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Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Heat up, Costs Down - ShD Logistics, October 2014

Solar panels on top of big box warehouses could generate masses of electricity - and make a tidy sum for their occupiers or landlords. Some landlords - Verdion prominent among them - already encourage the use of photovoltaic cells on sheds. We look at the scope for more - and costs - and the benefits. We'll also examine t energy efficiency, rainwater harvesting, LED lighting, and other methods developers are building-in to help their occupiers keep costs down.
This is a UK wide feature. It's only warehouses we're interested in.
Comments/contacts by 8 September, please.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Estates Gazette, Auctions Focus, 20 September 2014

Repossessed property: Why is there a shortage? Are other auction houses also seeing it? And what does it mean for the market? Reduced supply of repossessed property sold at auction causes values to reach a new high Comments/contacts by 5th September, please.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Estates Gazette - Industrial Focus, 4 October 2014



Brewing up trouble - Thwaites is the latest brewer to move to a new brewery. Carlsberg and Holstein have also moved in the Midlands. Breweries are choosing now to invest, but why? And how many more have yet to make a move?

Inland ports - A look at what inland ports are, and what they can and cannot do. What do developers think of them: will Doncaster and Daventry be the only ventures into this unusual, but in volume terms, very large, market?

Comments/contacts by 1 September 2014, please.

Estates Gazette - East of England, 27 September 2014

Lovely Ipswich waterfront. I used to be able to do an Ipswich accent once, but alas, no longer.
Think Ipswich - anyone with commercial property interests or plans, or thoughts about the future direction of big schemes, would be most welcome to comment or make contacyt.
By 1st September, please.

Estates Gazette - UK Cities Focus (co-ordinates with UK MIPIM) 11 October 2014

I'm interested in the investment story - which means people buying buildings, not foreign direct investment (FDI) - in Manchester, Liverpool and Bristol. Rather less keen on hearing the big sell than in hearing about the relative strengths and weaknesses of each location are, if you've £20-50m to put into an English regional city. Returns v risk v liquidity. That kind of thing. No doubt each location has its positives.
Comment or contacts from property investors, potential investors, those who advise them, those who sell to them or buy from them, most welcome by 26th August 2014, latest.

South West Business Insider - Office property, October 2014

In this feature we’ll look at the last year in the South West office market and look forward to what the next 12 months could hold in store. Who did the biggest deals, which are the hot sectors and areas?
What are the key trends to watch out for? Will we see more unloved and tired office converted to residential – and what will take the place of that old stock?
This feature will be a comprehensive review of what’s new on the market taking into account all of the region’s key centres
Comments and relevant contacts by 8th September, latest, please. 

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.