Resilient Cities

As city leaders, investors and developers look to drive sustainable post‑pandemic growth and recovery, there is renewed energy to tackle major global issues head-on.

We believe this is an exciting moment to reboot. This year we have chosen the theme of Resilient Cities, to focus on how we can work together as an industry to enable social, environmental, and economic sustainability, post-pandemic.

This year’s programme covers everything from the state of the market to the importance of social value, clean tech, transport, green finance and more. You’ll have access to 30 sessions over three stages, 4 receptions with networking opportunities throughout.

Day 1

Hall Stage Cinema Stage Auditorium
9:30 Resilient Cities: seizing the post-pandemic opportunity
The pandemic has proven that our cities and citizens are vulnerable but also resilient. It has triggered a seismic shift in attitudes and behaviours. This means we have a renewed mandate to work together to ensure sustainable UK cities are ready for a more agile and adjusted future. Place based investment and development will be needed to take action to drive social, environmental and economic city resilience.

Panel

Prof. Greg Clark CBE (Chair)
Andy Street, West Midlands

Cll Susan Aitken, Glasgow City Council
Rachael Robathan, Westminster City
10:15 Break
10:45 State of the market
In association with Deloitte
We discuss the big-picture trends, key policy changes and opportunities for growth across different sectors. What are the global, regional, and local conditions of which we should be aware as we transition from crisis management to recovery? Are existing economic policies fit for purpose? What will be the key areas for investment opportunity in 2021 and beyond?

Panel

Alex Notay, PfP Capital (Chair)
Ian Stewart, Deloitte (Keynote)

Catherine McGuinness, City of London
Allen Simpson, London & Partners
Living: homes for changing needs
In association with JLL
How should our homes of the future be built to meet changing human needs? As we face a rising and aging population, how can the industry assure that the diversity of requirements are met to create sustainable and affordable housing aimed at students, senior living and co-living habitation.

Panel

Simon Hodson, JLL (Chair)
Catherine Raynsford, The Hyde Group
Deborah Owen-Ellis Clark, Places for People
Tim Seddon, Retirement Villages Group
Brent Cross Town
In association with Argent Related
At the heart of the Brent Cross Cricklewood regeneration programme, it is a joint venture between Argent Related and Barnet Council. The large-scale mixed-use development includes new homes, retail and offices, improved schools and greenspaces.

Panel

Professor Sadie Morgan, dRMM Architects and The Quality of Life Foundation (Chair)
Nick Searl, Argent and Argent Related

Cath Shaw, Barnet Council
Stephanie Hilborne, Women in Sport
Jenny Curtis, Vattenfall
11:30 Break
12:00 Enabling ESG investment
In association with JLL
The environmental and social impact of city development and investment has shot up the agenda. ESG is no longer a tick box exercise; it now sits at the heart of corporate purpose and is becoming a key framework for investment decisions. This session will discuss what this means for our investment practices, city plans, development strategies, and ultimately the new places we create.

Panel

Susan Freeman, Mishcon de Reya (Chair)
Guy Grainger, JLL
Tim Weightman, Places for People
Tom Arthur MSP, Planning and Community Wealth
Social value and why it is so important
In association with Trowers & Hamlins
This panel explores the ways in which city investment, planning and development can drive positive social change for city residents, and what long-term strategies are needed to measure the impact and value we bring to communities.

Panel

Sara Bailey, Trowers & Hamlins (Chair)
Marcus Bate, Mount Anvil
Siobhan Jared, Transport for London

Davinia Venton, Countryside
Connor McDonagh, Ealing Council
Canada Water Masterplan
In association with British Land
The Canada Water Masterplan is a partnership between British Land, Southwark Council and the local community to create an outstanding new town centre for Southwark and London that complements the local area, making an active, positive, long-term contribution to local life.

Panel

Jenna Goldberg, LCA (Chair)
Emma Cariaga, Canda Water
Professor Judy Raper, TEDI London
Emma Trueman, Global Generation
David Walters, British Land
12:45 Lunch
Tech and Innovation reception - In association with Squint Opera
Resilient London reception
14:00 Future workplaces
In association with Savills
The digitalisation of many working environments and our relationship to how and where we work has changed dramatically over the last year. This panel will discuss how we can rethink the workplace offer, and design to better allow for flexible working patterns, as well as respond to the needs of the occupier, for whom wellbeing, accessibility, and sustainability front of mind.

Panel

Katrina Kostic Samen, KKS Savills (Chair)
Matthew Flood, Landsec
Linda Woolley, Kingsley Napley
Dr. Craig Knight, Psychologist
Louise Ioannou, HB Reavis
Retrofit: re-purposing and futureproofing
In association with Waterman Group
Retrofit, transformation and reuse of existing buildings is crucial to support our journey to meeting net-zero carbon targets. Alongside environmental benefits, what are the commercial and social returns of retrofit? How can we design buildings for longevity and future re-use? What kind of investment programmes do we need to make this happen?

