The 'The Future of Property in Focus 2021' special report comprises three separate articles listed below, these can be read individually or as a sequence.

SPECIAL REPORT

The growing role of data in real estate investment

The growing role of data in real estate investment

By A Paris — Like most other economic sectors, property investment had to re-invent itself in view of the Covid-19 pandemic. As some parts of the market, like hotels and retail businesses, were hit hard, others like data centres and large warehouses flourished. As the outlook is becoming more positive given the global vaccine rollout, investment managers should re-assess the resources and support they need to succeed in this environment.

SPECIAL REPORT

Innovation, disruption and change in the world of real estate investing

Innovation, disruption and change in the world of real estate investing

The word ‘drone’ has become something of a standing joke with my colleagues, alongside ‘customer expectations’ and ‘storage’ as a sort of Buzzword Bingo for those poor souls who have heard me mention them in almost every meeting since 2015. I was an early adopter of mandating inclusion of drone delivery pads in our larger residential building specifications and had been giving all sorts of ‘Future of Residential’ presentations to real estate conferences from Australia to MIPIM for years so this was to be expected. One of the many areas of change in current UK planning policy is around how to safely accommodate the proliferation of drone and other robotic deliveries and their related infrastructure as our appetite for deliveries shows no sign of abating.