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EG Property Podcasts
28 minutes | Jan 19, 2022
An app doth not a smart building make, but it helps. Building apps have the power to collect the data required to predict future working patterns. Invaluable insight if you can get it. Here’s how...
An app in isolation does not equate to a smart building. And yet, over the past six months, activity around tenant engagement platforms has rocketed both in terms of adoption and investment. Following the peak of the pandemic, occupiers and landlords alike have raced to employ every tool in their armoury to attract staff back to offices across the globe. Seamless entry to your building at the click of a button? Done. Heating and ventilation tailored to your personal preferences? No problem. A free coffee and pastry one day a week? You’re welcome. Anything to lure people away from the comfort of their own homes. It’s not really about complimentary croissants, though. The real currency here, and the one these engagement platforms will rely on when it comes to determining whether they ultimately fail or succeed, is data. And while an app may not a smart building make, mass adoption of an app linked to a smart building platform might. With the right technology in place, the more people you can encourage to sign up to your building app. This means the more insight you have into how they are using the space and, in turn, how your asset can be more efficiently managed. If a free hot drink can bring just a few extra users onboard, that’s well worth its weight in coffee beans. At a time when workforce trends have never been in such a state of flux, this level of building intelligence has been upgraded from a nice-to-have to commercial real estate gold dust. If there is anyone who understands the value of tenant app adoption, it’s Dan Drogman. Along with his team, the founder and chief executive of software platform Smart Spaces has integrated the company's software system into just under 40 million sq ft of real estate across the world. “Adoption is the key to those really useful data sets,” he says. “You need to have adoption within your platform and this is the biggest challenge that occupier engagement apps will have to overcome.” So how do you drive that adoption? With over 8000 people already signed up to Smart Spaces’s workplace app at AXA IM Alts’ 195,000 sq m 22 Bishopsgate, EC2 mere months after the building officially opened its doors, Drogman is the man to ask. Tune in to hear more.
36 minutes | Jan 18, 2022
RICS valuations review: Real estate must act fast or risk more ‘draconian’ measures
Real estate firms and organisations must act as quickly as possible on adopting all of the changes proposed in Peter Pereira Gray’s independent report into investment valuations for the RICS, or risk facing another review down the line with a much tougher outcome for the industry, according to experts taking part in today’s episode of EG Property Podcasts. Pereira Gray’s report has made 13 recommendations designed to boost compliance, after evidence of conflicts and their management were assessed. The RICS standards and regulation board has pledged to implement all of these at “different speeds”. The new rules are also designed to be a “wake-up call” for the industry and establish a system fit for the “changing world”. But are they far-reaching enough to help build trust in valuations and solve the big issues facing valuers? EG’s news editor Pui-Guan Man is joined by Andy Pyle, UK head of real estate at KPMG, Claire Magowan, head of portfolio valuation at Savills, Ollie Saunders, head of UK commercial valuation at alternatives at JLL and Charles Smith, chairman of UK and cross border valuation and advisory at Cushman & Wakefield to discuss what the industry needs to tackle next, as well as the report’s wider implications for real estate.
17 minutes | Jan 16, 2022
EG Like Sunday Morning: The RICS-y Wild show
Jess Harrold is joined by Pui-Guan Man and Damian Wild for EG's latest weekly round-up podcast. Man and Wild share their thoughts on the long-awaited Independent Review of Real Estate Investment valuations and what it means for RICS going forwards. In addition, Wild addresses the recent announcement that he will leave EG later this year to take on a new role as managing director of PR and communications agency ING - including his personal reaction to the industry's response, and what he has planned for his last six months at EG. But when our news editor takes on our director of market development in the quiz of the week, who will triumph?
