Argent Related joint chief executive David Partridge joins EG at King's Cross Central to talk about the shortlisting process for the Euston station redevelopment, the future of King's Cross's retail, and the ins and outs of the new partnership with Related.

 

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In this week’s TechTalk Radio show, Dominic Wilson, co-founder of PiLabs gives some insider tips on what will make a perfect entry to the TechTalk Academy, intu’s digital director explains how the shopping centre owner is reacting to an increasingly digital audience, and the co-chief executive of JLL’s new tech division reveals exactly why now is the tipping point for commercial real estate. Emily Wright and Samantha McClary host – after too much coffee.

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The Silicon Valley veteran heading up JLL's new proptech arm believes that commercial real estate is at a tech "tipping point."

Mihir Shah, formerly vice president of mobile at Groupon and an early investor in Uber took on the role as co-chief executive of JLL Spark earlier this week with fellow Bay Area veteran Yishai Lerner.

He said now was the time for the major technology players to get involved in the property sector: "We realise that commercial real estate is really at a tipping point in terms of tech making an impact on and improving experience for clients. It is really exciting for us to take tech to a more traditional industry. It is similar to how the transportation sector was disrupted by companies like Uber.

"The joke is that traditional companies will often hire some innovation officers but won't have a real initiative where they are actually planning to build things. With JLL we felt they were very serious."

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Last week leaders from across the real estate sector gathered to discuss LGBT diversity and inclusion.

Figures were unveiled, lessons were taught and questions asked about whether the industry was reacting because it should be or because it wanted to.

Listen in to key points and speeches from the industry's first LGBT property business conference, hosted by JLL and BNP Paribas, last week.

To read all of EG's coverage of the event go to http://www.egi.co.uk/news/?topic=news-topic-diversity

Or download our special LGBT edition here: http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/html5/reader/production/default.aspx?pubname=Estates%20Gazette%20Supplements&edid=6bbc9aa7-cb4f-4609-819b-096f70eded48&pnum=1

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Inside Brixton Prison, Landsec launched a scaffolding academy with charity partner Bounce Back to give inmates a chance to turn their lives around. EG goes down to the prison to meet the people behind the course and the prisoners working to secure their futures.

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The chair of the regeneration committee of the London Assembly explained one of the Greater London Authority's latest buzz phrases: good growth. The mayor is currently accepting applications for the £70m Good Growth regeneration fund. Details are available here: https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/regeneration/funding-opportunities/good-growth-fund-supporting-regeneration-london 

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After a brief hiatus, Tech Talk Radio is back this week with a trio of interviews from across the sector.

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Calling on the tech sector to help identify infrastructure investment strategy makes sense, the new president of the Urban Land Institute said this week.

 

Just four days into his new role, Aecom vice president Chris Choa said that attracting interest and input from the tech sector was top of his to-do list as he embarks on his two-year tenure leading the ULI.

 

"Cities are powerful because they bring people together," he said. "They are not a thing, they are a system. They are networks. And technology focusses on the power of networks and systems.

 

"Because the tech sector is so focused on this, they have a lot of strategy we can use when we plan infrastructure. We can use different ways of technology-enabled decision making to decide where we invest first.

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IM Properties Tim Wooldridge explains the company's results for 2016. 

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Brendan Sarsfield explains what the plan is for the newly merged £6bn housing association.  

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