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A Place In The Sun host Laura Hamilton moves into own property after split from husband Alex Goward

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Laura Hamilton took to Instagram on Monday to proudly show off her new home following her split from husband Alex Goward.

The A Place in the Sun presenter, 39, could be seen smiling as she stood outside the double fronted red brick property in Surrey.

Giving her followers an insight into her plans for the house, Laura wrote: ‘The scaffolding is up and the renovation begins… 

Moving day: Laura Hamilton, 39, took to Instagram on Monday to proudly show off her new Surrey home following her split from husband Alex Goward

Moving day: Laura Hamilton, 39, took to Instagram on Monday to proudly show off her new Surrey home following her split from husband Alex Goward

‘It’s no secret I love renovating properties. I love turning something run down in to something special… 

‘Yesterday my planning application was validated, and whilst I now have a couple of months before I can (hopefully) start the major work, in the meantime I’m making a start on repairing the roof and repointing the brickwork!’

On her Instagram Stories, the broadcaster shared a snap of the view out the front of the property, captioning the image: ‘Beautiful sash windows that need some (love).’

Moving on: Earlier this month, Laura revealed her nine-year marriage to Alex was over, taking to Instagram to announce her news (pictured 2021)

Moving on: Earlier this month, Laura revealed her nine-year marriage to Alex was over, taking to Instagram to announce her news (pictured 2021)

Meanwhile, she posted a picture of a glass table with a homely arrangement of a bunch of flowers, a candle and a lamp on it, writing: ‘I have BIG plans for my new home, but in the meantime it’s cozy with lots of lamps, candles and flowers.’

Earlier this month, Laura revealed her nine-year marriage was over, taking to Instagram to post a picture of a framed message which read: ‘Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.’

Alongside it, she wrote: ‘This isn’t something I ever thought I’d be saying but, after 13 years of being together Alex and I have separated.

House tour: On her Instagram Stories, the broadcaster shared a snap of the view out the front of the property, captioning the image: 'Beautiful sash windows that need some (love)

House tour: On her Instagram Stories, the broadcaster shared a snap of the view out the front of the property, captioning the image: ‘Beautiful sash windows that need some (love)

Comforting: Laura posted a picture of a glass table with a homely arrangement of a bunch of flowers, a candle and a lamp on it

Comforting: Laura posted a picture of a glass table with a homely arrangement of a bunch of flowers, a candle and a lamp on it

‘Our children are and always will be our number one priority and we would respect privacy for our family at this time.’  

The message was posted weeks after herself and Alex enjoyed a trip to Lapland with their son Rocco, eight, and daughter Tahlia, six.

Laura documented the trip on her Instagram Stories, and posted pictures of her children experiencing The Northern Lights.

Tough times: Revealing she'd split from Alex, Laure posted a picture of a framed message on Instagram which read: 'Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened'

Tough times: Revealing she’d split from Alex, Laure posted a picture of a framed message on Instagram which read: ‘Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened’

And the day after the split was confirmed, Laura revealed she was leaving their family home which the pair had shared for nine years.  

Sharing pictures of how she had transformed the property with Alex, she said: ‘Today we close the door and say goodbye to a home that we have loved and enjoyed for the last 9 years – the longest I have lived anywhere in my entire adult life!

‘It was a home that we transformed (as you can see in the photos), but MORE importantly it was a home where we created some incredible memories that we will cherish forever… 

Family: Laura married insurance broker Alex in 2012 three years after they started dating and they share two children, eight-year-old Rocco and a daughter Tahlia, six

Family: Laura married insurance broker Alex in 2012 three years after they started dating and they share two children, eight-year-old Rocco and a daughter Tahlia, six

‘Change can be scary but you know what is scarier? Allowing fear to stop you from growing, evolving and progressing.

‘When it feels scary to jump that’s exactly when you jump, otherwise you just end up staying in the same place your whole life, and that I can’t do.’

Laura and Alex, who wed in a romantic Surrey setting, are also business partners, owning the Lord Roberts on The Green café in Purley, Surrey, together.

Safety: A friend close to the A Place In The Sun star recently told MailOnline Laura had been advised to delete pictures of Alex for 'security and safety' reasons

Safety: A friend close to the A Place In The Sun star recently told MailOnline Laura had been advised to delete pictures of Alex for ‘security and safety’ reasons

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Ivanhoé Cambridge acquires distribution center in Hamburg (DE)

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Ivanhoé Cambridge has acquired a large logistics and distribution centre from ADF Asset Management Co, Ltd., a South Korea based asset management firm. The property had been in an ADF fund since 2015, whose LPs are large Korean institutional investors. H&M Group, single-tenant since occupancy in 2008, leased the 114,500m² property, ideally located on an approximately 150,000m² site. This H&M Group distribution centre in Hamburg Allermöhe, Rungedamm 38, supplies varied European markets of their store networks. An interdisciplinary and international team of Avison Young investment experts from Germany, the UK and Korea exclusively advised Ivanhoé Cambridge on this transaction.

