Susan Freeman is partner at Mishcon de Reya and is in the Work.Life advisory group
Propertyshe Perspectives: US Presidential inauguration, Climate change and air quality, London retail news, transformation of Strand/Aldwych, why London can’t rest on its laurels
This week’s American presidential inauguration with 22 year old Amanda Gorman reciting her poem ‘The Hill We Climb’, calling for ‘unity’ and ‘togetherness’ and Lady Gaga singing the national anthem has marked an exciting, emotional and welcome new chapter for the US.
Propertyshe Perspectives: Legal drama with Hiscox Action Group, virtual panels and podcasts, the transformation of Paris, Debenhams Oxford Street closure, London as Europe’s leading tech hub
It’s been another week of drama, although this time of a legal nature.
Propertyshe Perspectives: Real life drama, Mayor’s promotion of Miami holds lessons for London, Mr Beast’s instant virtual burger chain, Microsoft’s immortal chatbots cometh
As I write my first lockdown blog of 2021, the voice of Julie Andrews, as the Bridgerton narrator, Lady Whistledown, is for some reason echoing in my head. Thank goodness for all the TV drama over the ‘festive’ break to take our minds off our own ongoing drama.
Propertyshe Perspectives: UK leads the way with vaccine and drone deliveries, London’s resilience, democratising second homes, a busy week for Amazon, celebrating accelerated collaboration
This is my last post for 2020, an extraordinary year that we are unlikely to forget in a hurry. I have found it therapeutic to chronicle some of the highlights week by week, so thank you for reading.
Propertyshe Perspectives: Covid a wake-up call for climate change, The Crown Estate and Grosvenor pathway to net zero 2030, 22 Bishopsgate practical completion, The Cocktail Man cometh
Commiserations to all those who thought they had their Christmas summer sun organised with a trip to the Canary Islands and now find that their air bridge has been closed. It seems impossible to plan anything with any certainty at the moment.
Propertyshe Perspectives: New concepts to repurpose our high streets and shopping centres, West End news, Crossrail 1 and 2, an inventive Hammersmith Bridge plan, the virtual RESI Awards 2020
It’s been a mixed week. There has been positive news in terms of the prospect of a vaccine on the horizon to combat Covid-19, but there has also been bad news with the collapse of high street stalwarts Arcadia and Debenhams and the potential loss of thousands of jobs.
Propertyshe Perspectives: Guidance for office workers needed, new lease of life for Whiteleys, kick in the teeth for rural broadband, real estate’s carbon footprint, global connectivity
This week we are trying to come to terms with the end of lockdown and the introduction of the new tiers set out in the Government’s Covid-19 Winter Plan. What seems to be missing is further guidance on when office workers can get back to the office.
Propertyshe Perspectives: Silver Anniversary, making WFH work, sustainable solutions for cities, Guy Grainger’s new ESG role, Alchemists & Magicians wanted, flying cars and broadband as a human right
Congratulations to Property Week on 25 years of the Annual Property Awards which we celebrated digitally this week. Some of us dressed in silver to mark this landmark anniversary as we concocted cocktails, enjoyed some musical entertainment and exchanged messages with others on our virtual table.
Propertyshe Perspectives: Covid uncertainty, from Bookshop to cybercrime, Powerhouse Telemark and recycled fishing nets, the Dagwood happy ending, lessons from the Fire of London
Living in the time of Covid-19 entails much uncertainty. It’s difficult to make plans either for business or personally with so much change being rolled out on a daily basis.
Propertyshe Perspectives: A remarkable week on twitter, fake news and Woolworths, Mishcon Academy Future of the High Street, podcast with Liz Peace CBE, Bowie and the internet as ‘an alien life form’
It’s been quite a remarkable week on twitter and since it was Internet Day this week it seems only right to give it a mention.
Propertyshe Perspectives: Goodbye BST, Welcome collaborations and initiatives from Central London Alliance, City’s London Recharged report, MDRxTECH, and Grosvenor’s Power to Young People
The clocks go back this weekend so we’ll be waving a final goodbye to our British summer which has helped keep spirits up over the last few months.
Embracing digital real estate events, air quality as a ‘flywheel of adoption’, back to the Big Think on the Future of London, rebranding and toast art
The cancellation of the annual EXPO Real trade show in Munich just two days before the event, coming so soon after MIPIM’s announcement that it is moving from its hallowed March slot to June, caused consternation and the realisation that it is unlikely that any of our real estate conferences ...
Propertyshe Perspectives: New Fifth Wall and BNP Paribas proptech start-up fund, commercial drones, building back London with Jenga, Mishcon epic 25th Anniversary cake and MIPIM moves
In welcome news for UK proptech start-ups, Fifth Wall, the California based venture capital fund focused on tech in the built environment and the real estate arm of BNP Paribas have set up a new £91million UK fund to invest in proptech start-ups in the UK and Europe.
Propertyshe Perspectives: High achieving podcast alumni, Google commits to London offices, ULI Europe debates the ‘Workplace of the Future’ and Mishcon Academy digital offices panel
I have been writing a weekly blog since lockdown started in March in order to chronicle the real estate sector’s response to this extraordinary year. The daily awareness that we are creating history is not comfortable for anyone.
Propertyshe Perspectives: Making a virtue of early dining, revisiting ‘Who Moved My Cheese’, Labour Party Conference fringe debate sans dancing, BPF Futures and virtual working
This week we seemed to go into reverse. After months of careful planning and expenditure to make businesses and workplaces COVID safe, the government have reverted to directing us to work from home if we can and imposed a 10pm curfew on restaurants and pubs.
Propertyshe Perspectives: The office sector responds to pandemic, Podcast with Brian Bickell, good news for the hospitality sector, virtual networking and why too much green isn’t good for you
It’s good to be back in London after a week’s break in Scotland and the North. Strangely it was virtually impossible to secure a hotel room in the Lake District and Yorkshire countryside as, with the alternative of foreign travel remaining problematic, UK hotels are full which must be good ...
Propertyshe Perspectives: It’s time for the new New London, alternative workplaces, CREW Network gender pay gap report and the late Lady Barbara Judge CBE
The announcement that star architect Lord Richard Rogers, one our most successful and influential architects who is credited with shaping modern cities, is stepping down from his firm after more than 40 years marks the end of an era. His many landmark buildings include the Pompidou Centre in Paris, the ...
Propertyshe Perspectives: Bring on the spray paint, British Land and Equiem tenant app for Broadgate, the survival of London’s West End and podcast with Grainger CEO Helen Gordon
It is remarkable how effectively 200 cans of spray paint can reinvent an uninspiring shopping street.
Propertyshe Perspectives: The future role of the retail store, Chris Kane’s ‘Where is My Office? Reimagining the Workplace for the 21st Century’, office cubicles and the vital smart tool
We’ve somehow moved seamlessly from sweltering in tropical heat last week to howling gales and an autumnal feel this week. Here’s hoping our new alfresco dining culture can keep going. The imaginative use of Parisian style outdoor heaters and canopies could be the way to go.