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Property bodies call for clarification on MEES

The minimum energy efficiency standards went out for consultation in 2021 – so what now?


The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers is the new administrator for the energy efficiency scheme.

BRE calls for raising the bar on building standards

The Building Research Establishment is calling on the next government to commit to world-leading standards for British buildings.

Lease markets: pressure grows for green buildings

The next two years will be a critical time for corporate occupiers looking for real estate that supports their carbon commitments.

Energy-efficient property leads the market

Energy-efficient assets showed stronger investment performance across all sectors in 2023.

Building control deadline extended

New mandatory competence assessment deadline extended by 13 weeks.

Could retrofit finance be the answer?

There is a huge CO2 emissions reduction opportunity for commercial buildings, says a specialist.

Policymakers act on decarbonising buildings

Two significant moves in recent days throw more weight behind climate change mitigation efforts.

UKGBC targets more rigorous carbon reduction

Latest UK Green Building Council guidance aims to build greater accuracy and clarity of Scope 3 emissions reporting.

NHS estate: action needed

Health and care leaders are calling for the next government to boost investment to repair and update dilapidated buildings.

Sustainability: help offered in acquisitions

A new Acquisitions Sustainability Toolkit is designed to help in assessing the sustainability characteristics of buildings.

Climate Group teams up to launch a ‘renovation revolution’

The climate and energy non-profit is underlining the need to upgrade millions of buildings every year to meet 2050 net zero goals.

Report: a transformative 3 years for CRE

Corporate real estate advisor Colliers is forecasting a new period of value creation opportunities for occupiers and investors beginning this year.

Service charges on the rise: breaking down the trends

Office buildings with the highest efficiency and sustainability ratings tend to have higher than average service charges.

Industry looking for embodied carbon regulation

As the UK prepares for an eventual election, industry bodies are increasingly calling on parties to make manifesto commitments.

BCIS calls for priority on repairs and maintenance

The Building Cost Information Service is asking the government to address urgent R&M issues.

BCO defines new research programme

The British Council for Offices hopes its new agenda will guide and inspire the office sector amid disruption.

Green lease toolkit launched

Revised for 2024, the toolkit aims to support the delivery of better buildings across the commercial real estate sector.

Property report finds mixed views

‘Slightly more positive outlook’ reflects caution and change in the commercial property sector.

Europe’s most climate resilient cities

Global real estate advisor CBRE has ranked European cities according to their resilience to the impacts of climate change.

Retrofit: significant opportunities being missed

So argues the UK Green Building Council, which has issued new guidance to support action.

Can owners and occupiers work together?

Progress on the decarbonisation of real estate is being held back by a lack of collaboration.

Key property drivers for 2024

Real estate advisor Savills is forecasting a stronger commercial property market, with four themes set to have significant impact.

Government sells £1bn of property

New figures in the Government Estate Annual Data Publication confirm £1.1bn of property sales in 2022/23.

New chair for Flexible Space Association

Andrea Kolokasi now chairs the flexible workspace providers group.

RICS launches 2023 sustainability report

Occupier and investor demand for green buildings grows but uncertainties and costs are holding the industry back.

Occupiers eyeing more space

International research indicates more organisations are planning to lease more space in the coming months.

Managing agents target energy performance

New framework aims to drive optimal in-use energy performance of commercial buildings.

Demand for sustainable buildings grows

New report identifies three key factors in making the case for investing in retrofitting and futureproofing.

Cushman & Wakefield to embed AI across operations

The property services group becomes the latest to roll out artificial intelligence to enhance client and employee outcomes.

London office development roars back

Too much office space? Maybe not, as development starts hit record levels.

RTO: wide variations across Europe

Employers in most countries expect people to be in the office more than we do in the UK.

Nottingham Trent launches retrofit centre

The University is investing £1.5m into developing skills, research, training and consultancy.

Office occupancy levels climb across Europe

Average office occupancy rates across eight major European cities have risen in the last six months.

Energy-efficient assets deliver better returns

More incentive to ‘go green’, as CBRE reports the results of its inaugural Sustainability Index.

WeWork acts to stave off collapse

It's been quite a ride, but now it's come to bankruptcy protection for the flexspace provider.

New research to plug net zero data gap

Lack of data is one of the biggest barriers to decarbonising buildings.

HqO aims to transform workplace experience

The platform has been selected for a series of UK science and innovation sites.

Workplace change: headwinds demand careful planning

Current volatile market conditions may give way to some stabilisation in 2024.

RICS releases healthy building guide

Taking on a broad but critical remit, the guide offers advice on designing, delivering and managing healthier buildings.

Offices: major investment needed

UK office landlords could spend over £65bn over the next 7 years to meet energy efficiency requirements.

Corporate backers for ‘definitive’ hybrid working study

The investigation into the impact of hybrid working on people, places and society is aiming for 10,000+ participants from around the world.

BCO names top UK workplaces 

Barclays’ Glasgow campus was celebrated as the Best of the Best at the British Council for Offices National Awards last night.

RICS launches built environment manifesto

Timed to coincide with party conference season, the document is titled Empowering a Sustainable Future.

Data: key to decarbonising the built environment

The industry must not let up on its commitment to reduce its impact on climate change.

Building Safety Alliance looking for input

The cross-sector group is focusing on the building occupation phase and inviting input on golden thread tools.

Green Property Alliance sharpens focus on commercial sector

A relaunch includes a renewed purpose to stimulate industry-wide engagement on sustainability issues.

Flexspace: sustainability index launched

In a sector first, the index aims to ensure quality data on building performance, helping operators and occupiers track and report on sustainability initiatives.

Property services: changing landscapes

Change is the theme for Barclays’ annual property services conference this year.

CBRE: 1bn sq ft using AI-powered FM

Smart solutions are being used to improve operational reliability and drive efficiency at more than 20,000 client sites.

NatWest partners on retrofit learning

Teaming up with the Supply Chain Sustainability School will provide a free learning platform to build capabilities.

Study finds employers cutting back on space

Global research indicates many workers are still coming into the office less than two days a week.

JLL unveils GPT model for property

JLL GPT aims to provide private, secure generative AI services to amplify insights and client outcomes.

Commercial property: good news and bad

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Q2 UK Commercial Property Monitor is reporting a renewed downturn in the market.

Nearly 20% of office space could be unlettable

Without investment, this stock is unlikely to be fit for purpose in terms of meeting the needs of occupiers and complying with MEES legislation.

Buildings: new guidelines on inclusion

Guidance will ensure that inclusion is considered at every stage of the design and construction process.

Companies will pay more for sustainable offices

More evidence that there is a premium on green space, this time from the occupant side of the equation.

JLL backs 15 climate-impacting start-ups

In its first year, JLL Foundation investments are helping to catalyse efforts to achieve a more sustainable future.