Panel

Terri Wills, Waterman (Chair)
Rachael Owens, Buckley Gray Yeoman
Emma Harvey, Green Finance Institute
Richard Whitehead, Waterman Group
Jacob Loftus, General Projects
Meridian Water: diversifying regeneration
In association with Enfield
Enfield presents Meridian Water, a major regeneration programme bringing 10,000 homes and 6,000 jobs to Enfield, north London. Meridian Water will be a distinctive neighbourhood designed to nurture economic environmental and social sustainability, in addition to welcoming future industries across digital, creative, and cultural sectors in particular.

Panel

Peter George, Meridian Water (Chair)
Yuting Cheng, Fisher Cheng
Jee Liu, WallaceLiu
Daniel Rea, Periscope
14:45 Break
15:15 Towards net zero
Reaching net zero targets is high on everyone’s agenda. The built environment will need to go further and pave the way to both a low carbon and circular future. Covid-19 and the climate emergency have exposed the need to act. We explore the industry’s call to action in addressing climate change and our journey to a greener, zero-carbon London.

Panel


Terri Wills, Waterman (Chair)
Gary Clark, HOK
Felicity Masefield, Native Land
Andy Haigh, Grosvenor Group
Building community: are we really serious?
The language of community is everywhere. But whose job is it to create and sustain the social fabric of a neighbourhood? Do developers have the appetite or ability? What should our expectations be of councils? And what about the public and young people in particular: when will they finally get a voice? With the White Paper on Levelling Up due this autumn, this debate will test whether real estate can really move beyond bricks and mortar.

Panel

Matt Bell, Grosvenor (Chair)
Tom Bloxham MBE, Urban Splash
Nazeya Hussain, Kingston Council
Azzees Minott, 2-3 Degrees
City of London markets co-location programme
In association with Deloitte
This briefing will share plans for the co-location of three of London’s historic markets – Billingsgate Fish Market, New Spitalfields Fruit & Veg Market and Smithfield Meat Market into one single site in Barking & Dagenham. We’ll discuss the economic and development prospects presented by the move and the opportunities it unlocks for both its new neighbourhood and the central London spaces they vacate.

Panel

Mathew Evans-Pollard, Deloitte (Chair)
Anna Dunne, City of London
16:00 Break
16:30 Cultural-led regeneration
The culture sector contributed £34.6 billion to the economy in 2019 and will be playing an essential role in driving the economic recovery post-pandemic. What are cities doing to support this recovery and how can we use sport, arts and culture to bring people back together? What role can cultural places and spaces play in creating dynamic and sustainable places, and driving growth?

Panel

Ros Morgan, Heart of London Business Alliance (Chair)
John Mulryan, Ballymore
Rosanna Lawes, LLDC
Martyn Evans, U+I
Repurposing real estate
In association with Knight Frank
This session explores how we are repurposing buildings to make them fit for purpose - delivering mixed-use schemes that suit post-pandemic behaviours. What impact will new planning policies have on unlocking opportunities for adaption and change-of-use? How can capital flows feed into this? What approaches need to be taken to ensure our future city neighbourhoods are dynamic, socially inclusive, and environmentally resilient?

Panel

Nick Parr, Knight Frank (Chair)
Binki Taylor, The Brixton Project
Deborah Watt, Landsec
John McElgunn, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Jay Squier, Native Land
Regeneration, growth and community: the key pillars of the Royal Docks, and future for London
In association with Royal Docks
With over 1,200 acres of land, 250 acres of water, and nearly 12 miles of waterfront, the Royal Docks is one of London’s most important and most exciting regeneration projects. This panel discussion will highlight how development partners have supported the delivery of affordable housing and supported economic growth, education, and local employment opportunities. It will provide an overview of the programme of delivery for the area and the commitment to Community Wealth Building and future economic growth and prosperity, securing the Royal Docks’ roadmap transformation into a dynamic new destination for London.

Panel

Daniel Bridge, Royal Docks Team
Caroline Pillay, Airey Miller
Richard Gibbs, Albert Island
Bek Seeley, Lendlease (Europe)
NextGen evening drinks reception - In association with Gardiner & Theobald

Day 2

Hall Stage Cinema Stage Auditorium
9:30 Our future urban life
In association with JLL
A growing and aging population. Climate change. Digitalisation and new technology. Social and economic inequality. Our cities and urban environments will need to respond to accelerating trends and play a critical role in tackling global issues. How does the real estate industry need to respond? How can we create resilient future cities that respond to our changing human needs? What kind of future do we want to create?

