Resilient Cities

As city leaders, investors and developers looked to drive sustainable post‑pandemic growth and recovery, there was renewed energy to tackle major global issues head-on.

We believe this was an exciting moment to reboot. For 2021, we chose the theme of Resilient Cities, to focus on how we can work together as an industry to enable social, environmental, and economic sustainability, post-pandemic.

2021’s programme covered everything from the state of the market to the importance of social value, clean tech, transport, green finance and more. Delegates had access to 30 sessions over three stages, 4 receptions with networking opportunities throughout.

Day 1

Hall Stage Cinema Stage Auditorium
9:30 Resilient Cities - seizing the post-pandemic opportunity
The pandemic proved that our cities and citizens are vulnerable but also resilient. It triggered a seismic shift in attitudes and behaviours. This meant we had a renewed mandate to work together to ensure sustainable UK cities were ready for a more agile and adjusted future. Place based investment and development was needed to take action to drive social, environmental and economic city resilience.

Panel

Prof. Greg Clark CBE (Chair)
Andy Street, West Midlands

Cll Susan Aitken, Glasgow City Council
Rachael Robathan, Westminster City
10:15 Break
10:45 State of the market
In association with Deloitte
We discussed the big-picture trends, key policy changes and opportunities for growth across different sectors. What were the global, regional, and local conditions of which we were aware as we transitioned from crisis management to recovery? Were existing economic policies fit for purpose? What were the key areas for investment opportunity in 2021 and beyond?

Panel

Alex Notay, PfP Capital (Chair)
Ian Stewart, Deloitte (Keynote)

Catherine McGuinness, City of London
Allen Simpson, London & Partners
David Partridge, Argent Related
Living - homes for changing needs
In association with JLL
How were our homes of the future being built to meet changing human needs? As we faced a rising and aging population, how did the industry assure that the diversity of requirements were met to create sustainable and affordable housing aimed at students, senior living and co-living habitation.

Panel

Simon Hodson, JLL (Chair)
Catherine Raynsford, The Hyde Group
Deborah Owen-Ellis Clark, Places for People
Tim Seddon, Retirement Villages Group
Brent Cross Town
In association with Argent Related
At the heart of the Brent Cross Cricklewood regeneration programme, there was a joint venture between Argent Related and Barnet Council. The large-scale mixed-use development included homes, retail and offices, improved schools and greenspaces.

Panel

Professor Sadie Morgan, dRMM Architects and The Quality of Life Foundation (Chair)
Nick Searl, Argent and Argent Related

Cath Shaw, Barnet Council
Stephanie Hilborne, Women in Sport
Jenny Curtis, Vattenfall
11:30 Break
12:00 Enabling ESG investment
In association with JLL
The environmental and social impact of city development and investment had shot up the agenda. ESG was no longer a tick box exercise; it sat at the heart of corporate purpose and was becoming a key framework for investment decisions. This session discussed what this meant for our investment practices, city plans, development strategies, and ultimately the new places we created.

Panel

Susan Freeman, Mishcon de Reya (Chair)
Guy Grainger, JLL
Tim Weightman, Places for People
Jeremy Wright, Greystar
Social value and why it is so important
In association with Trowers & Hamlins
This panel explored the ways in which city investment, planning and development drove positive social change for city residents, and what long-term strategies were needed to measure the impact and value we brought to communities.

Panel

Sara Bailey, Trowers & Hamlins (Chair)
Marcus Bate, Mount Anvil
Siobhan Jared, Transport for London

Davinia Venton, Countryside
Connor McDonagh, Ealing Council
Canada Water Masterplan
In association with British Land
The Canada Water Masterplan was a partnership between British Land, Southwark Council and the local community to create an outstanding new town centre for Southwark and London that complemented the local area, making an active, positive, long-term contribution to local life.

Panel

Jenna Goldberg, LCA (Chair)
Emma Cariaga, Canda Water
Professor Judy Raper, TEDI London
Emma Trueman, Global Generation
David Walters, British Land
12:45 Lunch
Tech and Innovation reception - In association with Squint Opera
Resilient London reception
14:00 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. This panel discussed how we rethought 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.

