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27th June 2018

Capita Real Estate and Infrastructure hosted property professionals at the Institution of Civil Engineering to consider how existing assets can be re-purposed and re-defined to create and release value for landlords, providing much needed revenue streams, capital receipts and better places to live, work and play for local communities.

The event was chaired by Prof Greg Clark CBE, The Business of Cities and UCL, who stressed the need for cities to continue to review their public sector assets to release and create value for their places and to encourage investment from private sector.

The keynote address was delivered by Deborah McLaughlin, Managing Director of Real Estate Projects, Capita Real Estate and Infrastructure who raised a series of questions around the public sector’s response to embracing technology. She asked whether we are doing enough in our response to technological changes made by Zoopla and Prop Tech to allow faster decision making when it comes to property.

The half day event involved a series of panel sessions discussing topics from land estate and optimisation to improving connectivity. A fantastic list of panelist gave their expert opinions on the varying topics including Andrew Carter, Centre for Cities, Norrie Courts, Network Rail, Robert Stone, Defence Infrastructure Organisation and Roasanna Lawes, London Legacy Development Corporation.

Deborah McLaughlin commented on the event: “This is the second year we have hosted the public property half day event and I am delighted that for the second time we have gathered some of the top property professionals to join in a very topical and important debate about public sector prosperity. The panel sessions highlighted some insightful points which I could hear being discussed in the breakout sessions. I hope this event will generate further discussions so that we can work with our clients to create places where people can prosper.”

The event also launched the Centre for Cities and Capita Real Estate and Infrastructure joint report on ‘The role of commercial space in Local Industrial Strategies’ which considers the supply of commercial space across city centres and suburbs. For more information about the report, click here.

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