Call for action on retrofitting

Consultancy and construction company Mace is calling on the industry and government to ramp up efforts to retrofit non-domestic buildings.

Net zero standard out for consultation

The campaign to establish a standard for verifying UK buildings as net zero carbon has reached a significant milestone.

Property and people coming together

Real estate decision-making and people-centric strategies are becoming more integrated, according to property advisor CBRE.

Proptech: Australian group builds presence in Europe

A recent acquisition shows the scale of the ambition and opportunity in this sector.

London refurbishment at all-time high

The looming spectre of obsolescence has seen a record level of office upgrade projects get underway in the capital.

BCO: Midlands and Central England award winners

Employee wellbeing, amenities and sustainability are at the core of the region’s leading workplaces, says the British Council for Offices.

Growing flexspace group unveils conference plan

The Flexible Space Association, the trade body for the flexible workspace industry, has hit the 1000-location mark.

BCO names award winners in the south

South of England’s and South Wales’s outstanding workplaces have been announced, with awards going to six office buildings across the region.

Wellbeing: key theme at Scotland’s best workplaces

British Council for Offices regional awards highlight user-centred design, as well as creative implementation of wellbeing and sustainability measures.

Record flexible occupancy rates

Flexible workspace locations in the UK have hit their highest ever occupancy levels.

Occupier demand: quality over quantity

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors sees the UK property market remaining subdued, but there are signs of optimism too.

BCO names London’s best-in-class offices

Employee wellbeing and sustainability emerge as defining principles of the leading workplaces, annual awards reveal.

Polyteck takes stake in managed solutions provider

The construction and facilities management organisation has announced a multi-million-pound investment in MetSpace.

NABERS 2.0 launched

The energy efficiency rating scheme for existing office buildings has been extended to meet the needs of owners and occupiers.

Property and proptech groups to merge

The British Property Federation and the UK PropTech Association will join forces to drive innovation in the property sector.

Fit-out costs climbing fast

As post-Covid occupier expectations rise, so too have fit-out costs across key cities.

Green leases: collaboration is essential

Green leases can benefit both landlords and tenants while also serving to decarbonise real estate.

Office demand exceeds 10-year average

More mixed signals from the property world as 2023 office demand in London is up and more companies are upsizing than downsizing.

Office sector ‘in the eye of the storm’

A new report on the future of the office finds that while offices are here to stay, the sector is in “a full state of flux”.

Funds committed for delivery of building safety

Funding has been announced for recruitment and training of building control inspectors and fire inspectors working with the Building Safety Regulator.

Flexspace: Tech sector dominates

The Technology, Media and Telecoms sector dominated activity in the European flex market in 2022.

Energy regulations remain low on the office agenda

New research has found low awareness of new environmental standards despite increased demand for environmentally friendly office space.

Drees & Sommer brings forward AA acquisition

The property consultancy group is bringing forward its full acquisition of UK property and construction consultants AA Projects.

London property: crunch day coming

Over 50% of inner London commercial stock will be ‘unlettable’ from 2027 as MEES legislative changes loom.

Government jobs move north

More than 11,000 government roles have been relocated out of London to sites across the UK.

Data-sharing key to decarbonisation

That, and regulatory certainty, are needed to accelerate the decarbonisation of the property industry.

BCO guidance on greener and healthier offices

New recommendations come in an early update to the British Council for Offices Guide to Specification.

Sustainability: action can cut costs

Analysis of commercial property service charge data shows that greener buildings have substantially lower energy costs.

Property looks to accelerate decarbonisation

Market prospects may be uncertain over the short-term, but many UK property companies intend to increase investment in carbon reduction this year.

IFMA on change and the implications for FM

New research explores how changing organisational priorities are shaping the future of the built environment and FM roles.

Real estate in 2023: partnership and polarisation

JLL is forecasting more bridges built between occupiers and landlords, while the gap between good space and not so good will grow wider.

Flexspace: what to expect in 2023

The Flexible Space Association’s executive director, Jane Sartin, looks at what the industry is likely to see over the next 12 months.

Green buildings pay

Buildings with better sustainability credentials are achieving markedly higher capital values and rents.

What’s set to shape the built environment?

A new report looks at consumer influence on real estate decisions and identifies four themes that will shape decisions for the future.

Property management plans challenged

A new report warns that plans for managing the government’s extensive property estate portfolio are out of sync with market conditions and lack ambition to reduce costs. 

Risk of stranded assets looms

Savills has joined the growing ranks of property advisors warning on the potential impact of new energy standards.

BCO warns on net zero targets

A new report calls for greater collaboration and data-sharing between office building owners and occupiers to improve progress.

Green buildings are worth more

That argument has been made for some years, but new research now shows a 6% rental premium for buildings with sustainability certifications.

London offices see ‘flight to quality’

A desire for high quality office space is driving increasing demand for Grade A accommodation in the capital.

Asbestos: a problem for energy renovation plans

Extensive asbestos remediation work is still needed on more than 100,000 UK buildings, according to a new report.

Retrofitting: UKGBC launches decarbonising project

Retrofitting is moving up the net zero agenda and there’s an opportunity to get involved at the UK Green Building Council.

Rising energy costs driving retrofitting

If there is a silver lining to the current energy crisis, it may be that rising costs are expediting the move toward more efficient buildings.

Government: double down on climate adaptation

The UK Green Building Council is calling on government to strengthen policies that will support a resilient built environment.

Offices: call for circular economy principles

A new report by the British Council for Offices urges the property industry to ‘retain, extend life, reduce impact’ to future-proof the office sector.

Life sciences: making assets more sustainable

New research from JLL highlights ways that life science occupiers, investors, developers and landowners can mitigate the climate impact of their assets.

Bouygues E&S launches Orbiter

This, the company says, is the first 360-degree online self-assessment tool to help owners assess their building’s performance.

WGBC launches climate change resilience guide

New guidance from the World Green Building Council collates “effective and practical steps” to build resilience to the changing climate.

Equans supports smart building transition

Equans has been instrumental in the digital transition of a newly refurbished Leeds building into an industry-leading example of a smart building.

‘Hybrid hotchpotch’ brings problems

Evidence is growing that hybrid working works best when it is clearly defined and implemented in line with the needs of an organisation and its employees.

Workplace: flexibility, personalised experience are key

Most companies remain uncertain about what their post-pandemic workplaces will look like.

Sustainability: retrofit revolution needed

Retrofitting offices and industrial buildings can deliver the energy reductions required to support the UK’s 2050 net zero targets.

Flex trend continues to grow

Flex office stock in Europe will reach around 20% of total office stock over the next 10 years.

Industry calls for sustainable building task force

11 major players are calling for the formation of a new taskforce to ensure buildings are fit for the future.

Commercial property: climate resilience strategies

The Better Buildings Partnership has published new guidance on defining, measuring and reporting on climate resilient property.