Panel

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

Panel

Terri Wills, Waterman (Chair)
Rachael Owens, Buckley Gray Yeoman
Emma Harvey, Green Finance Institute
Richard Whitehead, Waterman Group
Jacob Loftus, General Projects
Meridian Water - diversifying regeneration
In association with Enfield
Enfield presented Meridian Water, a major regeneration programme bringing 10,000 homes and 6,000 jobs to Enfield, north London. Meridian Water was a distinctive neighbourhood designed to nurture economic environmental and social sustainability, in addition to welcoming future industries across digital, creative, and cultural sectors in particular.

Panel

Peter George, Meridian Water (Chair)
Yuting Cheng, Fisher Cheng
Jee Liu, WallaceLiu
Daniel Rea, Periscope
14:45 Break
15:15 Towards net zero
Reaching net zero targets was 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 explored the industry’s call to action in addressing climate change and our journey to a greener, zero-carbon London.

Panel


Terri Wills, Waterman (Chair)
Gary Clark, HOK
Felicity Masefield, Native Land
Andy Haigh, Grosvenor Group
Hugh Dugdale, Elementa
Building community - are we really serious?
The language of community was everywhere. But whose job was it to create and sustain the social fabric of a neighbourhood? Did developers have the appetite or ability? What were our expectations of councils? And what about the public and young people in particular: when did they finally get a voice? With the White Paper on Levelling Up out, this debate tested whether real estate can really move beyond bricks and mortar.

Panel

Matt Bell, Grosvenor (Chair)
Tom Bloxham MBE, Urban Splash
Nazeya Hussain, Kingston Council
Azzees Minott, 2-3 Degrees
City of London markets co-location programme
In association with Deloitte
This briefing shared plans for the co-location of three of London’s historic markets – Billingsgate Fish Market, New Spitalfields Fruit & Veg Market and Smithfield Meat Market into one single site in Barking & Dagenham. We discussed the economic and development prospects presented by the move and the opportunities it unlocked for both its new neighbourhood and the central London spaces they vacate.

Panel

Mathew Evans-Pollard, Deloitte (Chair)
Anna Dunne, City of London
16:00 Break
16:30 Cultural-led regeneration
The culture sector contributed £34.6 billion to the economy in 2019 and played an essential role in driving the economic recovery post-pandemic. What were cities doing to support this recovery and how did we use sport, arts and culture to bring people back together? What was the role of cultural places and spaces in creating dynamic and sustainable places, and driving growth?

Panel

Ros Morgan, Heart of London Business Alliance (Chair)
John Mulryan, Ballymore
Rosanna Lawes, LLDC
Martyn Evans, U+I
Repurposing real estate
In association with Knight Frank
This session explored how we have repurposed buildings to make them fit for purpose - delivered mixed-use schemes that suit post-pandemic behaviours. What was the impact of new planning policies on unlocking opportunities for adaption and change-of-use? How has capital flows fed into this? What approaches have been taken to ensure our future city neighbourhoods remain dynamic, socially inclusive, and environmentally resilient?

Panel

Nick Parr, Knight Frank (Chair)
Binki Taylor, The Brixton Project
Deborah Watt, Landsec
John McElgunn, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Jay Squier, Native Land
Regeneration, growth and community - the key pillars of the Royal Docks, and future for London
In association with Royal Docks
With over 1,200 acres of land, 250 acres of water, and nearly 12 miles of waterfront, the Royal Docks was one of London’s most important and most exciting regeneration projects. This panel discussion highlighted how development partners have supported the delivery of affordable housing and supported economic growth, education, and local employment opportunities. It provided an overview of the programme of delivery for the area and the commitment to Community Wealth Building and future economic growth and prosperity, securing the Royal Docks’ roadmap transformation into a dynamic new destination for London.

Panel

Benjamin O'Connor, NLA
Daniel Bridge, Royal Docks Team
Caroline Pillay, Airey Miller
Richard Gibbs, Albert Island
Bek Seeley, Lendlease (Europe)
NextGen evening drinks reception - In association with Gardiner & Theobald

Day 2

Hall Stage Cinema Stage Auditorium
9:30 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 responded to accelerating trends and played a critical role in tackling global issues. How did the real estate industry need to respond? How did we create resilient future cities that responded to our changing human needs? What kind of future do we want to create?

