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 widen.

To discuss how these factors will inform decision-making among the leading market players in the future, EG is joined in the studio with Gavin Eustace, head of residential development at Octopus Real Estate; Nick Hayes, group property director at Unite Students; Alex Pease, group investment director for Watkin Jones Group; and Jon Wakeford, group corporate affairs director at UPP.

This podcast was recorded on 2 July 2019.

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.


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 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.

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 likely to judge how you deal with it rather than the referral itself. Try and reframe this as an opportunity to demonstrate maturity and grow as a professional. In the years to come you will look back and see it - in the context of other challenges that you will have faced - as a minor setback and hopefully one that you successfully overcame."


July 8, 2019

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 workers and working attitudes that are now prevalent, how to create places that help rather than hinder returners to work and much much more.

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 to buck the market?

In this EG Property Podcast, George Walker, partner and auctioneer at Allsop, Oliver Childs, head of commercial auctions at BidX1, Daniel Owen-Parr, head of professional sector and auction at Together Money and Max Mason, associate director at 574, discuss how the market will perform as the country prepares to leave the EU.

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.

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 Management and Sara Williams - a recent graduate of the university.


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.

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