Podcast: “I was no longer that chap in retail. I was everybody’s boss,” says JLL UK chief Grainger

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Jones Lang LaSalle UK chief executive Guy Grainger and former Grosvenor chief Stephen Musgrave joined presente James Max in this month’s Property Week podcast.

Grainger spoke about the challenges of running the UK’s second biggest property agency and trying to freshen up JLL’s image, as well as shedding light on some aspects of his family life.

“I’m pretty opinionated, and I don’t mind upsetting people because otherwise I’m not doing my job really,” he told the show.

And in a wide-ranging interview, Musgrave opened up about everything from Gerald Hines and the Duke of Westminster to his involvement in the Royal Academy of the Arts and Lord’s cricket ground.

Find out about the best deal’s of Musgrave’s lifetime, and the ins- and outs of having a “portfolio career” by listening below or subscribing via iTunes.


Recovery Special Podcast: Ian Marcus on Lehman, “spreadsheet hell” and who read the cycle best

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Marcus Pic“The art of good banking isn’t lending money. It’s making sure it gets repaid.”

Those are the words of former Credit Suisse head of investment banking Ian Marcus, who spoke in a wide-ranging interview on the Property Week Podcast to mark the five-year anniversary of Lehman Brothers’ collapse.

Marcus, who was chair of the Bank of England’s Commercial Property Forum at the time, and is now a senior adviser to US bank Wells Fargo, said the industry had an “obligation” to see what lessons could be learnt from the downturn.

He said: “We’ll never get rid of the cyclicality, but hopefully we can avoid some of the excesses by smoothing it.”

Looking back at the culture of over-exuberant lending in the banking crisis, he said that that “there were words of caution and warning signs but it was in a typical low-key British way”.

“It was about being invited for cucumber sandwiches and maybe hinting that things were perhaps moving too fast,” he said.

Recovery Special Podcast: Brockton’s David Marks on HBOS, London pubs and “heroin-like” debt

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Marks PicBrockton Capital co-founder David Marks has spoken of the day he turned down a 99% loan-to-value deal before the market crashed, and the “heroin-like” debt that was fuelling the investment world during the 2006-07 boom.

In a 25-minute conversation at Brockton’s offices (listen below), the second in a series of Property Week Recovery Special podcasts, the former Blackstone investor (pictured) told presenter James Max (pictured, right) about how he was “absolutely staggered” by Lloyds Banking Group’s takeover of HBOS.

Former British Property Federation president Marks, spoke about the crucial differences between investing today in London and investing in the UK’s regions, plus he gave the lowdown on the deals he wishes he had done and those he was glad to miss out on.

He also explained the ins and outs of assembling a portfolio of London pubs in a “fun, profitable transaction” and much more besides.

Recovery Special Podcast: Alistair Darling on dark days at Downing Street and Lehman Brothers’ “unbelievable” collapse

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Podcast Pic EditedFormer chancellor of the exchequer Alistair Darling talked to Property Week about the 2007-08 banking crisis, his conversations with US treasury secretary Hank Paulson, and what it was like to be woken up with an “unbelievable” call about the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers.

In a 25-minute audio interview at Portcullis House (listen below), marking the launch of a Property Week Recovery multimedia extravaganza, the Labour MP told Property Week Podcast presenter James Max about being “within hours of going over the edge” before Royal Bank of Scotland was nationalised in 2008.

Darling reflected in detail on what went wrong with the 2006-07 global property bubble, saying: “There was a collective reluctance to think: what are we trading in? What are these products we’re buying? What are they worth?”

He also spoke about his hopes and fears for today’s economy, expressing worries about the government’s help-to-buy sheme, proposed Scottish independence, and the perils of getting infrastructure spending wrong – specifically High-Speed 2.

Property Week is marking next week’s five-year anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers with a week-long Recovery special at PropertyWeek.com and in Property Week magazine.

We’ll be bringing you exclusive content each day, including interviews with some of the biggest names in the industry, such as Patrick Vaughan, Kevin McCabe and former HBOS property head Nick Robinson; exclusive online features looking at the worst excesses of the boom; a personal recollection of the Lehman collapse from those inside the company; and a digital ebook, A History of Modern Property, charting the last six decades of boom and bust in the sector.

Next Friday’s Property Week includes a 20-page special on the fast-emerging national property recovery, what the next few years have in store for the sector, and an interview with the world’s biggest investor.

Recovery starts here.

