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McCarthy & Stone duo mean to turn the tide
When Nigel Turner and Mike Lloyd were hired, they were tasked with turning the company around.
Industry opinion divided on Housing Sprint proposals
Critics question the viability of report’s key finding that expert committee should advise on housing delivery.
Melburg buys 300,000 sq ft industrial park
Melburg Capital has completed the acquisition of the 300,000 sq ft Greenbank Industrial Park in Wigan in an off-market deal.
Legal & General buys affordable homes at Brighton scheme
Legal & General’s affordable housing arm has bought 33 homes in First Base and Patron Capital’s Edward Street Quarter development site in Brighton.
JLL appoints new supply chain director
JLL has appointed Ashley Smart, formerly of DHL, as a supply chain director in its EMEA industrial and logistics business.
Industry and academics call for cross-party committee to tackle housing crisis
The government has been called on to form a cross-party housing advisory committee to tackle the housing crisis in a report from industry experts that makes suggestions including reviewing Section 106 payments and building on greenbelt land.
Gramercy and WP Carey executives launch investment firm with €1bn capital commitment
Two former executives of WP Carey and Blackstone-owned Gramercy Property Trust have launched a new London-based real estate investment firm called Blackbrook Capital, backed by €1bn of capital commitments from Connecticut-based Eldridge Industries.
Housing Minister launches low carbon home design contest
The new housing minister Christopher Pincher has launched a design competition for low carbon homes aimed at the country’s elderly population.
Commercial real estate investment plummets in January after bumper December
Total UK commercial real estate investment in January plunged to £1.4bn, down from the £10.2bn invested in December – the third-best month on record – and from the £3.3bn invested in January 2019.
Investec provides £24.2m loan for east London retail park
Investec has provided a £24.2m loan for the acquisition of Gateway Retail Park in Beckton, east London, to a company managed by Argo Real Estate Management.
Puma Property hires former Octopus investment manager
Specialist lender Puma Property Finance has hired Mert Zabci, formerly investment manager at Octopus Real Estate, as an associate.
Clarion Gramercy commits to over £100m of funding for warehouse developments in France
Clarion Gramercy has committed €122.5m (£106.4m) to forward fund two Grade-A warehouse developments in France that total more than 1.48m sq ft.
Clarion Housing Group to deliver 100% affordable housing scheme in Bristol
Clarion Housing Group has exchanged contracts with Mid Group to build a 100% affordable housing scheme in Bristol with a gross development value of £50m.
Native Land gets permission for 109 extra homes and new hotel at Bankside Yards
Developer Native Land has been given the green light to build 109 more homes than initially planned at its Eastern Yards site in Bankside, London, in addition to a new hotel.
Proptech firm Bricklane doubles size of portfolio by buying 74 rental homes
Proptech investment platform Bricklane has more than doubled the size of its portfolio with the acquisition of 74 rental properties worth a combined £13.6m.
Eden Farm bites at Butterfield Business Park with 73,000 sq ft pre-let
Eden Farm, the national food wholesaler specialising in ice cream and convenience frozen food, has agreed to a 73,000 sq ft pre-let at HBD’s Butterfield Business Park in Luton.
Paragon completes doubling of Bristol office team within first 14 months
Consultancy Paragon has hired Ian Truscott as a building surveyor, completing the doubling of its Bristol office team within its first 14 months of operation.
Government names building owners with no plans to remove unsafe cladding
The government has begun naming building owners and managers without a plan to remediate unsafe cladding on at least one of their buildings, as part of its post-Grenfell screening programme.
Croydon council set to greenlight world’s tallest modular building
Tide Construction’s plans for the world’s tallest modular building have been recommended for approval by Croydon council officers.
CF Commercial hires Ben Reeve as full-time retail and leisure consultant
CF Commercial (CFC) has hired Ben Reeve as a full-time consultant to work alongside its retail and leisure agency team.