Property

Retrofit can provide a green stimulus to the UK’s regions

29/06/2020

Richard McWilliams argues that net zero objectives will only be met through a holistic approach to whole house retrofit.

Sadiq Khan proposes City Hall move to save £55m

25/06/2020

The Greater London Authority (GLA) could soon be moved to a new headquarters in East London, under proposals put forward by mayor of London Sadiq Khan.

Why recovery will bring a new healthcare estate

03/06/2020

Gareth Banks explains why Covid-19 will create a new impetus to revise healthcare estates and build a health infrastructure that can support new demands.

Launch of £1bn building safety fund

27/05/2020

The Government has outlined the details of its £1bn building safety fund.

Investing in commercial property amidst Covid-19

04/05/2020

A new inquiry will explore investments in commercial property by councils. Lucy Woods explains what the inquiry is likely to look into, the implications for local authorities and what changes they may have to make.

Cladding remediation work to pick up pace

23/04/2020

Vital building safety work to replace unsafe cladding on high-rise buildings that had ‘significantly slowed down’ as a result of the coronavirus pandemic will resume, it has been announced.

MPs launch inquiry on local authority commercial investment

20/04/2020

An inquiry examining investments in commercial property by councils has been launched by the public spending watchdog.

Building beautiful

31/03/2020

Edward Nash argues the challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

Smarter buildings create smarter revenue

30/03/2020

Richard Morris outlines how smart buildings are adding value for councils and their tenants.

Sunderland landmarks lit blue as ‘mark of gratitude’ to health workers

25/03/2020

Landmarks across Sunderland are being lit blue in a symbolic show of support for the NHS and social care workers.

Making the most of empty spaces

23/03/2020

Will Kinnear outlines how flexible workspace can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities.

Flybe collapse hits council-owned airports

05/03/2020

The airline entered administration this morning, leading to the grounding of all flights.

Flood infrastructure funding increased by only £3m over decade

26/02/2020

Central Government funding for existing flood infrastructure has only increased by £3m over the last decade, according to a new analysis.

Auditors raise concerns over councils spending £6.6bn on property

13/02/2020

Councils have spent £6.6bn on purchasing commercial property in the past three years, the National Audit Office (NAO) has revealed today.

Modular building methods deliver fast track community centre

10/02/2020

Basildon Council selected modular building methods to create a new community centre and preschool facility for the Nevendon area, successfully fast tracking a valuable community asset with a tight construction schedule spanning just eight months.

Aberdeen council considers selling buildings for £45m

04/02/2020

Aberdeen City Council is considering selling off hundreds of public buildings in an attempt to find millions of pounds of funding.

Nearly half of councils unsure of their carbon footprint, research finds

28/01/2020

Nearly half of councils in England do not know their own carbon footprint, new research has revealed.

Council warns of 78 job cuts

07/01/2020

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has outlined plans to cut 78 jobs as part of plans to save £9.2m by 2021.

Cities of the past, for the future

12/12/2019

Dominic Manfredi discusses why taking learnings from ancient cities could provide the key to promoting wellbeing in the modern built environment.

Challenging rateable values

10/12/2019

Roger Messenger calls on councils to assess their entire property portfolio and identify every business rate exemption or relief they may be entitled to.

PWLB hike: A rise too far?

09/12/2019

What impact will the increase to the Public Works Loan Board rate have on councils’ housing and other capital schemes? Neil Merrick investigates.

Unlocking potential – finding the hidden value in land

09/12/2019

John Everitt offers advice to organisations on how they can unlock their land potential.

Launch of world’s first ‘gender-lens’ property fund

26/11/2019

The first gender-lens property fund to support women at risk of homelessness has been launched, aiming to raise £100m.

Asbestos still ‘serious’ threat to public heath

25/11/2019

Asbestos can be still be found in 1.5 million public buildings putting people at risk of exposure, a think tank has warned.

Council buys town centre in £43m property deal

25/11/2019

Knowsley Council has completed a £43.8m deal to acquire 87 shops and over 12 acres of land from St Modwen.

Sunderland receives £100m ‘vote of confidence'

22/11/2019

Sunderland City Council’s city centre masterplan has received a massive boost from a £100m deal with Legal & General.

Property investment guide for councils is launched

18/11/2019

A new guide to provide clarity on local authority property investments has been published by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).