Net zero group names leader

The Net Zero Carbon Buildings Standard initiative has appointed David Partridge as chair of its recently convened Governance Board.

Demand for sustainable property on the rise

Progress is being seen in some aspects of the built environment on the drive to be more sustainable, according to the latest annual sustainability report from RICS.

Europe set to witness ‘nearshoring’ boom

European businesses are looking towards Romania, Turkey and Morocco as alternatives to production in Ukraine and Asia following months of supply-chain disruption.

Inflation affecting corporate real estate decisions

A new survey conducted by CoreNet Global, the association for CRE professionals, has found that high inflation is adding to the uncertainties felt in the sector.

Offices: London occupiers growing footprint

Contrary to the post-Covid expectations of many, the Central London office leasing market has seen occupiers expanding their footprint at record levels.

Workplace: the future is hybrid + office

Hybrid working is set to become the dominant model, but decision-makers still believe the corporate office is critical to doing business.

Post-Covid working: measuring the change

A global study of nearly 80 offices in 13 countries representing nearly 80,000 employees has revealed a seismic shift in working patterns.

Circular economy essential to net zero

The UK Green Building Council has published new insight into the positive impact circular thinking can have in delivering whole-life carbon reductions and value creation.

ISS Warsaw HQ scoops platinum award

The ISS Hub has received top marks for accessibility and usability, making it the first to ever reach Platinum status.

Government lacks good data on property

A lack of good data is a major barrier for central government in making effective decisions about property.

Demand for flex space on the rise

Flexibility is increasingly becoming a key strategic driver for businesses, in terms of future planning and gaining an edge in talent attraction.

Property groups backing climate action

The Better Buildings Partnership has announced three new signatories to its Climate Commitment, as a second group launches a complementary initiative.

BCO sees need for new design criteria

The British Council for Offices is proposing updated design criteria for its reference work, the BCO Guide to Specification.

GPA partners with BNP Paribas

The Government Property Agency’s new strategic partner will advise on national property and property-related financial services.

BCO: invest in design for neurodiversity

The British Council for Offices is calling for more inclusive design, regulatory change and also proposing design recommendations.

Net zero: expect more local regulation

City governments are setting ambitious sustainability targets, often well ahead of national goals.

Workplace investment aims to drive engagement

Employee engagement is the top priority for global businesses and nearly two-thirds are investing in their offices with this in mind.

Five days a week is so over

The majority of UK organisations seem to be settling into a middle ground between Covid-driven work-from-home practices and post-pandemic everyone-back-to-the-office policies.

CBRE increases commitment to flex space

The property services group has announced a new $100m investment in Industrious, a rapidly growing provider of premium flexible workplace solutions.

Majority still favour hybrid working

In CBRE’s latest EMEA Occupier Sentiment Survey 72% of companies said they are moving towards a hybrid workplace model.

Industry bodies to develop net zero standard

A cross-industry steering group has come together to develop a Standard for verifying UK buildings as net zero carbon.

Pushing forward the retrofit argument

The UK Green Building Council has published a guide to support the retrofitting of poorly performing commercial buildings.

Meeting the cost of energy standards

According to new research, proposed legislative energy targets could cost UK office landlords upwards of £40 per sq ft.

GPA identifies trends for 2022

This year will be a pivotal one for the workplace, says the Government Property Agency.

Workplace: the future is technology

That’s certainly the way IWG, parent to Regus and other flex space brands, sees it as it backs a merger with specialist The Instant Group.

Include active commuting in ESG policies, says BCO

Putting active commuting at the heart of ESG policies can shift commuters towards more sustainable forms of travel, improve individual health and wellbeing and help companies cut carbon emissions.

Avison Young commits to the flex market

The real estate advisor has grown its London Markets team by recruiting two specialists from WeWork.

Pandemic effects: cuts in corporate real estate

The impact of Covid-19 has led many companies to reduce their portfolios. Many expect growth over the next few years, but the overall trend is down.

RICS unveils IBOS framework

The International Building Operation Standard promises a new approach to measure and manage how buildings perform for people.  

UKGBC advice for asset owning businesses

Ahead of mandatory requirements to disclose climate-related risks coming into force in April, the UK Green Building Council has published new guidance.

Savills buys workplace platform

In another significant move on the proptech front the firm’s investment subsidiary has acquired tenant and workplace experience platform Cureoscity.

Commercial landlords struggle to attract tenants

Recent market research found 62% of UK commercial landlords having trouble attracting prospective tenants to fill traditional office spaces.

Buildings require billions to reach climate targets

To meet climate change commitments, building stock investment must be three times higher than the current rate.

Many companies not ready for workplace change

A new report finds that organisations risk losing out on key talent unless they improve the quality of their real estate and embed flexible working post-Covid.

Property: definition of ‘green’ changing

With expectations for new buildings increasing in recent years, the conversation is shifting from the ‘value of green’ to a focus on longer term, broader based sustainability.

Offices: stark warning on the work environment

Office buildings that fail to demonstrate how they support the health and wellbeing of users will swiftly become redundant.

‘Marked recovery’ predicted for property in 2022

A growing economy and a strengthening of the labour market will provide a positive backdrop for real estate in 2022, with total returns for all UK property forecast at just over 6%.

Covid-19: massive hit to office property market

The amount of office space in England fell by millions of square feet during the peak pandemic period, reports the Financial Times.

Demand for flex space rising

As office occupiers adjust to pandemic uncertainties, many are taking the view that flexibility is the greatest benefit on offer.

Office occupiers plan workplace change

Nearly three-quarters of office occupiers expect to transform their workplace design in the next two years.

Built environment sector lacks clarity on emissions

According to new research, the majority of built environment professionals believe the sector is already doing enough to tackle its carbon impact.

Property spreads recruitment message to young people

A new website, backed by 12 major firms, aims to educate a new generation of young people about career choices in the built environment sector.

Employers retreat on flexible working concept

Commercial occupiers’ willingness to allow all employees the choice to work remotely fell from 39% to 26% between March and September 2021.

Real estate: the scale of the sustainability challenge

New research by Savills identifies the scale of the challenge facing the UK’s real estate sector in achieving net zero.

Cushman & Wakefield invests in WeWork

The real estate services firm has made a strategic investment of $150m in the global flexible space provider WeWork.

Flex space demand grows

Demand for flexible offices is expected to recover to more than 10% of overall UK office demand in 2022.

UKGBC offers guidance for local authorities

The guidance is designed specifically to drive up the sustainability of new commercial buildings.

NABERS ready to help with net zero goals

The world-leading energy rating scheme for UK offices is ready for use.

Hines means business with Helix buy

The international real estate firm has agreed a deal to acquire one of the UK’s leading specialist commercial property management companies.

RICS opens consultation on IBOS

The RICS-developed International Building Operations Standard is an innovative data-led standard that goes beyond the traditional ways of measuring building performance.

