The future of living: the shape-shifting world of bricks and mortar

By Debbie Standen, Partner Working in property for the last 15 years or so, I’ve always been fascinated by the impact of changing trends and values on the built environment. How the natural evolution of our society and culture shapes the physical world around us and reflects this journey like a tapestry, albeit in bricks…

Retail reopens – but with an uncertain future

By Henry Columbine, Managing Partner, Property As a nation, there’s little we love more than queuing and little we love less than having our personal space invaded. So the fact that non-essential shops opened again today with the added bonus of having to queue to get into them and strict measures in place to prevent…

You can dig it!

By Drew Aspinwall, Newgate South West The weather forecast is for a sunny and increasingly warm weekend.  After the last few days of shivering, a welcome return of spring for the first weekend since Garden Centres reopened. Lockdown has seen a vast majority of us spending more time at home than we could have ever…

Virtual paves way for real world building

By Scott Harker, Consultant, Newgate Engage Yesterday’s announcement that planning meetings and consultation should proceed digitally will see a system which has been notorious for its slow pace of reform catapulted into the 21st Century. Whilst it’s been permitted for some aspects of the process to be carried out virtually, in practice physical meetings in windowless…

New FTSE 100 Property Win For Newgate

Newgate Communications, has been appointed to manage the global communications for a trio of brands within the FTSE 100-listed property developer, The Berkeley Group. Following a competitive pitch process, the specialist property team has been brought on board to elevate the communications for the St James, St William and Berkeley Homes Eastern Counties divisions, with…

Government announces reopening of housing market

By Gareth Jones, Newgate Public Affairs Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick announced government plans to reopen the housing market, by removing the freeze on home moving, as long as it could be done safely. Jenrick said that the Government wanted the housing market and construction industry to start up again with “immediate effect” and said that…

To buy or not to buy? That is the question.

By Laura Sears, Senior Consultant, Property As of today, estate agents are allowed to reopen and people can – once again – move house.  The property market has re-opened. I’m looking at this from two angles. As part of Newgate’s Property team, I have a professional interest in all things real estate – and at…

Construction work to begin again “when safe to do so”

By Gareth Jones, Newgate Public Affairs Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick gave today’s Downing Street Briefing, outlining the measures undertaken by local and regional authorities during the pandemic. Jenrick said the government has provided £3.2 billion to local councils during this pandemic and has helped establish local resilience forums, working in partnership with local authorities, which…

The future of retail property lies in trust

By Polly Warrack, Associate Partner You do not need to have a specific knowledge of retail property to know that the sector is in trouble. The threat of e-commerce has been building for years, as have the rising overheads of rents, rates and service charges for physical stores and the number of brands entering into…

Preparing for the new normal – Webinar

This webinar will take place at 11am on Wednesday 29 April. The Covid-19 pandemic has profoundly changed the way we live and work. As we plan for our emergence from lockdown, how do we motivate staff to return to the workplace, re-engage our customers and communicate with our investors in the post-pandemic world? While going…