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A riotous end to a tumultuous year

The UKR Christmas party on Monday was a suitably riotous affair. Our entire professional team attended lunch in the private room of Villandry St James, where the kitchen and waiting staff seriously did us proud. As ever. An eclectic mix of folk – planners, surveyors, designers, comms-types, hangers on, liggers and laggers – gathered for […]

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Sorry for the blackout, I’ve been feeling the earth move

I must apologise for my absence. For the past four weeks I have been in New Zealand. It was a holiday-of-a-lifetime sort of thing. I had always wanted to go. And I was in such a workaholic frenzy in the run-up, trying to leave everything neat and tidy in UKR, that I ran out of […]

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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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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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The question now, is what next?

Technically I am a civil servant. And I will remain as such, until I leave HMG to return to UKR at the end of July (more of what comes next for Sadek in future blogs, naturally). And, as a civil servant, I am bound by the Civil Service Code, which means it is my duty […]

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MIPIM UK – a bit of a blur, all of a triumph

Sooooo… MIPIM UK 2015.  Well, it’s all a bit of a blur really… So much HAPPENED! Olympia: well it may not be Cannes, but 2015 proved that 2014 was not a fluke, and it sure does work for us.  The promised protesters were not exactly out in force (perhaps, like in my student days, the […]

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We must think beyond a five-year cycle

Being technically a civil servant (HA!) I did not attend the Conservative Party conference in Manchester this week – contrary to what some of you seemed to assume – but there was no escaping it really. It certainly didn’t pass us by that almost all the big promises (on housing in particular, but also on devolution, […]

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