a CBRE Building Consultancy blog



Growing underground

A 15-minute tube ride from Bank and I arrive at Clapham Common to view another example of London repurposing its much sought after urban property. I’m visiting a farm 40 meters below street level which is just 6 miles from the London Stock Exchange. The entrance to...

Too much information

Are we at risk of drowning in the data lake? The seismic influence of digital technology means we now have the means to measure and collect data about the performance of almost everything we make buildings from, and everything that goes on inside them once they are in use. Right now, components are being designed and installed with multiple data points to allow a wide range of information to be collected. Whilst the ultimate objective of collecting this information is entirely noble – the development of buildings intelligent enough to adapt themselves constantly to our needs without our intervention – the path to this ideal state still faces barriers.

Is sustainability still popular?

Over the past two decades, there has been an increasing focus on sustainable development and the performance of the built environment. The property sector accounts for 40% of carbon emissions, and there has been a 74% increase in electricity consumption by non-residential property in 20 years. As a result, pressures on corporations to be accountable and transparent about their environmental credentials have skyrocketed. Commitments to the sustainability agenda have increased accordingly, in both frequency and in ambition, throughout the market.

Pulling together

I know we are all mindful of the horrific tragedy at Grenfell Tower which has taken so many lives and caused irrevocable damage by tearing families apart. The way everyone in the community has pulled together to support one another is fantastic to see. In business, we too have a duty to support our communities, doing everything we possibly can to help the victims and families affected in the immediate aftermath, as well as in the longer term.

Artificial Intelligence – the cause or the cure for unemployment?

Instead of revising for her impending GCSE’s, my eldest daughter spent most of the last half term holiday watching old films on Netflix! Amongst the movie marathon we watched Will Smith in I, Robot together. Released 13 years ago this summer, Will struggles with the idea that a robot can reason like a human but still be a machine; it started me thinking, just how close are we to the neo-noir dystopian future the film portrays?

Millennials drive the dispersal of businesses to the regions

Despite so much being written about millennials, the only common theme seems to be that you can’t box them. Paradoxically, we’re told they want to buy everything online but also want to visit shops, they see themselves as job transient but expect job security, they’d like to have an office but equally they want the freedom to work flexibly.