Insights & Reports

Thought leading insights, research and events that define our markets

Oxford to Cambridge Arc Insights 22.03.23

Jonathan Bainbridge, Partner - Planning, gives ten reasons why the Golden Triangle can be the world’s pre-eminent science supercluster.

Where to grow a life sciences business: 10 reasons why the Golden Triangle can be the world’s pre-eminent science supercluster

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Super Bee Report 17.03.23

Welcome to Bidwells' Scotland Spring Newsletter.

Our View on Scotland - Spring 2023

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Image of Cambridge Biomedical Campus 2 Insights 16.03.23

As Britain prepares to solidify its position as a scientific superpower, the property industry and life science sector were watching closely during yesterday’s Budget. From investment in R&D, support for infrastructure in the Arc and measures to boost construction labour supply, the Bidwells team reviews the Government ‘s latest support for growth.

Budget 2023 summary: a Scientific Superpower, East West Rail and boosting labour supply

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Image of Nutrient Neutrality Insights 15.03.23

Twelve months ago, the words ‘Nutrient Neutrality’ didn’t mean a huge amount to many of us working in the East of England; it was a peripheral issue, affecting development elsewhere. But overnight on 16th March 2022, all that changed with the publication of Natural England’s letter advising 42 additional Local Planning Authorities, including all of the Norfolk Authorities, that projects and plans could only go ahead if they would not cause additional nutrient pollution.

Nutrient Neutrality – One year on

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Image of Solar Panels on UK field Insights 20.02.23

Andy Fewings recently discussed this with a group of experts from across the renewables sector to gauge what they felt were the main barriers.

Renewables are key to decarbonising the electricity system by 2035. But what are the challenges and how do we get there?

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In this guest article, Roadnight Taylor's CEO, Hugh Taylor, talks us through how electricity networks hold the key to the UK fulfilling its net zero ambitions.

The UK’s electricity networks: are they up to the challenge of NetZero?

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Cambridge has over the last week been at the centre of the tussle between protecting our historic environment and adapting our heritage assets to be best equipped to face the ever-worsening climate crisis. This debate has coincided with the formation of a new government department for Energy Security and Net Zero.

Watt a conundrum: renewable energy and the historic environment

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Cairn Uish Insights 13.02.23

The National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4) is being adopted today (13 Feb) by the Scottish Parliament and from this date will form part of the adopted Development Plan in Scotland. Writes Mark Myles, Head of Planning, Scotland

New Scottish planning policy encourages expansion of renewables

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Climate and nature Insights 13.02.23

The National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4) was approved by the Scottish Parliament on 11 January 2023 and will today (13 Feb) be adopted by the Scottish Government.

Climate and nature at the heart of new Scottish planning framework

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One the Square, CB1 Wasabi Insights 08.02.23

With occupier demand for city centre and out of town opportunities increasing across the Oxford-Cambridge Arc, Bidwells is expanding its agency team. Head of retail and leisure James Lankfer explains why.

The Arc’s global R&D position offering retailers opportunity as political chaos subsides

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Following a busy year working on multiple school planning projects across the East of England, Planning Partner Mike Jones answers questions on the role of education in the ever-moving playing field of planning policy and his wider experience of education in the planning process.

The playing field of planning policy, Q&A on Education with Mike Jones.

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The UK's top spot in global research and development depends on a strong partnership between the public and private sector. That’s always been clear.

Government back in the game: PRP commitment relaunches Science Superpower vision

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Cambridge Residential Rental Market Report, Summer 2024

As the UK faces a new government and potential shifts in SDLT for overseas buyers, our Q2 report delves into the static housing market, rising rents, and shifting demand towards larger homes.

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BTR Open & Operating Report | London

London boasts 43% of operational UK BTR, but regional pipeline dominates.

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Net Zero Carbon and Electricity Demand – Binding Targets, Barriers and Bonuses

By 2035 the UK has a target to decarbonise the whole electricity system for Great Britain (GB), whilst also increasing demand for electricity by 50% over the same period.

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The Right Home, in the Right Place, at the Right Time

Operational living is transforming housing options in the UK, offering flexibility and accessibility to suit diverse lifestyles at different stages of their lives and careers.

