Clarion clear to build Sandbach scheme

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Clarion Housing Group’s private development company Latimer has received the green light to develop a 165-home site in Sandbach, Cheshire.
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OakNorth funds London multi-use scheme

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OakNorth has agreed a £35.4m development loan to Union Developments for a residential-led mixed-use scheme in Dollis Hill, London.
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Landsec launches new flexible office brand

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Landsec has launched its new flexible office brand, Myo, offering leases ranging from 12 months to three years for businesses that need space for between 15 and 80 people.
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2018 Chrysler Pacifica Limited Long-Term Update 1: Just So Handy

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We’re a couple months into our Chrysler Pacifica Limited loan, and I’m beginning to see why the minivan is a perennial parental favorite. Occasionally, I’ll get a different vehicle for the weekend, and more often than not I end up missing the baby-friendliness of the Pacifica.

Most four-door vehicles these days are fit for baby duty, but having sliding doors makes getting a baby seat in so much easier. For one, you have a much wider opening to work with, and two, you don’t need to worry as much about door clearance. Conventional hinged rear doors have to swing out far enough for you to fit the car seat through the gap, which can be tricky if you’re parked in a tight space. In a minivan, that’s less of a problem as the doors slide straight back and protrude less than a foot from the body when open.

I also love the Pacifica Limited’s standard remote start feature. We enjoy a mild climate here in Southern California, but it does get hot every now and then. On those days I love that I can start the car from inside the house a couple minutes before we leave to give the air conditioning a head start. Starting the car remotely can make a big difference in how the cabin feels when you get in, and I’m sure my son appreciates not being sweatier than he needs to be. I can see remote start being even handier in places that have actual weather. Chrysler also offers a subscription-based Uconnect app that does the same thing, but so far I haven’t been able to get it to pair with the van.

Although the van is usually cool enough after a few minutes idling with the A/C on, it seems only the front HVAC vents turn on with remote start. The rear zone A/C doesn’t power on until you get in the car and push the ignition button. It’s a minor grievance, but it would be nice to have more airflow in the back before clicking my son in.

Another feature that has proven unexpectedly useful is the Stow ‘n Go second-row captain’s chairs. There have been at least two occasions when Kai needed his diaper (and everything else he was wearing) changed in the car. I could have changed him on the seat, but I didn’t want to risk getting the leather upholstery, um, messy. Folding one of the seats down into the floor creates a flat surface that’s perfect for laying down a changing pad and doing what a dad’s gotta do. You could also fold down the rear bench, but the cargo area would need to be empty first as the seat stows in the well where your stroller and other items would normally go.

I plan to cycle through some minivan alternatives in the coming months to see if a large crossover would be just as easy to live with, but so far the Pacifica’s practicality has outweighed any stigma that comes with driving it.

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2019 Honda Ridgeline AWD Black Edition First Test

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The 2019 Honda Ridgeline marches on in the midsize pickup truck segment that welcomes two new players this year—the Ford Ranger and the Jeep Gladiator. How will the Ridgeline stack up? Before we throw it in the ring, we thought it’d be a good idea to get reacquainted with Honda’s pickup.

The second-generation Ridgeline hasn’t changed much since its introduction in model year 2017. Highlights include new colors, more USB ports, streamlined trim levels (from 12 to nine), and the addition of a moonroof and power-sliding rear window to the midlevel RTL and RTL-T models. We got our hands on a very loaded Ridgeline AWD Black Edition with a hefty $44,465 price tag. That said, the Black Edition is essentially an appearance package for the Ridgeline RTL-E ($42,965), and a decently equipped RTL-T is priced at $39,945. A base, front-drive Ridgeline RT can be had for $31,035.

Honda’s ubiquitous 3.5-liter V-6 carries over, sending 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque to a six-speed automatic. Not surprisingly, its straight-line performance numbers are nearly identical to the 2017 Ridgeline AWD RTL-E we last tested, running to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds and the quarter mile in 15.6 seconds (compared to 7.3 and 15.7 seconds).

