All Professional comment articles – Page 8

  • Construction building frame
    Professional

    How easy is it for developers to insure timber-framed buildings?

    2021-02-12T00:00:00Z

    A growing number of developers are exploring the use of timber in construction due to sustainability benefits, aesthetics etc. But how easy is it to insure these buildings?

  • London suburb
    Professional

    Can BTR work in the suburbs?

    2021-02-12T00:00:00Z

    With a huge proportion of the population now working from home, the property sector has remained reasonably buoyant. But will dreams of a garden and home office translate into a mass move to the suburbs? And what has happened to the communal space in urban build-to-rent (BTR) schemes?

  • Working from home stress
    Professional

    Why its vital to support mental health

    2021-02-05T00:00:00Z

    From the start of the Distrkt journey, we have put people at the centre of our working culture. One of our earliest initiatives on launching was to prioritise wellbeing, and we encourage our team to go to the gym and break up the working day.

  • Office
    Professional

    An agile approach is needed to meet office workers’ needs

    2021-02-05T00:00:00Z

    Far from being obsolete, offices will still serve a crucial purpose as active work hubs in a post-Covid world.

  • Aerial View jf
    Professional

    Adapting arenas for new uses

    2021-02-05T00:00:00Z

    Across the world, the sports and entertainment industry is facing up to the unprecedented challenges of Covid restrictions. While many venues have sadly lain empty waiting for a vaccine breakthrough, others have had the opportunity to diversify, utilising their arena space for other uses such as testing stations or temporary ...

  • Signing house contract
    Professional

    What happened to the stamp duty surcharge on multiple dwellings?

    2021-01-28T13:22:00Z

    Last November, HMRC updated its guidance on the 3% surcharge for stamp duty land tax, which means that for some investors and developers, the 3% surcharge is no longer due – the standard 1% rate replacing it – in cases where the property is not considered 100% residential. This also ...

  • Parcel delivery
    Professional

    Ecommerce will reshape homes

    2021-01-22T00:00:00Z

    One outcome of the Covid pandemic is likely to be a permanent increase in office-based workers working from home. A knock-on effect of homeworking and lockdown has been the continued rise of ecommerce. And while the growth of online shopping pre-dates the pandemic, the trend towards buying online has been ...

  • Asbestos
    Professional

    Assessing the risks of asbestos

    2021-01-22T00:00:00Z

    Following the initial industry regulation of 1931 that outlawed the use of asbestos, further stringent global regulations have been put in place, as can only be expected for such a harmful substance.

  • Office_credit_shutterstock_Zastolskiy Victor_779163607
    Professional

    What to expect in the office market in the year ahead

    2021-01-22T00:00:00Z

    A shift to remote working during the Covid pandemic has highlighted the importance of the office for businesses and their employees and its essential role as a hub for collaboration, community and development. So, what can we expect in the office market as we enter 2021?

  • Office meeting
    Professional

    Time for listening and learning

    2021-01-15T00:00:00Z

    You may have been subjected to or witnessed it: microaggressions. The frequent verbal and nonverbal behaviours that can be derogatory to the point of ostracisation.

  • Office buildings
    Professional

    Occupiers can save energy costs

    2021-01-15T00:00:00Z

    With government guidance continuing to require everyone who can work effectively from home to do so, some office buildings are consuming energy at a rate similar to weekend levels.

  • Construction
    Professional

    Will Covid fallout lead to a rise in disputes for construction industry?

    2021-01-15T00:00:00Z

    From designers to demolition experts and cost managers to contractors, the effects of Covid have been felt by all and will continue to be felt for a long time.

  • Planning
    Professional

    What is the MHCLG’s consultation on change of use legislation?

    2021-01-15T00:00:00Z

    On 3 December, MHCLG published its open consultation on ‘supporting housing delivery and public service infrastructure’.

  • Glamping yurt
    Professional

    WFH spurs weekend escapism

    2021-01-07T00:00:00Z

    Working from home (WFH) because of Covid-19 has transformed the traditional working week. For many, the daily grind of commuting from Monday to Friday has been replaced with remote working.

  • Relaxed office
    Professional

    Convergence is key to offices in a post-pandemic world

    2021-01-07T00:00:00Z

    Office environments should aim to weave together the facilities and atmosphere of myriad spaces and sectors.

  • Diverse meeting
    Professional

    Challenging the D&I status quo

    2021-01-07T00:00:00Z

    Research shows that the highest-performing organisations focus on diversity and inclusion. In any company, it is important both to understand and recognise the benefits of having a diverse and inclusive workforce.

  • London offices
    Online

    The outlook for the UK’s post-Brexit office market

    2020-12-18T14:35:00Z

    The coronavirus pandemic has radically changed our way of working, prompting businesses to become increasingly agile and footloose – a change in company culture and working norms that would have seemed simply unimaginable just a year ago.

  • Christmas party
    Professional

    Focusing on what is important

    2020-12-17T00:00:00Z

    Christmas is a time to give thanks. After a year like no other, it is important that businesses recognise the effort and commitment shown by their staff in difficult circumstances. 

  • Green office
    Professional

    Can planning system deliver the Ten Point Plan for ‘Green Revolution’?

    2020-12-17T00:00:00Z

    In November 2020, the government published its ‘Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution’ (TPP). 

  • Street cross section squared off no logo
    Professional

    New habits will reshape cities

    2020-12-17T00:00:00Z

    The impact of Covid on working patterns, the rapidly changing high street and a significant change in planning use class orders have all prompted architects and urban designers to think about our role in reshaping our cities.