26 Feb 2021
26 Feb 2021

Property Insights - 26 February 2021

By Fiona Larcombe

The pandemic has changed us all in some way and with it, the way we look at the world around us.   Despite the challenging times we are still experiencing, Covid-19 has forced ESG to the top of the business agenda in all industries.  This month we are delighted to feature Dan Mead on what our longstanding client Bywater Properties are doing to move ahead of the market on ESG matters.  Bywater's mission is to create future-facing sustainable buildings that are both loved and deliver strong returns. We are proud to be working with Dan, Theo Michell and Patrick O'Gorman at Bywater to create an innovative suite of lease documents with extensive and in many cases novel ESG provisions.  It is important to us to be involved with and help lead clients for whom ESG is high on the agenda.  With Bywater this is demonstrated through all aspects of our working relationship, including contributing to their charitable purposes.

The other topic on all our minds is the role of science and, in particular, vaccine, in getting us beyond the pandemic.  As several of our featured items show, these issues will have a direct impact on how people use and invest in property, from vaccine passports to investment choices about the buildings which will house life sciences and healthcare businesses.  While we wait to see what next week’s Budget may bring, it is increasingly clear that we won’t be returning to pre-pandemic business quite as it used to be and that there are plenty of opportunities for positive change.

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