Insights


News, views and intelligence from cross-sector leaders, discussing the future cities and the role of real estate, identifying & responding to key challenges facing the industry.



27/08/2020  |  podcast

Helen Gordon, Grainger

Chief Executive of Grainger, Helen Gordon, speaks to Susan Freeman about her career in real estate, and heading up the UK’s largest listed residential landlord.
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06/08/2020  |  podcast

James Saunders, Quintain

James Saunders was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Quintain in October 2019. James was previously Chief Operating Officer of Quintain and has been a main board director since 2017. As Chief Operating Officer, James led the place-making and estate management at Wembley Park, commercial partnerships, group marketing, IT and health and safety.
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30/07/2020  |  podcast

Sadie Morgan, dRMM

Sadie Morgan is a Co-Founding Director of leading architectural practice dRMM, along with Alex de Rijke and Philip Marsh. Over a 25-year career, Sadie has played a key role in the advocacy of exemplary design and architecture, through her professional practice and advisory roles. Read more about Sadie here.
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20/07/2020  |  article

The Quarter

A quick compendium of the more important stories affecting London development over the last few months.
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13/07/2020  |  article

Market Essay. London – Getting back to business

Greg Mansell, head of UK research and insight, Cushman & Wakefield takes a look at an unprecedented time for London and its markets At the end of March, the London property market bore no resemblance to a few months earlier, with its empty streets and closed businesses symbolic of London under lockdown. ‘The market was …
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09/07/2020  |  video

Future of UK Cities

Andrew Jones, EMEA Cities Programme Leader at AECOM shares his insights on the impact of the pandemic, economic crisis and digitalisation on the future of our UK cities, and his key priorities for supporting economic recovery, the green agenda, social equity and future resilience.
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29/05/2020  |  video

Back to the office

Katrina Kostic Samen is Head of Workplace Strategy & Design at KKS Savills and BCO past president. She speaks to Amy Till about the challenges facing those transitioning back into office buildings, and how COVID-19 may impact the future of the way we work long-term.
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28/05/2020  |  article

NLA is 15, from the team: Emma Jefferson, business development director, remembers her first LREF

Once upon a time in Marbella 2007 a Belgian Beach Club owner called Tops coined a phrase which has stuck with me for many years. In conversation I naively asked Tops if he’d owned a beach club before. Picture the Belgian accent if you please “Ha” he replied. ‘Zees ain’t my first BBQ”
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28/05/2020  |  podcast

Graham Craig

Graeme is TfL’s Commercial Development Director and is responsible for its land and property across the capital. This includes an Estate Management function that manages over 5,500 acres of operational land and over 30 offices buildings across London.
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15/05/2020  |  podcast

Jacob Loftus

Jacob Loftus is Founder and CEO of General Projects, a design-led real estate developer that creates experiential and sustainable buildings, designed around the needs of the new economy. With a focus on the changing nature of the home and the workplace, General Projects collaborates with architects, designers, creatives and tech experts to deliver environments that …
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15/05/2020  |  video

COVID-19 and Community

Community has risen up the agenda as a result of the current crisis. Peter Murray talks Helen Joscelyne of Derwent London about how the developer communicates with and supports local communities.
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14/05/2020  |  video

The City of London after lockdown

Chairman of the City of London’s Planning and Transportation Committee Alastair Moss talks to Peter Murray about the Corporation’s transport strategy as workers return to the Square Mile, about the level of applications coming before the committee and about the public inquiry on The Tulip.
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06/05/2020  |  video

Improving the environment for business post-COVID19

Ruth Duston runs Primera which manages Business Improvement Districts across London from Cheapside to Hampstead, Victoria to the Eastern Cluster. She talks to Peter Murray about the role of BIDS in supporting local areas during these difficult times.
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30/04/2020  |  video

Design and health

Design Principal of HOK, David Weatherhead, talks about the role of design in our recovery from the impacts of coronavirus pandemic, how we design for social distancing and lessons to be learnt in the design of healthcare facilities.
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30/04/2020  |  podcast

Peter Pereira Gray

The Wellcome Trust plays a key role in supporting bio-medical research and initiatives, providing £800 million in funding a year. Susan Freeman speaks to Peter Pereira Gray, Chief Executive Officer of the Investment Division of this organisation about his approach to their investment portfolio, and their response to the COVID 19 crisis.
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