Richard Pickering

Chief Strategy Officer, UK • United Kingdom

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Richard Pickering

Chief Strategy Officer, UK • United Kingdom


Richard is responsible for leading strategy formation and the implementation of strategic projects for the UK business of Cushman & Wakefield.

As part of his responsibilities Richard has formed and leads C&W’s Futures Programme, a response to the disruptive factors impacting on the use of and investment in real estate.

He writes a weekly blog, ‘Futures /Cut’, which discusses issues such as technology, society, urbanism and economics, and has a regular readership in excess of 6,000. He co-heads C&W’s EMEA Futures programme, focussing on innovation and Proptech for C&W’s EMEA business, and he sits on C&W’s European leadership team and UK ExCo. 


A real estate thought leader, Richard was previously Head of UK Research & Insight at Cushman & Wakefield. His prior career focused on land use, development and regeneration strategy. He has advised on some of the UK’s most significant development projects. Originally trained as a lawyer, skilled in financial appraisal, and an MBA graduate, Richard has a diverse and lateral skill-set which he uses to pursue his passion of driving innovation and leading thinking about the changing world.

MBA (Distinction)
MSc Property Appraisal (Distinction)
LPC (Distinction)
BA (Hons) Law (2.1)
Member of the RICS

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Touchwood
Ardent Completes Touchwood Acquisition and Names New Asset Management and Leasing team

The Ardent Companies (Ardent), the US-based real estate investment and asset management firm, has completed the acquisition of Touchwood shopping centre in Solihull from Lendlease Retail Partnership (LLRP).

22/07/2021

Adam Lowe
Adam Lowe Joins Cushman & Wakefield To Drive Dedicated Primary Care Service

New joiner from Assura Plc to lead specialist offering within the firm’s UK Healthcare team

21/07/2021

Ahead Partnership
Cushman & Wakefield Signs Up to Help Boost Future Skills

Cushman & Wakefield is the latest forward-thinking employer to join the likes of PwC, Arcadis and Pinsent Masons in a highly successful West Midlands business, professional and financial services (BPFS) careers initiative.

07/07/2021

Marcus Wood
Marcus Wood Rejoining Cushman & Wakefield as Head of Retail Capital Markets

Cushman & Wakefield has appointed Marcus Wood as Head of UK Retail Capital Markets.

05/07/2021

Skygate
Cushman & Wakefield Completes Sale of The Very Group's East Midlands Hub

Cushman & Wakefield’s Capital Markets team has completed the sale of Skygate, The Very Group’s distribution centre in Kegworth, Derby on behalf of Trenport Property Holdings Group.

01/07/2021

Responsible Property Management Toolkit Launched
Responsible Property Management Toolkit Launched

The Responsible Property Management Toolkit (RPMT), a joint initiative of the Better Buildings Partnership (BBP) and Managing Agents Partnership (MAP), launched earlier this month with Cushman & Wakefield as a key contributor to its development. 

30/06/2021

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Cushman & Wakefield Expands UK Logistics & Industrial Team with Senior Hires

Cushman & Wakefield has strengthened its national logistics & industrial team with the appointment of senior hires, David Binks and Roger Reid. 

17/06/2021

Twickenham Gateway
Cushman & Wakefield’s Residential Capital Markets Team Close Twickenham Gateway Deal

Cushman & Wakefield’s Residential Capital Markets team has advised Solum – the joint venture between Kier Property and Network Rail - on the off-market disposal of its Twickenham Gateway development to Meadow Partners.  

08/06/2021

James Woodhead
Use of Self Storage Space in the UK Reaches Record Level

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RELATED INSIGHTS

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Insights

Futures Cut - Hybrid reality

Sign up to Futures Cut - the regular blog from Richard Pickering, Chief Strategy Officer, UK - a personal view of the evolving role of real estate in a world of technological, social and business change.
Richard Pickering • 13/07/2021
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Insights • Commentary

Locked Down and Locked In

What will happen in 2021? Perhaps there will be a vaccine, perhaps there won’t. Perhaps people will return to the office, perhaps they won’t. The smarter questions focus on what adaptions business and people will make over the coming year that set them on a new path for the future.
Richard Pickering • 04/11/2020
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Insights • Commentary

Is risk aversion more damaging than demand shock?

