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Thursday, 31 May 2012

Estates Gazette - Rural Focus - 28 July 2012

Two features, comment/contacts welcome:
Land market Is farmland a worthwhile investment?
 NPPF – Now it is in place, what effect is the National Planning Policy Framework having on rural areas?
 Comment/contacts welcome by 2nd July, 2012, please.

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

ShD Magazine - Harbert Who? - July 2012

Harbert Management, the Alabama-based property investor, has now acquired a large slice of the UK regional assets of SEGRO, the London-based industrial and warehouse landlord. This includes Manchester's Trafford Park and sites in Birmingham. But who are Harbert? And what will be their strategy?

Comment/contacts by 6 June 2012, please.

Those unfamiliar with the title can find an e-copy here:

PLEASE NOTE: This month's regional feature is on distribution property in the North West of England and North Wales.

South West Business Insider - Property fit-outs - July 2012

There’s not much in the way of new building out there, we all know that. Save for a few big mixed-use schemes and headquarters buildings, the emphasis is on good quality refurbishment – according to the experts, 80 per cent of the built stock of 2050 is already here, so we need to use it wisely.

This will be a feature of two parts – we’ll take a look first at interiors. Important things like the attraction and retention of staff, the ability to welcome clients and prospects to a place you’re proud of, all come down to fit-out, rather than what’s on the outside of your building. We’ll be speaking to fit-out contractors and workplace designers about what’s happening in their world and what it means for businesses – where are the recent and upcoming best-in-class jobs, and what trends do they suggest?

We’ll also look at refurbished buildings – where are the buildings around the region that have been stripped back and re-presented to the market in a different light? Are developers looking to bring in new styles of occupier at old buildings?

Comments/contacts from folk in the South West by 15 June 2012, please.

* South West means Devon, Cornwall, Dorset, Somerset, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and the former county of Avon (e.g. Bristol).

Thursday, 10 May 2012

North West Business Insider, July 2012

Feature on Property - Offices & serviced offices

The number of serviced offices in Liverpool and Manchester has more than doubled since 2006. New research shows that six years ago there were nine serviced office centres in Liverpool but by 2011 the figure had grown to 20.

The report, by office solutions business Instant, also said that in 2005 there were 37 serviced office centres in Manchester but by 2011 the figure had grown to 77, which makes Manchester the seventh largest serviced office market in the world.

This feature will look at the changing trends of occupier demands and explore the impact of behaviour on the regional office landscape. It will be an opportunity to speak to providers and companies with a view on the changing market.

Comments/contacts by 1st June 2012, please.

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Farmers Weekly - June 2012 - Local enterprise partnerships

What can the new local enterprise partnerships do for the worlds of food and farming in England?
Will their focus be on urban regeneration - not rural diversification?
Comments/contacts by 21 May, 2012, latest please.

ShD Magazine - the UK parcels business - June 2012

We'll be looking at the interesting property portfolio problems faced by Yodel - who have to merge two existing parcels networks - and by rivals such as City Link. How to configure their property needs, how to get rid of the wrong sites, and how to afford the right ones? Comment/contacts from anyone with a handle on the parcels' companies property needs by 10th May, 2012, please.

Estates Gazette - Health special - 16 June 2012

Pressures squeezing the nursing home sector - financial,
 political, all sorts. Has this sector gone off the boil for investors,
operators and developers?
Comments/contacts from people will connections in the nursing home/health property world by 28th May, 2012, at the latest please.