“A little poky from a stop,” road test editor Chris Walton noted about our 2019 Ridgeline tester, though “upshifts at redline are reasonably smooth/fast.”

It’s quicker than the top-selling 2018 Toyota Tacoma we recently tested (7.6 seconds to 60 mph), but it lags behind the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado and 2019 Ford Ranger, which posted 0–60 times of 6.4 and 6.8 seconds, respectively. Both domestics have stronger engines and gearboxes with more cogs (and shorter first gears), and they aren’t much heavier than the Honda. Our Ridgeline tester tipped the scales at 4,475 pounds, just 11 and 75 pounds lighter than the Chevy and Ford.

With an EPA rating of 18/25 mpg city/highway, the Ridgeline AWD barely edges out the Colorado V6 4WD at 17/24 mpg. A drop in the bucket in times of relatively cheap gas. A comparable Tacoma returns 18/22 mpg; the Ranger hasn’t been rated as of this writing.

The Ridgeline’s unibody chassis remains an outlier among its body-on-frame peers. If you value ride quality above anything else, the Honda can’t be beat. It’s noticeably smoother around town and on the highway and is much more controlled through corners. “Very different than the others,” testing director Kim Reynolds noted after posting a 27.7-second lap around the figure-eight course. “Steering quality is much better including turn-in.” That said, the Colorado’s and Ranger’s handling disadvantages on the figure eight were essentially erased by their stronger powertrains, with the Chevy beating the Honda by 0.1 second and the Ford coming in at a tie.

Part of the Ridgeline’s appeal is its ability to combine car-like road manners and its ability to do work that trucks are expected to do. Our tester’s max payload rating of 1,499 pounds is right there with the Colorado and Ranger we tested, and almost 300 pounds more than the Tacoma we had on hand (though we should note that payload ratings vary more with the body-on-frame trucks depending on configuration).

Meanwhile, the Ridgeline is capped to tow 5,000 pounds, about 1,400 to 2,500 pounds less than the aforementioned three trucks. Although we didn’t do a standardized tow evaluation this time around, we did praise the Ridgeline’s ability to tow a 3,000-pound trailer in a previous test.

The Ridgeline’s truck bed is a showcase of Honda’s clever tricks. The lockable in-bed trunk (with 7.3 cubic feet of cargo) is unique to the segment, and the super handy tailgate swings down and is also side-hinged, giving you closer and easier access to your payload. The available in-bed speaker system is pretty trick, as well, and the bed is also fairly spacious. Though not as deep as its competitors, it does provide 50 inches of space between the wheelhouses, which is about 5 inches more than the Ford and Chevy and 8 inches wider than the Toyota.

Another highlight is the rear passenger area. Not only is the floor completely flat, but the seat bottoms and support frames fold up and away to maximize cargo space. It’s simply cavernous compared to its competitors. Unfortunately the Ridgeline appears to be last in line for Honda’s infotainment upgrade, so you won’t find the sharper and more intuitive interface (nor a volume knob) found in other models.

Interior fit and finish is excellent, storage solutions are scattered throughout, and the front center armrests (straight from the Pilot) are a nice touch. In all, the Ridgeline still charms us with thoughtful engineering, smooth ride, and decent capability. But with new and fresh competition on the way, the Ridgeline could benefit from a few tweaks that’ll hopefully make their way to a midcycle refresh soon.