Panel

Peter Murray OBE, NLA (Chair)
Professor Andrew J Scott
Stephanie Hyde, JLL
Harnessing data and technology
How did we harness big data to better understand and manage our urban environments? How has technology helped us to deliver more efficient and environmentally sustainable buildings? What role did artificial intelligence and digital twins play in shaping our future cities? We discussed how new digital infrastructure, technological innovation and smart buildings helped ensure future resilience and improve quality of life.

Panel

Bola Abisogun, DiverseCity Surveyors (Chair)
Theo Blackwell, Greater London Authority
Tomáš Jurdák, MiddleCap
Brett Spindler, Schneider Electric

Gavin Chandler, Sir Robert McAlpine
Scotland is innovation – creating investment opportunities through innovation districts
Scotland has a long history of innovation and it continued to strengthen and broaden this across the country as it created new innovation districts. These innovation districts provided the infrastructure, workspace and business support needed to allow stakeholders and occupiers to thrive and develop, created new networks to help drive forward the latest technologies, scientific discoveries and world leading engineering. This panel explored the latest progress in Scotland’s largest innovation districts and the opportunities they provided as they sought investor partners to deliver these world leading projects.

Panel

Bonnie Stephensmith, White Label (Chair)
Dr. Ian Campbell, LifeArc
David Ridd, Edinburgh BioQuarter
Stephen Sheal, Net Zero Technology Centre
Virginia Beckett, Regent Capital
10:15 Break
10:45 Planning for sustainable growth
In association with Deloitte
This session explored long-term approaches to planning and placemaking. How did we create places that support sustained economic growth across the area? What kind of investment was needed to create socially and environmentally sustainable cities? What impact did new planning policies have on development strategies? What innovative approaches were being implemented to support lasting improvements to the environment, green infrastructure, and biodiversity.

Panel

Lisa Fairmaner, Greater London Authority (Chair)
Mark Underwood, Deloitte
Sarah Parsons, Waltham Forest
Patricia Cazes-Potgieter, TfL
Kat Hanna, Lendlease
Future streets and public spaces
This session explored our evolving relationship with our streets and public spaces. How have new transport innovations and a new drive to enable walkable, net zero cities impacted our approach to placemaking? What role did public spaces play in creating healthy, equitable and desirable neighbourhoods? What investments did we need to achieve this?

Panel

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
OxCam Arc - a blueprint for national regeneration
In association with Bidwells
The Oxford-Cambridge Arc is home to world leading universities and is at the heart of the UK’s booming life sciences and innovation sectors. This session explored how the Arc has been delivered, the challenges of aligning a transport, environment and housing strategy cohesively across 26 local authorities while also meeting the needs of businesses and universities.

Panel

Mike Derbyshire, Bidwells (Chair)
Professor Sadie Morgan, dRMM Architects and The Quality of Life Foundation
Anna Strongman, Oxford University Development
Saba Tahzib, MHCLG
Lucy Wilkins, MHCLG
Annette Jezierska, The Future Fox
11:30 Break
12:00 Housing delivery
In association with Deloitte
Affordability, sustainability, innovation. This session discussed the latest targets, opportunities, trends, and delivery approaches in housing delivery in London, and other major UK cites. What challenges and barriers did the industry face? What policies and partnership models do we need to enable the right kind of investment and large-scale delivery we need?

Panel

Simon Burnett, Deloitte (Chair)
Graeme Craig, Transport for London
Adina David, Greystar
Geeta Nanda OBE, G15
Peter Denton, Homes England
Future logistics - a pioneering sector
In association with Savills and Prologis
The logistics industry has responded and adapted rapidly during the pandemic, bringing about both challenges and opportunities. It mixed industrial and residential spaces to create industrial hubs around cities; this panel discussed how solution-based innovation, new tech and automation paved the way for a strong sector recovery.

Panel

Benjamin O'Connor, NLA (Chair)
Bridget Outtrim, Savills
Robin Woodbridge, Prologis UK
Sarah Birt, Greater London Authority
SC1 Innovation District
In association with Southwark and Lambeth
With Europe’s largest medical school and 600 clinical trials running at any one time, the SC1 partnership continues to build on strong foundations. Economic forecasts revealed the potential to stimulate £34bn GVA and 62,590 jobs by 2050. This session heard how Lambeth and Southwark are working with some of the UK’s leading academics, clinicians and industry to develop a world class health science community in south central London.