Covid-19: permanent shifts in the business landscape

Post-Covid changes are likely to bolster major cities outside London and boost UK productivity, as new work patterns stick.

Built environment must accelerate decarbonisation

The built environment is going in the right direction, but it is still not moving fast enough to decarbonise building stock.

Flex, tech and wellbeing moving up the agenda

CBRE’s latest EMEA Occupier Survey provides good insights into thinking across this dynamic sector.

Cluttons warns property owners on MEES

The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard consultation, which closed in June, is designed to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions in England and Wales.

C&W partners with WeWork

Real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield has teamed up with the flexible space provider to develop flex space solutions for landlords and occupiers.

CRE & energy: could do better

Energy performance in commercial real estate is improving but has some way to go to meet upcoming targets.

UKGBC consults on net zero roadmap

The UK Green Building Council has launched a consultation inviting industry feedback on its Whole Life Carbon Roadmap draft proposals.

Demand for flexible space climbs

Savills-backed flexible office specialist Workthere is reporting enquiries for space up by 48% on pre-Covid levels.

RICS Global Conference 2021: review

Some 16 months after the Covid-19 pandemic began, it feels like we’ve reached the final stages of grief.

Commercial buildings lag behind on clean air tech

In preparation for reopening their buildings, four-fifths of UK businesses have already implemented clean air technology or plan to in the next twelve months.

UKGBC seeks views on verification of net zero

A new survey invites feedback on market drivers, expectations and characteristics for a potential net zero carbon buildings verification scheme.

Offices: post-Covid gap between occupiers and providers

A new report argues that occupier expectations for building performance are not being met, and that could harm long-term property values.

Awards: BCO crowns best offices

Taunton’s UK Hydrographic Office Headquarters was named Best of the Best at the British Council for Offices’ National Awards last night.

Employers to reduce office space by up to 9m sq ft

The latest addition to the ongoing debate about the future of offices in the UK comes from PwC’s latest Occupier Survey.

Offices: four trends shaping the future

The office sector is on the cusp of considerable change, says Helical chief executive Gerald Kaye.

Offices: occupiers and landlords out of step?

New research suggests tenants expect changes in space use post-pandemic while landlords don’t.

Responsible property management toolkit to launch

The toolkit is designed to be a practical guide to best practice in responsible property management for asset, property and facilities managers.

Hybrid working: lease terms may limit take-up

A survey of UK business leaders has found that many organisations may have to wait to adopt a hybrid working model because of being locked into a long-term lease.

Build back greener: new UKGBC advice

The UK Green Building Council has published new guidance to help developers and owners increase nature-based solutions within the construction and operation of built assets.

Shaping the future of work

As more employers begin to plan a return to the office, the shift toward a worker-centric model should be top of mind, says JLL.

Call for views on energy rating policy

Central government is seeking views on proposals to introduce a national performance-based policy framework for rating the energy and carbon performance of large buildings.

Law firm to review workplace strategy

International firm Clifford Chance has appointed Cushman & Wakefield to carry out a strategic review of its London occupational requirements.

Chief inspector of buildings named

The Health and Safety Executive has announced the appointment of Peter Baker to establish and lead the new Building Safety Regulator.

Security: vacant and minimally occupied buildings

Covid-19, with or without formal lockdowns, has left many organisations with property that is sitting unused, or all but. How do they ensure it stays safe?

Climate site for built environment launched

The new Climate Framework website aims to cater for the needs and interests of all professionals working in built environment disciplines.

Mid-sized companies look to cut office space

Over a third of UK mid-sized businesses expect to reduce the amount of space they hold in the future.

2021: what’s in store for the flex space market?

2019 was a year of optimism and growth for providers, and 2020 was a year of uncertainty and challenge. So what comes next?

Covid-19 & CRE: the same but different

The property professionals group CoreNet Global has been tracking members’ views on the lasting effects of the pandemic. They have evolved but the themes remain consistent.

Real estate and the Covid-19 pandemic

The corporate property world was already changing when the coronavirus arrived. The real challenge now is handling the new pace of that change,

Offices: shift predicted in central London demand

Demand for high quality office space in London will remain robust post-Covid, but what companies want and where they want it will change.

Cautious businesses hold back on decisions

Businesses across the UK are rethinking the role of the workplace in these pandemic-hit times, but many remain unwilling to commit to transformational change.

Good NABERS: energy rating scheme arrives

A new scheme for rating the operational energy efficiency of UK office buildings has been launched.

EY pioneers hub & spoke model

Regus parent IWG will provide both a home-base and remote working sites for the business advisor’s Norway team.

Work, workplace, risk: shaping property in 2021

Ten trends, all in play now, will shape the commercial real estate industry in the coming year.

Workplace: the future is more human-centric

The workplace of the future will be versatile and hybrid, focusing on employee-centric solutions, according to a global survey.

Workplace: a post-Covid flight to quality

The next three to five years will see a strong focus on flexibility, demanded by both workers and corporates, relating to work activity, space and location.

A “radically collaborative” approach to sustainability

The UK Green Building Council has announced a new partnership with Enfield Council, seeking radical solutions for the delivery of sustainability on large schemes.

A hub & spoke future?

Over a third of business leaders are considering downsizing their primary office space and shifting towards smaller satellite offices.

BCO reveals London award winners

Five businesses have been recognised in London at the annual British Council for Offices regional awards.

Is flex space the answer?

It could be, says a new report, at least for many UK occupiers facing an uncertain future and needing an alternative to traditional corporate accommodation.

Commercial property: time for a change

For a whole series of reasons there is change underway in the property world, but underlying this is a more fundamental question: what is property actually for?

Calls for POE on all publicly funded buildings

Post-occupancy evaluation should be standard practice to ensure all new buildings meet intended energy efficiency ratings and provide optimum value for money.

C&W enters flex space market

Cushman & Wakefield, the global real estate services firm, has teamed up with workplace operator Industrious to offer a flexible space solution.

MoJ's "naïve" approach to outsourcing slammed

A new report condemns the Ministry of Justice and HM Prison and Probation Service's "failure" in attempts to improve the condition and suitability of the prison estate.

Less space, close to transport 

As Londoners start to return to the city, flexible space providers are seeing some clear trends emerge.

JLL identifies priorities for the property sector

Ensuring climate resilience and the transition to net zero carbon, delivering healthy buildings, and creating a fair society are all essential in a post-Covid-19 recovery.

CEOs see 'enduring shift' in office use

More than two-thirds of UK CEOs believe there will be a shift towards low density office usage as a consequence of the Covid-19 experience.

Net zero buildings: UKGBC turns to crowdsourcing

The UK Green Building Council is testing a new strategy for developing solutions to the built environment industry's carbon reduction challenge.

