Thinking Real Estate

Welcome to the eighth edition of Thinking Real Estate where we share thoughts and ideas on topics across the real estate industry. In this latest edition we’re focusing on some practical issues affecting various parts of the sector:

  • Making construction great to work in again
  • Permitted development rights
  • Omni-use development
  • Cities of the future
  • Impact investment

We hope you’re enjoying Thinking Real Estate, we’ve tried to write it in the way we like to talk to our clients, unstuffy, pragmatic and conversational.

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Making construction great to work in again

With nearly half the workforce over the age of 45, what can be done to attract new workers to the industry?

Permitted development rights

The Government is undertaking a consultation on whether to extend permitted development which could increase housing delivery and revitalise struggling high streets. But what could be the impact on the wider real estate market?

Omni-use development

The Student Hotel concept in the Netherlands combines a number of uses into one development: hotel, student accommodation, private rental, co-working and restaurant with shared facilities. Is this a concept that could take off in the UK?

Cities of the future

Two-thirds of the world’s population may live in cities in 20 years’ time and technology is radically changing our working practices, lifestyles, communication and transport. How will this shape our cities and how they develop?

Impact investment

Investing in a way that benefits wider society is a hard sell. But is there a growing appetite for more socially conscious investment and impact investment which actively seeks to do social good and what is driving it?

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