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 Hall Stage below.

Barbican Hall Stage: Day 1 

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.

  • Prof. Greg Clark CBE (Chair)
    Andy Street, West Midlands
    Cll Susan Aitken, Glasgow City Council
    Rachael Robathan, Westminster City
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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?

  • Alex Notay, PfP Capital (Chair)
    Ian Stewart, Deloitte (Keynote)
    Catherine McGuinness, City of London
    Allen Simpson, London & Partners
    David Partridge, Argent Related
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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.

  • Susan Freeman, Mishcon de Reya (Chair)
    Guy Grainger, JLL
    Tim Weightman, Places for People
    Jeremy Wright, Greystar
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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.

  • Katrina Kostic Samen, KKS Savills (Chair)
    Matthew Flood, Landsec
    Linda Woolley, Kingsley Napley
    Dr. Craig Knight, Psychologist
    Louise Ioannou, HB Reavis
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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.

  • Terri Wills, Waterman (Chair)
    Gary Clark, HOK
    Felicity Masefield, Native Land
    Andy Haigh, Grosvenor Group
    Hugh Dugdale, Elementa
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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?

  • Ros Morgan, Heart of London Business Alliance (Chair)
    John Mulryan, Ballymore
    Rosanna Lawes, LLDC
    Martyn Evans, U+I
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Barbican Hall Stage: Day 2

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?

  • Peter Murray OBE, NLA (Chair)
    Professor Andrew J Scott
    Stephanie Hyde, JLL
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Planning for sustainable growth

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.

  • Lisa Fairmaner, Greater London Authority (Chair)
    Mark Underwood, Deloitte
    Sarah Parsons, Waltham Forest
    Patricia Cazes-Potgieter, TfL
    Kat Hanna, Lendlease
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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?

  • Simon Burnett, Deloitte (Chair)
    Graeme Craig, Transport for London
    Adina David, Greystar
    Geeta Nanda OBE, G15
    Peter Denton, Homes England
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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?

  • Julien Allen, Trowers & Hamlins (Chair)
    Robert Evans, Argent/ Argent Related
    Katherine Fairclough, Liverpool Combined Authority
    James Mitchell, Axiom Architects
    Lucy Taylor, Ealing
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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?

  • Leanne Tritton, ING Media (Chair)
    Alexander Jan, Central District Alliance
    Tony Reeves, Liverpool City Council
    David Ainsworth, CO-RE London
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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.

  • 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
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