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Creating tomorrow’s public estate - free half day conference

23rd May 2017

This half day conference is free to attend, please email now to book your place.

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

  • Methods to maximise revenues and drive efficiencies across the public estate
  • Best practice case studies on projects such as infrastructure, roads, housing, schools, hospitals and rail services
  • Securing community support and creating successful partnerships between the private and public sector
  • Review models on funding and investment for large scale projects
  • Strategies for accelerating effective planning decisions and enabling quicker results on the ground

Key topics to be covered:

  • Housing delivery
  • New service partnerships
  • Gain share partnership structures
  • Infrastructure projects
  • Funding Real Estate Development

Conference programme 

08:30 - 09:25 Breakfast & Registration
Guests are invited to arrive from 08:30 for registration and breakfast will be provided

09:25 - 09:30 Welcome Greg Clark CBE, Global Advisor, The Business of Cities

09:30 - 09:40 Opening address Richard McCarthy, Capita Group

The need to accelerate of 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

Panel discussion
09:40 - 10:20 Panel discussion, hosted by Greg Clark CBE
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?

Pete Gladwell, Head of Public Sector Partnerships, Legal & General
Paul Clark, Development Director, GL Hearn
Jim Taylor Chief Executive - Salford City Council
Lyn Garner – Director, Place & Sustainability Haringey Council


10:20 - 10:40 Coffee break

: Melanie Leech, Chair, British Property Federation
10:40 - 10:55
How can we accelerate pace into development delivery and what are the priorities for the public and private sector?

Panel discussion

10:55 - 11:30 Panel discussion, hosted by Greg Clark CBE

  • What are the investment priorities for the public and private sector that can be addressed through asset based partnerships?
  • What should the next Government do to create new tools for implementation of housing, real estate and infrastructure projects?
  • Will we need distinctive tools in difference parts of the UK?

Jules Bickers, Head of Housing, Capita
Melanie Leech, Chair, British Property Federation
Andrew Carter, Chief Executive, Centre for Cities
Thomas Barlow, Senior Policy Adviser, Confederation of British Industry

11:30 - 11:45 Keynote Presentation – Geoff Robson, Chief Operating Officer - DIO
The scale of the Defence estate is vast, covering about 1.8% of the UK. In this unique address, we will hear about the steps being taken to put into place to deliver 55,000 new homes, savings of £140m over the next ten years and driving £4bn of investment in the next ten years.

Panel discussion
11:45 - 12:30 Panel discussion, hosted by Greg Clark CBE

Which infrastructure projects will make the biggest impact to our economy and what’s needed to deliver them?

  • 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

Ben Rogers, Director, Centre for London
Geoff Robson, Chief Operating Officer, DIO
David Parr, Chief Executive, Halton Borough Council 
Stewart Murray, Head of Development, GL Hearn

12.30 Closing remarks
Richard McCarthy, Executive Director, Capita Property and Infrastructure

12.35 - 14:00 Lunch and Networking

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