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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Hove Build-to-Rent Scheme

Cushman & Wakefield’s Residential Capital Markets team has successfully secured a funding partner on behalf of Watkin Jones.

12/08/2021

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Cushman & Wakefield Makes Key Specialist Markets Appointments

Cushman & Wakefield has made three senior appointments in its UK Specialist Markets division which provides services to owners and operators of specialist assets.

27/07/2021

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Cushman & Wakefield Announces Senior Recruit to Lead its Dedicated Repurposing Team

Cushman & Wakefield has made a major hire to lead its dedicated Repurposing team which is focused on delivery of repositioning services for under-performing assets.

26/07/2021

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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

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Insatiable Demand from E-Commerce Drives UK Logistics Take-Up to Record Levels

Demand for UK logistics and industrial space shows no sign of slowing down as take-up in Q2 continued to be buoyed by insatiable demand from e-commerce. 

13/07/2021

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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

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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

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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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RELATED INSIGHTS

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Insights • Economy

Futures Cut - Reigniting Offices

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 • 23/08/2021
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Research • Workplace

Experience per Square Foot™ (XSF)

Gain data and insights to move forward with confidence.
Bryan Berthold • 24/09/2021
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A Melhor Consultoria Imobiliária do Mundo

A Cushman & Wakefield (NYSE: CWK) foi eleita a melhor consultoria imobiliária comercial do mundo pelo quarto ano consecutivo pela Pesquisa Imobiliária Global 2021 da Euromoney.
24/09/2021

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 • 23/09/2021
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MarketBeat • Insights

UK MarketBeat

Cushman & Wakefield MarketBeat reports analyse quarterly UK commercial property activity across office, retail and industrial real estate sectors as well as the Central London residential market. Find data on supply, demand and pricing trends at the market and submarket levels.
10/08/2021
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Research • Data Center

EMEA Data Centre Update

Many large operators have secured new investors for further expansion as the race to develop fully continental platforms continues.
Kevin Imboden • 08/07/2021
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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 • Data Center

EMEA Data Centre MarketBeats | Autumn/Winter

Development continues across the core FLAP-D markets in ever-larger phases as companies continue their move off-premises and operators expand their data centres accordingly. Many of the hyperscale services have chosen to launch new products and expansions in these areas first, reflecting continued and potential demand over the next several years.
Kevin Imboden • 16/12/2020
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Coworking Trends

We outline the difference between the offers, along with market leading research on coworking trends across the world.
17/11/2020
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Commercial Property

Dedicated to delivering effective services in the EMEA region. 
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Insights • Economy

Futures Cut - Reigniting Offices

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 • 23/08/2021
Woman doing yoga next to home desk
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
woman leaping at Big Sur, California
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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