In uncertain times, MIPIM UK can still pull in the investors

Whatever is happening to the markets, in our increasingly unreliable world, it is rather helpful to be able to say, to local authorities or  LEPs or whoever else, that the organisers of MIPIM can always pull in investors. Without fail, whether it be at MIPIM France or MIPIM UK (celebrating its third outing this October) […]

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Fighting talk from our new minister

Gavin Barwell, our new housing and planning minister seems to be universally highly regarded by Those in the Know. I have only met him once, at his request, and I came away with the impression of a chap open to new ideas, with a formidable intellect and a serious drive to make a difference. He […]

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A fascinating insight into London’s Olympic legacy

A very kind person sent me a copy of London’s Olympic Legacy by Gillian Evans to review.  It is a delight to read. And I would thoroughly recommend it. It is a timely perspective on the behind-the-scenes planning of London’s Olympic legacy, told in a compelling and accessible style. According to the blurb: “With unprecedented […]

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Welcome appointment at RIBA

In a highly Top Secret process, the team at UKR is gearing up to appoint master-planners to design our new scheme. It is very Secret Squirrel as we are in a hugely collaborative partnership with the host local authority and we are, above all else, totally respectful of their timetable for residents’ consultation on their […]

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The benefits of 30 months in Whitehall

During my 30 months in Whitehall, I had the benefit of traversing three departments (Cabinet Office; Business, Innovation and Skills; and Communities and Local Government) in hot pursuit of the great Greg Clark, in my exulted positon as his policy adviser on urban regeneration. My last billet was in CLG of course, where Greg was […]

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Older women and a new way of living

It has been nigh on six years since we started out on the journey of UKR.  And right from the get-go, we have been grappling with the issue of how people are going to live together in the future.  Most pressing of all trends in housing, of course, is that we are all living so […]

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It’s difficult, this getting back to normal

After nearly two-and-a-half years in “the thick of it”, I am finding it rather hard to adjust back to life in the real world. Thankfully, UKR has a seriously GREAT project in the pipelines (and more on this when I am at liberty to divulge) so I certainly have plenty to do. But it is […]

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Drawing inspiration from the Great Estates

The property industry is greatly the poorer for the untimely death of the Duke of Westminster. Of course the credit for the enduring value of the Grosvenor Estate and Mayfair was not his alone, we have to pay homage to his forbears. But the late Duke was a wholly diligent and proper person, with a […]

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RIBA vote is of interest to us all

It is remiss of me not to have reported on a rather uplifting and refreshingly honest event I attended, just a few days after the EU referendum, which was a dinner to celebrate the candidature of Ben Derbyshire for the presidency of the RIBA. It was quite the most extraordinary event, and I was most […]

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The Balls to Brexit brigade are onto something

Whatever the outcome of the Hinckley Point C hiatus, there is no doubt that there are strange new forms of energy being unleashed, post the EU referendum (I have totally boxed myself into a corner by eschewing the word “Brexit”, there is simply no other shorthand word on offer, and I am going to have […]

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