Author - Owen Mitchell

The New Normal Is Refurbishment

Is it a sudden urge to develop sustainably? A wave of green conscience? Or just that, if you want to catch the economic tide before it turns, you have to grab the quickest wins? Whatever the reason, the UK is in the grip of a refurbishment surge, as developers react to the rapid recovery of the post-Covid economy. Data...

Russia-Ukraine crisis: Impact on UK Real Estate

This week, Russia launched its long-feared full-scale invasion of Ukraine after President Vladimir Putin announced a special military operation in a televised address to his citizens in the early hours of Thursday morning. Explosions were reported soon afterwards on the outskirts of the cities of Kharkiv, Kramatorsk, Mariupol, as well as the capital Kyiv, prompting...

‘Urban patriotism’ key to cities’ success

Wet pavements under streetlights, soggy pedestrians dodging each other? Or sunny afternoons in the park? The romance of the city strikes everyone slightly differently. But until recently, very few in the property business have delved into why people love a city, in what ways, and how those feelings might influence what you develop, where...

Levelling up: lack of planning poses a problem

This week the government’s highly anticipated 400-page white paper on the often name-checked but rarely defined policy of ‘Levelling Up’ was released. The policy, which is seen as the cornerstone of the Prime Minister’s premiership, incorporates 12 “national missions” to tackle the UK’s regional inequality. The UK is one of the world's most geographically unequal major...

2022 – Office set for dramatic comeback?

The unique challenge the pandemic has posed to our office spaces was encapsulated last week when the Oxford English Dictionary updated its definition of ‘hybrid’ to include ‘hybrid working.’ Since March 2020, hybrid working has become fully embedded into our everyday working lives, forcing landlords to find ways to make their offices worth commuting to...

2022: Retail set for recovery

As we all trudge into our third year under the cloud of the Coronavirus pandemic, there are plenty of reasons for the industry to be optimistic about the year head – none more so than for the retail sector. Retail has been through a tough few years, with significant structural changes exacerbated by Covid. The...

Perceptions of the Property Industry

Last week Innesco’s founder & MD, Dan Innes, took part in a round table event, organised by Urban Ovation, discussing the ‘perceptions of the Property Industry.’ The Property industry creates the places that people live, work and play. It takes great risks to invest, build and transform communities. Yet unfortunately this is not how...