Savills on land value capture at Future Cities Forum

Rory Brooke, Head of Economics at Savills, will join our first discussion panel on 8th May at City Hall, London to talk about land value uplift and capture. His expertise also covers economic and development impact assessments of infrastructure projects and industrial intensification. He led on work for Transport for London looking at land value uplift associated with historic and future major transport projects including the Jubilee Line extension, Crossrail 1 and 2. Currently he is advising Manchester City Council assessing the development and value uplift impacts of the High Speed 2 stations at Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Airport. He is also leading on work for Highways England e

Speakers at 'The Making of the Modern City' 8th May, City Hall, London

There will be four main presentations: NIC Commissioner and founder of dRMM Architects, Professor Sadie Morgan, Brendan Sarsfield, Chief Executive of Peabody, Tim Chapman – Infrastructure Design Leader at Arup, Nigel Escott, Director of Real Estate at Network Rail and three panel discussions on 8th May. The event begins at 8.30 am and the panels will focus on: New models for infrastructure-led regeneration - Rachel Dickie - L&G Capital's Head of Urban Regeneration, David Budd, Mayor of Middlesbrough, Jennifer Ross, Director of Tibbalds Planning & Urban Design and team leader of the NIC award winning VeloCity, Lester Hampson - Transport for London's Head of Real Estate Development, Rory Brook

Legal & General launches affordable housing arm

The new scheme aims to support the UK's demographic and affordable living needs and is a move to become the country's leading private affordable housing provider. It forms a subsidiary of Legal & General Capital, which invests capital into sectors where there has been a shortage of investment and innovation, focusing on growth opportunities and scale ups. Rachel Dickie, Head of Urban Regeneration at Legal & General Capital, will be speaking at our City Hall, London forum, 'The Making of the Modern City' on 8th May. The UK continues to have a chronic shortfall of over 100,000 homes per year. The position is particularly stark in the affordable housing sector with over 1.3 million households

Rotterdam leads action on port emissions

Image of Rotterdam courtesy Rotterdam Partners Rotterdam's port authority is pushing the Netherland's government to create a coalition with north-west European countries to agree a joint CO2 price. At the Energy in Transition Summit 2018 the port's CEO Allard Castelein, called for a much higher price for CO2 and a need to avoid the "solo" energy approach embraced by the UK, with its focus on electricity production. "A price in the range of 50 to 70 euros per tonne of CO2 will stimulate companies to invest in solutions that we really need in order to realise the targets of the Paris Climate Agreement", he said. The Rotterdam / Moerdijk port industrial area is facing the task of decreasing CO2

Mayfair and St James's balance new building technology with history

Investors in office buildings are having to adjust to a new type of customer who is looking for more flexibly designed work spaces, according to Mayfair Capital's Director of Business Development, James Lloyd. See the video clip above. James discussed the way that Mayfair and other business districts in the UK are changing in character because of the demands from companies to rent offices that attract the new wave of talented workers, often from the creative industries. Changes to buildings in North Mayfair are being brought about through new infrastructure plans by Crossrail. PLP Architects joined our latest research forum to show the design of new offices to be built above Bond Street St

Manchester Airports Group joins our transport panel at City Hall, London

All UK airports are increasingly having to compete with other cities worldwide for the business traveller and tourist, therefore plans to improve the 'destination' quality of airports is on the agenda. Manchester Airport is being re-developed and will see the airport significantly expand and enhance its facilities, improving customer experience and positioning it as the global gateway for the North of England. There will be a £570 million package of works, increasing Terminal 2's footprint by 150%, significant upgrades to the airport's landscaping and road infrastructure and a new international departure lounge with 50 food, beverage and retail outlets. Tim is MAG’s Corporate Affairs Directo

L&G Capital's regional cities regeneration

We are delighted that Rachel Dickie, Head of Urban Regeneration at Legal & General Capital (LGC), the early-stage investment arm of Legal & General Group, will be speaking at our next conference, 'The Making of the Modern City' at City Hall, London on 8th May 2018. Legal & General is involved in major regeneration projects across the UK, backing a portfolio of strategically important schemes, that are fast transforming and reshaping Britain's landscape, bringing jobs and housing back into the centre of cities. L&G is able to invest money over a very long time horizon to match liabilities which the Group will hold for 30, 40 or 50 years. LGC is also committed to creating long term social and

Firing 'the starting gun' on green fuels for city transport

The Renewable Energy Association has been reporting on the new government regulations that are due to come into force tonight (Sunday) that will make road and air transport more environmentally friendly. UK companies, it states, will be required to more than double the amount of renewable fuel they supply by 2020 under the new Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation. There will also be a new incentive for the production of novel fuels from wastes, and bring in sectors of transport that are hard to de-carbonise such as aviation. Dr Nina Skorupska, CBE, Chief Executive of the association, stated: 'This is an exciting time for renewable transport. These new regulations will fire the starting gun on

