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JLL Who?

It is fair to say that we all hate our jobs from time to time. Sometimes you really just want to turn around to your boss and give them what for. But you can’t always do that. Now, Diary is not saying that the owner of this car has or does work for one of […]

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Groping Gormley

Who knew cast iron was such a turn-on? The property managers at Regent’s Place in Euston have noticed something strange about the two nude Anthony Gormely statues that make up one of the site’s major art installations – The Reflection. The statues – which were modelled on the artist’s own body – have notably smoother […]

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Boris and his Daily Dozen

Property spinners are notorious for weasling meaningless quotes into press releases which usually offer such radical insights as someone being “delighted” to have been instructed to sell a building.  It is a minor annoyance but one they often get away with given the desire to report at least something from the horse’s mouth. But diary […]

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Coffee Break

It’s a confident auctioneer who asks bidders to leave the room and come back later. But that’s what happened at Savills’ February auction when auctioneer Chris Coleman-Smith gently suggested a coffee break to some of his eager buyers. “If you’re here for Lot 80 it’s going to be a couple of hours,” Coleman-Smith said. “Go […]

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Still way off a reaching the Pinnacle …

How long before we see action at the Pinnacle?  Diary has picked up a fresh clue… Brookfield Multiplex, the company’s construction arm tasked with building the £1bn tower, recently won another tower job in London.  It is now on site delivering the 317,000 sq ft Aldgate Tower which recently secured the £85.5m needed to ensure […]

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Lonely hearts and empty spaces this Feb 14th…

The diary blog is back in a shower of rose petals and fluffy teddies. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I have some gifts to offer – three bottles of champagne and, even more exciting, a personalised love poem. Yes indeed. To win, all you need to do is spare a thought in the lead […]

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Wheelie good sheds

It is fair to say that warehouses are not the most compelling subject matter for an entertaining video.But boy do the folks at River Film Communication prove that wrong with their promo video for Goya Developments’s and Scottish Widows Investment Partnership’s 163,000 sq ft Central Park scheme at Park Royal, NW10.Starring all the agents on […]

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Fifty Shades of… builders

With all the hype about “mummy porn” bestseller “Fifty Shades of Grey,” Diary was particularly amused to see tradesmen and builders website mybuilder.com came up with its own video spin off. Enjoy…  

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Olympic residents’ missile claim ‘shot down’ in high court

Spare a thought for those poor old tenants of Fred Wigg Tower in Leytonstone, east London. The tower block residents today lost their high court challenge to a decision to allow the government to station surface-to-air missiles on their roof during the Olympic Games .The council tenants had claimed that their human rights had been breached by […]

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Shard opens 38 years after Towering Inferno movie became box office smash

Not only is the Shard opening tonight but Diary couldn’t help noticing that it’s almost 38 years since one of the world’s best property themed movies opened in screens around the world, The Towering Inferno. Starring Steve McQueen and Paul Newman, the film tells the story of architect Doug Roberts who returns to San Francisco […]

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