31 minutes | Jan 14, 2022
Voice of the Region: North East – Street spirit
The North East has powered through the pandemic thanks to the indomitable spirit of its people and is set to emerge with its streets reinvented with a flavour of continental Europe, believes Bradley Hall senior surveyor Nick Bramwell. With 58 deals across the line in 2021, Bramwell is last year’s leading individual dealmaker for the North East, while Bradley Hall sits in fifth place overall in the Radius Rankings for Tyne & Wear and first in Northumberland in terms of transacted space. Bramwell believes the rise of independent retailers – helped by developments such as Stack – gives people something different to try when they come to the cities of the North East, and this is helped by developments such as the pedestrianisation of Grey Street in Newcastle where a café culture can emerge and make it a stylish, European-style city. He also explains how the recent takeover of Newcastle United could have profound implications for the city’s commercial property offering.
22 minutes | Jan 9, 2022
EG Like Sunday Morning: Lego, and other major themes for 2022
Jess Harrold and EG editor Sam McClary start the year by sharing their enthusiasm for Lego, and addressing her four major themes for real estate during 2022. McClary shares her views on the importance of leadership, the need for better communication - particularly with the government - and the fast pace of transformation. But which is the fourth key word for 2022 that gives her the "warm and fuzzies"? Tune in to find out - and to hear her pitch the Lego Group for an EG interview.
51 minutes | Dec 25, 2021
EG Like Christmas Morning
Jess Harrold is joined by EG editor Sam McClary, deputy editor Tim Burke, head of content Emily Wright and news editor Pui-Guan Man to review 2021 in a very special episode of EG Like Sunday Morning. From family festive traditions, discussion soon turns to some of the highlights of another challenging year - and, inevitably, some of the real estate disappointments along the way. But what are the teams hopes for the sector in 2022? And, as the awesome foursome split into two dynamic duos, which team will triumph in the climactic quiz of the year, with questions culled from the EG headlines of each month?
35 minutes | Dec 20, 2021
Work in progress: Embedding climate resilience in real estate strategies
Real estate companies large and small are mapping out sustainability strategies as the climate crisis escalates. For many the challenge is not just what tomorrow’s business must look like, but how today’s business can prove resilience in the face of growing threats. In this podcast EG’s guests discuss climate resilience in the real estate industry; the social impact of sustainability strategies; how real estate companies, the businesses within their supply chains and their customers are collaborating; and the opportunities around data and analytics that can mitigate risks. Joining deputy editor Tim Burke are Janine Cole, director of sustainability and community at GPE; TwinView’s Rob Charlton; and Samantha Carlsson, senior sustainability manager at Derwent London.
32 minutes | Dec 20, 2021
The top 10 cases of 2021
Legal & professional editors Sarah Jackman and Jess Harrold present their annual podcast round-up from the courts, counting down their top 10 property law cases of 2021. From a raft of Covid-fuelled disputes - including CVA challenges, unpaid rent claims and the rise of pandemic clauses - to surveyor's negligence, empty property rates and service charges, it has been another busy year for litigation. But which judgments will make EG's official list of the biggest and best? Find out together with Jackman, Harrold and a few very special guests, each offering their expert insights on the cases that defined 2021.
20 minutes | Dec 19, 2021
EG Like Sunday Morning: Present problems and Future Leaders
For the final EG Like Sunday Morning episode of the year, Jess Harrold is joined by editor Sam McClary and London & offices reporter Alex Daniel to round up the week. Daniel reflects on his year covering the City and the office market, and how the sector is coping with the impacts of the Omicron variant, before taking the opportunity to look ahead to 2022. McClary shares details of the inspirational speeches from EG's Future Leaders event, now available in video form on our website - and her joy at attending the similarly uplifting Story of Christmas, an annual festive fixture in the real estate calendar. But who will triumph in the ever-competitive quiz of the week?
24 minutes | Dec 16, 2021
Voice of the Region Capital Edition – West London: Office 365
Frost Meadowcroft director Shaun Wolfe says 2021 was the year occupiers realised working from home was no longer viable and this has seen an office recovery in West London gain momentum after a very tough 2020. Frost Meadowcroft, an office specialist which mainly operates across a three-mile radius around Hammersmith, has transacted 238,530 sq ft of office space so far this year, with a further 50,000 sq ft set for completion over the next month. This represents an uptick in fortunes compared to 2020 when volumes were below 200,000 sq ft and less than half that of the previous year. Wolfe says many companies are realising home working as a full-time option is far from optimal and that they need to take office space, albeit in lower volumes than pre-pandemic times. He also says landlords are rethinking the shape of the space they offer, with West London now boasting office buildings more akin to hotels in terms of the open space and gym facilities they contain.
