Although current Government advice advises to work from home if you are able to due to the Coronavirus, over the coming weeks the government looks to be introducing a “workplace by workplace” guidance on how we can safely return to work. Starting with construction and manufacturing, it hopefully won’t be too long before other industries are given the go ahead to return, meaning it is vital that companies whose workforce have successfully adapted to their virtual workspace, have a protocol in place to welcome them back to the office.
A lot of commentary currently exists regarding the state of the UK residential market during and post the Coronavirus pandemic. We must recognise that the residential market is currently frozen. With Government controls currently in place minimal transactions will be able to occur during Q2 for 2020. There is undoubted going to be a period of economic uncertainty caused by restrictions on day to day life, the stock market fall and a negative impact on earnings caused by job losses/etc. Savills are currently forecasting a short-term fall of 5-10% in terms of sales values, with Zoopla forecasting a 60% drop in transactions.
Well, we are well past the first full quarter day during the COVID-19 crisis. Who would have thought at the beginning of the last quarter where we would be now. There have been many substantiated and unsubstantiated good news and bad news storeys but it is clear that whilst some occupiers under commercial leases are playing fair, others may not be.
Unprecedented. A word that very rarely entered our vocabulary until recently. But now this word is one which we hear used monotonously every day. It is one we certainly seem to have adopted as a nation and industry to best describe the period we are currently experiencing. How long this will last is unknown, but one thing is for certain this most definitely is unprecedented times for my generation of professionals in the real estate world.
At this time one of the questions that Developers will be asking themselves is what impact will Coronavirus have on the construction industry? After all, this is an industry that we all depend on to construct, modify, repair and maintain the buildings that we create and own.
On the back of Storm Ciara and the quickly approaching Storm Dennis, who would have thought that the our first clay pigeon shoot of the year would have been a sunny (if not a little chilly) affair!
Work has begun on India Buildings project to build the first Virgin Hotel in the UK. The basement works are due to complete at the end of this quarter and are an exciting start to a momentous project: https://www.virgin.com/richard-branson/celebrating-virgin-hotels-edinburgh-0.
Today marks the seventh and final clay pigeon shooting event of the year! Throughout the year each shoot-day has been better than the last, offering our attendees new experiences, useful conversations and a Friday morning away from the office. This morning was undoubtedly the coldest and threatened to thwart our plans with rain and occasional winds. However, as our attendees arrived the weather became more favourable which also went towards raising our competitor’s spirits.
Friday 15th November marks the final Jansons clay pigeon shoot of 2019. Throughout the year, Jansons has been joined by many collaborators and friends at these shoots, forging new relationships and building upon current ones. The Jansons team would like to thank West London Shooting School for their continued hospitality and all the attendees for their enthusiasm providing the perfect environment for these events.
In this part of the season, it can be increasingly difficult to find anything close to or that resembles “good weather”. We find ourselves scrambling for opportunities to enjoy the dwindling sunlight while battling weather that curiously resembles the film “The Day After Tomorrow”. For those of you who have not seen the film here is a three-word description, it’s very cold. However, the weather on the day of the annual shooting cup was particularly favourable, so much so we had occasional bursts of sunlight bringing out all the vibrant colours of the E.J. Churchill grounds. With the weather in good standing and E.J.Churchill’s award-winning clay pigeon shooting grounds offering a scenic background our forty-four competitors had an exciting day ahead of them!