• What’s on the menu for London’s future success?

    What’s your breakfast fare of choice at the weekend? The audience in a recent conference got a glimpse into my breakfast essentials; precisely why later. The event was organised to explore the draft London Plan, and consider the impact of growth on London. I was asked to address two questions: if, in the dash for… Read more »

  • Build to Rent: how important is customer experience?

    Savills recently hosted an engaging seminar in conjunction with Women in Property. The all- female panel, each stars in their particular fields, had come together to discuss design in Build to Rent (BTR). The seminar touched on a number of key considerations when designing BTR schemes, but the most interesting to my mind was the… Read more »

  • What a real estate week!

    Property Week Awards Dinner: This year’s Property Week Awards Dinner at the Grosvenor House was a vintage event. Like all self-respecting real estate events these days it was characterised by ‘rent a crowd’ protestors outside the hotel. They certainly didn’t dampen the good spirits of the gathering. I was delighted to be seated next to… Read more »

  • Is #PropTech driving change in real estate?

    The property sector has been a little late to the party as far as the potential of tech is concerned. At a recent Estates Gazette proptech seminar – hosted appropriately at U+I’s splendid new space in Victoria – tech and property sat self-consciously side by side. The audience was treated to the thoughts of a… Read more »

  • Challenges and opportunities facing the build-to-rent sector

    In October, Women in Property – in association with Eversheds – hosted a fascinating breakfast seminar on the challenges and opportunities facing the build-to-rent sector. Beatrice Dupont, a partner at Venn Partners, chaired a distinguished panel of five leaders in the field: Lesley Chen-Davison, Portfolio and Corporate Finance Executive of Delancey; Laure Duhot, Director of… Read more »

  • Property Events: A week in tweets

    We hosted our first IPF Next Generation event, featuring a high powered panel discussing the changes on the horizon in the world of proptech, chaired by Julian Carey, Managing Director of C2 Capital.

  • Boris Johnson leads tributes at unveiling of Sir Simon Milton statue

    [L-R] Harry Lewis (Berkeley Group), Boris Johnson, Philip Jackson CVO, Cllr Robert Davis MBE, Tony Pidgley CBE (Berkeley Group), Rt Hon Greg Clark MP The unveiling of the newest London memorial to the late Sir Simon Milton at Berkeley Group’s flagship One Tower Bridge development was quite an occasion. A large crowd made up of… Read more »

  • Tony Travers ‘London’s Boroughs at 50’

    Having engaged with Tony Travers at many of our thought leadership debates, I know first-hand his in depth and unparalleled knowledge of exactly what makes London tick – and indeed what makes it malfunction! So I have been looking forward to his latest publication, ‘London Boroughs at 50’ written to mark the 50th anniversary of… Read more »

  • Day 3 Conservative Party conference: final round up from Susan Freeman

    Day 3 Conservative Party conference: final round up from Susan Freeman – The Focus Blog You need real stamina for this. After a few hours sleep, my first morning fringe event which was on how development can contribute to the economy, hosted by Westminster City Council and Westminster Property Association, started at 7.30am inside the… Read more »

  • Day 2 Conservative party conference: protests continue, mayors and more on housing, reports Susan Freeman

    Day 2 Conservative party conference: protests continue, mayors and more on housing, reports Susan Freeman – The Focus Blog Conference goers continue to be alarmed by having to run the gauntlet of the unpleasant crew still hurling indiscriminate abuse at the conference entrance whilst police look on unperturbed. Anyone entering the secure zone is being… Read more »