London Real Estate Forum: on-demand

The London Real Estate Forum, the annual though-leadership conference took place at the Barbican Centre, 29–30 September 2021. We brought together key decision-makers from the industry, government, investment and business communities to drive sustainable investment and development in cities.

Please see the recordings from day one and day two for the Barbican Hall Stage below.

Barbican Hall Stage: Day 1 

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.

  • Prof. Greg Clark CBE (Chair)
    Andy Street, West Midlands
    Cll Susan Aitken, Glasgow City Council
    Rachael Robathan, Westminster City
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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?

  • Alex Notay, PfP Capital (Chair)
    Ian Stewart, Deloitte (Keynote)
    Catherine McGuinness, City of London
    Allen Simpson, London & Partners
    David Partridge, Argent Related
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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.

  • Susan Freeman, Mishcon de Reya (Chair)
    Guy Grainger, JLL
    Tim Weightman, Places for People
    Jeremy Wright, Greystar
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Future workplaces

In association with Savills
The digitalisation of many working environments and our relationship to how and where we work has changed dramatically. 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.

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

  • Terri Wills, Waterman (Chair)
    Gary Clark, HOK
    Felicity Masefield, Native Land
    Andy Haigh, Grosvenor Group
    Hugh Dugdale, Elementa
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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?

  • Ros Morgan, Heart of London Business Alliance (Chair)
    John Mulryan, Ballymore
    Rosanna Lawes, LLDC
    Martyn Evans, U+I
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Barbican Hall Stage: Day 2

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?

  • Peter Murray OBE, NLA (Chair)
    Professor Andrew J Scott
    Stephanie Hyde, JLL
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Planning for sustainable growth

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.

  • Lisa Fairmaner, Greater London Authority (Chair)
    Mark Underwood, Deloitte
    Sarah Parsons, Waltham Forest
    Patricia Cazes-Potgieter, TfL
    Kat Hanna, Lendlease
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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?

  • Simon Burnett, Deloitte (Chair)
    Graeme Craig, Transport for London
    Adina David, Greystar
    Geeta Nanda OBE, G15
    Peter Denton, Homes England
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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?

  • Julien Allen, Trowers & Hamlins (Chair)
    Robert Evans, Argent/ Argent Related
    Katherine Fairclough, Liverpool Combined Authority
    James Mitchell, Axiom Architects
    Lucy Taylor, Ealing
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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?

  • Leanne Tritton, ING Media (Chair)
    Alexander Jan, Central District Alliance
    Tony Reeves, Liverpool City Council
    David Ainsworth, CO-RE London
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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.

  • 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
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