Five things you might have missed last week

EG rounds up what’s happened in the real estate market

1.

HAMMERSON-INTU: MERGER CREATES £21bn EURO PORTFOLIO

This week Hammerson and intu announed they would be creating a portfolio of high-quality retail and leisure destinations.

The deal, valued at £3.4bn, involves the enlarged group undertaking a disposal programme of at least £2bn to “strengthen its balance sheet and provide liquidity to reinvest in higher-return opportunities”.

Find out more about the merger and the story as it developed

2.

LONDON: A YEAR IN PICTURES

EG looks back at the stories that made the headlines, accompanied by a selection of exclusive images by aerial photographer Jason Hawkes, charting the growth of the city over the past 12 months.

Take a look at the images in more detail and look back at the stories that hit the headlines in real estate

3.

WHAT’S IN STORE FOR LONDON IN 2018?

EG caught up with speakers, sponsors and audience members at this week’s London Question Time to hear their take on what 2018 is likely to bring.

Watch and listen to find out what real estate experts think the future holds

4.

MEES: What you need to know

Are you ready for the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards coming in April? EG sits down with Malcolm Hollis partners Philip White, who runs the ENS team, and Chris Sullivan, who runs the dispute resolution team, to talk about how the regulations will affect landlords and how they might develop in the future.

Click here to see more of the DCLG data including the most vulnerable areas of the UK and a sector breakdown

5.

SHOWROOM AND THEATRE: WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR SHOPS?

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Despite challenges in the retail environment, physical stores will remain for the foreseeable future, but their form and function will likely undergo some changes, according to the latest white paper from KPMG and Ipsos Retail Think Tank (RTT).

Find out more about the main challenges that retailers face when using physical space and the threats they face in the future

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