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Productivity Engine: Foreword from Diane Coyle, Bennett Professor of Public Policy

A society’s productivity, the key to its prosperity and living standards, reflects the outcome of decisions taken over many years or even decades. Britain’s flatlining productivity today reflects the disappearance of this long-term perspective.

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Planning Reform and Productivity

Two quotes, half a century and a continent apart, explain why housebuilding has declined to 145,000 per year, less than half of the Government’s objective of 300,000 p.a.

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Productivity Engine: Preface from Bidwells’ Senior Partner Nick Pettit

Productivity is measured by dividing the output of goods and services by the number of hours which people have worked.

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The Productivity Engine

In Bidwells’ latest groundbreaking report, The Productivity Engine, we uncover the fundamental role that space plays in understanding - and solving - the UK’s productivity problems.

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We must land on a strategy for our most precious resource

Making more efficient use of Britain’s most finite resource—land—is our best chance to enhance the country’s sluggish productivity. It’s as simple as that.

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Real estate can drive productivity by supporting regional centres of excellence

The United Kingdom, once celebrated for its industrial prowess and ingenuity, now confronts a dire economic reality marked by a persistent productivity crisis.

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Cambridge Residential Rental Market Report, Spring 2024

Oxford Economics forecast a rapid decline in the bank rate this year and next, ending 2024 at 4% and 2025 at 3%.

Spring 2024
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The Oxford Advantage

Mills & Reeve and Bidwells have partnered together to deliver a unique insight into the Oxford, Cambridge, London arc – often called the ‘Golden Triangle’ – that will explore the way businesses in the technology, life sciences and real estate sectors work together.

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Jun 2024

Royal Highland Show 2024

Royal Highland Show 2024 rural breakfast briefing energises audience with land reform and sustainability debate.

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Jun 2024

Headline Sponsors at Bisnow's Build to Rent Annual Conference (BTRAC) 2024

Iain Murray, our Head of Operational Living, gave the opening keynote presentation and joined a panel at the Bisnow BTRAC conference in Canary Wharf, London.

12 June 2024
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May 2024

Bidwells at UKREiiF 2024

At the Bidwells pavilion this year, we launched our Productivity Engine report and discussed key topics from it. We examined the crucial role of productivity in UK economic growth and living standards.

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Feb 2024

Founder to Founder, Exclusive insights from Oxfordshire’s Leading CEOs

If you were in a room with Oxfordshire’s top CEOs – what would you ask them?

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Jan 2024

Offices and Labs Databooks webinar Jan 2024

We heard our experts discuss Bidwells’ latest research on the Offices & Labs market across Cambridge, Oxford, M1 South, and Norfolk & Suffolk.

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Dec 2023

Switch on to onshore wind

In this podcast, planning and renewables experts discuss the current situation with Onshore Wind and its relevance to landowners, as well as views from the RSPB for those who wish to know more about the interaction between wildlife and renewable energy developments.

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Nov 2023

The challenge of scaling leadership as an organisation grows

When companies are small, it’s easy. Leaders are connected to each element of the business; keeping everyone aligned and motivated. But as companies grow, great leadership becomes harder and harder to deliver.

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Oct 2023

Are onshore renewables right for me?

This highly practical webinar held in partnership with Farmers’ Weekly magazine examines the central question being asked by farmers and landowners across England.

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Oct 2023

IF Oxford Science & Ideas Festival

We have partnered up with IF Oxford this year to help build science, social and cultural capital in the community we live and work in to help ‘open doors’ to careers in science and technology and support socioeconomic mobility.

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Sep 2023

The Future of the Oxford to Cambridge Region Conference

Listen to real estate leaders from across the Oxford-Cambridge Arc discuss key issues facing the region at The Future of the Oxford to Cambridge Region Conference 2023.

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Sep 2023

Offices & Labs Databook Presentation

Bidwells bitesize online presentation provided an update on the Offices and Labs Market across Oxford & Cambridge.

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Jul 2023

Bidwells Bitesize: Revitalise, Reimagine, Repurpose Breakfast Seminar

On 18th July 2023, we held our breakfast seminar on ‘Meeting Lab Demand with Innovative Spaces' in partnership with COEL

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