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31 MAR 2020

The April Issue

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Andy Plowman

Editor of Modus

RICS

This month's edition of Modus – and indeed the forthcoming May edition – were commissioned and put together just before we started to fully understand the true impact of the global spread of Covid-19. In the months that follow, we will be exploring the impacts of the pandemic on the built and natural environment professions, but for the most up to date information and guidance from RICS in the meantime, please keep checking the Coronavirus hub.

In this issue's cover feature we investigate why, nearly three years after the tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire, many householders are still trapped in unsafe homes, and what RICS has been doing to ease uncertainty for leaseholders and surveyors around the valuation process for properties in buildings clad in unsafe materials.

This month’s guest columnist, Mott MacDonald’s global head of cities Anne Kerr, explains how cities respond to pandemics such as Covid-19.

Elsewhere in this edition: 

  • Empty, unused housing is a global concern. We look at three examples from around the world where people are using innovative methods in an attempt to reverse the trend and provide quality, affordable housing for those who need it.
  • We bring together five built environment professionals who are implementing new skills and better ways of working, driving the profession forward.
  • And we take a closer look at post-occupancy evaluations and examine why, for all their obvious benefits, the industry remains reluctant to use them.
  • We also explore what we can learn from the Condition Data Collection programme – one of the biggest building-condition surveys ever conducted in the UK public sector; take a closer look at how we can ensure that there is a sufficient supply of homes in the UK for people on low incomes; and ask Avison Young’s Rupert Parker MRICS about what a head of futureproofing does.

(Cover image by Manchester Evening News)

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Andy Plowman headshot

Andy Plowman

Editor of Modus

RICS

An experienced built environment journalist, Andy has spent almost all of his professional career in the sector, first at respected industry publication Property Week and then at Sunday, the PPA’s Content Agency of the Year for 2019.

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