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UK Real Estate Perspectives

As the COVID-19 pandemic envelops the globe, we are committed to providing our clients with up to the minute intelligence and commentary as to what is happening in the real estate markets.

After a Summer break we are delighted to bring you Issue 11 of UK Real Estate Perspectives. We consider who will be the winners and losers from the Government’s proposed reforms of the planning system, look at the ongoing challenges to the F & B sector and continue the conversation on the future of the office.

The recent introduction of changes to the Use Classes Order followed by the publication of a White Paper signalled a significant overhaul of the planning system to make it simpler, clearer/cost effective and quicker. But, there will be winners and losers writes Andy Teage, Partner, Planning & Development in The Pitfalls & Opportunities in Planning Reform

Matt Ashman, Partner, Head of Leisure & Restaurants, reviews the measures taken by Rishi Sunak to protect the F&B sector during the pandemic and asks whether the hospitality industry is being unfairly blamed for the spike in new cases in False Starting Hospitality PDF

Karen Clements, Managing Director, UK Valuation & Advisory, asks what happened to returning to the office in September and what’s made some business sectors return and not others in Return to the Office, Pushes & Pulls PDF

Continuing the office theme Ben Cullen, Head of Lease Transaction & Advisory, updates his view on whether the office is under threat. While business leaders now accept offices will continue to have an important role, What next? The Future of Offices takes a view on what they will they look like. 

Finally Richard Pickering, Chief Strategy Officer, UK looks at the history of ecommerce and asks, Are offices going down the same road as shops? PDF While there are distinct similarities, he also highlights important differences offering fundamental reasons why the virtualisation of work will not translate to the figures we have seen in retail over the past 15 years.  

Please do get in touch; we stand ready to help you navigate through these uncertain times.

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Insights ? Commentary

Planning Reform

A White Paper currently undergoing consultation will deliver the most significant overhaul of the English planning system since the introduction of the Town & Country Planning Act in 1947. As with any change there will inevitably be winners, losers and unintended consequences.
Andy Teage • 24/09/2020
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Insights ? Occupier

What Next? The Future of Offices

The good news for the offices sector is that the hysteria appears to be dying down. Business leaders that were calling time on the office, now accept that they’ll continue to have an important role in future.
Ben Cullen • 23/09/2020
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Insights ? Office

Is This End Of The Development Cycle?

The lockdown measures implemented by the Government to control the spread of coronavirus have had a profound effect on office development activity.
Patrick Scanlon • 01/07/2020
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Insights ? Retail

Restarting F&B

Restarting hospitality is in all of our best interests: 25% of UK’s GDP drop in April was due to the hospitality sector being on hold. We review the creativity and challenges involved. 
Paul Durkin • 01/07/2020
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Insights ? Investment

Will COVID-19 Affect Ownership Patterns for UK Real Estate?

Catalysts for distress, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, often lead to changes of ownership composition within the UK property market. Some investors see this distress as a buying opportunity whereas others will sell as assets re-price and risk perceptions alter. 
Jason Winfield • 01/07/2020
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Insights ? Workplace

COVID-19 & Data to Reimagine the Workplace

Despina Katsikakis, Head of Occupier Business Performance reveals the data driven trends around productivity, culture, wellbeing and diversity that will shape the future office.
Despina Katsikakis • 22/06/2020
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Insights ? Retail

Will Moving To Online Kill Your Business Model?

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic we’ve been told retailers need to move to online. But what if moving to online kills your business model?
Tim Crighton • 22/06/2020
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Insights ? Commentary

You Don't Own Your Reputation, You Rent It.

The Government has formed a working group with organisations in the commercial rental sector and has announced its plans to publish a Code of Practice for retail, leisure and hospitality businesses and landlords before the June payment day (24 June). 
Nick Ridley • 22/06/2020
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Insights ? Retail

Retail & Leisure Trends In Europe

A snapshot of the current physical retail and leisure landscape across Europe and which retail sectors are seeing early recovery.
Yvonne Court • 22/06/2020
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Insights ? Commentary

Addressing the Widening Inequalities Created by Real Estate

How can the real estate industry start to tackle inequality? We work in an industry that is about creating wealth for investors, and this might seem like a diametric opposition to the challenge. However, it is worth remembering that today’s landowners are in effect you and me.
Richard Pickering • 22/06/2020
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Insights ? Office

Rethinking Place

Given the inchoate nature of the COVID-19 situation, last week was a period of assimilation for London offices, with a simple acclimatisation for many to a new way of working for the medium term. 
Richard Howard • 02/06/2020
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Insights ? Commentary

The Beginning of the End for Our Take, Make and Dispose Culture

The only sustainable approach to economic growth is by engaging with the core principles at the heart of the circular economy. 
Andrew Phipps • 02/06/2020

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Research ? Economy

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