Place-making – building the best for the future

30 September 2016

Place-making – building the best for the future

Low to negative interest rates, the prospect of leaving Europe, a chronic housing shortage and the emergence of new technologies all add up to an interesting cocktail of challenges for today’s property industry.

The return of Property 2016 on 10 November is therefore very timely, in that the expert panel of speakers will share their unique perspectives on this year’s theme ‘Place-making – building the best for the future’ and steer their audience towards new ways of thinking about the issues currently affecting the industry.

Conference highlights include:

  • Developers know that our cities need workers. But with the cost of city dwellings outstripping those in the suburbs and further afield, what are the strategies for creating affordable urban accommodation for the people we rely on to keep our cities moving and prospering?  Rob Groves, Paradise Circus, Birmingham, and John Clancy, Leader of Birmingham City Council provide some thoughts on how we can develop cities for the future.
  • The driverless car is coming to a city near you. In just five years the ‘autonomous’ vehicle will be a familiar sight, but have planners and developers even begun to assess their impact or plan for them? One man has: Chris Choa, Head of Urban Development, AECOM.
  • And, have you ever wondered why, even in a rich economy such as the UK's, it is so difficult to find the right financial structures to deliver the built environment?  Ian Thomas, Co-Founder, LendInvest will provide some answers and look at whether alternative investment models can provide a pain free catalyst to greater investment in property development.

Property 2016 is the latest in a series of conferences which over the years has come to be regarded as the premier gathering for property developers, investors, occupiers, lenders and service providers in Scotland. Attracting some of the industry’s leading experts and key decision makers makes the event an excellent opportunity to network.

Hosted in association with the Urban Land Institute, one of the world's most respected and diverse organisations in the field of development, land use, and urban planning, the event has again attracted top flight sponsors such as AMA, one of Scotland’s most innovative property developers; Invest in Fife, a one-stop shop for companies seeking to invest in Fife; and financial markets and risk specialists, JCRA. For the third year running, Property Week is supporting the conference as media partner.

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