Panel

Peter Murray OBE, NLA (Chair)
Professor Andrew J Scott
Stephanie Hyde, JLL
Harnessing data and technology
How can we harness big data to better understand and manage our urban environments? How can technology help us to deliver more efficient and environmentally sustainable buildings? What role will artificial intelligence and digital twins play in shaping our future cities? We discuss how new digital infrastructure, technological innovation and smart buildings will ensure future resilience and improve quality of life.

Panel

Bola Abisogun, DiverseCity Surveyors (Chair)
Theo Blackwell, Greater London Authority
Tomáš Jurdák, MiddleCap
Brett Spindler, Schneider Electric

Gavin Chandler, Sir Robert McAlpine
Scotland is innovation – creating investment opportunities through innovation districts
Scotland has a long history of innovation and it continues to strengthen and broaden this across the country as it creates new innovation districts. These innovation districts provide the infrastructure, workspace and business support needed to allow stakeholders and occupiers to thrive and develop, creating new networks to help drive forward the latest technologies, scientific discoveries and world leading engineering. This panel explores the latest progress in Scotland’s largest innovation districts and the opportunities they will provide as they seek investor partners to deliver these world leading projects.

Panel

Dr. Ian Campbell, LifeArc
David Ridd, Edinburgh BioQuarter
Stephen Sheal, Net Zero Technology Centre
10:15 Break
10:45 Planning for sustainable growth
In association with Deloitte
This session explores long-term approaches to planning and placemaking. How can we create places that support sustained economic growth across the area? What kind of investment is needed to create socially and environmentally sustainable cities? What impact will new planning policies have on development strategies? What innovative approaches are being implemented to support lasting improvements to the environment, green infrastructure, and biodiversity.

Panel

Lisa Fairmaner, Greater London Authority (Chair)
Mark Underwood, Deloitte
Sarah Parsons, Waltham Forest
Future streets and public spaces
This session explores our evolving relationship with our streets and public spaces. How will new transport innovations and a new drive to enable walkable, net zero cities impact our approach to placemaking? What role will public spaces play in creating healthy, equitable and desirable neighbourhoods? What investment do we need to achieve this?

Panel

Yalena Coleman, Connected Places Catapult (Chair)
Dr Chris Pateman-Jones, Connected Kerb
Ruth Duston OBE, Cheapside Business Alliance
Zoe Sellars, Waltham Forest
OxCam Arc: a blueprint for national regeneration
In association with Bidwells
The Oxford-Cambridge Arc is home to world leading universities and is at the heart of the UK’s booming life sciences and innovation sectors. This session will explore how the Arc is being delivered, the challenges of aligning a transport, environment and housing strategy cohesively across 26 local authorities while also meeting the needs of businesses and universities.

Panel

Mike Derbyshire, Bidwells (Chair)
Professor Sadie Morgan, dRMM Architects and The Quality of Life Foundation
Anna Strongman, Oxford University Development
Saba Tahzib, MHCLG
Lucy Wilkins, MHCLG
Annette Jezierska, The Future Fox
11:30 Break
12:00 Housing delivery
In association with Deloitte
Affordability, sustainability, innovation. This session will discuss the latest targets, opportunities, trends, and delivery approaches in housing delivery in London, and other major UK cites. What challenges and barriers are the industry facing? What policies and partnership models do we need to enable the right kind of investment and large-scale delivery we need?

Panel

Simon Burnett, Deloitte (Chair)
Graeme Craig, Transport for London
Adina David, Greystar
Geeta Nanda OBE, G15
Peter Denton, Homes England
Future logistics: a pioneering sector
In association with Savills and Prologis
The logistics industry has had to respond and adapt rapidly during the pandemic, bringing about both challenges and opportunities. Mixing industrial and residential spaces to create industrial hubs around cities is high on the agenda; this panel discusses how solution-based innovation, new tech and automation can pave the way for a strong sector recovery.

Panel

Benjamin O'Connor, NLA (Chair)
Bridget Outtrim, Savills
Robin Woodbridge, Prologis UK
Sarah Birt, Greater London Authority
SC1 Innovation District
In association with Southwark and Lambeth
With Europe’s largest medical school and 600 clinical trials running at any one time, the SC1 partnership is building on strong foundations. Economic forecasts reveal the potential to stimulate £34bn GVA and 62,590 jobs by 2050. Join this session to hear how Lambeth and Southwark are working with some of the UK’s leading academics, clinicians and industry to develop a world class health science community in south central London.