Online tool aims to get office occupiers thinking

A property consultancy has launched an online service to help organisations determine what their occupancy requirements will be in preparation for employees returning to the office.

Different sort of virus hits data centre plans

Cyber attacks will always be a worry, but Covid-19 has pushed its way towards the top of the list of issues shaping decisions around sourcing and managing data centre space.

RICS survey sees change coming

Occupier demand for floorspace is down across the board, not surprisingly, but the future looks different too.

We have seen the future and it is mixed

A report from property advisors JLL concludes that the pandemic working-from-home experiment is forcing companies to re-imagine the future of work and question the purpose of the office.

UKGBC opens consultation on social value

The UK Green Building Council is canvassing views on a definition of social value for the built environment sector.

Flex space: JLL benefits from Serendipity

Another vote in favour of a flexible workspace future as US provider Serendipity Labs appoints the property services group to develop a series of UK locations over the next two years.

Construction turns the focus to values

UK construction could soon be on the verge of a fundamental shift towards value-based decision-making involving all key stakeholders in a project.

Coronavirus driving demand for flexible space

The trend towards workplace mobility was not created as a result of the pandemic, but it was certainly accelerated by it.

Avison Young launches cost containment service

The new offer aims to support strategy development for a post-Covid environment, while building for a resilient and sustainable future.

The future of global office demand

A new report argues that increased working from home doesn't equate to reduced demand for office space. The situation is more complex than that.

KPMG and Planon extend technology cooperation

The business advisors and the software group are moving their collaboration to 'the next level', with the signing of a partnership agreement.

9 to 5 is so in the past

That's the conclusion of a survey of building occupiers carried out by CoreNet Global, the corporate real estate professionals group.

Offices are vital, but need to change

Property services group Savills has published the results of a survey of its clients, and it is clear that change is on the cards.

Businesses look to more remote working

71% of UK businesses are planning to permanently adopt flexible and agile working practices post the Covid-19 lockdown.

The future looks different

If the weight of opinion in survey research is a reliable indicator, there's no way the UK is going back to pre-Covid patterns once lockdown is lifted and 'normal' returns.

CBRE tests occupier sentiment

Occupiers across EMEA are planning to increase investment in technology, driven in large part by a post-lockdown focus on the employee experience.

Looking ahead: what happens when PFI contracts end?

Many public sector bodies risk underestimating the time, resources and complexity involved in managing the end of PFI contracts.

Property: corporates looking for more flexibility

Demand by corporate owners to release capital from their real estate assets is increasing, spurred along by the Covid-19 pandemic.

NBS and BESA partner to join-up digital construction

NBS, the leading specification platform for the construction industry, has announced a partnership with the Building Engineering Services Association to help drive digital adoption throughout the building lifecycle.

The future of the workplace: a mix of locations

The results of a global survey on working from home during the pandemic point toward a shift from office-based to a "total workplace ecosystem", balancing office, home and other locations.

JLL cites need for green, inclusive recovery

"Covid-19 has shown both the fragility and the resilience of society and the ecosystem, and as we enter the recovery period we must take the opportunity to build back better by focusing on a green and just recovery."

Employers plan cautious return

Most companies plan to take a gradual approach to bringing employees back to their workplaces as governments begin to lift restrictions tied to Covid-19.

Property sector hit hard by pandemic

A snap poll by industry journal Property Week has found that over half of the companies covered have furloughed staff.

UKGBC offers guidance on social value measurement

The UK Green Building Council has published new guidance aiming to de-mystify the practice of measuring the social value of buildings and places.

BCO: looking at change in the workplace

Screens to protect receptionists, touchless unisex toilets and reduced occupational density are all likely to be features of the post Covid-19 workplace.

JLL in second net zero move

To mark yesterday's Earth Day the property services group announced a plan to cut carbon emissions by two-thirds.

C&W launches post-covid recovery service

Global real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield has formed a Recovery Readiness Task Force to assist clients with post-covid-19 returns to the workplace.

MRI Software buys social housing specialist

The real estate software solutions company is set to acquire Castleton Technology Plc, a provider of specialist software and services to the social housing sector.

Leesman unveils covid-19 research initiative

The workplace assessment specialist, backed by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the International Facility Management Association, has launched a fast-track initiative to look into the impacts of covid-19 on FM and real estate.

Property industry looking for support for NHS

Property professionals have come together to back a dedicated website for offers of space, supplies and support that will help in fighting the covid-19 epidemic.

BESA offers guidance on building shut-down

With thousands of people now working from home or prevented from travelling, many commercial buildings are moving into shutdown mode.

Industry to provide buildings for key workers

Organisations representing thousands of professionals across the surveying, architectural and planning specialisms have written to the Prime Minister to offer their help in fighting back against the growing coronavirus epidemic.

Real estate companies drive energy reductions

The latest benchmarking report from the Better Buildings Partnership shows a continued fall in commercial property energy consumption.

Sustainable buildings pay: new research

Sustainable office buildings can deliver financial benefits to investors through a combination of higher rents and stronger leasing velocity.

Cushman & Wakefield unveils flexible workspace service

The property services group has joined others in the business, along with developers and property owners, with the launch of a flex offering.

Property industry launches best practice framework

A new framework aims to advance the social, environmental and economic benefits of responsible business practices across the real estate sector.

Professional bodies take on climate change

Twenty-five built environment professional bodies have pledged to work together to tackle climate change.

Calls for new safety regulator to have more power

As the board charged with implementing the new Building Safety Regulator meets and government begins to frame its legislation, a leading construction body has called for enhanced powers for the Regulator.

Fire safety consultation opens

The International Fire Safety Standards Coalition is seeking the views of industry experts on the development of the first global standard on fire safety.

UKGBC launches net zero resources

The UK Green Building Council has launched a catalogue of case studies profiling projects that demonstrate innovative approaches to achieving net zero carbon buildings.

Looking to the regions

Crane surveys show business buoyant in construction markets in four cities around the UK, no doubt tipping a growth in FM opportunities too.

Corporate real estate: what to expect in 2020

January is the traditional time to make predictions and resolutions for the year ahead and so it was that CoreNet UK brought together a panel to debate the big issues facing the industry. Cathy Hayward reports.

The future of work is the future of the city

A poll of over 30,000 full- and part-time workers across 50 cities in 18 countries has found people significantly more optimistic about their local communities than the state of their nations.

New advice for offices targeting net zero

The UK Green Building Council has published new energy performance targets for commercial offices that are aiming to achieve net zero carbon in operation.

Is coworking the answer?

The system of shared office space that offers tenants shorter leases and plug-and-pay spaces has made a big impact on the property world. But what's really behind its appeal, and does it have a long-term future?

Property group plans sustainability forum

An investors and developers group is inviting major corporate occupiers to collaborate in a new owner-occupier forum on sustainability issues.

