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Monday, 6 January 2014

Estates Gazette - Retail supplement - 15 February 2014


Welcome to 2014's golden trove of features. These three will all appear in the EG retail supplement on 15th February but will be written this week and next. So I'll need intelligent comment and useful contacts by 15th January at the absolute latest.

Opticians: A look at how the market is doing.

Store within a store: Costa is in Primark, Asda has McDonald’s and Subway, and Tescos has Harris + Hoole. How do they get the right fit? What kind of leases do they need? And what strange bedfellows could work together?

High street reviews: From Portas to Grimsey, a compare and contrast of the high street ‘saviours’ and their reports. Have any of them made any difference to struggling high streets?

Comments and contacts by 15th January 2014, latest. 

Monday, 14 October 2013

Manchester Evening News, Commercial Property feature, 24 October 2013

Here's the synopsis for the Manchester Evening News com prop feature published 24 October.

Deadline for useful comment or contacts is Wednesday am this week, 16th October.

* Manchester's commercial property market is back in action: according to Deloitte Real Estate hotels, housing and student flats are leading in the city centre. We look at the big developments in these sectors.

* Two wasted years. It looks like there will be no new office development completing in Manchester city centre in 2015 and 2016. We look at this yawning gap in supply - and ask with landlords, and which refurbishments, will fill try to fill it.

* Southern Fringe. With Airport City now beginning to feel like it's getting airborne, we look at the south Manchester business parks from Wimslow through Didsbury to Stockport and Cheadle. Who is scoring deals, and who is (cautiously) thinking of refurbishment or new developments.

* Could Manchester be on the brink of scoring major inward investment wins? Rumours about big corporations looking for office space in the city are circulating with increasing velocity - are they true? What kind of demand is there for Manchester office space?

* Life of leisure: Will the re-focusing of Spinningfield's towards leisure occupiers work? And what now for Great Northern now that it has changed hands in a £70m plus deal?

* Where there's a warehouse, there's a will. Demand for sheds has never been stronger - we look at the next wave of North West developments and deals, and ask when rents will begin to rise.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Economy - West Midlands, Estates Gazette - 2 November 2013

An in-depth look at the West Midland's potential economic growth.
 
Comment and contact most welcome by 8th October, please. 

Leisure - Estates Gazette - 26 October 2013

You've all seen them - or used them: tired, dated, multiplex cinemas, created in the first wave of enthusiasm for multi-screen back in the 1990s. Today they seem to be coming to the end of their 20-year lives. So is it worth refurbishing, or rebuilding, or do today's filmgoers expect something radically different?

Comment and contacts most welcome by 4th October, latest.

Southampton - Estates Gazette - 26 October 2013

We're taking a look at Southampton's £3bn masterplan.

Relevant contacts and comments most welcome by 2nd October at the very latest, please.

Fractured Europe - Estates Gazette - 19 October 2013

A feature on fractured Europe: there is now a clear divide between Europe's healthy economies, and Europe's sick men. Sp does Europe face a permanent divide rather like the cold war separation of old East and West Europe. Should the familiar debate about whether to keep the euro be re-examined again? And where does the non-euro UK now sit within Europe: are the likes of France and Germany looking at our pound with envy?
 
Comments and contacts from people with well-grounded European property interests most welcome - by 2nd October latest, please. 

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Estates Gazette - Retail Supplement - 7 September 2013

Fish shops – A look at this niche but growing sector.


Elephant vs Croydon – A look at the impact of Lend Lease’s & St Modwen’s Elephant & Castle and Hammerson / Westfield Whitgift Quarter schemes. Now they have both moved on, how different will they be to each other, what impact will they have on their surrounding areas, and what can the schemes learn from existing UK / international developments? 

Comment/contacts for either by 29 July, please.