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Property Week: Regenerate 2018 :: 2018 Agenda
20th February 2018
U+I, 7A Howick Place, London, SW1P 1DZ

Welcome to the Property Week: Regenerate Conference 2018

Property Week’s Regenerate

Bringing prosperity to urban neighbourhoods

 

Morning sessions

Keynote speech by a leading political figure

With the past two years witnessing unprecedented political upheaval, what has all this meant for regeneration efforts, and what can we expect for 2018 and beyond?

That’s where it all starts: making the community the cornerstone of regeneration

We start with people and why engaging the community in all its diversity - generational, ethnic, cultural and social  -  is the only true catalyst for a wider regeneration.  But how do we bring the community together, embrace demographic and social shifts to drive prosperity, while not disturbing its social fabric?  How to achieve sustainability of the change through community buy-in and empowerment?

  • Simon Bevan, Planning Director, Southwark Council
  • Jonathan Collie, Co-Founder, The Age of No Retirement
  • John Lewis, Executive Director Thamesmead, Peabody Trust

Squaring the circle: delivering the long term value for investors whilst creating sustainable projects with communities at their core

Understanding how to capture the long term value of a generation scheme is a challenge. How can you look at placeshaping from a results perspective, bring the economic and social returns together, ensuring that there is a mutual interdependence that has created a thriving place?

Live, work, play: creating great places fit for today and ready for the future

Lifestyle changes and blurring the lines between our living and working lives are reshaping our environment and how we view and use space.  How do we embody this change and respond to the needs of the community - both residents and businesses –  to create a vibrant civic life?  And how do we design spaces that are capable of responding to the changing context in which they will be for decades ahead? Critically, what is the role of owners and councils to encourage the flexibility and creativity in how we use space?  If retaining of the assets is the best route to enabling innovation and organic growth, how do we incentivise the industry to take a long term view?

We will discuss:

-          Novel uses, such as meanwhile, pop-up and maker spaces to spearhead regeneration

-          Occupiers’ needs for shorter leases and flexibility in design and space

-          Micro-flats, modular and temporary housing

-          What to keep and what to sell: long term vs. quick wins  

  • Charles Armstrong, Founder & CEO, The Trampery
  • Ben Rodgers, Senior Development Manager, Legal & General Investment Management
  • Tom Bloxham, CEO, Urban Splash
  • Moderator by Alan Harris, Partner, Montagu Evans

Afternoon sessions

Showcasing the best in regeneration projects

The session will focus on each aspect of a regeneration project: arts and culture, community and social cohesion, mixed-use and entrepreneurism. We will zoom in on each element across UK’s best regeneration projects and explore the vision, creativity and strategy that has gone into their making, and which has made them an outstanding success.

Redrawing the identity of a city through the growth of the creative district

We will explore far-reaching benefits of adding cultural aspects to a wider regeneration project, and how, through changing perceptions of a place, it makes an area more desirable to visit, live, work and invest in.

  • Mark Davy, Founder, Futurecity

Building communities and intergenerational cohesion

Why a cookie-cutter approach to regeneration is becoming obsolete and how demographic shifts and the need for social cohesion are changing how we plan and deliver new projects.

  • Ian Freshwater, Project Director, Argent LLP

From the ground up - how local entrepreneurism drives regeneration

What make-up of occupiers do we need to create neighbourhoods with a vibrant civic life? Importantly, how do we capture change and attract urban pioneers

Getting a regeneration scheme off the ground: how to plan and fund it, and who to partner with 

From smaller developments on urban land pockets and brownfield sites to extensive council-led schemes, regeneration projects come in many different shapes and sizes. The largest ones will be council-led, some will be JVs between the private the public sides, others will be privately owned. Regardless of size, all will require robust planning, availability of finance and some form of local government involvement. The session will discuss how to plan regeneration projects, including partnerships, creating long terms value and raising finance.

Capturing the value of a regeneration project early on (panel)

The local authorities’ role as the catalyst for regeneration can never be undervalued, but successful projects require robust and challenging partnerships to ensure the best outcomes for the local community and business. This session will explore how to harness the power of effective partners, unpick the common problems and explore the factors that can make or break the relationships. ‚Äč

  • Kilian Hurley, Chief Executive, Mount Anvil

Beyond pension funds: how to raise the finance for investment in your project (panel)

Understanding the different forms of funding, be it Public Work Loan Board, Social Impact Bonds or crowdfunding, getting the right finance for your scheme is essential for economic and social success. The panel will discuss how to plan regeneration projects, including the following points:

·         The most effective ways to raise finance for your project

·         Best use of CPA powers

·         Increasing the size of the pie: how to multiply value to businesses, communities and councils through regeneration

  • John Tatham, Senior Director, GVA Investment Partnerships
  • Speaker to be confirmed, KPMG
  • Shamez Alibhai, Partner, Cheyne Capital Management

Friends not foes:  the making of a successful partnership (Q&A)

-         This candid fireside chat will explore how the partners worked together, outlining the obstacles both faced, and how they overcame them to work to a successful outcome.

·         When JVs work and when it is best to go alone?

·         Do’s and don’ts in any partnership

  • Jon Abbott, Head of Regeneration North, Southwark Council

Drinks reception 

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