The end of Retail Property but more on Attention to Retail

Ed and the team are no longer contributing to this blog. Thank you to everyone who has followed it over the past few years. For the latest on retail please follow Attention to Retail, where Ed will also be an occasional guest blogger. Many thanks, The Estates Gazette team.

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Transport is not just about getting from A to B

Helen Drury, Policy Advisor at BCSC, discusses the ramifications of increasing rail fares.   With the closing of the Olympics on Sunday, we seem to have definitely returned to pre-games life.  On my commute into work on Monday morning, there were glum faces galore and a chaotic train service.  The Olympic hangover has certainly set […]

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Olympic sustainability and its legacy

Helen Drury, Policy Advisor at BCSC, assesses the legacy of London 2012.   Last Friday saw the opening of the London 2012 Olympic Games with a spectacular show by Danny Boyle.  Spirits are high for British medals, especially after winning our first two gold medals in the rowing and cycling today.   Our aspirations for […]

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They’re here: the 2012 Olympics

Davinder Jhamat, Head of Research and Education at BCSC So they have finally arrived – the Olympics.  With all the recent documentaries on TV, particularly the Olympics’ Most Amazing Moments, the fastest man on the planet – Usain Bolt, the BBC evening news coming live from the Olympic village and more, with all the excitement […]

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The social responsibility of property ownership

Shopping centres are large assets, more often than not in town and city centres (contrary to popular belief and press commentary). They are essentially businesses that require constant investment.  Indeed, secondary shopping centres need substantial new capital merely to maintain their appearance and retail offer, and even more is required to turn them around.  BCSC […]

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Significant Barriers to Energy Efficiency Improvement Remain in the UK

Helen Drury, Policy Advisor at BCSC, outlines the obstacles preventing greater energy efficiency in the UK.  Amid the recent omni-shambles ofgovernment u-turns, delays in announcements on renewables policy and are-defining of a green tax, it seems to me that George Osborne is activelytrying to kill the Green Economy. In a reportpublished this week by DECC and undertaken by […]

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Airports, Expansion and Retail – Who’s Jetting Off With the Consumer?

Davinder Jhamat, Head of Research and Education at BCSC, questions whether Heathrow is being left behind by its European competitors.   Over the last couple of months I have been following the Heathrow airport discussion with interest.  Contention over Heathrow’s extra runway and the fact that by the turn of the decade Heathrow will lose […]

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Industry welcomes move to GHG reporting

Helen Drury, Policy Advisor at BCSC, comments on Nick Clegg’s long awaited announcement.At the Rio +20 Earth Summit Nick Clegg yesterday announced the intention to make GHG reporting mandatory from April 2013.  This has been a long awaited announcement following a consultation in June last year.  At the time, there were mixed views from stakeholders […]

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What is the future for Secondary Shopping Centres?

Alistair Johnstone, Associate Director at CBRE Ltd, discusses the issues facing Britain’s  Secondary Shopping Centres.  “Polarisation” and “lack of prime stock” are two current and commonly used terms across the commercial property market.  In terms of shopping centres the former is certainly true.  The latter has some truth but recently we have seen some action; Witney, Basingstoke […]

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The future for the lucky ones

So the Portas Pilots were announced at the weekend and, despite twitter’s best efforts, they were kept pretty secret until Saturday. Given our involvement in this project to date, we were among the lucky recipients of the list under embargo. And as tempting as it is to shout ‘I know!’ from the rooftops, or more […]

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