The state-of-the-art office building, The Sorting House, was due to be rented by Google to house 2,000 employees. Google has now confirmed that plans for the lease have been cancelled. Photo: Leah Farrell/


Long before Google’s decision, the tide was turning for the commercial property market. Here is why

Covid-19 has revealed – rather than caused – trends in our society. It has highlighted and accelerated changes that were already happening. Chief among them is the slide away from central locations. And this has big implications for the property market.

10th Sep, 2020 - 7 min read

The more I study Covid-19’s impacts, the more I am convinced Covid-19 changes nothing at a structural level. What Covid-19 does is reveal. Covid-19 reveals the structural differences between workers whose jobs involve moving electrons around, and whose jobs involve moving things around in the real world. Google’s engineers are not worried but civil engineers and hospitality workers are scared for their livelihoods. The deep structure of our economy is revealed. 

Covid-19 reveals our divided labour market

Covid-19 reveals the lack of employer support in some sectors, where employers don’t pay sick pay and are not forced to do so by...

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