Residential Property

Net Zero

Supporting Sustainable Renting with Technology

Technology is reducing water and energy use and helping residents live more sustainablly at Quintain’s 85 acre Wembley Park development in north west London. Saving on utilities consumption is more important than ever, with individuals and businesses all needing to play their part. At Quintain Living, the award-winning management company overseeing the rental of more…

Best Practice

How Properties Can Be Insulated More Effectively

Ian Paton, partner in building consultancy at property advisor Cluttons, provides guidance on how homeowners and landlords can insulate their properties more effectively. There are ways to insulate a home more cost effectively these days, and retrofitting needn’t be too complicated or expensive. If you own your own home or you are a landlord then…

Construction

UKAA Announces Headline Theme for Build to Rent Conference

The UK Apartment Association (UKAA) has announced its annual Build to Rent Conference and Industry Awards ceremony will be held under the theme, ‘The Pursuit of Excellence’, on 15th November when major players from the BTR sector will gather in London for its annual event which includes an awards ceremony. By focusing on excellence, the…

News

UAE Students Driving Demand for London Homes

Estate agency Chestertons Global reports that a record number of applicants to UK universities from the UAE is increasing demand for new homes in Central London. Data from the UCAS university admission service confirms a record number of students from the UAE have applied to UK universities in 2022. The UK is highly regarded as…

Net Zero

Lowering Energy Costs for Tenants with Solar

Greater Manchester property business George Moss & Sons Ltd which celebrated its centenary in 2020 has pledged support for commercial tenants struggling with energy bills by investing £500k in new solar panel installations. The family business owns and manages 620,000 sq.ft. of prime industrial property on the Moss Industrial Estate on St. Helen’s Road in…

News

Almost Half of Smaller UK Landlords Planning to Expand Portfolios

According to the latest survey from Handelsbanken, 49 per cent of small and mid-sized professional landlords with a minimum of four properties in the UK are planning to increase their portfolios in the year ahead, as optimism about residential and commercial property builds despite fears of an economic downturn and the cost of living crisis.…

News

Stress-free Grilling in a Friendly Community Setting

With National BBQ taking place in the UK from 4th to 10th July, residential developer Quintain Living is showcasing the facililities on offer to residents of one of its friendly community settings. Firing up the BBQ come rain or shine is an intrinsic part of summer in the UK. Yet many renters in London miss…

News

deVere CEO Brands BoE Plans to Axe Mortgage Affordability Requirements as ‘Utter Madness’

Bank of England plans to scrap mortgage affordability rules have been described as “utter madness” by Nigel Green, the CEO of deVere Group, who says the move underscores how the central bank is “failing Britain.” The damning analysis from the head of deVere Group, one of the world’s largest independent advisors of specialist global financial…

News

Heylo Housing Selects MRI Solution for Property Part Ownership Programme

UK part buy-part rent housing provider heylo has installed the MRI LivingTM software suite to help manage its portfolio. The deployment of MRI Living allows the company to leverage a flexible set of tools that encompass property management, sales and lettings, and resident portals, as well as MRI’s fixed asset accounting and strategic planning solutions.…

Life Safety

Overcoming the UK’s Social Housing Emergency Lighting Challenge

René Joppi, managing director of global lighting manufacturer Mackwell, explains how smart technology can resolve challenges associated with testing retrofitted emergency lighting in the United Kingdom’s ageing public housing stock. New buildings are constructed with the most up-to-date technologies in mind, but many structures – especially older ones – are prone to be left behind…

Education

£4 Billion Legal & General-Oxford University Partnership to Deliver Postgrad Accommodation

Legal & General and the University of Oxford have agreed the development of Court Place Gardens, an estate containing new postgraduate homes specifically designed for families, under a £4 billion partnership. The development of Court Place Gardens in Iffley, Oxfordshire is the first residential site to be delivered through the Partnership and will deliver 84…

Contracts

£141 Million UK MoD Accommodation Contract Operational

A £141 million contract which was awarded to Pinnacle Group in 2021 to deliver National Accommodation Management Services (NAMS) for 49,000 Service Family Accommodation (SFA) homes in the UK on behalf of the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has become operational, with services to be delivered by the group’s specialist division, Pinnacle Service Families. Service Personnel…

Life Safety

2,000 Hyfire Wireless Devices Commissioned for London High-Rise Installation

Four landmark London towers are now benefiting from cutting edge fire protection thanks to Hyfire wireless devices, which were installed in record time thanks to a partnership between Hyfire, installers Gemini AMPM and property management company, FirstPort. With up to 25 floors, the Elektron Tower, Proton Tower, Neutron Tower and Switch Tower together form a…

News

Homeless Charity Unveils Modular Home Development

Centrepoint, one of the UK’s largest charities dedicated to combating youth homelessness, has released images of a new, 33-modular-home development for young people in Peckham, South London.  Reuben House is part of the charity’s Independent Living Programme, which seeks to provide 300 young people a home and entry-level or apprenticeship roles that lead to full time…

Automation & AI

Energy Performance Certificates: Going Back to the UK’s Future?

