We started a hashtag early on in lockdown #letskeeptalking. It was crucial as we all rolled with the pandemic punches and tried to make sense of the new world we found ourselves in.
The pandemic also collided with me taking over as the Living Sector head at Shoosmiths. It's been crazy busy starting this new role in amongst such flux and change, and all from home. Anyone who knows me knows I am a social animal! I had plans to go on a little Living sector tour of our offices, and have an internal conference, to make plans for a new strategy. The best laid plans must change and I have done my own #propertypivot. So it has been catch ups on the phone, webinars, video calls and linkedin comments between our teams. Remarkably we feel more joined up than ever and we are all adapting to the new world and using our "New How".
Georgie Massey in our Housebuilder subsector has really taken on board the #letskeeptalking mantra and has found some fascinating insights from our clients who are "on site". So, how are they faring? Click to read...
While construction activity is starting again at some pace, Shoosmiths has taken the opportunity to speak to a number of contacts in the housebuilding industry to get their thoughts on the initial and longer-term impacts of COVID-19. It comes following summer forecasts from the Construction Products Association which reveal developers have been focusing primarily on existing housing schemes and are predicting a 60% fall in new housing starts this year.