Energy match-making platform launches

PowerPaired aims to link community energy groups and owners of land or property with renewable energy and energy saving potential to deliver social and environmental impact.

Knight Frank unveils flexible workspace offer

It's beginning to look like the corporate property advisors' must-have. The list of firms offering a flexible space service seems to growth monthly.

Flexible workspaces: good for local economies

New research from workspace provider Regus calculates the value that flexible office space and coworking locations would likely bring to local areas as operators look beyond major city locations.

Companies still finding their way on proptech

Real estate businesses are continuing to make slow and steady progress in upping their digital game, but enterprise-wide digital strategies remain far from commonplace.

RICS opens new Social Impact Awards

Entry is open for new awards which recognise the positive and transformational contribution that the built environment has on people's lives.

UKGBC calls for views on energy performance targets

The UK Green Building Council has launched a consultation exercise seeking feedback on proposals for energy performance targets for the offices sector.

IFMA & RICS working together on coworking event

The coworking concept is definitely 'in', while flex-space demand continues to reshape traditional property markets and the likes of WeWork continue to grab headlines.

Property owners in climate change commitment

23 of the UK's leading commercial property owners have signed up to tackle the growing risks of climate change through the delivery of net zero carbon real estate portfolios by 2050.

2 Television Centre takes top BCO award

The London site was celebrated as 'Best of the Best' at this week's British Council for Offices National Awards, topping a list that includes Interserve's Birmingham hub.

Targeting net zero carbon by 2050

A new report from the World Green Building Council aims to revolutionise the buildings and construction sector, moving it towards a net zero future.

Measuring up

A new set of metrics for the workplace was the subject of fierce debate at last week's CoreNet Global summit in Amsterdam. Cathy Hayward reports.

CBRE launches first three Hana sites in London

Hana, the property advisor's flexible workspace venture, has unveiled plans for its first three UK sites.

CoreNet takes on the productivity challenge

Optimising the human experience in the workplace to achieve greater productivity and creativity will be the focus of next week's CoreNet Global Summit in Amsterdam.

Flexible workspaces to increase by 56% by 2022

We're in the midst of a "coworking revolution" that will see the number of flexible workspaces continue to grow rapidly, say industry experts. 

Flexible workspace drives Big Nine action

The Big Nine regional office markets saw a big uplift in flexible workspace activity during the second quarter of the year.

New BCO president to focus on wellness

Paul Patenall, projects director at regeneration group U+I, has been elected as president of the British Council for Offices, declaring his focus will be on the positive impact the industry can have on wellness.

CoreNet to focus on business success

CoreNet Global, which positions itself as "the world’s leading professional association for corporate real estate and workplace executives", is set to examine the role that CRE can play in fostering business success.

New BCO guide reflects new concerns

The British Council for Offices has published a revised Guide to Specification, which provides guidance on industry standards for workplaces across the country.

Flex space changing everything

There's a revolution going on in the commercial property world, with more variation in occupation solution offers piling up over the past three years than in the previous 30. So says property services firm JLL in its latest market report.

Savills launches into flex office market

The real estate services firm is the latest in this sector to unveil a new offer dedicated to helping landlords and owner occupiers to take advantage of the demand for flexible office space.

New partnership takes on energy performance challenge

Too often buildings designed for efficient performance don't deliver on their promise. Now the UK and Australia are teaming up to solve the problem.

Sustainable buildings: more understanding needed

A new report argues that though sustainable buildings are becoming more mainstream, there is also a lack of clarity around the costs and benefits of them.

Savills extends offer with workplace consultancy buy

The property services group has announced the acquisition of London-based workplace consultancy and design studio KKS with the aim of extending its range of services.

'Play it safe' design costing UK building operators

Analysis from the international engineering group Ramboll shows that building systems are often over-designed, providing up to 50% more electrical capacity and 30% more heating and cooling capacity than is ever needed.

Investors not feeling the heat on climate emergency

Is the message getting through? Perhaps not, as a RICS survey finds nearly half of real estate professionals saying that climate risks are not important or even irrelevant for property investors.

NHS launches space booking platform

Following a successful pilot, NHS Property Services has launched NHS Open Space, a booking platform designed to give users ready access to available spaces and increase utilisation efficiency for the health service.

JLL recruits head of flex innovation

If anymore confirmation is needed that flexible workspace is now a key ingredient in property markets, here's some.

UKGBC offers framework for net zero carbon buildings

The UK Green Building Council has published a framework for the construction and property industry to transition new and existing buildings to become net zero carbon by 2050, in line with the ambitions of the Paris Climate Agreement.

BCO reveals London best workplace winners

Six London businesses celebrated success at the BCO Annual Regional Awards yesterday, with Facebook, 2TVC, Deloitte, Boden, Project North and Fora Borough all recognised as the capital's best workplaces.

Join the club: British Land's new flexible space offer

The property investment group behind such developments as Broadgate in London, Plymouth's Drake Circus and Sheffield's Meadowhall has unveiled the Storey Club, a serviced flexible work environment.

New service charge rules to protect businesses

Businesses of all sizes will be assured of clear and transparent service charges, with no hidden costs and clarity around disputes, thanks to new rules that came in to force on 1 April.

People override cost in CRE strategy

Around two-thirds of occupiers rank employee engagement and talent attraction and development as being two of the three most important drivers of corporate real estate strategy, even ahead of cost reduction.

UK poised for proptech lead

The UK is well placed to capture the lead as a global hub for real estate technology and innovation, according to new research.

Managing agent Mapp partners for proptech solution

M J Mapp has signed up technology specialist Locale to provide a bespoke solution to support site management needs and provide a new communication channel for their UK portfolio.

Proptech: set to rewrite the property book?

Proptech is moving from beta to mainstream. That was the message from a host of speakers at the inaugural PropTech conference Wednesday. Cathy Hayward reports.

Corporates to drive flexible workspace industry

Corporate occupiers are set to become the driving force within the flexible workspace industry as the way they view their office portfolios continues to change.

Interserve exits healthcare jv

Prime, the healthcare property company, has acquired the service provider's share of the joint venture company Interserve Prime, saying it still sees plenty of market opportunity.

Property professionals set to evolve into 'experience managers'?

In a broad study of the profession, CoreNet Global has identified the most influential trends in CRE through 2025 and beyond, which could include the disappearance of the CRE label itself. 

RICS sees property markets hit by uncertainty

The Q4 2018 RICS UK Commercial Property Market Survey results reveal continued mixed fortunes, with changing shopping habits and uncertainty around politics remaining strong influences.

Landsec launches flexible office brand

One of the UK's top property investors is wading into the marketplace to provide customised office space for businesses looking for flexibility to enable future growth.

2019: what should we expect?

January is the traditional time for planning for the year ahead. Cathy Hayward reports from CoreNet UK's annual Predictions and Resolutions event.

