Our Association

The SPR has been representing property researchers since 1987.  Their seminars debate topical issues and the networking opportunities are unrivalled.  (They also count towards CPD hours.)  Junior analysts are able to rub shoulders with Heads of Research Departments often in informal situations.  SPR often collaborates with other associations to offer events with a wider appeal and is a member of the Property Industrial Alliance group.  Site visits are arranged for members to see 'behind the scenes' of major developments and SPR members also have the opportunity to access discounted rates to attend related courses and conferences organised by similar organisations.

Report on recent SPR event

Site Visit to the Lexicon, Bracknell, 25th May 2018

The development of the Lexicon Shopping Centre has completely transformed the centre of Bracknell since it began in 2011.

Harry Pickering, Investment Manager at Schroder Real Estate Investment Management, joint owners with Legal & General, explained the history of the project to a group of SPR members before leading a tour of the site.


Bracknell is the first post-war new town whose centre has been redeveloped in this way.  The Lexicon has boosted the town’s image and helped foster a sense of community that was lacking in the past.

Pickering explained that the shopping centre has one of the wealthiest catchments in the UK, with footfall continually rising since the main part of the development opened in September 2017, to currently stand at 400,000 annually.


The Lexicon is anchored with one of the few Fenwick stores outside London.

The centre also boasts the UK’s largest green wall, reflecting its strong sustainability credentials and the dramatic improvements that have been made to Bracknell’s public realm.

The cost of the development, which contains around one million sq ft of retail, restaurants and leisure space, currently totals £240 million.

Tim Horsey

Chair's blog

With it being Midsummer’s Day today, it’s time to take stock of the year so far and highlight the major SPR events coming your way over the summer!

We’ve already had two great social events – King Pin Bowling and the Annual Pub Quiz – two hugely interesting site visits – Bluewater and The Lexicon – and three thought-provoking seminars covering topics as vast as how retail trends are changing the property market, how residential and industrial property is competing for space and the Nick Tyrrell prize-winning paper on sustainable buildings.  If you missed any of these events, you can catch up on all of them at our “blogs” page, here. Signed-in members can also access presentations from the educational seminars here. Slides from this week’s second retail seminar, “Technology, the make or break of retail?” are now available and a blog update will be available very soon. 

We also launched the new SPR Research Prize, with a call for papers – submissions are still encouraged up to the closing date, the 31st July 2018. As a new prize, we’re looking for your support to ensure that good quality research is put forward, meaning that readers, colleagues and authors are all welcome to submit research or let us know about a top-notch paper that you’ve read. More information can be found here.

We have a smorgasbord of exciting events coming up in the second half of the year, so here is a taster of the highlights. Make a note in your calendars!

12th July – Summer Drinks, featuring a gin flavouring masterclass
August break!
7th September – Golf Day, Silvermere Golf Club
14th September – Joint event with the IPF on Global Property Capital Flows
9th October – Darts and Drinks, Flight Club
23rd October – AGM and Annual Dinner, The RAC

The committee all look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events!

We hope you enjoy a relaxing and hopefully warm summer!

Kiran Raichura
June 2018


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