LandAid House opens in Autumn 2019, providing 146 bedrooms for young people at risk of becoming homeless. It’s been made possible by a £1m donation from Mike Slade, president of the charity and the outgoing chairman of Helical Bar. He explains to Damian Wild why he has made the donation and what he hopes it will deliver for the future.

There’s not much time left to avert a global warming disaster, and that means the real estate sector has to make big changes to existing building stock as well as to development projects in the pipeline.

At EG's Middle East Real Estate Forum, Andrew Jackson, HM Consul General at the British Embassy Dubai, talks about how deeper relationships between these two markets are strengthening trading links, with the profile of the Middle East being boosted by UK central government. 

A joint spatial plan from the West of England Combined Authority aims to provide the development framework to guide the delivery of housing, employment and infrastructure up to 2036 across Bristol, Bath and Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

Listen to panelists at EG’s Bristol Question Time discuss the challenges of creating more affordable housing, improving the city's digital and transport connectivity, and incorporating environmental considerations such as air quality. 

Roger Cohen, partner at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, returns to the EG studio, joining deputy legal & professional editor Jess Harrold to discuss the Supreme Court ruling in Hewitt (VO) v Telereal Trillium [2019] UKSC 23; [2019] PLSCS 90 - where a Blackpool office block that has been empty for a decade was found nevertheless to have a rateable value of £370,000.

 

Cohen explains the Supreme Court judgment and the importance of "general demand" when it comes to calculating rateable value - as well as considering the implications of the decision for property owners.

So-called ‘poor doors’, segregated playgrounds and unwanted gentrification: it is not hard to find negative headlines about the property industry.

Developers regularly face accusations of putting profit before people, of building poorly designed and poorly constructed buildings which do little to serve the community they are in.

But how much of this is true? The industry seems to be suffering from a fundamental image problem, but how much do the wider headlines reflect reality? And what can the people who work in the sector do to change the perception of an industry which ultimately exists to improve the places we live and work?

Listen in as Martyn Evans, creative director at U+I, Virginia Blackman, principal at Avison Young, Tim Lowe, founder of guardian firm Lowe, and Jason Hawthorne, managing director of Vu City discuss how laziness has given the real estate industry a bad name when it comes to collaboration.

 

EG's latest findings, which analysed 3,200 retail premises across 22 of the UK's busiest high streets, have revealed that 17.3% of these are owned by overseas investors, including international banks, investment funds and wealthy private individuals.

Meanwhile the public sector were the third-largest owners of the UK’s high streets, behind both international investors and the traditional property companies and REITs, which led the pack with a 21.4% share.

In our latest retail podcast, we take a look at which cities have gained the highest levels of overseas investment (spoiler: it's not London) and why these destinations have attracted this capital. We also discuss whether fragmented ownership has compounded the ongoing woes of the physical retail sector.

“I remember walking out of my APC the first time around and phoning my dad. I couldn’t focus. I couldn’t think about where I was. In that moment I knew that I needed to sort myself out and get some help.”

Natasha Collins had been working at a frenetic pace – juggling the demands of a busy job in asset management with the academic rigor of her APC and a lively social life – when she began to experience symptoms of burnout.

A call to LionHeart helped her to regain her perspective and to make the necessary adjustments to her work / life balance. She now works as an ambassador for the charity, alongside managing a property investment business and lecturing for UCEM.

Hear her discuss the highs and lows of her career in property and how, ultimately, that telephone call was transformative in helping her to adopt a more sustainable approach to work.

This week’s Future of Real Estate podcast will transport you to your destination at 600 miles per hour with an episode that focuses on what might be the first new mode of mass transportation in over 100 years. And, as Harj Dhaliwal, Managing Director, Middle East and India Field Operations, Hyperloop One, it’s one that has the power to transform cities and connections between cities.

In the wake of the public accounts committee inquiry into planning and the broken housing market, Sue Chadwick, strategic planning adviser at Pinsent Masons LLP joins us in the EG studio to discuss how the fourth industrial revolution holds the answers.

Chadwick discusses how accelerated planning for housing could work in the context of a digital revolution, the legal hurdles and opportunities around modern methods of construction, and what the government must do to adapt the planning regime so it is ready to reap the rewards of the fourth industrial revolution.

 

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