trace.

  • Finance meeting
    Professional

    What is the best way to improve the HS2 compensation regime?

    2021-06-24T00:00:00Z

    Anyone who has claimed compensation for HS2 blight will know that it is a process that feels like 12 rounds of boxing, even for the initiated in property. Agreeing valuations and the quantum that should flow can be painfully long-winded.

  • Office
    Professional

    Effective preparation is vital for a successful office return

    2021-06-18T00:00:00Z

    Space management, online connectivity and cybersecurity procedures are key factors for a smooth return.

  • Village green
    Professional

    Village greens pose a conundrum

    2021-06-18T00:00:00Z

    The phrase ‘village green’ generally brings to mind the traditional image of dancing around the maypole in a quaint village on a summer’s day. In reality, the term has a more complex and potentially challenging meaning. For example, a village green may not be as easy to spot as the ...

  • Woodland
    Professional

    The value of carbon storage is rising

    2021-06-18T00:00:00Z

    There has been a perceptible shift in how people are looking at land. It has been dubbed the ‘Thunberg effect’ and, as a result, the profile of clients approaching us seeking land and forestry is changing.