Corbin & King at our Mayfair round table

We are delighted to welcome renowned restaurateur, Jeremy King, to our second research Mayfair round table this week. Jeremy is famous along with his business partner Chris Corbin for acquiring, creating and running some of London's best-loved and most successful restaurants. These include Le Caprice, J Sheekey, The Ivy and their current portfolio which is made up of The Delaunay, Brasserie Zedel, Fischer's in Marylebone High Street, and Bellanger in Islington. The Beaumont in Brown Hart Gardens, Mayfair, is their first hotel. In partnership with Grosvenor Estates, Corbin & King re-purposed a Grade 2 listed art deco building which had housed garages and Avis Rent-a-car offices into the five

Royal Academy of Arts to join our Future Mayfair research forum

Image courtesy of the RA showing new galleries due to open this May We are delighted that the Head of Academic Programmes at The Royal Academy of Arts, Dr Anna Dempster, will be talking at our second Mayfair research forum next week, about the recent launch of the institution's first ever Executive Master in Cultural Leadership - the announcement being part of the RA's 250th year of celebrations programme. which begin in May. The first students will be starting in October. This unique Executive MA run in partnership with Maasticht University in the Netherlands is designed for a generation of leaders who want to bring a rich understanding of culture and creativity to their own organisations.

VeloCity 'turns planning on its head' at Future Cities Forum

We are extremely pleased to welcome Jennifer Ross, Director of Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design, to our Future Cities Forum on 8th May at City Hall, London, where she will be speaking on our first panel alongside L&G Capital and Transport for London discussing new models for infrastructure-led regeneration. Tibbalds is a practice with expertise in design-led spatial planning projects involving the creation of the new and the enhancement of existing places in the UK and abroad. The firm is part of VeloCity - a group of architects, planners and engineers - which have come together to find new ways of sustainably linking towns and cities in the UK. VeloCity has been working on ideas to lin

Allies & Morrison on York Central master plan

Jason Syrett BA Hons DipArch RIBA Partner, Allies and Morrison Jason Syrett ,Partner of Allies and Morrison, is joining our 8th May City Hall forum ("Infrastructure, investment and regeneration") to discuss the practice's proposals for one of the UK's biggest regeneration schemes next to the National Railway Museum in York, to include 2,500 new homes. The 45 hectare York Central scheme - masterplanned by the practice in conjunction with engineers Arup and landscape firm Gustafson Porter + Bowman - has gone out to public consultation. As well as the homes, the scheme will deliver up to 100,00 square metres of office, leisure, cultural and retail space. Sitting west of York rail station, the

Nissan joins Future Cities Forum

Image courtesy: Former senior civil servant, Peter Stephens, now Head of UK External and Government Affairs for Nissan will be speaking at our next Future Cities Forum conference, 'The Making of the Modern City' on 8th May at City Hall, London. Last month, the new electric Nissan LEAF was named the '2018 World Green Car' at this year's New York International Auto Show. LEAF is the icon of of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the company's vision for changing how cars are powered. Nissan expects that electrified vehicles will make up 40% of the company's sales in Japan and Europe by 2022 and 50% by 2025. Concentrating on safety technologies, Nissan continues to develop autonomo

Mayfair 2: Crossrail boosts business space above Bond Street Station

PLP Architecture will be speaking at our next Cultural Mayfair research forum in April. Ron Bakker, Founding Partner of PLP Architecture will be discussing the Westminster City Council approved Crossrail and Grosvenor new office development at 65 Davies Street in Mayfair. above Bond Street Station in London. The 65.000 square foot office development comprises six floors of office accommodation and is designed to be sensitive to the traditional architecture of neighbouring Mayfair buildings. The plans incorporate a ventilation shaft constructed as part of the works to build the Crossrail Station's Western ticket hall. Passenger numbers are expected to increase to 225,000 when Crossrail servi

Medway's train connectivity powers regeneration

Medway Council is looking to its high speed connectivity through HS1 enabling journey times of just an hour to the City of London and its housing regneration programme, to help attract both London workers to settle in the area and encourage significant firms to invest around its five towns. House building is taking place on the brown field sites around the Rochester riverside and a brand new station is to be built to serve commuters. There are also moves to campaign for city status where the Medway towns can be linked. Medway Council's Deputy Chief Executive, Richard Hicks, will be speaking at our next Future Cities Forum in May at City Hall. Richard supports the delivery of the Council’s pl

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