Creators of the Edge in Amsterdam to develop new generation of Smart buildings

Creators of the Edge in Amsterdam to develop new generation of Smart buildings

The creative team behind the development of the world’s most sustainable building – The Edge in Amsterdam – has announced the launch of a real estate technology company. EDGE Technologies, launched by OVG Real Estate CEO Coen van Oostrom will focus on creating a new generation of buildings which feature the latest innovations in sustainability […]

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Plans to develop 2 million sq. ft. of office space in South East England announced

Plans to develop 2 million sq. ft. of office space in South East England announced

Property developer John Baker, formerly of Baker Lorenz, has launched a new venture to develop a series of new business districts in South East commuter towns and outer London boroughs.  The John Baker Group is working in partnership with building and civil engineering contractor Sir Robert McAlpine on the £2bn project which will see the […]

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Financial companies learning to better utilise office space to attract right talent

Financial companies learning to better utilise office space to attract right talent

Financial services organisations are reducing the amount of commercial office space they require as they adopt more flexible work styles. This is according to a new report from HOK’s US team, The New Financial Workplace, an investigation into the threats and challenges facing the financial services industry, with a special focus on how new technologies […]

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Public sector and flexible workspaces drive record office uptake

Public sector and flexible workspaces drive record office uptake

A new report from GVA Grimley claims that the commercial property markets in the UK’s major cities outside London enjoyed a record breaking final quarter to 2017. According to its Big Nine report, analysing the office occupier markets of key UK regional cities, total take-up for the year amounted to over 10 million sq ft for […]

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Flexible and coworking offices to account for ten percent of UK property market by 2027

Flexible and coworking offices to account for ten percent of UK property market by 2027

Demand for flexible workspace including coworking space soared across the UK during 2017, according to a report from Cushman & Wakefield. The study of the rapidly growing market also claims that WeWork is already the largest single corporate occupier of office space in London, with only the public sector exceeding its scale. In addition, the […]

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Apple announces plans for a new campus as part of huge investment programme

Apple announces plans for a new campus as part of huge investment programme

Apple has announced plans to create a new campus for its technical support staff and to hire an additional 20,000 employees over the next five years. The details of the new location will be announced later this year as part of a five year plan which the firm claims will make its direct contribution to […]

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Seven of the best workplace stories from the last week (or so)

Seven of the best workplace stories from the last week (or so)

The radical idea of a world without jobs What AI can and can’t do (yet) for your business WeWork harms 40 percent of coworking spaces in its vicinity No blind spots in leopards’ eyes: five hopes for Workplace in 2018 Women and men in STEM at odds over workplace equity Economists grapple with the future […]

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Occupiers concerned about lack of innovation from commercial property sector

Occupiers concerned about lack of innovation from commercial property sector

The UK’s productivity is lagging behind other G7 countries and property directors are concerned that landlords’ lack of proactivity around commercial property innovation may hamper efforts to move the UK up the productivity league table, according to the newly published results of  a survey carried out at the Property Directors Forum in December 2017, hosted by […]

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Germany loses favour as corporate real estate investment hotspot

Germany loses favour as corporate real estate investment hotspot

Germany is no longer the most popular global destination for corporate real estate investment, according to BrickVest’s latest commercial property investment barometer. Formerly the most popular location in Q3 2017, Germany has now fallen in favour among investors behind the UK, US and France. Germany saw a drop in popularity from 34 percent to 23 […]

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European commercial property market in good health as coworking phenomenon takes hold

European commercial property market in good health as coworking phenomenon takes hold

European commercial property markets have started 2018 in a positive way, with provisional data for 2017 from Knight Frank suggesting that investment volumes were higher than in 2016. If 2017 beats 2016’s total of €216 billion it will still remain well below the market peak of 2015 when over €250 billion was invested, according to […]

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The seven must-reads that were on our radar this week

The seven must-reads that were on our radar this week

What to do when you’re feeling distracted at work The essential truths of management books distilled to 25 words The past and present future of corporate real estate A new approach to the design of work How to tackle impostor syndrome in 2018 Managing an integrated government estate: lessons from the UK Autonomous car hype […]

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BSRIA launches urbanisation megatrends report

BSRIA launches urbanisation megatrends report

The Building Services Research and Information Association (BSRIA) has launched a new report called Megatrends – Urbanisation (registration needed) which claims to look at the major forces that are shaping the ‘world in which we live and do business’. The report cites as inspiration a 2015 McKinsey report called No Ordinary Disruption, which examined ‘The Four Global […]

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