County council moves to Surrey after 50 years outside county

04/11/2019

Surrey County Council has announced that it is moving its headquarters to Woking after more than five decades outside of the county’s boundaries.

Local data opened up to create 'digital revolution' in property sector

22/10/2019

Housing minister, Esther McVey, has announced a series of measures to help create a ‘digital revolution’ in the property sector.

Public property hubs to be delivered in Birmingham and Peterborough

11/10/2019

Peterborough and Birmingham are the latest places to benefit from a government programme to regenerate city centre sites.

Norwich council estate wins top architecture prize

09/10/2019

A council estate in Norwich has been named as the UK’s best new building.

Trafford Council signs £50m property deal

03/10/2019

Trafford Council and Bruntwood Works have exchanged contracts on a £50m joint venture.

Alternative lending sources

10/09/2019

Roxana Mohammadian-Molina explores how innovative sources of funding can help solve the UK’s housing shortage.

Council backs £54,000 hearing loop scheme

09/09/2019

Southampton City Council has teamed up with local organisations in an effort to make Southampton the first city in the UK to have a hearing loop system in every public building.

How accommodation can support student wellbeing

09/09/2019

The number of students seeking mental health support while studying at university has increased by more than 50% in the last five years – and their accommodation can play a huge part in this. Zachary Spire explains.

Energy storage solutions

06/09/2019

Alexandra Hammond explains why battery storage is now a focal element of estates planning in public sector organisations.

Derbyshire considers new joint ventures with Suffolk

05/09/2019

Derbyshire County Council is considering plans to set up two joint ventures with Suffolk County Council.

Approval for new public services hub in Ellesmere Port

05/09/2019

Cheshire West and Chester Council’s planning committee have approved plans for a new 'public services hub' and bus zone in Ellesmere Port.

County announces two major property investments

05/09/2019

Cambridgeshire County Council has announced the details of two major property investments in deals worth over £60m.

Council warned to reduce or replace property portfolio by auditors

06/08/2019

Audit Scotland has told a council that it has 'limited time' to curb spending before its reserves run out.

How South Tyneside became Co-operative Council of the Year

16/07/2019

An unusual way of providing public services has proved successful in an area hit by unemployment and huge cuts in government funding, as Mark Whitehead found out.

£15 fund to make ‘creative’ use of historic buildings launched

02/07/2019

A multi-million pound fund has been launched to help transform high streets through the ‘creative’ use of underused historic buildings.

The future of town halls

28/06/2019

Jamie Coath explains how councils can unlock the potential of town halls to deliver social value and revenue.

Innovation is the new regeneration

24/06/2019

Rachel Dickie explains how a new joint venture will help cities across the country to create new ‘innovation districts’.

Buildings for those with autism

20/06/2019

Helen Pedder outlines the issues to consider when briefing designers on building for people with autism.

Communities urged to bid for share of Clean Energy Fund

19/06/2019

A £10m fund set up by the Government will encourage community groups to save on energy bills, cut emissions and make money by selling electricity back to the national grid.

Widening the property talent pool

17/06/2019

William Eichler finds out a new programme is encouraging young people to have a career in the property and regeneration sector.

Councils spend £74m on empty properties in two years

03/06/2019

Local authorities have spent millions maintaining empty properties over the last couple of years, anti-tax campaigners have revealed.

Council buys two buildings in £5m deal

24/05/2019

Mid Sussex District Council has agreed to purchase two commercial buildings to generate new rental income.

Can investing in property pay for services?

23/05/2019

Investing in property to help pay for services is an idea whose time may have passed, says Mark Whitehead

Substandard wall insulation found in Northern Ireland's social housing

16/05/2019

Nearly two-thirds of cavity wall insulation in Northern Ireland’s social housing stock fails to comply with current standards, new research has revealed.

Deal signed to deliver 3,000 new homes in Nottinghamshire

09/05/2019

Rushcliffe Borough Council has welcomed a new deal that will see thousands of new homes delivered in Nottinghamshire.

Whitehall to miss target to release enough land for 160,000 homes

02/05/2019

The Government is unlikely to reach its 2020 target to release sufficient public sector land to build 160,000 homes, auditors warn.

Council invests £35m in shopping centre

29/04/2019

Medway Council has spent nearly £35m on a new shopping centre as part of a wider regeneration programme.

Town hall of the future: bringing together the old and new

15/04/2019

A massive project in south London has transformed a jumble of old offices into a stylish set of buildings combining the traditional and modern to impressive effect. Mark Whitehead finds out more.

