The Collaboratory

The Collaboratory: Real Estate Collaboration

Our 'Collaboration' theme was chosen in recognition of the way in which the real estate sector operates. The idea was born out of MIPIM UK, where anti-developer protesters seemed unable to comprehend the positive contribution that property developers make to the built environment.

We see collaboration as a positive message for the industry.

Collaboration is key to unlocking opportunities at every level across the real estate sector. It is fundamental to the government's plans to release public land for private sector real estate development and so help solve the housing crisis. It is also seen as the solution to regenerating rundown town centres and high streets. The successful developers are the ones that are able to collaborate with central and local government bodies and their own professional teams to create effective real estate projects.

New collaborations and partnerships will shape the future of the industry and we aim to be in the forefront, leading the charge alongside the entrepreneurial, innovative companies that are revolutionising the market.

Stay up-to-date on all things collaborative in the property industry by following The Collaboratory.

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The Estates Gazette Collaboration Award

For the fourth year running, we are partnering with Estates Gazette to celebrate the best collaborations and collaborators in the Real Estate industry. The Estates Gazette Collaboration Award has historically recognised the individuals or organisations who have worked in partnership to create something bigger than the sum of their parts. In 2015 the top spot was won by Transport for London, by the Government Property Unit in 2016 and by U&I in 2017.

Congratulations to Recruitment & Skills Centre Partnership for winning the 2018 Estates Gazette Collaboration Award!

The Recruitment & Skills Centre Partnership at Fort Kinnaird, just outside Edinburgh, is an innovative private and public sector partnership based at British Land’s 800,000 sq ft Fort Kinnaird shopping park.The collaboration brings together many different organisations with the aim to grow local skills and open access to jobs for the benefit of local people, businesses and the economy.

A list of the Top 50 Collaborators can be found here with features on how working together can boost business and enhance the reputation of the real estate sector. 

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MIPIM 2018

Read our blog for daily updates from this year's annual international real estate trade show, MIPIM, Cannes.

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Collaboration news and insights

Q&A: How can collaboration save the UK’s high streets and town centres?

As EG reveals its Top 50 Collaborators list for 2018, Mishcon de Reya partner Susan Freeman considers how collaboration can save the UKs high streets and town centres.

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Changing attitudes to community engagement

LREF 2018: In the week marking the one-year anniversary of the Grenfell Tower disaster, leading figures from developers, non-profits and architecture firms sat down at LREF.

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Thinking differently about diversity

Mishcon de Reya's Susan Freeman thinks differently about diversity in the property industry.

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London post... everything

The Real Estate department recently hosted a round table debate with Patricia Brown of Central as part of our Collaboratory series.

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Public private partnerships: the future is innovative

MIPIM 2017: Public-private partnerships has already emerged as a buzzword at this year’s event, according to panellists at an EG debate.

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Fears over Labour’s lurch to the left

Gallows humour is rife among moderate councillors at this week’s Labour Party Conference. But behind the pained expressions lies a real fear that the party’s lurch to the left could hamper the ability of Labour local authorities to deliver future development and work constructively with the property industry.

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The Collaborators: How working together makes property move

Susan contributed to the latest edition of The Collaborators from Estates Gazette with two articles regarding the new Crossrail and Mishcon de Reya's involvement with The Collaborators.

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The Sociable Magazine

Being passionate about the property sector, I have for a long time been concerned about the negative image the industry often attracts. I was first conscious of this during my time at London Business School, as it soon became clear that many at this leading international establishment regarded the sector as a dinosaur and no connection was made between the beneficial effects on corporate productivity and culture from moving into a well-designed new building, and the developers who created it.

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While the interest rate may still be low, the collaborate has never been higher

Dean Poster identifies the five keys to successful collaboration.

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Caution: Sector under construction

The private rented sector could be the answer to the UK's housing needs. Daniel Lipman and Ed Hughes-Power explain how construction requires collaboration.

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Stop, Collaborate and Listen!

The Estates Gazette Collaboration Award recognizes the individuals or organisations who have worked in partnership to create something bigger than the sum of their parts; the coming together of art and design to deliver a collaborative and inspiring building project.

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Collaboration and networking at MIPIM

I don’t recall Cannes ever being quite so wet, windy and cold. The weather is important to MIPIM as it does require a sense of well being in order to promote optimum networking, especially as so much of the hospitality is at beach restaurants and on board boats.

Even the best and most meticulously planned party is going to be difficult to enjoy if you arrive soaking wet having waded through the ankle deep puddles on the Croisette.

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All together now

Passion, shared vision and communication are among the keys to successful collaboration, but property needs to be more inclusive of those outside the sector.

Collaboration in property should not always be partnerships "between friends" if the sector is to shake its exclusive reputation.

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It's the conversation that never stops

Twitter has become a vitally important news source and professionals must make use of it. Whether or not you warm to the concept of networking - I personally don't like the word - most of us do network. It used to be enough to go to events to meet contacts, exchange information and follow up with a view to creating business opportunities. We now have social networking to contend with as well.

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Collaboration events

The Collaboratory Breakfast Roundtable Debate

In June, the Mishcon de Reya real estate group held its first Collaboratory Breakfast Roundtable at Africa House.

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Conservative Party Conference 2016

Read Susan's overview of the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham.

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Tories change their tune on housebuilding

Conservative tone has shifted from home ownership to supply, but it is time to deliver.

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Mishcon Real Estate

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Susan Freeman

Susan is a Partner in the Real Estate department. An experienced real estate lawyer, her in depth understanding of the property market and business training.

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