 

Christian Daumann, Head of Investments Germany, Ivanhoé Cambridge, said: “With the acquisition of this logistics asset in Hamburg, we continue to reinforce our presence in Germany, one of the key markets for our growth in Europe. We are delighted to have worked on this transaction with the experienced team of Avison Young.”

 

Mehdi Patrick Riahy, Managing Director & Head of Capital Markets Germany, Avison Young, commented: “The German and in particular the Hamburg logistics investment market are highly attractive for both domestic and international investors. We are very pleased to have exclusively advised Ivanhoé Cambridge on this landmark transaction and to have had an excellent outcome for both parties.”

 

Penny Hacking, Lead European Capital Markets, Avison Young UK, said: Avison Young’s cross-border investment expertise combined with in-depth regional market knowledge has allowed us to complete this significant transaction, despite a challenging economic climate. We are proud to have advised our client on their first direct logistics acquisition into the German market, which remains highly competitive, as an increasing number of investment companies shift their focus towards the sector. Our strength in collaborating across multiple geographies to provide holistic, data-driven advice has helped secure this year’s largest single asset logistics transaction in Germany to date.”

 

CG Kang, Team Leader, Global Alternative Investment Advisory Division Capital Markets Group, Avison Young Korea, commented: We worked as one team and knowing the exact needs of the seller and buyer helped us to maneuver the deal into right direction for successful closing.”

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Rent inflation at the highest level for 14 years, says Zoopla

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Tenants are under increasing financial strain as new figures show average asking rents have jumped to almost £1,000 a year.

Zoopla found that average asking rents now stand at £995 a month, up £88 a month compared to the start of the pandemic.

But the average rent in London is £1,698, up £73 since the start of the pandemic, more than two years ago. It equates to £20,376 for a year’s tenancy.

It is an increase of 11 per cent, the highest rate of growth in 14 years – and represents a strong bounce back from last year when average rents were down by more than 1 per cent.

The average rent in London is £1,698 a month - and this two-bed flat in North West London is for rent for just under that amount at £1,500 a month via New Circle Estate lettings agents

The average rent in London is £1,698 a month – and this two-bed flat in North West London is for rent for just under that amount at £1,500 a month via New Circle Estate lettings agents

The rise has led to a significant increase in the proportion of gross income spent on rent.

This is particularly the case in London where it has risen to a significant 52 per cent for a single earner, a level not seen since March 2020.

It falls to 26 per cent for sharers and means that a new let agreed for an average rent in London will cost more than £20,000 in rent during the next 12 months.

It is evidence of increasing pressure on tenants who are already dealing with the backdrop of the cost of living crisis.

The average rent in Britain now accounts for more than a third of gross income, at 37 per cent, for a single earner.

Around a third of renters live alone, according to the English Housing Survey.

RENTAL GROWTH SINCE MARCH 2020 AS PERCENTAGE OF AVERAGE EARNINGS
avg monthly rent increase
since Mar 2020
as % of avg
monthly earnings
S West £127 5%
Wales £93 4%
E Mids £93 4%
N West £82 3%
Y & H £81 3%
Eastern £95 4%
S East £98 3%
W Mids £78 3%
N East £65 3%
London £73 2%
Scotland £41 2%
UK £88 3%
Source: Zoopla             

There has also been a strong bounce back in rental growth in London from falls of 10 per cent seen last year.

Average annual rental growth in the Capital rose to 15 per cent at the end of the first three months of this year, driven by demand for flats from students, office workers and international demand.

Demand for rental property continues to outpace supply across the country, according to Zoopla.

This is pushing up rents, although the rate of rental growth will slow through the second half of the year, the property website added.

More affordable rents are available in Great Yarmouth, where this two-bed terrace house is for rent for £600 a month via Your Move lettings agents

More affordable rents are available in Great Yarmouth, where this two-bed terrace house is for rent for £600 a month via Your Move lettings agents 

With tenants facing increased pressure on their disposable income, there has been a marked increase in tenants deciding to stay in their rental property for longer.

Typically tenants are staying in their rental properties for an extra five months compared to five years ago, with the average tenancy length up to 75 weeks, from 51 weeks at the start of 2017.

This trend has extended beyond lockdowns when the ability to move was hampered, and Zoopla suggested this indicates that landlords with existing tenants may not be raising rents at the same rate as rental growth.

Rental demand is strongest in Scotland, Wales and London, with demand levels more than 65 per cent above the five-year average.

London’s market is also one of the most constrained when it comes to stock levels, with homes available to rent at just over half the 5-year average, creating the conditions for the sharp rises in rents.

