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Creating tomorrow’s public estate - half day conference

23rd May 2017

How can we accelerate and deliver innovation and investment into public sector real estate and new infrastructure projects to further drive UK economic growth and release value?

This half day conference will look to debate the need for further reform and a fresh approach to partnering to deliver key projects that will unlock value and deliver fresh opportunities across key UK locations to maximise revenues, create jobs and drive efficiency opportunities.

Following the BREXIT vote, cities need to become more adept at attracting private sector investment and expertise to maximize economic growth within their regions. With the emphasis on regional growth, local authorities need to find new ways of creating and managing funds to further regenerate communities.

Despite a flow of good ideas, the challenge is complex, and there is a failure to spread creative solutions and drive the scalability of projects. The momentum and shift that is now under away from Central Government to regional devolution presents a genuine opportunity to be more radical in galvanising an innovative approach across Local Government at the regional level.

Benefits of attending

  • Explore methods for maximising revenues and driving efficiency opportunities
  • Learn how to utilise expertise and leadership skills in reducing project turnaround time
  • Examine best practice case studies for creating and managing infrastructure projects, new roads, housing programs, building schools, modernising hospitals and improving rail services
  • Gain insight into securing community support and creating successful partnerships between the public and private sector
  • Assess the future focus for infrastructure projects and review models of funding and investment
  • Review strategies for accelerating more effective planning and administering quicker results on the ground

Conference programme 

08.30 Breakfast and registration

09.25 Welcome
Greg Clark CBE, Global Adviser, The Business of Cities
Opening address 

09.30 The need to accelerate delivery: unlocking opportunities with expediency and maximum impact

  • Why expertise, leadership and drive are key for successful project delivery
  • How to drive efficiencies and reduce project turnaround time
  • How to deliver with ambition and at scale
    Richard McCarthy, Executive Director, Capita Property and Infrastructure

Panel discussion

09.40 The next generation of Public and Private Sector Partnerships

  • How can gain sharing be successful across real estate and infrastructure projects?
  • How do we ensure projects are supported by communities and resonate with the wider public?
  • What are the key ingredients for a successful partnership?

Hosted by: Greg Clark CBE, Global Adviser, The Business of Cities
Pete Gladwell, Head of Public Sector Partnerships, Legal & General
Paul Clark, Development Director, GL Hearn
With further panelists to be announced

10.20 Networking tea and coffee break

Keynote address
10.40 What is infrastructure in the UK?

11.00 Which infrastructure projects will make the biggest impact to our economy in the short to medium term?

  • Should the focus now move on to more local and sub-regional infrastructure projects
  • How can we structure these projects and what new models of investment are needed?
  • How can we accelerate better planning for these projects?
  • How can we deliver them faster on the ground?

Hosted by: Greg Clark CBE, Global Adviser, The Business of Cities
Colin Mathews, Chairman, Highways England
David Biggs, Managing Director, Network Rail
David Parr, Chief Executive, Halton Borough Council
Stewart Murray, Head of Development, GL Hearn

11.45 How can we accelerate pace into development delivery and break through the barriers – in both the public and private sectors?
Keynote: Melanie Leech, Chair, British Property Federation

12.00 What new mechanisms might we need to create focus for implementation of new housing, real estate and infrastructure projects?
Hosted by: Greg Clark CBE, Global Adviser, The Business of Cities
Jules Bickers, Head of Housing, Capita
Melanie Leech, Chair, British Property Federation
Andrew Carter, Deputy Chief Executive, The Centre for Cities

12.30 Closing remarks

Richard McCarthy, Executive Director, Capita Property and Infrastructure

12.35 Networking lunch

14.00 Close of conference

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