What does ‘risk’ actually mean? And do we have more to fear from these new risks themselves, or instead from the way that we choose to respond to them? 
Richard Pickering • 29/07/2020
London tube
Insights • Commentary

Turning off the commute and redistributing value

Over the past two centuries, public transport, and in particular the train, has had a huge influence on how our cities have been shaped. Major infrastructure projects such as the Liverpool and Manchester Railway (1830) and the Metropolitan Railway (1863), joined cities together and facilitated the explosion of the suburbs.
Richard Pickering • 15/07/2020
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Insights • Commentary

Addressing the Widening Inequalities Created by Real Estate

How can the real estate industry start to tackle inequality? We work in an industry that is about creating wealth for investors, and this might seem like a diametric opposition to the challenge. However, it is worth remembering that today’s landowners are in effect you and me.
Richard Pickering • 22/06/2020
Leeds city centre
Insights • Commentary

Turning Our Cities Inside Out

Richard Pickering, Chief Strategy Officer, UK rethinks the city centre and creates a 4-point model for off-centre development.
Richard Pickering • 02/06/2020
Coruna, Spain
Insights • Commentary

The Property Industry Needs to Change

The property industry needs to change. That’s nothing new. However, COVID-19 is a spark that is likely to set a fire under much of what we know. 
Richard Pickering • 20/05/2020
Manchester
Insights • Commentary

Rethinking Density

Putting people together creates value. This principle is now being significantly challenged by COVID-19. Do we need to rethink density? If so, do we also need to rethink cities and offices?
 
Richard Pickering • 21/04/2020
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Insights • Commentary

Motivational and Social Shifts

If your past 2 weeks has been anything like mine, then you’re likely to be getting to a place of COVID-19 fatigue.
Richard Pickering • 08/04/2020
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Insights • Insights

Capital Watch

Capital Watch covers the latest in London real estate. This issue centres on London’s near future, looking at trends across the themes of workspaces, transport, placemaking, infrastructure, foreign investment and the letting market.
Richard Pickering • 14/01/2019
India Investment MarketBeat Q2 2021
Insights • Investment

India Investment MarketBeat Q2 2021

Indian economy picked up in the January – March quarter with GDP growth rate of 1.6% backed by government spending and growth in manufacturing sector.
Saurabh Shatdal • 28/07/2021
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Article • Industrial

RALEIGH-DURHAM - Industrial 5 Fast Facts Q2 2021

Economic conditions in Raleigh-Durham continued to improve. Raleigh-Durham is recovering at an impressive pace and the outlook for the second half of 2021 is positive. 
Kristine Smith • 27/07/2021

UK INSIGHTS

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Insights • Economy

UK Real Estate Market View

A regular update on the commercial real estate market in the UK.
Greg Mansell • 15/10/2020
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Insights • Investment

The EMEA Investor Update

A regular update on the commercial real estate investment scene in Europe.
James Young • 25/05/2021
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Insights • Occupier

The EMEA Occupier Update

A regular update on what's impacting real estate occupiers across EMEA. 
James Maddock • 20/04/2021
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Research

UK SELF STORAGE ANNUAL REPORT 2021

The Self Storage Association UK Annual Industry Report provides a comprehensive overview into the self storage sector.
Philip Macauley • 18/05/2021
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Insights • Technology

The Impact of Technology on Real Estate

Technology has created huge changes to the property markets and real estate industry in 2020. We asked Chris Hancocks from our Futures team, and Ross Hodges from our Global Innovation Hub what they see as the proptech to watch in 2021. 

Chris Hancocks • 04/11/2020
Flexible Workspace
Insights • Coworking

Valuation of Flexible Workspace

With flexible workspace now considered a vital component of the workplace ecosystem, how should landlords successfully value a flexible workspace proposition?
10/09/2020
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Podcast • Technology

What's Next in Corporate Real Estate Podcast

Kadine James, Creative Tech Lead at Hobs 3D, discusses the influence that technology is having on property and how we do our jobs in better, more focused ways.
21/09/2020
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Insights • Office

Coworking UK Report

Our latest report “Coworking 2020: What’s Next on the Flexible Workspace Horizon?” explores how the UK Flexible Workspace sector could help play a key role in the recovery after COVID-19.

15/10/2020
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Insights

Defining The Retirement Living Sector

In partnership with The British Property Federation (BPF) this report looks at the UK undersupply of housing with care schemes, self-contained homes that have the capacity to provide care, yet allow residents to continue living independently.
Greg Mansell • 21/10/2020
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Insights

Futures Cut - Hybrid reality

Sign up to Futures Cut - the regular blog from Richard Pickering, Chief Strategy Officer, UK - a personal view of the evolving role of real estate in a world of technological, social and business change.
Richard Pickering • 13/07/2021
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Insights • Occupier

Digital Economy Act and Break Clauses

In the two years since the Digital Economy Act 2017 came into effect, it is clear that it is causing considerable alarm to occupiers looking to issue break notices, as the ability to break may now be jeopardised.
Alex Charlesworth • 02/04/2020
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Insights • Economy

Brexit Trade Negotiations and What They Mean for Businesses

Like COVID-19, Brexit has major implications for businesses across the country whatever the outcome of the negotiations. 
Richard Coleman • 04/11/2020

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