In this latest episode of Bricks & Mortar, Sarah Jackman catches up with senior partner Sara Bailey, real estate partner Rebecca Wardle and real estate solicitor, Ugo Ebhogiaye, from Trowers & Hamlins.

The firm has been working on a number of initiatives to help improve diversity and social mobility within the sector, including the Routes to Real Estate programme, which seeks to address the various barriers into employment in real estate.

They discuss the background to initiatives, how they're working in practice and the positive change that they hope will flow from them.

 

Jess Harrold is joined by news editor Pui-Guan Man and life sciences Evelina Grecenko for the latest weekly round-up of all the latest headlines.

Grecenko tackles Oxford Biomedica's sale-and-leaseback plans, and the buzz around Manchester's Landmark Building.

Man has news on industrial land values, Hammerson's latest results and a new digital twin of the commercial real estate market.

But which is the better investment, industrial or life sciences?

And how will they both fare in the quiz of the week, covering everything from the BBC to the celebrations of England's victory in the Euros?

Jess Harrold is joined by Guy Fetherstonhaugh QC, of Falcon Chambers, to discuss the eagerly awaited Court of Appeal decision in the combined appeals in Bank of New York Mellon (International) Ltd v Cine-UK Ltd; London Trocadero (2015) LLP v Picturehouse Cinemas Ltd and others [2022] EWCA Civ 1021; [2022] PLSCS 125 - cases both arising out of rent arrears accrued during lockdown periods imposed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Fetherstonhaugh outlines the parties involved in the appeals, including two connected cinema tenants, and how those tenants saw their defences to actions for unpaid rent rejected at first instance.

He explains how the arguments were presented in the Court of Appeal, and why it dismissed the tenants' appeals.

In addition, Fetherstonhaugh shares his thoughts on where this leaves any tenants who are yet to resolve pandemic rent arrears disputes with their landlords, and whether this might lead to a late rush to use the government's so far under-utilised arbitration scheme.

 

Jess Harrold is joined by injury-hit editor Sam McClary for the latest weekly round-up podcast.

McClary shares Birmingham City Council chief executive Deborah Cadman's excitement for the Commonwealth Games, and how they are already helping transform the city for a golden future.

She also hails the strong field vying for this year's EG Awards, as the finalists are named.

In addition, Harrold addresses the Court of Appeal's decision on a pair of high-profile pandemic rent cases, the state of play of the government's arbitration scheme for resolving disputes over Covid arrears, and where it all leaves any landlords and tenants yet to come to agreement.

But how will McClary fare as she is put to the test in the quiz of the week?

 

In episode four of In on the Act, Sarah Jackman is joined by Falcon Chambers barrister, Oliver Radley-Gardner QC to discuss the Electronic Communications Code, which came into force in December 2017 and replaced the existing Code governing telecommunications. 

Disputes between operators and landowners under the new Code have been higher than under its predecessor, with one case – Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Ltd v Compton Beauchamp Estates Ltd and conjoined appeals – going all the way to the Supreme Court.

They discuss the reasons behind that, the effect of the Supreme Court decision and other developments in the area, including the Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Bill. 

In this latest episode of Bricks & Mortar, Sarah Jackman speaks to Greg Manson, director of debt finance at OakNorth Bank. Manson practices within OakNorth's property finance team and recently received accreditation to become a chartered surveyor via the senior professional route. 

They discuss his motivation for seeking MRICS accreditation, how he managed studying alongside his day-to-day work and the benefits that his recent qualification has brought to his current role.

Tune in to hear the full discussion.  

 

On this week's episode of Tech Talk Radio, host Emily Wright speaks to someone not known to mince his words. Ility founder and chief executive Marcus Moufarrige pulls no punches when it comes to his thoughts on the future of tenant engagement apps as his platform is rolled out across portfolios within major real estate companies including L&G and Deloitte. 

"I have always said that tenant engagement isn't an app, it's an outcome," said Moufarrige. "If it isn't an app, why do we need them?"

Moufarrige added that getting people to engage with a building via an app has traditionally been a tough sell with low uptake and something that usually requires "a lot of pushing" because "no one gets turned on by engaging with a building."

He said that New York-based Ility's strategy comes at the problem more from an asset management approach, giving the landlords the tools they need to collect and own their own data while creating flexible, profitable spaces with a focus on ESG. 

To hear more about Ility, Moufarrige's thoughts on apps, data ownership and the difference between a sector which is digitised and one which has been digitally transformed, tune in to this episode of Tech Talk Radio. 

Just 13% of the UK real estate workforce is female. Even less – a lot less – of it is made of of black women. That is not right and it is not okay.

As real estate continues to transition and understand its importance in delivering places and spaces for human beings to thrive the need to diversify our workforce and become a truly inclusive sector has never been more important.

To help highlight and showcase the black women there already are in the sector Black Women in Real Estate has teamed up with recruitment specialists Madison Berkeley to launch the #IAMWOMAN campaign. The campaign took place last week and highlighted five black women from across the built environment sharing their stories of success.

The campaign was designed to help improve visibility of black women in the sector, to encourage more black women into real estate and to show all of us, that while the numbers of black women in real estate may be low today, there are many very highly skilled and talented women out there that this sector needs.

In this podcast, EG editor Samantha McClary sits down with Hanna Afolobi, founder of Black Women in Real Estate and new development consultancy Mood & Space, Faith Locken, development manager at Countryside and founder of We Rise In and Clare Coe, co-founder of Madison Berkeley to find out more about IAMWOMAN, why the campaign was needed and how we all need to work hard to uncover the untapped talent this industry has and need to attract.

Find out more about the campaign and read Faith and the other women’s stories at https://www.madisonberkeley.com/i-am-woman/

Jess Harrold is joined by deputy editor Tim Burke and, making her EGLSM debut, residential reporter Akanksha Soni, to round up the hottest week in UK history.

Burke tackles the real estate industry reaction to the record temperatures, and the stark warning they offer of the realities of climate change - as well as the latest news on RICS and what he learned from his EG Interview with Here East chief exec, Gavin Poole.

Soni offers her thoughts on the resi sector after her first few weeks on the beat, and rounds up her major stories of the week.

But can she compete with Burke as she is put to the test in her first quiz of the week?

 

Sheffield is poised to reinvent itself as one of the greenest cities in the UK, with a raft of environmentally sustainable new developments about to come online and a wealth of older stock ripe for redevelopment, according to Colloco founder Tim Bottrill.

Colloco sits in second place in the Radius On Demand Rankings for South Yorkshire, with 12 deals across the line so far this year. It was established five years ago by Bottrill following a 20-year career in the city, first with Knight Frank and then Fernie Greaves.

Sheffield is seeing a huge remodelling of its city centre thanks to Heart Of The City 2, a huge mixed-use redevelopment that includes Elshaw House, touted as Sheffield’s first “zero carbon ready” office. The city is also rich in older industrial buildings ready for development alongside the ongoing modernisation of the iconic Park Hill scheme.

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