November 13, 2019

Social impact? A no brainer(y)

We were blown away by the quality and quantity of entries for the new Social Impact category we introduced to this year’s EG Awards. It revealed an industry where firms of all shapes and sizes are committed to change and to thinking beyond just their own bottom line. Manchester-based developer Capital & Centric stood out for its commitment to social impact, from setting up a Regeneration Brainery to initiatives tackling homelessness. Damian Wild caught up with co-founder Tim Heatley

Jess Harrold joins Anna Favre, partner at Cripps Pemberton Greenish, to discuss the Supreme Court ruling in Sequent Nominees Ltd (formerly Rotrust Nominees Ltd) v Hautford Ltd [2019] UKSC 47; [2019] PLSCS 205 - in which the court ruled that a landlord's refusal of consent for its tenant to submit planning application for residential use was "reasonable".

Favre outlines the background of the case, analyses the court's decision - and explains why she found it so surprising. In addition, she addresses the potential significance of the case for landlords and tenants in the future.

Real estate supports a range of careers, facilitated by a number of RICS pathways. But how best to choose the pathway that's right for you? 

To answer that and other RICS pathway and competency questions, Sarah Jackman is joined by Jen Lemen - co-founder of Property Elite - for a look at the options available, which skill sets suit which pathway, and when to make decisions about the direction of future study. She also provides advice for those looking to change pathway.

Drawing on her own experience, she gives her top 5 tips for selecting a pathway and encourages listeners to "make it relevant to you now... you can adapt."

In this episode of the EG Property Podcast, EG editor Samantha McClary meets Alex Harrington-Griffin, CEO of TrustedLand, and Jonny Britton, CEO of LandTech to talk about trust and perception.

The pair have just launched a the Real Developer campaign to combat the poor perception of the the industry.

Through the campaign TrustedLand will work with industry professionals to identify the top SME property developers, first in the south-east of England, to showcase their work through the Real Developer 2020 Index. The index will be distributed to 250 local land agencies and advisers, including Homes England and the GLA.

Listen in to find out why Harrington-Griffin feels "duty-bound" to showcase the good work that the smaller developers are doing.



Collaborative endeavours such as PFIs and PPPs have not always been successful in the past but working together has the potential to drive the property sector forward. So what could the future look like if people were better at working together?

In this EG Property Podcast, Collaborators editor Rhiannon Curry gathers a panel of experts to answer that question and talk about the potential of future collaboration in the industry, particularly between the public and private sector.

Joining Rhiannon for the discussion are:

  • Kimberley Grieveson, Director, Avison Young
  • Jamie Holmes, CEO, VU.CITY
  • Colin Murray, Partner, Head of Local Government, DWF Law
  • Tom Edgerley, Development Director, U+I


James Cannon - rugby union player for English Championship club Ealing Trailfinders and previously Wasps and Connaught Rugby - joins Sarah Jackman in the EG studio to discuss why real estate is the future career for him.

Conscious that his time as a rugby professional will, at some point end, Cannon has decided to pursue real estate as a profession after being introduced to it during his time at Wasps. To enable himself to study alongside his current commitments, he signed up to the MSc Real Estate programme at UCEM, which he anticipates that he’ll finish in 2020.

He discusses what attracts him to the industry, parallels between the real estate industry and rugby and what he hopes to get out of a future career.

Jo Negrini, chief executive of Croydon council, is this week’s guest. Come for Basil Brush’s first mention on the podcast, stay for insight on progress of the Westfield/Hammerson redevelopment of the Whitgift Centre and the future of local housing companies in a climate where the cost of council borrowing is on the rise. Croydon-born Damian Wild hosts.


In this EG podcast, deputy editor Tim Burke is joined by guests working across the built environment to discuss the challenges of ensuring that new and old buildings alike are helping to address, rather than add to, the climate crisis – as well as what message the industry should take from growing voices of protest such as Extinction Rebellion.

Listen in to hear insights from

Marco Abdallah, head of engineering, Drees & Sommer

Matthew Brundle, associate director, Evora Global

Louise Ellison, group head of sustainability, Hammerson

Sarah Ratcliffe, CEO, Better Buildings Partnership

Gordon Roy, district surveyor and environmental resilience director, City of London Corporation

Lionheart is an industry charity that provides support to RICS members and their families. That support covers both financial and emotional and can be both reactive and proactive.

To discuss the range of services that it offers to those in the industry, chief executive Davina Goodchild joins Sarah Jackman for the latest episode of Bricks & Mortar. 

She touches on mental health and wellbeing, the type of support available to members and why APC candidates and those in the early stages of their career might benefit from the service just as much as experienced professionals.

Join auctions editor Lucy Barnard and a panel expert auctioneers as they look to the evolution of this dynamic and varied method of sale. 

Experts from Allsop, Acuitus, BidX1 and 547 discuss the resilience of the sector and look at the opportunities for growth.

Listen in to hear insights from:

  • Richard Auterac, chairman and auctioneer, Acuitus
  • George Walker, partner and auctioneer, Allsop 
  • Richard Watson, head of UK residential auctions, BidX1
  • Max Mason, head of sales, 547



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