London Real Estate Forum: on-demand

The London Real Estate Forum, the annual though-leadership conference took place at the Barbican Centre, 29–30 September 2021. We brought together key decision-makers from the industry, government, investment and business communities to drive sustainable investment and development in cities.

Please see the recordings from day one and day two for the Barbican Cinema 1 Stage.

Barbican Cinema 1 Stage: Day 1 

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.

  • Simon Hodson, JLL (Chair)
    Catherine Raynsford, The Hyde Group
    Deborah Owen-Ellis Clark, Places for People
    Tim Seddon, Retirement Villages Group
Watch now

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.

  • Sara Bailey, Trowers & Hamlins (Chair)
    Marcus Bate, Mount Anvil
    Siobhan Jared, Transport for London
    Davinia Venton, Countryside
    Connor McDonagh, Ealing Council
Watch now

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?

  • Terri Wills, Waterman (Chair)
    Rachael Owens, Buckley Gray Yeoman
    Emma Harvey, Green Finance Institute
    Richard Whitehead, Waterman Group
    Jacob Loftus, General Projects
Watch now

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.

  • Matt Bell, Grosvenor (Chair)
    Tom Bloxham MBE, Urban Splash
    Nazeya Hussain, Kingston Council
    Azzees Minott, 2-3 Degrees
Watch now

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?

  • Nick Parr, Knight Frank (Chair)
    Binki Taylor, The Brixton Project
    Deborah Watt, Landsec
    John McElgunn, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
    Jay Squier, Native Land
Watch now

Barbican Cinema 1 stage: Day 2

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.

  • Bola Abisogun, DiverseCity Surveyors (Chair)
    Theo Blackwell, Greater London Authority
    Tomáš Jurdák, MiddleCap
    Brett Spindler, Schneider Electric
    Gavin Chandler, Sir Robert McAlpine
Watch now

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?

  • Yalena Coleman, Connected Places Catapult (Chair)
    Dr Chris Pateman-Jones, Connected Kerb
    Ruth Duston OBE, Cheapside Business Alliance
    Zoe Sellars, Waltham Forest
    Peter Heath, Atkins Ltd
Watch now

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.

  • Benjamin O'Connor, NLA (Chair)
    Bridget Outtrim, Savills
    Robin Woodbridge, Prologis UK
    Sarah Birt, Greater London Authority
Watch now

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?

  • Chris Walters, JLL (Chair)
    Toby Reid, We Are Pioneer Group
    Kath Mackay, Bruntwood SciTech
    Steve Bates OBE, BioIndustry Association
    Sarah Haywood, MedCity
Watch now

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.

  • Katie Saunders, Trowers & Hamlins (Chair)
    Samantha Wait, Swan Housing Group
    Katherine Hegab, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
    Gareth Bradford, West Midlands Combined Authority
Watch now

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.

  • Sarah Cary, Meridian Water (Chair)
    Lisa Ravenscroft, Mount Anvil
    Tonia Secker, Trowers & Hamlins
    Heng Leong Cheong, Ecoworld
    Patricia Brown, Central
Watch now