Top five priorities to future-proof the public estate

11/04/2019

From income generation to new funding models, Stephen Edgar outlines how directors can future-proof their public estate.

Village halls urged to bid for share of £3m refurbishment fund

05/04/2019

The Government has launched a £3m fund to improve village halls.

Protecting life and property

20/03/2019

Allison Whittington warns that building regulations are failing to keep pace with changes to the conversion market.

Protection from tenant insolvencies

15/03/2019

Daniel Stern looks at what authorities can do to protect themselves from tenant insolvencies in the retail sector.

Homes England to share office space with Coventry City Council

14/03/2019

The government’s housing agency is trialling shared office space with Coventry City Council as part of a move to work more closely with its regional partners.

Welsh council buys leisure park for £21m

12/03/2019

Monmouthshire County Council has purchased the freehold of Newport Leisure Park for £21m.

Council considers selling off venues to fund equal pay settlement

04/02/2019

Glasgow city councillors are expected to rubber stamp a multi-million pound package this week to settle the long-running dispute over equal pay for women employees.

Glasgow could move council offices to regeneration areas

30/01/2019

Plans to move council offices from the city centre to key regeneration sites are being considered by Glasgow City Council.

Council considers selling assets to pay £500m equal pay deal

22/01/2019

Glasgow City Council might be forced to sell off some of its major assets in order to pay for its recently reached £500m equal pay deal.

Council limits permitted development rights to protect office space

21/01/2019

Islington Council has saved hundreds of thousands of square metres worth of office space from being converted into expensive homes.

Essex council to invest £20m in commercial property

15/01/2019

Southend-on-Sea Council is set to invest £20m in commercial property in a bid to replace cuts in central government funding.

Shopping for retail sites

09/01/2019

James Duncan explains why investing in retail sites could help councils diversify their income streams.

Showcasing building excellence

18/12/2018

Public Property finds out why a new cinema in East Sussex has been crowned the ‘best public service building’ in a recent awards ceremony.

Capital allowances: The opportunity

12/12/2018

Jake Iles and Edward Pitt explain how councils can increase the sale price of assets by applying for a form of tax relief that can be passed onto private sector buyers.

Top 100: Our most popular local government stories of 2018

11/12/2018

From council pay rises to troubled outsourcing firms, here is our countdown of the 100 most popular stories on LocalGov during 2018.

Mayor agrees to buy airport in £40m deal

05/12/2018

Durham Tees Valley Airport (DTVA) looks set to be brought back into public ownership as part of a £40m deal.

Whitehall unveils £2bn property investment portfolio

18/10/2018

The Government has invited foreign investors to put their money into a range of new schemes.

Workspace: Sky-high rents and dwindling supply

25/09/2018

Cllr Asima Shaikh explains how councils can make a meaningful difference to fledgling businesses and create decent, secure jobs.

Investing to earn strategy

18/09/2018

Robbie Blackhurst finds out how local authorities can follow the example of Liverpool City Council by adopting an ‘invest to earn’ strategy.

New lease of life for NHS

14/09/2018

Alex Green explains the role strategic property development is playing in the transformation of the NHS.

Assets: A new source of revenue

04/09/2018

A new report has outlined the three main risks councils face when investing in commercial property. Mark Whitehead reports.

Liverpool transfers land charges data to ‘national register’

03/09/2018

Liverpool City Council has become the second local authority to migrate its local land charges data to a new national register.

Council accused of 'putting public money at risk' over shopping centre investment

15/08/2018

A district council has been accused of putting public money at risk in a 35-year deal to lease a shopping centre from a commercial development company.

The scale of council investment in commercial property

04/07/2018

A new study has revealed local authorities have invested £3.8bn in commercial property to save struggling town centres. Dr Steve Norris and Ed Cooke report on the findings.

Dangerous cladding found on 297 private tower blocks

29/06/2018

The Government has pledged to support council efforts to improve private building safety after figures show 297 private sector high-rise residential buildings have unsafe cladding.

Councils sell off 4,000 public buildings a year, FOI requests reveal

19/06/2018

Local authorities have sold-off thousands of public buildings and spaces to private developers in order to cover the loss of central Government funding, charity finds.

Council adopts corporate property management strategy

16/04/2018

A corporate property management strategy has been adopted by Ashford Borough Council to handle its asset portfolio.

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