There are a lot of issues and topics facing the UK property sector. As the largest UK REIT we feel it is important not only to have a view on these issues but to share them with our audiences.
Below are some views from members of our team on a number of wide-ranging topics affecting the markets we work in, the communities we serve and the industry that we are proud to be part of.
- Carbon reduction will not be solved by sitting on the fence
19 March 2012
We all believe that looking after the environment and natural resources is important. However, the myriad of targets and regulations that impact the property sector are having a damaging effect on delivering the scale of change required in carbon reduction. At a recent parliamentary reception, Robert Noel challenged the sector and Government to stop pussyfooting around, and act now to bring focus and clarity to the industry's efforts.
- Onward and upward
21 April 2011
As retail undergoes fundamental structural changes and consumer confidence has been hit hard by the economic climate, it has been no surprise that some in the industry are once again questioning lease structures. There have been calls in recent weeks for an end to upward only rent reviews while in Ireland legislation is mooted. Here, Richard Akers, Managing Director, Retail Portfolio questions whether such a move would be beneficial for occupiers.
- To click or to brick, is that the question
29 October 2010
The retail landscape is undergoing change, as the rise of the internet changes people's shopping behaviour and takes more sales from traditional bricks and mortar channels. Land Securitiesí Retail Portfolio Managing Director, Richard Akers takes a look at the rise of the internet and what that may mean for the future of the retail property sector and its business model.
- Property debt market
5 July 2010
The recent De Montfort University annual bank lending report estimated that the size of outstanding bank debt in the property sector totals £300bn, with the value of loans in breach or default estimated to be £50bn. Against this backdrop our Director of Tax, Treasury and Insurance, Martin Wood gives his view on what the future might hold.
- CRC - Energy Efficiency Scheme
29 April 2010
The beginning of April 2010 saw the birth of a new mandatory Government-led carbon emissions trading scheme. All organisations using more than 6,000MWh per year of electricity (equivalent to an annual electricity bill of about £500,000) are required to purchase and submit sufficient allowances to meet their annual emissions covered by the scheme. Here Neil Pennell, Head of Sustainability, gives his view on the scheme and the impact that it will have on the property sector.