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9 MAR 2020

The March Issue

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Andy Plowman

Editor of Modus

RICS

Extreme climate incidents are increasing in frequency and severity. In our cover feature we take a closer look at the threats posed by these types of events – and the extraordinary pioneering work that’s keeping us safe. 

Also, we explore the social benefits of inter-generational and ask whether it may be able to mitigate the effects of rising housing costs, expensive childcare and a lack of elderly social care 

Elsewhere, as it looks likely that most of the UK government’s major infrastructure spending is set to be financed by borrowing rather than private investment, we ask whether there is any role for the private sector to play  

We also gathered four figures, each representing a different side of the debate, to discuss the future of surveying education – whether it is in need of reform and, if so, how that can be addressed

We investigate WeWork’s dramatic collapse from Silicon Valley unicorn to white elephant, how it had to abandon its IPO due to a lack of investor interest, and we ask whether its demise has implications for the flexible workspace sector in general?

Also in this issue…

  • We ask whether some developers are using the reduced scrutiny of permitted development rights to create sub-standard housing
  • In recent years, there has been a significant increase in mental health awareness. But could we do more? And how can surveyors support their colleagues who may need their help. We sought the advice of three experts
  • And we ask whether public-private collaboration could solve the problem of rural communication blackspots.
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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