Panel

Professor Sir Robert Lechler, King's College London (Chair)
Neelam Patel, MedCity
Cllr Kieron Williams, Southwark Council
Cllr Matthew Bennett, Lambeth Council
Dr. Nadine Harach-Haram, Guys and St Thomas', Proxime
12:45 Lunch
Boroughs and Regions reception
14:00 Polycentric cities
In association with Trowers & Hamlins
This session discusses how the physical shape of our UK cities, and the relationship between interconnected town centres, drives the city’s economy. How will polycentricity support city resilience and prosperity? How will new working and commuting patterns impact the role of outer economic hubs? What does this mean for city-wide planning and investment strategies?

Panel

Julien Allen, Trowers & Hamlins (Chair)
Robert Evans, Argent/ Argent Related
Katherine Fairclough, Liverpool Combined Authority
James Mitchell, Axiom Architects
Lucy Taylor, Ealing
From knowledge to innovation: the life sciences economy
In association with JLL
Examining the UK’s role in the knowledge economy on the global stage. How can we shape our cities to promote and enable innovation? What are the major and emerging knowledge clusters across the UK and how are these clusters driving innovation? And how can real estate contribute to the companies and occupiers fuelling the innovation economy?

Panel

Chris Walters, JLL (Chair)
Toby Reid, We Are Pioneer Group
Kath Mackay, Bruntwood SciTech
Steve Bates OBE, BioIndustry Association
Sarah Haywood, MedCity
Euston - London’s great development opportunity
In association with The Euston Partnership
Euston presents a unique opportunity to create a new 60 acre piece of city, with a world-class transport hub at its centre, creating thousands of jobs, homes and acres of green and public space. Join Euston project delivery partners HS2, Network Rail and Lendlease to hear about their vision for the project, which aims to grow not only the local economy of Euston but that of London and the UK.

Panel

Tom Vennar, Euston (Chair)
Mike Luddy, HS2
Mary Ann Lewis, Camden
Phil Gould, Euston
14:45 Break
15:15 What’s next for city centres?
What do the future of city centres post-pandemic look like? And what policies should be put in place to guarantee the best sustainable and economic outcomes for city centres across the UK?

Panel

Leanne Tritton, ING Media (Chair)
Alexander Jan, Central District Alliance
Tony Reeves, Liverpool City Council
David Ainsworth, CO-RE London
Modular housing
What are the opportunities and benefits that modular housing can bring to provide sustainable regeneration and development in cities? This panel examines the ways in which modern methods of construction can be used as innovative solutions to long-lasting and effective housing.

Panel

Katie Saunders, Trowers & Hamlins (Chair)
Samantha Wait, Swan Housing Group
Katherine Hegab, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Gareth Bradford, West Midlands Combined Authority
Net zero innovation project showcase
Our Net Zero Innovation session showcases leading projects that are responding to the climate emergency by pioneering design and green technologies to reduce carbon and reach Net Zero targets.

Panel

Amy Till, NLA (Chair)
Derek Wilson, Transport for London
Neil Pennell, Landsec
16:00 Break
16:30 Tomorrow's West End: seize the moment
In association with New West End Company and Westminster Property Association
With Crossrail opening within the coming months and Westminster City Council delivering a £150 million public realm transformation scheme for the Oxford Street District, the West End’s International Centre is undergoing a monumental transformation. This session will explore the committed investment, upcoming developments and unique insights into one of the world’s most renowned shopping and leisure destinations at we look at the decade ahead. It’s a truly, transformative moment for the West End, and now is the time to seize this generational opportunity.

Panel

Amanda Sheppard, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland, WPA (Chair)
Jace Tyrrell, New West End Company
Andy Byford, Transport for London
Debbie Jackson, Westminster Council
Ben Maher, Outernet Global
Power of partnerships
What makes partnerships in the built environment durable and effective? This panel examines the opportunities and barriers presented by the pandemic for public private collaborations.

Panel

Sarah Cary, Meridian Water (Chair)
Lisa Ravenscroft, Mount Anvil
Tonia Secker, Trowers & Hamlins
Heng Leong Cheong, Ecoworld
Patricia Brown, Central
Clean tech and the green economy
In association with Southwark and Lambeth
SE1 has the densest concentration of clean tech start up businesses in Europe. Hear from pioneers who are working to nurture and expand the green economy cluster, and the role in can play in tackling the climate emergency.

Panel

James Byrne, Sustainable Ventures and Sustainable Workplaces (Chair)
Agnes Czako, Airex
Cllr Jason Ochere, London Borough of Southwark
Cllr Claire Holland, Leader of Lambeth Council
Closing drinks reception - In association with New West End Company and Westminster Property Association

Please note: speakers are still being confirmed and the programme is updated regularly.