Government cut-backs: some positive news

New figures from the Cabinet Office show that the size of the government estate has continued to fall, along with costs, resource consumption and emissions.

Paradigm shift: another CRE firm weighs in on change

There are five themes that will shape future occupational demand across global real estate markets. Each will be highly influential but in combination they represent nothing short of a new occupational orthodoxy, Knight Frank says.

Styles&Wood group restructures and rebrands

The whole-life property services business formed through the acquisitions of Styles&Wood Group and Southerns is on track to achieve more than a 20% increase in sales for its first full year of trading, as it unveils a rebrand to become Extentia Group.

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Building Safety Act: implications for FMs

April 6th sees the end of the transitional period, with far-reaching implications for projects where Building Regulations apply.

Climate tech investment: the benefits

Embracing technology to monitor emissions and act on real-time data positions FM teams to achieve real change.

What it will take to earn the commute

Here’s a challenge: how can real estate better connect people, places and businesses to accelerate and unlock sustainable, inclusive and transformational investment?

Which way forward?

What better candidate for a workplace transformation case study than Which?

MIPIM 2023: look up

MIPIM is the world’s largest real estate conference, holding something for nearly all stakeholders across the built environment,

Flexspace: finding a place in corporate thinking

We talked with flexspace expert Kurt Mroncz to find out how this concept went from maybe to mainstream in corporate real estate strategy.

Digital twins: the next stage of BIM

It’s not controversial to say that BIM, building information modelling, has struggled to gain traction in facilities management market since the concept was introduced to the sector almost 20 years ago.

Buildings and extreme weather: data is key

When temperatures peaked at 37C across much of the UK in July, it caused many disruptions across multiple sectors.

Corporate property: what now?

Developers, agents, landlords, architects, designers, real estate people and facilities managers united at the British Council for Offices Annual Conference earlier this month. Jo Sutherland looks back.

Sustainable buildings: visiting the future

April’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report offered a slither of hope that we can stave off the worst ravages of climate breakdown.

Green leases and sustainability: what’s next?

Commercial property is estimated to be responsible for about one-third of total carbon emissions in the UK. Tenanted buildings need to manage in a more sustainable way, green leases are part of the answer.

Time to reduce your office car park?

The pandemic has brought with it some real opportunities for future-focused facilities professionals.

Grey space: A flexible opportunity?

Grey space, those areas that now look like being surplus floorspace, might well present an opportunity for office occupiers to invest in new flexible workspace.

The outlook for the offices in 2021

The year ahead is a promising time for the office market. While the UK faces further lockdown measures, the vaccination programme brings light to the end of the tunnel.

Flexspace and the future of the office

Like many industries, the flexspace sector is facing one of its greatest challenges in the global pandemic.

Resilient decision-making in times of change

In any organisation, times of contraction can lead to difficult decisions. The same goes for periods of growth. Accurate, reliable data is critical in every case.

What future for flexible workspace providers?

Demand for flexible workspace in the UK has dropped to roughly 20% of pre-Covid-19 levels and does not look set to recover soon. But many providers are remaining open, though often with skeleton staff.

Retrofitting workspace to meet new demands

The Covid-19 pandemic is causing us to rethink what is important for the workplace and how offices are designed, built and managed.

Digital twins: two is better than one

With access to limitless data in every aspect of our lives, it’s about time that we really utilise that data to improve the world around us. Rob Charlton argues the case for digital twins.

Crunch time  for business occupiers

No matter the sector, be it technology, finance, retail, manufacturing or any other, virtually all UK businesses rent their HQ and operational premises under commercial leases. Scott Keown offers some timely advice.

Moving to business focused maintenance

The traditional one-size-fits-all maintenance approach uses interval-based inspection, planned maintenance and reactive repair. Alistair Clements makes the case for a better solution.

Why compliance maintenance should be a priority

In order to ensure a safe environment, it is important that all aspects of a building remain compliant and within the law. Property services firm MSL offers some advice on the basics.

Cracking the retail conundrum

The decline of the British high street has been feature of the news for some years now. One factor compounding the problem for retailers comes with their legacy estates. But there are opportunities for action, as Rob Marriott explains.

Transparency: the key to better buildings

In Poland, a major contractor has been working with a local building technology specialist to implement new solutions to the age-old problem of transparency of information. Even operating costs can be accurately predicted now.

Coworking and the demise of the commercial property lease

Traditional commercial office leases are under threat, as an increasing number of organisations begin to recognise the value of flexible working. But why should facilities managers care about this new trend?

Barriers to BIM adoption in FM and how to overcome them

How many people reading this have BIM fatigue? Who is tired of hearing how BIM can transform facilities management? How come since the 2016 UK government mandate, there is still little evidence of BIM for FM becoming business as usual?

Coworking comes to the corporation

Coworking spaces create community and collaboration. Some enterprises want a bit of that buzz, reports Fiona Perrin from the frontline of flexible working.

Three ways to make a building energy efficient

In the world of facilities management, energy efficiency is a theme that is growing ever more important. With an anticipated surge in energy bills, clients are now expecting FM professionals to provide solutions to their energy management problems.

BIM: why contractors and FM providers need to work together

Building information modelling is not new. Nor is the tension between building contracting and facilities management. Mike Knapp argues the case for closer collaboration.

New energy standards: are you ready?

From April 2018, a new legal standard for minimum energy efficiency will apply to rented commercial buildings. Carl Ghinn explains the benefits and risks involved for facilities managers.

The service charge challenge

Service charges are a necessary part of multi-occupancy locations, but assessing value for money for the services included can be difficult. A new report from Property Solutions looks at the issues in the retail sector.

Flexible workspace: drivers and the direction of travel

Things are obviously changing fast in the world of work. Business centres, serviced offices and similar flexible options have been around for years; but suddenly the coworking phenomenon is taking off. Sector expert Kurt Mroncz explains why.

Why the future of work is more human than you think

Everyone wants to be happy at work, and a growing number of forward-thinking companies are starting to recognise the importance of happiness in the workplace. Marie Puybaraud explains what's behind this shift in attitude.

Sensory overload

Sensor technology is spreading fast. How do we balance the benefits of that with growing concerns about privacy? Raj Krishnamurthy looks at the issues and opportunities.

Using facilities assessments to gain funding

Jay Pearlman offers some advice on selling-in the need for action in a higher education setting, with plenty of applicability in other sectors.

What's the deal with productivity?

Can workplace design improve productivity, and is that measurable? Simon Iatrou talks to some of the key players behind The Stoddart Review about the report, its aims and the workplace puzzle.

Are FM people constrained by data?

Michael McCullen implores facilities managers to ask the right question when it comes to specifying a BIM system.

Asset Management: Opportunities & Challenges

There's increasing recognition that effective asset management has much to contribute to the successful operation of any organisation.

Creating Flexible Space

Tony Cahill provides advice on transforming an older building into a flexible workspace, ensuring the interior works are in line with the latest in office practice.

