'Ghost Town' shop. Photo by Ben Garratt on Unsplash

‘Cut red tape to save the high street,’ architects tell government

Architects have joined a call for government to make it easier to switch between commercial use classes to help high streets in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. Last week (30 April) the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) published a report arguing that structural challenges to high streets, such as e-commerce and remote working, have been ‘exacerbated’ by Covid-19. RICS said planning rules around use change had been created in a more ‘static’ time and should be eased, adding: ‘The seismic nature of what is currently taking place in…

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Mipim postponed to June over coronavirus fears

The organisers behind MIPIM have postponed the annual international property fair in Cannes due to ‘growing concerns’ over the spread of coronavirus. Pressure had been mounting on the show’s backers to shelve the global event, which was set to attract more than 26,000 attendees to the French resort including hundreds of UK architects.  Last week a raft of big names pulled out of the show including property agents Knight Frank and Cushman & Wakefield, and architects HOK and Morrow + Lorraine. Now the organisers have announced the ’world’s leading property market’…

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