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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A grown-up and authoritative response

I attended my last meeting of the Commercial Property Forum yesterday. This is the group that sits between the Department for Communities and Local Government and the British Property Federation to discuss areas where the government can work with the property industry to support growth in homes and jobs. There is always the danger that […]

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Encouraging signs at the LGA conference

One of the first national events to be staged post-EU referendum was the Local Government Association conference, held in Bournemouth from 5 to 7 July. Several hundred local council leaders from up and down our great nation descended on the south coast. And both the setting as well as the weather, although perhaps not the […]

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Mrs May gives reason to be cheerful

Further to Monday’s blog post of optimism, I find more reasons for the property industry to be cheerful this week. Well, I reckon it is a choice. We either put our best foot forward and make things work in this weird new world, or we collapse and slide into recession. And I choose the former! […]

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