Room for improvement

Our cities are developing at such an incredible rate that space is now at a premium. In response, Paul Statham says, organisations should turn to resource scheduling systems.

Not All EPCs are the Same

Marcus Brodin explains why an energy performance contract from an experienced solutions provider can offer a number of advantages over traditional procurement models.

Benchmarking Placebos

Bernard Williams explains why FMs should not try to benchmark facilities services using standard statistical data. Site-specific benchmarking is the only real option, he argues.

The Benefits of Benchmarking Service Charges

Service charge management in commercial property is not regulated by law and management practices often lack consistency across the sector. That can present a challenge to real estate and FM managers.

BIM: Solving the Mystery of Building Failure

The poor performance of many buildings is a constant source of embarrassment to engineers and mystery to FMs. Building information modelling offers a glimpse a more efficient future. Bruce Bisset makes the case.

Dealing with Disaster

FM consultant Bernard Crouch explains how facilities managers can overcome the myriad of challenges that arise from a flood or fire.

BIM: the ultimate FM tool

Building information modelling is taking the building services design industry by storm, but what can it possibly do for facilities management?

Giving Buildings a New Life

Refurbishing existing buildings might not sound exciting, but it sits right at the top of the political agenda.

Saving Money on Space

At a time when cost is a key concern for all organisations, making the most of existing space is critical.

Making More Space

Improved utilisation of available space is on the agenda for many businesses. In some cases, thinking creatively could be the answer.

Penny Wise, Pound Foolish

How can FM balance intense cost pressure with good practice and the protection of asset values?

Time for Change

Chris Kane, Head of BBC Workplace, is a man with a mission. A clue to what drives him lies in his choice of job title.

Smooth Exit

Greg Kemp writes: Costly and time-consuming legal wrangles about 'wear and tear' at the termination of a lease or a break point can be avoided by understanding your obligations as a tenant on exit when you take on the lease.

Space - But Not As We Know It

Rob Harris argues that space utilisation patterns are changing, probably for good. That means our approach to planning and measuring the workplace also needs to change.

Boarding The Ark

Elliott Chase writes: Whether you love it, loathe it - or are simply bemused that the thing ever got built in the first place - The Ark is a remarkable building.

A MoDEL Approach

Stephen Dance argues that the MOD's strategy for delivering improvements to its London estate should become the model for change at other public sector bodies.

Green Landlords?

Dave Wilson asks: Could FMs and occupiers be dictated to by landlords that adopt ‘green leases'?

Living up to the Code

Martyn Hayward writes: The new RICS Code of Practice on service charges comes into full effect from 1 April. It is already putting more weight behind a fundamental market shift: the property industry is realising that occupiers are important.

FM + CRE = the Future

Dom Sherry argues that integration of facilities management and corporate real estate services is the shape of things to come.

Let's Talk About It: Customer Service Comes to the Property World

Elliott Chase writes: The first RICS Tenant Satisfaction Index made disappointing - though predictable - reading. But as more landlords follow in the pioneering footsteps of Brixton Estates, we should see things change for the better.

Re-thinking corporate real estate after September 11th

Andrew Laing from Journal of Corporate Real Estate.

Challenges and opportunities in aligning real estate and the workplace

Results of a survey of leading CEOs by Lucy E. Allard and Christine Barber, from Journal of Corporate Real Estate.

Restructuring corporate real estate

Restructuring corporate real estate and facilities in mergers, acquisitions and consolidations by Rachel Kessler-Park and Scott D. Butler. Journal of Corporate Real Estate Volume 5 Number 1.

New horizons for a real estate industry

Corporate real estate executives were given an insight into the social, political and technological trends that will affect their clients, their markets and their jobs. Geraldine Bear reports from CoreNet's Global Summit held in Lille last month.

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Connecting the dots

We live in a world where droves of information and data are at our fingertips, containing limitless potential insights.

Delivering energy-efficiency retrofits

To deliver effective energy-saving retrofits, FM professionals need to implement the most suitable solutions for their buildings. Stewart Little explains.

Sewing up safety with the digital golden thread

The next deadline in the roll-out of the UK’s new building safety regulations is coming up fast.

The empty office space challenge

Organisations are grappling with an unprecedented challenge – what to do with vast, often underutilised floorspace.

Proptech: the future of CRE management

Simon Russell explores current challenges and new opportunities as teams push for better solutions in the hybrid working age.

A few thoughts on 2022, and some on 2023

Simon Iatrou looks back, and then forward, from his perspective on the other side of the Atlantic.

Build smart for smart business

Smart. Facilities management is awash with the concept, hailed as the future not just of buildings but of the whole built environment.

MEES deadline – will you sink or swim?

The UK’s new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard comes into play in just over six months. Property owners and occupiers need to be aware.

Redressing the balance of power

For centuries, landlords have had the upper hand in the UK commercial property market.

Pre-construction: the devil is in the detail

Having a detailed pre-construction phase undertaken before starting the design and build or upgrade of a data centre facility has a number of major benefits, says Jon Healy.

Playing whack-a-mole with schools funding

Years of under-funding have exacerbated the problem of the condition of school buildings to such an extent that the recently announced £1bn spend on re-building schools in England is nowhere near enough.

Security in a time of uncertainty

As the country continues to deal with the coronavirus outbreak, security officers have a vital role to play in keeping communities safe and helping to keep critical national infrastructure going.

The transformational journey to workplace 2030

In the year 2020, I am approximately 43 years into a career that has been more or less exclusively focused on corporate real estate. So writes Chris Hood, looking back in order to see forward more clearly.

A new approach to sustainability in the built environment

Sunil Shah looks at the current practice of responsible business in the built environment and explains the collaborative approach that RICS is taking to create the new model necessary to transfer knowledge of sustainability through the property lifecycle.

FM and the need for leadership

With the world changing fast this is an important time to position facilities management as the lead enabling function for positive progress in multiple aspects of our lives, from the workplace through to cities. Geoff Prudence argues for greater focus.

The Elemental Workplace

The relationship between facilities management and the emerging discipline of Workplace has always been slightly awkward.

BIM means us too

There's no escaping the fact that FMs are part of the government’s BIM drive, says Kath Fontana.

Business rates: how can FMs help?

Despite an optimistic defence from the government and a promise to alleviate pressures on smaller firms, there has been a highly negative response from a large number of businesses to the long awaited new business rates, which come into effect in April.

Where are the innovators?

Who is making things happen in the built environment sector? Who's stimulating change?

Not Just a One-night Stand

We have been there too many times before, lost together in the heady success of a project and forgetting ourselves entirely.

Why the property industry shuns social media

What is it with the wider property and workplace industry and social media?

Death of the Office?

Research suggests that almost total redundancy of the physical office is on the cards in as little as twenty years' time.