The Collaboratory

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.

Find out more about our Real Estate department and the team behind it.

For the third 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, and by the Government Property Unit in 2016.  

Click here to enter for a chance to win the Estates Gazette Collaboration Award for 2017. A list of the Top 50 Collaborators will be compiled along with features on how working together can boost business and enhance the reputation of the real estate sector. 

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

Property Week, James Andrew International and the New West End Company brought together a cross-section of big hitters from across the industry at the annual Editor's Dinner at Mipim 2017 - see a selection of the guests discuss the importance of the event.

The Mishcon de Reya pre-MIPIM Real Estate Party, co-hosted with New West End Company and Bee London, with support from the Department for International Trade, started the 2017 MIPIM season in style - you can check out the highlights in this short film. A selection of photos is available here.

The Mishcon de Reya pre-MIPIM Real Estate Party, co-hosted with New West End Company and UK Trade & Investment, kicked off the 2016 MIPIM season in great style - see the short film below:

A selection of photos is available here.


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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Estates Gazette Awards 2017

Mishcon de Reya Partner Susan Freeman recently took part in the judging for the Estates Gazette Awards 2017 alongside other industry experts. More than 80 companies have now been shortlisted across 17 categories.

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

I think it’s generally accepted that that’s the only way we can come together to make things happen, said Susan Freeman, Partner – Real Estate at Mishcon de Reya, at EG’s Public private partnerships: the future is innovative debate. Place-making, local authorities, central government and developers coming together to make things work are becoming the new normal.

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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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Conservative Party Conference

I arrived in Birmingham mid conference. In a great improvement on last year’s conference, I didn’t have to run the gauntlet of angry protesters to access my hotel. Birmingham is still a difficult city to navigate on foot as the road network and the car dominate. Unsurprisingly I didn’t see one cyclist on the roads during my visit.

The fringe programme this year was not short on housing content. In fact I saw our new Housing and Planning Minister, Gavin Barwell MP, speaking at a good number of his 17 fringe housing events.

At the House Builders Federation panel, Lord Gary Porter was clear that the private sector won’t build more than 200,000 units a year and that we will only get scale if the local authorities build. Hyde Housing Association’s Elaine welcomed the move to encourage SME developers. She also wants more Private Rented Sector (PRS) so homes can be built out quicker. She explained that 80% of housing associations don’t develop and that they focus on management.

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Tories change their tune on housebuilding

At a Mishcon de Reya dinner on Monday night, the likes of Capital & Counties managing director Gary Yardley, Argent partner Nick Searl, Pocket Living chief executive Marc Vlessing and Essential Living chief operating officer Martin Bellinger welcomed the apparent shift in priorities.

But perhaps more significant was the positive reception from policy makers. Former housing minister Mark Prisk, former deputy London mayor for housing Ric Blakeway and his successor James Murray – the Labour man now responsible for delivering solutions in the capital – were as positive.

But how fine talk, consensus and collaboration become effective action is the real test. Hammond’s promise of £5bn to support the industry is welcome, but what will it deliver? How and whether Javid’s description of housebuilding as a “moral duty” is substantiated and enforced could be of huge significance.

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Labour Party Conference, Liverpool

Liverpool was wetter, greyer and certainly didn't have the upbeat feel of last year's sunny, seaside Labour conference in Brighton. Staying in the new Pullman, the conference hotel, was interesting as every lift journey was travelled in the company of a familiar face. Robert Peston, John McDonnell, Jeremy Corbyn to name a few. The hotel certainly surpassed expectations. Great design was coupled with exemplary service and a breakfast buffet to rival the best. My favourite feature was the state of the art shower, operated by the touch of a button, so there was no time wasted working out how to achieve a hot shower.

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The Collaboratory Breakfast Roundtable Debate: Designing London, the importance of partnerships

In June, the Mishcon de Reya real estate group held its first Collaboratory Breakfast Roundtable at Africa House. This is the first in a series of events bringing together industry leaders to discuss the collaborations that are shaping our built environment.

These debates will aim to cover a variety of topics fundamental to the future of the sector. The first in the series was themed around designing London and the importance of public/private partnerships.

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Conservative Party Conference

On 5 October Susan Freeman attended the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester...

Please click here for coverage of the dinner and the issues discussed written by Estates Gazette Editor, Damian Wild.

Labour Party Conference

On 29 September Susan Freeman attended the Labour Party Conference in Brighton...

Please click here for coverage of the dinner and the issues discussed written by Estates Gazette Editor, Damian Wild.