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There is a wealth of evidence to suggest that, by incorporating biophilic design into our built environments, we can increase our health and wellbeing. Biophilic design acknowledges that we are instinctively connected to nature and that, through exploring this connection within the spaces that we live, relax and work in, we can positively influence our physical and psychological health. Oliver Heath, Director of Oliver Heath Designs, knows his stuff.

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Historic manchester building set for 1920s transformation by Bruntwood Works

Landmark Manchester building, Blackfriars House, is set to undergo a major transformation as part of Bruntwood Works’ £50m Pioneer refurbishment project. 

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Colliers International release the latest city centre hotel business rates

Anyone who doubted the growing menace of business rates for the city centre hotel sector need look no further than the latest data release from surveyors Colliers International.

01/10/2019 1 min read

Colliers has analysed the business rates rises of 93 London hotels that saw the highest rises in their rateable value (RV) following the 2017 Revaluation.

Colliers found that these hotels in Central London will receive a total rates bill of £12.2 million this year, compared to £4.8 million in 2016/7 – that is more than two and a half times higher. The table below shows some of the rises individual hotels have seen which have been (and are still) steep.

The biggest rise is the Four Seasons in EC3  which saw its rates bills rise from £176,000 in the year before the Revaluation to a bill of over £570,000 this year. That’s a lot of extra rooms to fill at a time when hotels are suffering from the impact of other rising costs including staffing and food costs and the ever-growing competition from Airbnb.

Marc Finney, Head of Hotels and Resorts Consulting at Colliers, says: “The indirect tax burden on hotels is now becoming a major issue.  About twenty years ago a hotel could expect to pay between 0.5%-1.0% of revenues on property taxes (business rates).  This is now closer to 5.0-6.0% of revenues.  With profit conversion rates in hotels running at about 30-35% at EBITDA level this makes property taxes equivalent to in excess of 15% and is fast approaching the same levels as Corporation Tax.”

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