WhatIf… We do Real Estate Differently –

WHY LOCAL AUTHORITIES NEED TO CONTINUE TO INVEST LOCALLY Anyone watching Panorama on BBC on 31st July 2023 on the financial disaster at Thurrock Council could be forgiven for wondering why a local authority was investing in projects in far flung places? How does this benefit local people? In theory, if the investments made money, […]

Case Study – Quayside, MediaCity

Leasing Brochure Quayside Media City

WhatifGroup were asked by Peel L&P (part of the Peel Group, one of the leading infrastructure, transport and real estate investors in the UK, with collective investments owned and under management of+ £5bn) in early 2021 to help them develop a new strategy for the re-named, former Lowry Outlet Mall, located next to one of […]


‘In early 2022 we were approached by a community group in Consett, County Durham who were opposing the development of a waste burning incinerator at the heart of their town. The group had mobilised literally thousands of people to oppose the development but had virtually no professional support nor money to pay for any. We […]

The very Foundation of our Societies and Economies is Human Potential.

Economy and wellbeing are in the best cases closely interlinked and mutually reinforcing. Economic growth improves people’s wellbeing, whereas wellbeing and health of the population enhance economic growth and stability. This interlinkage must be better recognised. In Finland, we are putting forward a holistic approach to this question that requires horizontal thinking and cross-sectoral co-operation. […]

Community & The Circular Economy

The concept of the circular economy has the potential to benefit society and communities in addition to generating commercial benefits for retailers. Retailers that adopt circular economy practices can reduce their environmental impact, improve their bottom line, and contribute to local economies and communities. In this blog post, we will explore examples of retailers implementing […]


Since Nicholas Ridley was Secretary of State in the late 80’s there has been a clamour at ministerial level for reform of the planning system. This has primarily focused on the ‘processes’ associated with the planning system. Many of the reforms Central Government have put forward have just made the system less understandable and diminished […]

15 MINUTE CITIES – An Ideal Geography?

A 15-minute city is an urban concept, in which most daily necessities can be accomplished by either walking or cycling from residents’ homes. They are places to live, work, shop and play – where everything you need is there for you within 15 minutes. The emphasis being on the fact that you will not need a car […]