50 minutes | Dec 14, 2021
EG Future Leaders: A night of hope, pride and maybe the odd little tear
In this episode of the EG Property Podcast, EG editor Samantha McClary takes a look back at EG’s Future Leaders event, which took place on 7 December and saw 8 amazing individuals from across the real estate sector get up on stage, with no notes, and deliver a Ted-style talk. All eight talks were honest, delivered straight from the heart and underlined just how much talent exists in this industry and how, if we listen to people like Tanya Coen d’arcy from JLL, Robin Didier from Ellandi, Clare Grimes from Octopus Real Estate, Jenny Offord from Homes England, Zaman Sheikh from Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Council, Deborah Green from Oxford Properties, Georgina Watt from Taylor Wessing and Alex Woolmore from Argent, the future of the sector is looking bright. Reminiscing on the evening are Taylor Wessing’s international head of real estate Paul Lawrence, JLL’s head of UK project, cost and NZC design Aimee Baker, and head of HR at Savills, Noel McGonigle. Listen in to this 50-minute podcast, to find out more about why these 10 minute talks mattered so much and just why the Future Leaders project is such a positive for the property industry.
26 minutes | Dec 13, 2021
Voice of the Region: Hampshire – Marine propulsion
The industrial market is booming in the super-connected county of Hampshire but with a coastal boundary and two national parks to contend with, land has never been in shorter supply, according to Hellier Langston director Andy Hellier. Hellier Langston is the highest-placed regional agent in the Radius On Demand Rankings for Hampshire with 444,162 sq ft transacted so far this year across 37 deals. It operates from offices in Fareham, near Portsmouth, as well as Southampton. Southampton, which is the UK’s second biggest container port, is linked via the M27 to Portsmouth, itself a major passenger port, and this motorway connectivity is rare along the south coast and makes it attractive to the logistics and shipping services sectors. Hellier says the office market is also in tentative recovery, although he believes the pandemic means the days of single-let office buildings in the county are over. The biggest challenge, however, is land. In Portsmouth particularly, which is a densely populated island, there is no land available and Hellier hopes planning laws can be made more flexible to help remedy this.
24 minutes | Dec 12, 2021
EG Like Sunday Morning: Life sciences, the North and more of the week‘s news
Jess Harrold is joined by senior writer Piers Wehner and EG's new reporter Evelina Grecenko for the latest weekly podcast round-up. Grecenko introduces herself to EGLSM listeners, and shares her experiences from her first three weeks covering her challenging patch, comprising both life sciences and the North. Wehner reviews his week of early mornings covering property news in the UK press, and some of the stories set to have major impacts in the coming weeks and months. But who will triumph in the quiz of the week?
25 minutes | Dec 10, 2021
Behind the rides: What being part of the Club Peloton family really means
In this episode of the EG Property Podcast EG editor Samantha McClary is talking to Nick Searl from Argent, Sarah Cary from Enfield Council and Nick Hanmer from Club Peloton to take a look behind the rides that so many people in the real estate industry will have taken part in. Club Peloton is the charity behind the Cycle to Mipim, PedElle and Cycle to Mapic events and while these and other rides may be the visible side of Club Peloton, it is so much more than that. Club Peloton raises vital funds for various charities and brings people together from across the real estate industry to build valuable connections. In this 20 minute listen learn about the future direction of the charity and how you can get involved if you want to help bring that vision to life, find out about the benefits that being part of the Club Peloton family can bring not only to the vulnerable young people its supports but to your professional career too. And listen out for how club membership might lead to a very special moment in bed with a certain property journalist.
