|Wednesday, 22 May – Tournament Gallery
|08:30 – 09:45
|10:00 – 10:45
|Impact investment: Transforming lives, enhancing opportunities
As the UK undergoes substantial transformation and seeks avenues for growth and innovation, how are the strategies of both the public and private sectors evolving to ensure that investments make a positive impact on society, all the while overcoming potential challenges? What role does value alignment and a shared vision play in this endeavour?
|11:00 – 11:45
|The complexity of developing infrastructure in the UK
A thriving built environment is intricately linked to robust infrastructure, with real estate serving as a vital component in maximising the effectiveness of infrastructure. What hurdles are impeding the UK’s aspirations for substantial construction projects? Will the discontinuation of HS2 pose heightened difficulties for forthcoming large-scale infrastructure undertakings and, if so, what impact could this have on real estate? Moreover, what insights can be gleaned from past errors in undertaking construction projects incrementally?
|12:00 – 13:00
|Championing progress: Waltham Forest’s dedication to innovation, flexibility and dynamism
With a rich industrial heritage, Waltham Forest held the title of the Mayor of London’s Borough of Culture in 2019. Since then, its creative enterprise zones have thrived. The local authority has actively engaged in listening to businesses and the community, enhancing the borough’s cultural infrastructure and attracting investment.
This session will delve into Waltham Forest’s journey to cultivate a positive environment that fosters innovation, adaptability and a vibrant community. What lessons can local authorities, investors and developers learn from the redevelopment of areas such as Blackhorse Lane? How has the regeneration process evolved around such sites to foster an engaging mix of new homes and diverse businesses within genuine surroundings? We will explore Waltham Forest’s strategic plans for continued progress, examining why a commitment to creativity is fundamental to the ongoing development of the area.
|13:00 – 14:00
|14:00 – 14:45
|Evolution in real estate: Embracing alternative assets
The real estate landscape is undergoing a notable shift away from the conventional stronghold of core assets. In response to a growing demand, the industry is actively reimagining how we utilise space. How can we strategically leverage and maximise the potential of alternative assets to align with the dynamic market trends and evolving investment landscape in our cities and regions? In this discussion we will explore the role of connectivity in this transformative process and delve into the considerations surrounding both new and existing spaces and the impact on local communities.
|15:00 – 16:00
|Launch of the Public Sector Forum guide “Working in Partnership”
|16:30 – 18:30
|Networking drinks with Clyde & Co
Venue: El Gato Negro, 35 Park Row, Leeds, LS1 5JL
|Thursday, 23 May – Barton Suite, Royal Armouries
|Panel discussion: Councils face financial exposure – Implications for economic regeneration
With councils grappling with funding cuts and resource challenges, the potential financial risks associated with regeneration projects loom large. Is the scale of risk too daunting? What alternative funding channels can guarantee the sustainability of regeneration efforts? Can commercial real estate provide the enduring commitment needed for development and placemaking? Moreover, can transparent collaborations between councils and the commercial real estate sector alleviate financial strain and safeguard the future of public services? What innovative avenues could there be for the private and public sectors to forge impactful partnerships?