Some parts of Somerset offer more affordable rents, with this two-bed terrace house in Martock for rent for £795 a month via Martin & Co lettings agents

Some parts of Somerset offer more affordable rents, with this two-bed terrace house in Martock for rent for £795 a month via Martin & Co lettings agents

The rental market remains highly localised, with the most affordable rental markets for dual earners located in more rural areas.

These include Great Yarmouth in the East of England, South Somerset in the South West and North East Lincolnshire in Yorkshire & the Humber.

In these markets, average rents account for up to 15 per cent of joint gross income.

In London, Bromley is the most affordable rental market, where average rents account for 19 per cent of joint gross income.

In the North West, Copeland, a local authority on the edge of the Lake District, encompassing the towns of Whitehaven and Cleator Moor is the most affordable rental market.

Gráinne Gilmore, of Zoopla, said: ‘Rental growth is being driven by high rental demand and limited supply, trends that are more pronounced in city centres.

‘The surge of post-pandemic pent-up rental demand will normalise through the coming months however, which means rental growth levels will start to ease.

‘Affordability considerations will also start to put a limit on further rental growth although this may occur at different times depending on location.

‘Rents are likely to continue rising for longer in areas that have the most constrained stock levels – currently London, Scotland and the South West.’

Gareth Atkins, of Foxtons, said: ‘The tenancy renewal numbers we have seen so far in 2022 are unprecedented.

‘Steadily increasing demand, severely limited stock and a swift rise in rental prices are all compelling reasons to renew – and renters are responding.

‘We have seen a 29 per cent rise in renewals year-on-year verses 2021. Renters are also choosing longer tenancies to avoid a market in flux; our deal length for renewals has gone up 9 per cent in 2022, reaching an average tenancy of 15.7 months.’

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Deal to move NMH will go to Cabinet unchanged, says Taoiseach

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The deal for moving the National Maternity Hospital (NMH) to the St Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin 4, campus is set to be approved by Cabinet on Tuesday.

The agreement is unchanged following a fortnight of intense debate over the ownership and ethos of the new hospital.

The plans to move the NMH from Holles Street to the Elm Park campus were brought before Cabinet by Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly two weeks ago but a decision was deferred amid concern from some Fine Gael and Green Ministers at the proposals.

After scrutiny and reassurances on the deal over the last fortnight these concerns are said to be allayed and Cabinet is expected to sign off on the plan.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin confirmed that the deal to move the NMH will go to Cabinet unchanged. He reiterated assurances that “all lawful services will be provided by the new hospital”.

In April, the Religious Sisters of Charity transferred its shareholding in St Vincent’s Healthcare Group (SVHG) to another entity, St Vincent’s Holdings, which will lease the land on which it is proposed to building the new NMH for 299 years.

There are fears in some quarters that potential lingering religious influence could mean abortions or fertility treatment would not be allowed to take place at the new hospital. Questions have also been raised about why the land is not being sold or gifted to the State.

Such concerns have been dismissed by the Government and the hospital’s supporters in the medical community.

There had been suggestions in recent days that a codicil or addendum could be added to the agreement to clarify wording related to “clinically appropriate” services in the agreement for the new NMH.

Backbenchers in Fine Gael and Neasa Hourigan of the Green Party were seeking such clarifications. Critics of the NMH move have raised concern at the phrase being included in the agreement amid fears it potentially dilutes the range of services that will be available at the hospital.

However, there will be no codicil or addendum added to the agreement going before Cabinet on Tuesday.

The Irish Times understands that Cabinet Ministers will be told that “clinically appropriate” merely means that the full range of legally permissible procedures in the areas of maternity care and gynaecology should take place at the new NMH, rather than services provided in other kinds of hospitals like cardiac or orthopaedic surgery.

Ministers are also expected to hear that Mr Donnelly will ask the clinical director of the National Women and Infants Health Programme, Dr Cliona Murphy, to bring forward proposals on the establishment of a new Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health.

Separately, SVHG chairman James Menton gave an explanation to the Oireachtas Health Committee on why it does not want to part with the land at its Elm Park campus.

He argued that having two landowners and two separate hospitals on the campus would “present significant risks to patient care”.

Mr Menton also told the committee that the April 2022 transfer of the nuns’ shareholding to another entity “was the last formal step in reaching the board’s objective of becoming a truly secular organisation free of any religious influence”.

On Monday, Ms Hourigan called on the Government to “pause” the decision. She told The Irish Times she is still considering whether or not to back a Sinn Féin motion pushing for the hospital be built on public land that is due to be debated in the Dáil on Tuesday.

SVHG has provided assurances to Ministers that procedures like terminations and voluntary sterilisations will take place at the new NMH.

One of the chief opponents of the move, former master of Holles Street Hospital Dr Peter Boylan, argued that that the words used in the assurance provided by SVHG are “ambiguous”. He also said side letters like the one sent to the Government by SVHG “have no legal standing if the procedures are not explicitly written into the legal documents”.

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