Saurabh Saxena, founder of Buy To Let and AI property evaluation platform houzen, explains how artificial intelligence is delivering better value from EPCs in the UK. 2022 marks the fifteenth anniversary of the introduction of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) in the United Kingdom. Originally a requirement of European Union Directive 2002/91/EC and enshrined in UK…

Contracts

Residential Energy Metering Contract

21.10.2021, 17:17 Residential Energy Metering Contract Insite Energy has been selected to install and service pre-paid metering at the new South Quay Plaza luxury residential development in Canary Wharf. Part of the ongoing redevelopment of the London Docklands, the 628-property site represents a flagship project for developer, Berkeley Homes Southeast London (BHSEL). The development has…

Events

RE:Visionary Awards 2021

19.10.2021, 16:32 RE:Visionary Awards 2021 MRI Software has announced the recipients of its third annual RE:Visionary Awards at the MRI Ascend 2021 North American users conference in Cleveland, Ohio.   The RE:Visionary Awards, which were formerly known as the “MRI Innovation Awards”, honor MRI clients and partners who have leveraged the company’s open and connected…

Appointments

Kim Scott Appointed CEO of Aramark Uniform Services

18.10.2021, 16:25 Kim Scott Appointed CEO of Aramark Uniform Services Former Terminix Chief Operating Officer Kim Scott has joined Aramark Uniform Services (AUS) as its new CEO. In her new role, Scott will become a member of the company’s Executive Leadership Team, reporting directly to Zillmer, and will oversee the company’s nearly 20,000 employees who…

Contracts

Residential PPM Contract Award

  30.09.2021, 12:50 Residential PPM Contract Award Polyteck Group has secured a one-year contract to provide planned preventive maintenance (PPM) services at Lillie Square, a new landscaped residential development in West London in the latest of a series of contract wins. As part of the contract with Management and Capital & Counties Properties PLC, the facility…

Blog

Investing in Commercial Real Estate

23.09.2021, 18:43 Investing in Commercial Real Estate Despite a tail-off in demand for commercial real estate during the Covid-19 pandemic, the asset class is expected to return to growth rates similar to those of the last decade within five years. With offices reopening from national lockdowns imposed by many countries, employers are beginning to accommodate…

Appointments

Seasoned Multifamily Executive Joins Cushman & Wakefield

05.08.2021, 22:19 Seasoned Multifamily Executive Joins Cushman & Wakefield Tina West has joined Cushman & Wakefield from CBRE as Senior Managing Director, Multifamily Asset Services for the western United States. West, who previously served as Managing Director and Multifamily Practice Leader for CBRE’s Property Management business in the Americas, brings more than three decades of…

Japan

Savills IM Adds Assets to Japan Residential Fund

30.06.2021, 10:38 Savills IM Adds Assets to Japan Residential Fund Savills Investment Management has acquired or committed to acquire a further JPY 24 billion (US $218 million) of residential real estate for inclusion in its Japan Residential Fund II (JRFII).   Twenty-four of the 27 new assets are in Greater Tokyo and will form part…

COP26

Making Historic Buildings Energy Efficient

Historic buildings can help tackle the climate crisis, according to a new report from Grosvenor Britain & Ireland. Produced in consultation with the National Trust, Historic England, Peabody, Southern Housing Group and The Crown Estate, and written with Donald Insall Associates, Heritage & Carbon argues for a decisive reformulation of planning policy as the United Kingdom prepares to…

Education

Renters Face Significantly Higher Housing Costs

11.05.2021, 11:53 Renters Face Significantly Higher Housing Costs Housing costs are felt more by households that rent, according to new research by Vienna University of Economics and Business. The study which was led by Professor Emanuel List and Associate Professor Wilfried Altzinger from the university’s Institute for Money and Finance investigated the financial burden housing costs…

Automation & AI

Smoker Detection in Residential Buildings

14.04.2021, 18:51 Smoker Detection in Residential Buildings Sensor manufacturer FreshAir has launched an innovative smoking and marijuana detection system for apartment buildings, public housing complexes and other high-occupancy residential settings. The FreshAir1 Smoking Detection System is also being marketed at building owners and operators with enforceable no-smoking policies, and as a solution for protecting infrastructure…

Blog

Decrypting UK Sheltered Housing Fire Standards

12.04.2021, 15:38 Decrypting UK Sheltered Housing Fire Standards With new fire safety legislations demanding a renewed focus on safety in all residential settings, Karen Trigg of Allegion UK explains why care home and sheltered housing associations must prioritise fire door maintenance.   The regulations and standards associated with fire safety and sheltered, assisted and social…

News

Setting New Standards in Housing

15.03.2021, 11:35 Setting New Standards in Housing A series of standards documents from The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) identify seven desirable development and behavioural characteristics for housing professionals. Developed in collaboration with hundreds of CIH members, tenants and residents, housing organisations and other professional bodies, the standards are designed to raise the professional competency…

News

Back on Track

25.02.2021, 13:00 Back on Track Terminix has reported strong revenue growth for the fourth-quarter of 2020, and adjusted its Full-Year 2021 revenue forecast to between US $2,025 and US $2,050, in unaudited accounts released today. For the fourth quarter of 2020, the Company reported a revenue increase of four percent to $460 million. Net income…

Appointments

Making Social Housing Safer

17.02.2021, 08:21 Making Social Housing Safer Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council has appointed Kier to deliver fire safety works across its housing stock under a programme which includes replacing 3,600 sets of fire doors. Kier, a certified member of testing and certification organisation BM TRADA, has committed to working with BM TRADA-approved suppliers on the project,…

Construction

Accolade for UK Apprentice

Apprentice Jude Kirkwood-Thompson has been named “Apprentice of the Year”, with her employer, property services company Ian Williams, also receiving an award for its training academy at this year’s National Housing Maintenance Forum (NHMF) Awards. The NHMF is a leading source of best practice for the social housing sector, with a focus on building maintenance…

Finance

Acquisition Finance Raised for Residential Complex

29.01.2021, 07:16 Acquisition Finance Raised for Residential Complex Cushman & Wakefield has raised acquisition debt and joint venture equity financing for a 48-unit apartment complex in Boulder, Colorado. The purchase transaction for Glenwood Village Apartments at 2747 Glenwood Ct closed with an equity investment of US $11,000,000 and debt financing of US $7,000,000 with a…

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