Podcast with Make Architects’ Ken Shuttleworth on London, its buildings and the airport dilemma

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In this month’s podcast, James Max interviews managing director of Urbanest, Johnny Mann, and Ken Shuttleworth, founder of Make Architects

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Johnny Mann discusses the benefits and challenges of the student accommodation sector, explaining the specific accommodation requirements of students and the importance of social media for meeting them.

Ken Shuttleworth discusses the Davies Commission and its role in settling the airport debate, outlining Make’s proposal for expansion at Stansted airport and assessing the other proposals presented to the Commission. He also talks about how architecture has changed in the last decade and his favourite buildings in London.



“Property Ashes” Podcast Special: Meet The Captains

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Richard Crook, UK head of business development at Savills and Marty McCarthy, chief executive of Valad Europe, joined LBC’s James Max at Savills’s new headquarters following the Property Week “Property Ashes”, which took place on Tuesday.

he spicy pitch at Dulwich Cricket Club made it hard going for the batsman and bowlers dominated the Twenty20 contest that included players from the likes of Berkeley Group, Deloitte Real Estate and Strutt & Parker.

ThProperty Ashes Podcast with Richard Crooks and Marty McCarthye next day, following a resounding victory for England, the two captains, McCarthy and Crook, took to the microphone to analyse the game and talk more broadly about the state of the market and the economy.

Listen to the podcast below.

Podcast: Stanhope’s chief on BBC TV Centre, the Royal Docks, 1 Angel Court & more

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David-CampStanhope chief executive David Camp has spoken to PropertyWeek.com about the company’s huge development pipeline.

Camp joined LBC’s James Max to be interviewed for the monthly podcast, which comes out every first Friday of the month. Camp explained how his company got involved in becoming development partner for a 3.2m sq ft business park in east London, plus he gives a candid insight into what’s going on at the huge BBC Television Centre redevelopment.

He also spoke about the difficulties of developing high-profile schemes, and how his firm is playing its part in the regeneration of some of London’s most deprived boroughs, such as Newham and Croydon.

Yesterday, it emerged that Stanhope was close to becoming preferred bidder for One Angel Court, a 300,000 sq ft office development opportunity.

Podcast with Clive Dutton OBE & Resi Awards 2013 deal of the year winner

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Clive Dutton OBClive Dutton and James MaxE joined James Max in Property Week’s podcast to discuss his part in regenerating East London and Birmingham, while the man who led the sale of Battersea Power Station stopped by for a chat about the 2013 Resi Awards.

Clive Dutton OBE was instrumental in projects including the creation of a ‘city within a capital city’ in Stratford, the redevelopment of Canning Town, the renaissance of the Royal Docks, and the innovative Meanwhile London Project.

Previously Director of Regeneration and Planning for Birmingham City Council, where he was awarded the Midlands Property Personality of the Year 2009, Dutton explains the excitement of working in some of the UK’s most deprived communities on projects such as The Olympics.

Knight Frank head of UK residential development Stephen Miles-Brown on Wednesday won the prize for “deal of the year” at the 2013 Resi Awards – for the “warts and all” £400m sale of Battersea Power Station.

Miles-Brown reveals all about what took place behind the scenes in one of the highest profile property deals in history.

Podcast: A Dummy’s Guide To Coalition Planning Policy

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Planning. It has dominated the news agenda since the Coalition took over in 2010, thanks to a seemingly endless array of new policies and shelved recommendations.

Roger Hepher

Yet if you’re still having trouble telling your NPPF from your localism act, or your community infrastructure levy from your section 106 agreement, PropertyWeek.com is here to assist.

LBC Radio’s James Max was this month joined by Roger Hepher, head of planning and regeneration at Savills, in the PropertyWeek.com podcast to explains all you need to know about the new planning system in 15 minutes flat.

Property Week Podcast: “Tech” Special with Derwent London

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Derwent London leasing chief Celine Thompson and Hatton Real Estate partner Michael Raibin this week joined LBC Radio’s James Max at Property Week studios for a “TMT” special podcast.

The pair discussed in detail how best to understand and attract technology, media, and telecommunications occupiers to office schemes.

Thompson said that the growth projections for “tech” firms were “phenomenal”, explaining how leases were best structured to suit fast-expanding start-up businesses.

Raibin, whose firm focuses on the “City Fringe” locations that are currently attractive to trendy occupiers said that social media was becoming increasingly important for surveyors.O

He also talked about his office letting to booming company Mind Candy, which he said could become “the next Walt Disney”.

Raibin even added how he had sourced a £4.6m investment deal through the medium of Twitter.

Max was also joined by Readers’ Digest gadget columnist Olly Mann, who talked about tomorrow’s cleverest consumer inventions. Mann discussed how China could be the next place to look for the biggest technological innovations.

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