Insights


News, views and intelligence from cross-sector leaders, discussing the future cities and the role of real estate, identifying & responding to key challenges facing the industry.



25/02/2021  |  article

A new centre in the making

John Forrester, President of Cushman & Wakefield, spotlights Brent Cross Town as a new ‘centre’ in the making.
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25/02/2021  |  article

Will the pandemic create a more diffused urban landscape?

Partner at Deloitte Real Estate, Simon Bedford explores the impact of the pandemic on our urban landscape.
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25/02/2021  |  article

How can we transform our high streets?

Sophie Bowerman, Associate Partner at Axiom Architects, reflects on the priorities needed to achieve sustainable and multipurpose network of neighbourhoods.  
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16/02/2021  |  article

Serving the population of the future

At JLL, we are confident that our city centres will remain the engine of growth.  The urbanisation of recent decades will not reverse, but there will be significant changes, and we will see winners and losers emerge.
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16/02/2021  |  article

Investment Summit: State of the Market

“Social distancing is the antithesis of city life!” proclaimed Tony Travers, our modern-day Dr Johnson and staunch defender of all that is great about London even in these strained pandemic times, calling for a range of post-COVID ‘welcome back’ events incorporating the arts and public spaces.
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12/02/2021  |  article

Boroughs drive investment through regeneration and partnership

Hard-hit boroughs across London are digging deep to unlock investment to drive growth, powered by a new zest for collaboration and partnerships with the private and voluntary sectors they forged during lockdown. So said local authority politicians including Waltham Forest council leader Cllr Clare Coghill at London: driving growth, the final session in this year’s …
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05/02/2021  |  article

London set for ‘very strong’ bounce back

London is set to bounce back ‘very, very strongly’ in the third quarter of this year but should plan recovery events to lure back its temporarily dwindled population, avoid knee-jerk planning responses to its ailing high streets and instead treat them like ‘market stalls’ that are able to respond and adapt at pace.
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04/02/2021  |  video

London: Driving Growth

What approaches and strategies are being applied at a local level to facilitate partnerships and investment? What is the role of the private sector in unlocking potential and supporting sustainable growth? What are the priorities for the year ahead? How can we define and measure the value of new developments, socially as well as economically? …
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04/02/2021  |  video

Scotland: Enabling a Green Future

In this session, Katrine Feldinger, Deputy Director of the recently constituted Scottish National Investment Bank, gives an opening briefing to share Scotland’s economic growth strategy, its ambitious plans in the drive to net zero and how Scottish Government, cities and regional stakeholders are enabling a transformational investment agenda in the lead up to Cop26. The …
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03/02/2021  |  video

Birmingham: ‘Future Proofing’ the Big City

This session focusses on Birmingham’s Future City Plan that sets out strategies and directions of development in the city for the next 10 years. The next decade will see the arrival of High Speed Two in the city centre, the hosting of the Commonwealth Games and the delivery of major new mixed use and commercial …
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03/02/2021  |  video

West Midlands: Developing in Partnership

What does the region need to continue to attract new sources of capital and new occupiers? How do we best articulate our competitiveness and sector strengths in a time of unprecedented change? These are some of the questions asked as the West Midlands Combined Authority defines its strategies for growth in partnership with the private …
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03/02/2021  |  video

Liverpool: Levelling Up Post-COVID

Liverpool explore how the city and city region’s economic recovery is being spearheaded through 2021 and how the government’s ambitions to “level up” can be reflected in this agenda. How does the next lockdown halt and hinder the levelling up agenda and what do we need to do next to keep ahead in spite of …
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02/02/2021  |  video

Manchester: People, Place, Prosperity

Join Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council and Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester along with key private sector partners to discuss why Manchester has both the foundations and building blocks to re-establish its previous momentum as the UK’s premier growth city. The economic interruption of the pandemic has not diminished the city’s …
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02/02/2021  |  video

Opportunity London

As we look ahead to 2021, there is a clear focus from public sector leaders on economic recovery strategies a both a London-wide and local level. Our panel discuss the findings from NLA’s Opportunity London report, which provides and overview of the key growth strategies across the London Boroughs. We examine the challenges that lie …
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01/02/2021  |  video

State of the Market

This session kicks off the London Real Estate Forum Investment Summit, bringing together leading industry economists to review the state of the market and the year ahead. Our speakers discuss the current global and regional conditions, big-picture trends, key policy changes and opportunities for growth across different sectors.
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