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

Welcome to the Property Week: Regenerate Conference 2018

Day 1 - Tuesday 20 February 2018


Chair’s opening remarks


Keynote speech

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?

Jonathan Collie, Co Founder, The Age of No Retirement
Simon Bevan, Planning Director, Southwark Council
John Lewis, Executive Director Thamesmead, Peabody Trust
Anna Sabine-Newlyn, Chief Executive, Meeting Place Communications
Kate Henderson, Chief Executive, TCPA

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?

Richard Upton, Deputy Chief Executive, U+I

Coffee break


Real people, real views: community representatives’ panel

A panel featuring residents and local businesses from an area undergoing regeneration.  It will reflect the UK’s diverse ethnic, racial and demographic make-up, including different cultural and identity persuasions. 


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

Alan Harris, Partner, Montagu Evans
Charles Armstrong, The Founder, The Trampery
Ben Rodgers, Senior Development Manager, Legal & General Investment Management
Simon Hesketh, Executive Committee Member, U+I
Tom Bloxham MBE, Chairman and Founder, Urban Splash
Steve Park, Managing Director, Warrington & Co

Showcasing the best in placemaking

Showcasing some of the game changing regeneration projects across the UK, each case study will explore the catalyst for regeneration, public engagement, vision, creativity and strategy that has made them an outstanding success.


Identity, Imagination, Impact: Igloo’s partnership approach to delivering innovative, sustainable and accessible housing

The Malings is a residential development half a mile downstream of Newcastle city centre. The scheme comprises of 76 low energy and eco-friendly homes, along side commercial units for local businesses and community uses. Recognised for delivering investment to public landowners on ‘non viable sites’ through long term partnerships, Igloo took a ‘very difficult site and transformed it into somewhere that people want to live’ (Pat Richie, chief executive, Newcastle City Council).

The case study explores how Igloo worked with residents and groups to build upon the character of the local area and create momentum for the development’s wider regeneration plans, setting the attributes, Identity, Imagination, Impact, for how to replicate success elsewhere.

David Roberts, Director, igloo, for People, Place and Planet

Realising a social impact through placemaking

While developers are adept at measuring the commercial value of placemaking through land value uplift, socioeconomic aspects are more complex to put a value on. Placing under the spotlight London’s King’s Cross, one of the UK’s landmark regeneration schemes, the talk will explore the delivery of placemaking and social value. How this has been delivered & achieved, but also specifically how it has been measured. What benefits it has conferred to the developers and what to the community.

Ian Freshwater, Project Director, Argent

Lunch & Networking


Creative Trade: a new place-making idea

Creative Trade promises to open up the next generation of retail, bringing together local and independent businesses and established brands in an artisan environment. The talk will explore the business case behind flexible and shared spaces at a variety of price points, and their appeal to occupiers and developers. It will examine the social and economic benefits of attracting local businesses, and the role Creative Trade can play in wider regeneration efforts.   

John Milligan, Chief Executive, Milligan Retail

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

Capturing the value of a regeneration project early on

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.  

Moderated by: Richard Budge, Partner, Dentons
Killian Hurley, Chief Executive, Mount Anvil
Fiona Fletcher-Smith, Executive Director – Development, Environment & Enterprise, GLA
David Biggs, Managing Director, Network Rail Property
Robin Cooper, Head of Regeneration, Newham Council

Friends not foes: a partnership through the lens

This candid fireside chat will tie on the previous session and will examine how partnerships work on the ground via one of London’s landmark scheme, the Canada Water regeneration. We will learn how interests have been aligned, differences dealt with and good outcomes achieved.  

  • When JVs work and when it is best to go alone?
  • Do’s and don’ts in any partnership
  • How to walk in each other’s shoes? 
Jon Abbott, Head of Regeneration North, Southwark Council
Roger Madelin CBE, Head of Canada Water Development, British Land

Afternoon refreshments


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

Understanding the different forms of funding, be it Public Work Loan Board, Social Impact Bonds or crowdfunding, getting the right finance for a 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 

Zoe Davidson, Director, Regeneration Advisory, KPMG
Shamez Alibhai, Partner & Manager, Social Property Funds, Cheyne Capital
Jo Negrini, Chief Executive, Croydon Council

The world of tomorrow

This future-gazing talk will explore how the macrotrends - economic, demographic and technological - are reshaping our urban environment and disrupting the real estate industry. How are lifestyle changes, and digitisation transforming our lives and impacting on how we view and use space? How do we adapt to the needs of an increasingly diverse population? These are some of the questions posed in this thought-provoking session.

Nick Ebbs , Vice Chair of igloo regeneration and Chief Executive of Blueprint

Chair’s closing remarks


Drinks reception

The organisers reserve the right to change the programme, speakers or venue should circumstances require.
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