‘Hi Ho Robert Jenrick’ – MHCLG moves to Wolverhampton

By David Scane Over the past 4 years Wolverhampton has seen an influx of high profile arrivals courtesy of the Nuno Espirito Santo revolution at the city’s football club. The once slightly unglamourous West Midlands outfit (with apologies to celebrity fans Led Zeppelin) has been transformed with an exciting brand of football and reasonably priced…

Home, work, communities and changing spaces

By Debbie Standen, Property As cities across the UK return to varying levels of lockdown, the new hiatus has thrown fresh light on the conversations around the changing ways of life and what this means for the future of our homes, towns and cities. Some six months on and certain consensuses are starting to form…

Will first-time buyers come out as winners as a result of the pandemic?

By Alina Haritonova, Property The pandemic has had a devastating impact on the global economy, paralysing entire industries and putting thousands of people out of jobs. According to the latest figures by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), UK unemployment is on the rise, currently at 4.5%, up from 3.9% a year ago, and hundreds…

House Hunting in a Pandemic

Living in a COVID-19 world has forced us all to rethink how we see our homes. Space, particularly outdoor space, is at a premium and despite the bleak outlook for the UK economy, the property market is busier than ever. Pent up demand has been unleashed, with the freeze on Stamp Duty helping the market…

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…

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…

We already had a crisis… and we still do

By Perry Miller, Partner When the virus first arrived, they closed my local park. It was the Sunday farmers’ market that did for it apparently: images of entitled Hackney hipsters crowding together in the sunshine to buy their sourdough was too much even for the local council to bear. And in an instant, the East…