I recently had reason to pass through the Olympic Park, one of the inspiring green places mentioned in this issue of Property Journal by Kevin Joyce.
It is extraordinary to see a whole neighbourhood rising from an area that, when I first encountered it around 15 years ago, was a desolate clump of warehouses and neglected waterways. Cafés, shops and small play areas are helping to create a sense of place in this new zone – reminding me of Denizer Ibrahim’s excellent piece on the centrality of placemaking for retail, also in this edition. However, there are still plenty of empty properties nearby whose owners may benefit from the expert security advice in Gideon Reichental’s article.
The issue also includes an update on the Community Infrastructure Levy review from one of the panel, and a journey into big data for real estate. If you have an interest in technology, by the way, don’t miss the recent RICS insight paper on artificial intelligence and facilities management – it’s a fascinating read, whatever your field. Although technology may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of cycle parking, Nick Knight examines the value that automated systems could unleash for asset owners. We also take a look at the savings that can be reaped from better-quality energy data.
Knotweed still continues to cause much anxiety, but Philip Santo explains in our Residential section how it is a manageable risk that lenders need not fear. Mike Parrett meanwhile looks deeper underground at geotechnical surveys, and at the other extreme we learn how off-site methods are making penthouse construction on existing properties far quicker and easier.