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The latest news, views and debates from the commercial property industry. A mix of regular short interviews and the weekly news round-up, covering the whole of the commercial property industry.

The latest news, views and debates from the commercial property industry. A mix of regular short interviews and the weekly news round-up, covering the whole of the commercial property industry.
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The latest news, views and debates from the commercial property industry. A mix of regular short interviews and the weekly news round-up, covering the whole of the commercial property industry.




Hope or fear? How the built environment needs to approach the climate challenge

Real estate’s role in helping to protect and/or destroy the planet on which we live is well known. The impact that buildings, development and the way we work, live and play have on the earth is a well told story. But only in recent months has it become such headline news. Only over the past few months has the clock started ticking loud enough for people to sit up and start to take real action. In this podcast, EG editor Samantha McClary sits down with Louise Ellison, head of sustainability...


EG Question Time: Is Dublin in danger of the San Fran effect?

Tech workers may struggle to afford homes in San Francisco, but in Dublin they often can’t even find a room to rent. Although the Irish capital is actively and successfully attracting skilled migrants, it is also criticised for failing to offer them adequate accommodation. Listen to panelists at EG’s Dublin Question Time discuss the city’s ongoing housing crisis.


Bricks & Mortar: How to develop and progress in your career

"Take control of your career, because no one else is going to do it for you” says Jo Owen, partner at law firm Proskauer and this week’s guest on Bricks & Mortar. She joins Sarah Jackman to look back on her career to date and to reflect on the things that have enabled her to develop it. She discusses the value of a mentor, grasping opportunity, being proactive and building a professional network. She also considers how good clients can bring great joy to the working day and provide exposure...


Future of Real Estate: Derwent’s new man on where he sees opportunity

The Future of Real Estate podcast is back from its summer break with bang. Derwent London’s Paul Williams talks to Damian Wild about taking over as chief executive of London’s most admired developer, how the business is embracing the sustainability agenda and, after another extraordinary week in Westminster, where he sees opportunity in uncertain times.


Bricks & Mortar: How to master the art of public speaking

Climbing to the top of any profession will inevitably involve public speaking in some form, be it giving a talk, addressing large groups of colleagues or chairing an event. It can be a daunting prospect - particularly in the early stages of a career or if public speaking doesn't come naturally. But there are ways of building up to chairing an event or delivering a key note speech at a conference. And who better to share his tips on mastering the art of public speaking than Damian Wild -...


What is Manchester’s future?

Manchester’s ambitions are big. By 2050, it wants to be a zero-carbon city; it aims to continue to entice major occupiers out of the capital with its lower rents, and keep its pool of graduate talent by offering a better standard of living; and it wants to keep regenerating and developing its local areas. But with a growing homelessness crisis and a need to create a real estate portfolio for all areas of society, what role does property play in ensuring Manchester and its surrounding areas...


Football stadiums and planning

With the new football season now in full swing, EG’s Jess Harrold is joined by Sue Chadwick, Arsenal fan and strategic planning adviser for Pinsent Masons LLP, to discuss some of the major planning issues involved in football stadium developments and redevelopments. Chadwick considers how football cases have helped shape planning law in key areas, including in respect of assets of community value and environmental impact assessments, looks at how increasingly technologically advanced...


Bricks & Mortar: How to change your career path

For a decade, residential property lawyer Anna Favre worked in fashion journalism. But after reading a book on civil liberties, she was inspired to make a change of career. A period of part-time study followed, before she qualified as a lawyer and specialised in property. Hear Anna discuss with EG's professional and legal editor, Sarah Jackman, how she effected that change, why there are benefits to entering a career with some work experience already on your CV and why ultimately property...


Farewell to the AST? The government’s latest proposals on tenancy reform

The leasehold reform agenda gained further momentum last week, with the publication of a new consultation seeking views on how best to implement the proposals announced in April to abolish section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 and replace it with a strengthened section 8 process – including the removal of assured shorthold tenancies or ASTs. The consultation is open for 12 weeks, with responses due on or before 12 October. To explain the detail of the consultation paper, EG’s Professional &...


