LREF Roundtable | Housing Alternatives

New London Quarterly Editor David Taylor writes up the LREF 2019 Roundtable on the alternatives sector.

Historically, different corners of the alternatives sector have operated in ‘silos’ – with student housing, co-living and retirement living all attracting considerable investment over recent years. With continuing pressures to diversify to manage risk, find returns in a tough investment landscape and a social responsibility to deliver more housing of all tenures and types, are we now about to see a blurring of the lines? Will we increasingly see combined concepts, both as part of a wider development masterplan or perhaps under the same roof?  What needs to change to bring this flexibility to the market? This roundtable brought together key stakeholders to understand the future for these investments.

The key points and selected quotes under Chatham House Rules from this roundtable held at LREF included the following:

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LREF Roundtable | Space as a Service

New London Quarterly Editor David Taylor writes up the latest LREF Roundtable discussion on Space as a service

The commercial property landscape for both tenants and landlords is evolving.  There is a growing call for more flexibility of the leasing model, including flexibility of space, locations and contracts. The way in which tenants interact with their space is also changing, with a shifting emphasis on workplace culture improving wellbeing, work-life balance and collaborative working, all of which are gaining greater importance in decision-making. In response to this shift we have seen a rise in serviced/flexible office provision, yet this is not the only answer.  What more needs to be done to ensure that the spaces on offer are fit for purpose now and into the future?

A roundtable held at this year’s LREF sought to find some answers.

The key points and selected quotes under Chatham House Rules from this roundtable held at LREF included the following:

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