In RICS’ 150th anniversary year, it’s important to look forward as well as back.
Our second RICS Recruit event has just taken place in London, attracting hundreds of people from diverse backgrounds to find out more about built environment professions or to develop their careers, and this issue presents two articles on how to support the vital pipeline of future talent.
We also tackle the legal aspects of planning, with an update about a significant judgment on ministerial statements and some essential advice about that bane of developers, ransom strips.
Two important pieces of RICS guidance are also highlighted, on valuation risk and service charges. Don’t forget that your input to such publications is vital and there are a number of significant consultations open in July, including those on anti-money laundering and the Red Book UK supplement. Visit our consultations site to add your thoughts.
The journal will be running regular items on fire safety over the coming 12 months, following the Hackitt review of the Building Regulations, and we begin in this issue with a report on the BSI’s revised standard on fire detection systems as well as advice from Gary Strong on the entrances to flats. Please do contact the editor if there are particular areas of fire safety that you would like to see covered.
In the Residential Journal meanwhile, Jan Ambrose reports on the roots of the UK housing crisis and some of the solutions suggested by RICS, while Mike Parrett begins a new series on the ways that homes can contribute to ill health.
And before you pack your bags for your summer holidays, don’t forget to look up RICS events for the autumn and book ahead so you can add to your CPD.
Editor, Property Journal
Claudia joined Property Journal at its launch and took the helm of the Commercial section. She has 12 years of editorial experience in health, education and social care publishing across multiple formats.