Susan Freeman is partner at Mishcon de Reya and is in the Work.Life advisory group
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.
Propertyshe Perspectives: To mark Simon Silver’s announcement that he’s stepping down from the Derwent London board, some highlights from our 2015 ‘Step-brothers in arms’ interview
This week, Simon Silver, co-founder of London property developer Derwent London, announced he will be stepping down from the board, so it seems a good moment to revisit some of the highlights of my interviews with Simon Silver and his co-founder John Burns.
Propertyshe Perspectives: Reactions to proposed planning overhaul, the role of SME builders, podcast with High Streets Task Force chair & an American view of creating successful shopping centres
It has to be said that there has been a mixed response so far to the government’s proposed overhaul of the planning regime announced this week.
Propertyshe Perspectives: Retail news and turnover rents, from Fifth Wall to The Fifth Space via the Reimagining Real Estate Virtual Summit, and the climate change emergency
Some of the biggest news this week has been around the retail sector. Unsurprisingly given the current circumstances, the restructuring and job losses continue with iconic department store business Selfridges, announcing that it is shedding 450 jobs, amounting to 14% of its workforce. UK retail institution John Lewis released radical ...
Propertyshe Perspectives: London v New York real estate, more dialogue needed between government and local authorities plus; positive news for Lewisham
I’m getting to know quite a bit about the New York property scene having been invited to join my second New York real estate panel in a week.
Propertyshe Perspectives: Getting back to work, masking up, the future of the office in London and New York with The Real Deal and how Quintain CEO James Saunders became a convert to real estate
I’m delighted to see that Boris Johnson took note of last week’s Propertyshe perspectives blog and has announced that as from August 1 employers will have discretion over whether staff come back to work.
Propertyshe perspectives: The old high street model is dead, localism on steroids needed, Dagwood is the place to be for film makers, and don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater
With the latest grim news of retail closures from high street stalwarts such as John Lewis and Boots putting thousands of jobs at risk, the pressure on retail continues to grow.
Propertyshe perspectives: As theatres struggle to survive we must support our culture, Mishcon and HM Land Registry distributed ledger prototype enables digital transfer of property
This week our restaurants, bars, pubs and hair salons come back to life, but there is no date as yet for theatres to be able to open for live performances.
Propertyshe perspectives: West End could see teddy bears’ picnics, we’ll hear more about B Corps, buildings could have bigger health impact than our doctors, keep calm and persevere
As I write, Westminster Council have published their plan to enable outdoor dining in certain parts of London’s West End so hopefully that will give enough time for businesses to be ready to open from 4 July and to some enjoy summer trade.
Propertyshe perspectives: London goes ‘al fresco’, the BIDs are still all right, Fly on the Wall with British Land’s Chris Grigg and emerging BTR sector needs to shout louder
Plans are afoot to support the beleaguered hospitality sector as operators get ready to emerge from three months of lockdown.
Propertyshe perspectives: The welcome return of retail, the climate crisis challenge call to arms, the future of the workplace, fixed and flex, making planning fit for the future
As we prepare for those retail shops designated as ‘non-essential’ to reopen, it remains to be seen whether we will witness the type of ‘revenge spending’ that occurred when luxury retail stores first reopened in China or whether UK consumers will be reluctant to emerge from the comfort of their ...
Propertyshe Perspectives: preparing for a safe return to work, London transport and the role of technology in managing real estate
Whilst it will be many months before the effects of the pandemic on the real estate sector become clearer, the forecasting around the future of the office continues unabated.