JV snaps up Amazon industrial asset

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 05/06/2021 - 14:58
Block Industrial, a joint venture between Copley Point Capital and Davidson Kempner European Partners, has snapped up a 250,000 sq ft cross docked logistics property located in Stukeley Meadows Industrial Estate, Huntingdon.
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APAM hires new head of property management

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 05/06/2021 - 14:06
Real estate asset manager APAM has hired former intu property management head Rose Lewis as its head of property management.
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Mayfair Capital and Opus Land to develop Solihull office

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 05/06/2021 - 14:04
Mayfair Capital Property Unit Trust has teamed up with Opus Land to develop a new office building at Trinity Park in Solihull, the West Midlands.
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2021 Ford Ranger Tremor Fast Facts: Shaking Loose This Pickup’s Appeal

Motortrend News Feed - Thu, 05/06/2021 - 14:00

We’ve just spent a week with a Ford Ranger Tremor, the off-roadiest version of Ford’s midsize Ranger pickup. We came away with these seven takeaways that every off-road-curious truck buyer considering a Tremor should stuff in their pocket.

1. Ranger Raptor? More Like Ranger ZR2

We’ve seen the Ford Ranger Tremor compared to the larger Ford F-150 Raptor (we’ve even made some ourselves), but that’s not quite fair, as a key ingredient in the Raptor formula—extra horsepower—just isn’t on the Tremor menu. Really, the Tremor’s closest analogue is the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, a direct competitor which has been impressing us for years with its insanely good off-road ability.

2. …or Ranger Gladiator

Jeep’s hot Gladiator pickup had to be in Ford’s sights, as well, since the ZR2 and the Ranger Tremor certainly compete with the Gladiator in terms of off-road specs. The Ford’s ground clearance of 9.7 inches is only 0.3 inch less than the base Gladiator’s, although it can’t really touch the Gladiator Mojave’s 11.6-inch figure. The Ranger Tremor’s approach angle isn’t as good—30.9 versus 40.8 degrees for the base Gladiator and 44.7 for the Mojave—but the Ford truck’s departure angle of 25.5 degrees equals the Gladiator Mojave’s and betters the base Gladiator’s. And no Gladiator can match the Ranger Tremor’s 24.2-degree breakover angle—which is even better than that of the Wrangler Unlimited.

3. The Tremor Is the Best Ranger

One of the things we don’t like about the regular Ranger is its ride, which we have likened (in comparison to its rivals from Chevrolet and Honda) to the vibrating heart-shaped bed at a no-tell motel. The upgrades to the Ranger Tremor include different shocks and rear springs, which make a massive improvement to ride quality as well as handling, making it our favorite version of the current-generation Ranger.

4. Towing and Hauling Capacity Don’t Suffer (Much)

A suspension optimized for off-roading is usually very different from one optimized for towing and hauling, and we expected similar trade-offs as those made in the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2. But Ford did its best to keep the truck’s work numbers up, and the Tremor Ranger doesn’t lose anywhere near as much hauling capacity as the ZR2. Furthermore, its towing number doesn’t change at all, so the Tremor will tow the same 7,500 pounds—half again as much as the Colorado ZR2.

5. The Side Steps are Pure Evil

The Tremor comes with buff metal rock rails with welded-on metal steps, which are set at the perfect height to batter the shins of our taller staffers. Shorter drivers appreciated the boost for ingress, but when getting out, every single person who drove or rode in the Tremor during our week of testing managed to scrape up the back of their legs—or at least make a mess of their pant legs—on the steps’ sharp edges. You either need to use the steps on the way out, which is awkward, or jump well clear, which is awkward and looks silly.

6. One Tremor Size Fits All—But Not All Wallets

The Ranger Tremor comes exclusively as a crew cab, while Chevrolet offers the Colorado ZR2 as either a crew cab or a shorter extended cab. But while the ZR2 is its own trim level, the Tremor is a package that can be added to either the XLT or Lariat trim levels. Combining the Tremor package (and its associated required option packages) with the XLT makes this a bargain of a truck, undercutting the Colorado ZR2, Jeep Gladiator Rubicon, and Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro by a significant margin, although they are all somewhat even more capable off-road.

7. It’s Worth Going Tremor Even if You Don’t Go Off-Road

We see little sense in upgrading to the Colorado ZR2 unless you’re going to take advantage of its (prodigious) abilities off-road. Given the fact that the Tremor package—it’s available on XLT and Lariat models—imbues the Ranger with a better ride, improves its looks and handling, and has a minimal impact on payload and none on towing, we think it’s well worth considering even if you won’t go any further off-road than a drunken jaunt onto your neighbor’s lawn. Just beware of those side steps.