2019 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition BASE PRICE $44,415 PRICE AS TESTED $44,415 VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, AWD, 5-pass, 4-door truck ENGINE 3.5L/280-hp/262-lb-ft SOHC 24-valve V-6 TRANSMISSION 6-speed automatic CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 4,475 lb (58/42%) WHEELBASE 125.2 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 210.0 x 78.6 x 70.8 in 0-60 MPH 7.2 sec QUARTER MILE 15.6 sec @ 88.3 mph BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 128 ft LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.79 g (avg) MT FIGURE EIGHT 27.7 sec @ 0.62 g (avg) EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON 18/25/21 mpg ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 187/135 kW-hrs/100 miles CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 0.94 lb/mile

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Surveying arm boosts revenue at LSL

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LSL Property Services has predicted profit for 2018 will be ahead of market expectations, but less than in 2017.
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Custodian extends Lloyds loan

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Custodian REIT has extended its £35m revolving credit facility (RCF) with Lloyds Bank with a new termination date in November 2020.
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Resi and Morgan Sindall launch £300m social housing JV

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Residential Secure Income (ReSI) has joined forces with Morgan Sindall Investment (MSI) to form a £300m housing investment partnership.
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Benson Elliot buys ER Office Fund to add Milan office assets

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 01/21/2019 - 18:13
UK fund manager Benson Elliot has acquired 100% of the assets in an Italian real estate investment fund ER Office Fund 3 to take ownership of two business parks near Milan’s Linarte Airport.
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Colorado becomes 11th state to adopt zero-emissions vehicle standards

The Car Connection News Feed - Mon, 01/21/2019 - 18:00
Last week, Colorado became the 11th state to require automakers to sell electric cars in the state to meet a specific quota tied to overall sales. Colorado is the first non-coastal state to adopt the policy. The 10 other states that mandate zero-emission vehicle regulations include California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New...
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TCS shares rise on news of reduced retail exposure

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 01/21/2019 - 17:41
Shares in Town Centre Securities rose 2.59% on Monday to 229.8p after the company revealed it has reduced its exposure to retail and leisure assets.
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Co-op signs up as debut retailer for Ebbsfleet Garden City

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 01/21/2019 - 17:40
Ebbsfleet Development Corporation has secured The Co-Operative Group as the first convenience store operator for the garden city project.
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Allsop's Watson joins BidX1 to head up auctioneer's resi team

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 01/21/2019 - 16:39
Allsop’s Richard Watson has moved to expanding online auctioneer BidX1 to head up its residential auctions team.
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UK College of Business and Computing lets London office block

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 01/21/2019 - 16:37
The UK College of Business and Computing (UKCBC) has signed a lease for the entirety of an east London office block.
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Google Maps adds speed limit info to Android Auto

The Car Connection News Feed - Mon, 01/21/2019 - 15:35
Google Maps has finally begun to roll out speed limit information for drivers using the application across the U.S. The additional feature is an unusual example of Google playing catch up since rival apps have shown drivers local speed limits for years. Engadget reported last Friday that speed limit info is now rolling out to users after an update...
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Ram 1500 crash test, Next-gen Challenger, Tesla's latest layoffs: What's New @ The Car Connection

The Car Connection News Feed - Mon, 01/21/2019 - 15:30
IIHS: 2019 Ram 1500 aces crash tests but has subpar headlights The 2019 Ram 1500 aced the IIHS' slew of crash tests but missed out on its top award due to headlights that don't provide good coverage at night. Michigan puts digital license plates on the road Following their high-tech debut in California last year, Michigan's Secretary of State on...
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Twist for Farebrother with new lease advisory partner

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 01/21/2019 - 15:02
Midtown specialist consultancy Farebrother has appointed Charles Twist as a partner in its lease advisory team.
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Serious Fraud Office opens probe on three developments in Manchester and Liverpool

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 01/21/2019 - 14:23
The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has opened an investigation into suspected fraud concerning three property developments in the North West.
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Galliford Try teams with Sanctuary to deliver Leamington Spa resi

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 01/21/2019 - 13:07
Galliford Try Partnerships has partnered with housing and care provider Sanctuary Group to build 375 new homes in Leamington Spa.
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2019 Ram 1500 eTorque first drive review: The hybrid pickup truck you can (and should) drive

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