Bricks & Mortar: Supporting candidates through the APC journey

Counsellors and supervisors have a critical role to play in supporting candidates through the APC process. That support can take many forms, from providing regular feedback on their work and testing them on their competency and ethics knowledge to recommending when they're ready for final assessment. To explain how the relationship works on a practical level, the structured RICS guidance that governs it and who is best placed to assume the two roles, Rachel Saint - co-founder of Property...


What the future holds for student housing investment

Investment in the UK’s purpose-built student accommodation sector is set to reach £53bn by the end of 2019. Meanwhile prime yields have now sharpened to some 4.5% across the UK. With student numbers broadly predicted to rise, and demand for affordability and certain locations broadening alongside this, the case for investment in student housing is tempting more UK and global investors and developers. However, there is some disparity between key university cities, which looks set to...


Future of Real Estate: Occupiers are willing to pay more for connected buildings

Research from Radius Data Exchange and others has demonstrated the value of connected buildings. Occupiers are willing to pay more, and landlords who prioritise connectivity are reaping the rewards. Joining Damian Wild on this week’s Future of Real Estate podcast are Cluttons’ John Gravett and Wired Score’s Cassie Wheeldon and Tom McClellan.


On the Case: Supreme Court rules on retail planning condition

Kathryn Hampton, senior knowledge lawyer at Hogan Lovells International LLP, explains the Supreme Court decision in Lambeth Council v Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government [2019] UKSC 33; [2019] PLSCS 122. The council won a Supreme Court fight to restrict the type of goods that can be sold from a Homebase store in Streatham, and Hampton dissects the decision - as well as considering what it means for similar cases going forward.


The end of ground rents? The government response on leasehold reform

The government has published its response to the consultation on “Implementing reforms to the leasehold system in England”, which was carried out from October 2018. Tim Reid, senior associate at Hogan Lovells, outlines the main points to be aware of - including an effective ban on ground rents. Reid covers the limited exceptions, implications for landlords and investors and likely timeframe for implementation.


Bricks & Mortar: How to adapt to an APC referral

APC assessment is often the culmination of several years hard work and intensive study. So it inevitably comes as a huge disappointment for a candidate to receive a referral. Ralph Charlwood, DeLever APC expert coach, mock interview assessor, RICS chair and APC assessor tells Sarah Jackman why candidates might be referred, what they need to do to prepare for a resit and how, ultimately, they should aim to turn a negative experience into a positive. As he reflects: "Those around you are...


A new work order

In this latest episode of EG’s REWIRE podcast, host Samantha McClary talks with Virginia Clegg, senior partner at DAC Beachcroft, Valeria Segovia, principal and design director at Gensler, Louise Kennison, head of people development and engagement at Swan Housing Group and Matt Reed, head of retail asset management at British Land about how business needs to be flexible and inclusive if it is to deliver the new work order. We talk about making workplaces functional for the wide range of...


Auctions in a Brexit Climate

Property auctions provide the UK property market with an unparalleled snapshot of what is selling in today's market and what is not. The latest data makes gloomy reading with volumes down by about a quarter compared with a year ago as political uncertainty surrounding Brexit continued to spook investors. But how can auctioneers get the prices right in a falling market? Is now the best time to get auction finance? Is there a North South divide for auctions? Can auctioneers use big data able...


Future of Real Estate: “Brexit could put the quality of London’s skyline at risk”

This month’s London Festival of Architecture might end up connecting more members of the public with the built environment than ever before. In this latest Future of Real Estate podcast, director Tamsie Thomson tells Damian Wild why this year’s event theme of boundaries is so relevant and why Brexit could mean architectural quality in the capital suffers.


Bricks & Mortar: The benefits of part-time study

For many of those developing a career in property, part-time study is a must. It allows financial freedom and the ability to get established in the industry while qualifying for the next steps of the journey. Inevitably it's not without its challenges and the ability to self motivate and effectively balance the demands of work and study is key. To discuss how it all works in practice are Peter Escreet, MBA Construction and Real Estate Programme Leader at the University College of Estate...


If we innovate, will they stay?

In a post-Brexit Britain, the real estate industry needs to embrace innovation in order to retain talent, improve our cities and keep the UK at the forefront of the business world. Tim Lowe, managing director, Lowe Guardians; Melanie Williams, partner, DWF; Jason Hawthorne, director, VuCity; Martyn Evans, creative director, U+I; and Martin Saunders, director, Avison Young talk about the future.