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It was the year of the takeover that wasn’t. A thread running through 2018 was corporate acquisitions were attempted and then aborted, as those buying couldn’t quite work up the nerve to push the button on big complex deals, in sectors going through wider transformations like retail and serviced offices.
Beyond that, it was a year when the seeds were sown for what could be major transformations in U.K. real estate, in the fields of gender equality, rented residential and the way the industry creates the places people work. Oh, and of course there was Brexit, although as this is written, who the hell knows how that is going to turn out.