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Quadrant gets green light for Nine Elms office scheme

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 05/06/2021 - 14:00
Developer and asset manager Quadrant has secured planning permission for a new office building on the site of Royal Mail’s former south London depot in Nine Elms.
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CFH Group refinances IHG headquarters

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 05/06/2021 - 13:58
ASK Partners has completed a £15m refinancing of Intercontinental Hotel Group’s (IHG’s) global headquarters for owner Corporate Finance House (CFH Group).
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Dominvs Group hires managing director

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 05/06/2021 - 11:52
Dominvs Group has appointed Iliya Blazic as its new managing director.
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Milligan hires new development director and sustainability head

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 05/06/2021 - 11:49
Developer Milligan has hired David Rothwell as development director and John Naylor as head of sustainability.
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Ford Bronco Gets Built-In Upfitter Switches, Pre-Wiring for Easy Power Accessory Installs

Motortrend News Feed - Thu, 05/06/2021 - 11:00

The 2021 Ford Bronco SUV, which isn’t out yet and is not to be confused with the smaller Ford Bronco Sport that is available at dealerships now, is going to get pre-wired upfitter switches to make powering accessories easier. These factory-installed auxiliary switches (and attendant wiring) will be standard on two- and four-door Black Diamond, Wildtrak, Badlands, and First Edition Ford Bronco trim levels and optional on the Base and Outer Banks versions. There was no mention of availability for the Big Bend trim.

The six upfitter switches will be located overhead for easy access, akin to their location on current F-Series trucks. Ever-useful accessory switches are not a new addition for Ford or other manufacturers, which have all been offering this option for many years. The Jeep Wrangler, the closest competition to the Ford Bronco, has upfitter switches as well, most visibly included in the Trailer-Tow and Heavy-Duty Electrical option group.

Upfitter switches make powering off-road accessories like pod lights, light bars, radios, refrigerators, and other electrical accessories easier, as the in-car bits are already installed and ready. Fewer holes and less wire to feed from various spots to the underhood fuse box reduce nagging and game-over problems: Leaks from drilling holes in the firewall, roof, and other locations; fried, mangled, loose, and damaged wires from rubbing, snagging, and dragging; and multitudinous electrical gremlins created by a FUBAR wiring nest.

It’s not just about the actual switches—it’s about the wiring, too, which is essentially already done for the installer, so that routing power throughout the Bronco is not an issue. The Ford Bronco setup comes super user-friendly thanks to factory installed connection points throughout the vehicle: a front connection for bumper light bars and other front end accessories; a glovebox connection for interior accessories; an A-pillar connection for rooftop light bars and other lights; and a rear cargo connection for cargo accessories.

The end result of factory-installed upfitter switches, besides fewer blown fuses (and by that we also mean the installer’s patience)? Easy customization and installation of off-road accessories that actually work—because we all know too well that someday I’m gonna finish the wiring so it works never seems to actually come.

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W P Carey buys Jaguar Land Rover logistics facility

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 05/06/2021 - 10:55
WP Carey has bought Jaguar Land Rover’s 1.1m sq ft logistics facility in Solihull, the West Midlands, for £141m.
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Fresh delay for listing of Mailbox on IPSX

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 05/06/2021 - 10:35
The debut listing on the world’s first real estate stock exchange has been postponed.
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Bridge Industrial and PSP Investments form £1bn UK sheds JV

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 05/06/2021 - 09:54
Industrial developer Bridge Industrial and Canadian pension fund PSP Investments have formed a joint venture to build a £1bn UK industrial portfolio, Property Week can reveal.
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QSix REF provides £40m loan for Tobacco Warehouse development

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 05/06/2021 - 08:47
QSix REF has completed a £40m construction and inventory facility to fund the Tobacco Warehouse residential development at Stanley Dock in Liverpool.
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Barratt Developments expects increase in completions on strong demand

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 05/06/2021 - 08:41
Barratt Developments said it expects to increase wholly-owned completions to between 16,000 and 16,250 homes in its year to June 2021, along with around 650 joint venture home completions.
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Derwent quarterly rent collection rises as London emerges from lockdown

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 05/06/2021 - 08:25
Derwent said it has collected 93% of rent for the March 2021 quarter day, up from 87% on April 13.
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Urban Splash to buy Croydon Council's Brick by Brick

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 05/06/2021 - 01:00
Urban Splash is in talks to snap up Croydon Council’s housebuilding arm Brick by Brick, Property Week can reveal.
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Urban Splash set to make its London debut

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 05/06/2021 - 01:00
Urban Splash is in talks to snap up Croydon Council’s housebuilding arm Brick by Brick, Property Week can reveal.
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Landlords and tenants lock horns over hospitality rents

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 05/06/2021 - 01:00
Parties at loggerheads over what should happen to rent payments and £2.5bn in arrears post evictions ban
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Planners push back on City office-to-resi PDR

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 05/06/2021 - 01:00
Committee urges members to vote to extend exemption from office-to-resi PDR
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LondonMetric completes on £780m of debt refinancings

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 05/06/2021 - 01:00
REIT agrees two lending streams and a private debt placement to increase debt maturity by four years
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