Real Estate Innovation: Where are we heading?


At first glance, real estate is hardly a tech-fuelled industry: building design evolves at a glacial pace, construction relies on traditional methods, and the transaction process has barely changed for centuries. However, take another look: in a few short years, a mix of individuals, start-ups and established businesses have harnessed new technologies to address inefficiencies and generate new ideas.

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Posted on 17/11/2016 | 0 Comments

Planning Insights

Understanding the Manchester Residential Design Quality Guide


Deloitte Real Estate’s Manchester Planning team has played an integral part in the preparation of the draft Manchester Residential Design Quality Guide and will continue to advise Manchester City Council as the document is developed up to its publication in early 2017.

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Posted on 17/11/2016 | 0 Comments

Planning Insights

Broadening the Composition of London’s housing supply


I attended the excellent London Planning & Politics conference recently and joined a panel debating the key policy interventions to tackle London's housing crisis. My theme was the need to broaden the composition of housing supply in order to achieve the 50,000 per annum new homes that London needs.

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Posted on 07/11/2016 | 0 Comments

Delivering the vision for "A City for all Londoners"


In publishing "A City for all Londoners" the Mayor of London has reaffirmed many of his manifesto pledges ( The document, known in GLA circles as "Towards a London Plan", acts as a prospectus for how to deliver the Mayor's pro-development vision for meeting London's ever growing housing, economic and infrastructure needs, while protecting the things that Londoners value and trying to meet as much of the city's growth demands within London itself.

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Posted on 27/10/2016 | 0 Comments

Greater Manchester Spatial Framework – it took a while – but we think it was worth the wait


The newly published Greater Manchester Spatial Framework is already making headlines, principally because it suggests making the first substantial changes to the green belt that we have seen in a generation.

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Posted on 24/10/2016 | 0 Comments

Millennials, the talent war and real estate


One of the largest generations in history is about to move into its prime years. By 2025, they will grow to represent 75% of the workforce. Millennials are poised to redefine the world around them; their perspectives will change the way we buy, sell and carry out business.

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Posted on 19/10/2016 | 0 Comments

The Properties of Shakespeare


Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date

Shakespeare seems to have been as familiar with the language of leases as he was with the language of love (and no one before or since has combined this knowledge to such poetic effect).

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Posted on 06/09/2016 | 0 Comments

Are you getting Fair Value?


Commissioning and preparing an asset valuation for financial reporting should involve a three way dialogue between the client, valuer & auditor.

Richard Spence, a Director within Deloitte LLP’s Real Estate’s Valuation, Assurance and Professional Advisory Team discusses the plethora of valuation regulations, accounting standards, codes, manuals, and guidelines and the key issues which often arise when an organisation is commissioning or relying on asset valuations for financial reporting purposes.

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Posted on 23/08/2016 | 1 Comments

Brexit and the potential impact on construction costs


Deloitte’s latest CFO survey shows that business confidence has fallen to banking crisis levels in the aftermath of the Brexit vote, but the impact on property markets has not been as drastic. Our current prediction is one in which property and construction activity slow, but not to the extent of the crash witnessed during the global financial crisis. Whilst we are aware of only a handful of major projects being stopped or stalled post-Brexit, it would appear to us that the economic indicators and actions taken by some firms to date show that it is inevitable that the decision to proceed or not on many projects will now be affected by reduced appetitive for capex and heightened risk affecting investors, occupiers and developers. An article in the Financial Times recently suggested a third of commercial deals could be in doubt, which is significant and supports our view.

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Posted on 05/08/2016 | 0 Comments

Vacant Building Credit to Return


The Court of Appeal has reversed the decision of the High Court and ruled that the process by which the Secretary of State introduced Vacant Building Credit (‘VBC’) and exempted small sites from affordable housing contributions was not unlawful, rejecting the challenge brought by two local authorities.

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Posted on 20/05/2016 | 1 Comments