38 minutes | Dec 10, 2021
”We can say when we’re not OK”: Managing wellbeing as a company leader
In EG’s final wellbeing and mental health podcast of the year, our guests explore how company leaders can prioritise wellbeing from the top of a business – often through making clear their own vulnerability and sharing their experiences. Deputy editor Tim Burke is joined by Judith Everett, executive director for purpose, sustainability and stakeholder at the Crown Estate; Davina Goodchild, chief executive of LionHeart; and Guy Harrington, chief executive of Glenhawk. In their 35-minute discussion they outline not only how their companies have worked to prioritise wellbeing, but also talk openly about their own challenges and how they have faced them.
16 minutes | Dec 8, 2021
Sustainable disruption: delving into the detail of a new report on 12 decarbonising technologies for cities
Following hot on the heels of COP26, EG’s professional & legal editor, Sarah Jackman, is joined by Ian Wilkinson and Jonathan Mills, from the international real estate and infrastructure group at law firm Osborne Clarke, to discuss the publication of a new report commissioned by the firm: Sustainable disruption: 12 decarbonising technologies for cities. The three look at the report’s findings, what the move to decarbonisation means in practice for the firm’s clients and how that translates into the legal process.
28 minutes | Dec 5, 2021
EG Like Sunday Morning: The talent show
Jess Harrold returns to EG's weekly round-up podcast, inviting editor Sam McClary and head of content Emily Wright to talk talent. McClary airs her views on the importance to real estate of understanding the wants and needs of the best-and-brightest from all walks of life, and Wright shares highlights from this week's Talent special - including the advantages of embracing neurodiversity and her must-read interview with four inspirational execs rising like phoenixes from the ashes of US tech giant Katerra. Plus, excitement builds for next week’s EG Future Leaders event – but, as their skills are put to the test, will Sam or Emily triumph in a closely-fought quiz of the week?
27 minutes | Dec 1, 2021
On the Case: The return of Fearn - the Tate Modern, privacy and the Supreme Court
Jess Harrold looks ahead to next week's Supreme Court appeal in Fearn and others v Board of Trustees of Tate Gallery  EWCA Civ 104;  EGLR 14 - a high-profile breach of privacy claim brought by neighbours to the Tate Modern gallery, complaining about a viewing platform that offers panoramic views of London - together with Charles Russell Speechlys partner James Souter and associate Megan Davies. Each taking a respective side, Souter and Davies rehearse the arguments set to go under scrutiny by the Supreme Court justices - and they don't pull their punches as they debate the key question of whether the law of nuisance can or should be extended to breach of privacy by overlooking.
18 minutes | Nov 29, 2021
Bricks & Mortar: RICS’s new Rules of Conduct explained
On 11 October, the RICS announced changes to its professional Rules of Conduct, which will come into force in February 2022. Ahead of the change, EG’s Bricks & Mortar host, Sarah Jackman takes a look at the detail and what both its members and APC candidates need to do to ensure compliance. Joining her for a look at the detail are Christine O’Rourke, head of conduct standards at the RICS and Charlotte Neal, director of surveying standards at the RICS. Tune in to hear the background to the changes, the technical detail and what they will mean for its global membership.
39 minutes | Nov 29, 2021
Following the ”spectacular” demise of Softbank-backed tech giant Katerra, meet the four former employees who have regrouped to lead the roll out of London-based Modulous in the US
When US-based tech giant Katerra shut down operations in June, it sent a ricochet through the construction technology sector. After raising billions of dollars’ worth of funding, the Softbank-backed modular pioneer collapsed under debt following the pandemic. Now, four of the group's former executives have joined forces once more to lead the US roll-out of another modular start-up, one much closer to home. On this episode of Tech Talk Radio, EG head of content Emily Wright is joined by Janet Stephenson, Kassi Mast, Eva Talbot and Jennifer Caldwell; the Seattle-based team which will run the US arm of London start-up Modulous. The expansion follows Modulous’s £5m capital raise from investors including Blackhorn Ventures, Cemex Ventures, Groundbreak Ventures, Goldacre and the UK Government's future fund. For more on how these four former Katerra executives plan to harness their pre-existing skills to lead this expansion and why being a team of four women was a happy coincidence based on talent and talent alone, tune in to this week's episode of Tech Talk Radio.
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