Panel

Professor Sir Robert Lechler, King's College London (Chair)
Neelam Patel, MedCity
Cllr Kieron Williams, Southwark Council
Cllr Matthew Bennett, Lambeth Council
Peter Ward, King's College London
12:45 Lunch
Boroughs and Regions reception
14:00 Polycentric cities
In association with Trowers & Hamlins
This session discussed how the physical shape of our UK cities, and the relationship between interconnected town centres, drives the city’s economy. How did polycentricity support city resilience and prosperity? How have new working and commuting patterns impacted the role of outer economic hubs? What did this mean for city-wide planning and investment strategies?

Panel

Julien Allen, Trowers & Hamlins (Chair)
Robert Evans, Argent/ Argent Related
Katherine Fairclough, Liverpool Combined Authority
James Mitchell, Axiom Architects
Lucy Taylor, Ealing
From knowledge to innovation - the life sciences economy
In association with JLL
We examined the UK’s role in the knowledge economy on the global stage. How did we shape our cities to promote and enable innovation? What were the major and emerging knowledge clusters across the UK and how were these clusters driving innovation? And how did real estate contribute to the companies and occupiers fuelling the innovation economy?

Panel

Chris Walters, JLL (Chair)
Toby Reid, We Are Pioneer Group
Kath Mackay, Bruntwood SciTech
Steve Bates OBE, BioIndustry Association
Sarah Haywood, MedCity
Euston - London’s great development opportunity
In association with The Euston Partnership
Euston presents a unique opportunity to create a new 60 acre piece of city, with a world-class transport hub at its centre, creating thousands of jobs, homes and acres of green and public space. We heard from Euston project delivery partners HS2, Network Rail and Lendlease about their vision for the project, which aimed to grow not only the local economy of Euston but that of London and the UK.

Panel

Tom Vennar, Euston (Chair)
Mike Luddy, HS2
Mary Ann Lewis, Camden
Phil Gould, Euston
David Penney, Penney Financial Partners
14:45 Break
15:15 What’s next for city centres?
What did the future of city centres post-pandemic look like? And what policies were put in place to guarantee the best sustainable and economic outcomes for city centres across the UK?

Panel

Leanne Tritton, ING Media (Chair)
Alexander Jan, Central District Alliance
Tony Reeves, Liverpool City Council
David Ainsworth, CO-RE London
Modular housing
What were the opportunities and benefits that modular housing brought to provide sustainable regeneration and development in cities? This panel examined the ways in which modern methods of construction can be used as innovative solutions to long-lasting and effective housing.

Panel

Katie Saunders, Trowers & Hamlins (Chair)
Samantha Wait, Swan Housing Group
Katherine Hegab, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Gareth Bradford, West Midlands Combined Authority
Net zero innovation project showcase
Our Net Zero Innovation session showcased leading projects that responded to the climate emergency by pioneering design and green technologies to reduce carbon and reach Net Zero targets.

Panel

Amy Till, NLA (Chair)
Derek Wilson, Transport for London
Neil Pennell, Landsec
Steve Smith, AAMM
Marie-Louise Schembri, Hilson Moran
16:00 Break
16:30 Tomorrow's West End - seize the moment
In association with New West End Company and Westminster Property Association
With Crossrail opening and Westminster City Council haivng delivered 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 explored the committed investment, upcoming developments and provided unique insights into one of the world’s most renowned shopping and leisure destinations as we look at the decade ahead. It was a truly, transformative moment for the West End, and now is the time to seize this generational opportunity.

Panel

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
Power of partnerships
What makes partnerships in the built environment durable and effective? This panel examined the opportunities and barriers presented by the pandemic for public private collaborations.

Panel

Sarah Cary, Meridian Water (Chair)
Lisa Ravenscroft, Mount Anvil
Tonia Secker, Trowers & Hamlins
Heng Leong Cheong, Ecoworld
Patricia Brown, Central
Clean tech and the green economy
In association with Southwark and Lambeth
SE1 had the densest concentration of clean tech start up businesses in Europe. We heard from pioneers who were working to nurture and expand the green economy cluster, and the role it played in tackling the climate emergency.

Panel

James Byrne, Sustainable Ventures and Sustainable Workplaces (Chair)
Agnes Czako, Airex
Cllr Jason Ochere, London Borough of Southwark
Cllr Claire Holland, Leader of Lambeth Council
Emily Wilson, London & Partners
Closing drinks reception - In association with New West End Company and Westminster Property Association