Future Cities Forum December event - 2019 predictions

We will be hearing from expert speakers at our 12th December on current themes such as planning our cities, infrastructure and clean energy investment, climate risk and transport with predictions for 2019. The forum will be held at Angel Court in the City of London - a building successfully redeveloped for modern work spaces by Mitsui Fudosan and Stanhope.

We will continue to talk about regeneration, having launched our Cities Regeneration Index this month, along with joined-up planning for cities. WYG commented at our Royal Arsenal forum last week that effective land assembly will be crucial to delivering housing over the next decade. In addition KPMG remarked that infrastructure investment will be shifting towards conurbations and housing related projects.

The UK and European governments have put billions into new infrastructure to keep country economies moving, but there is always demand for more connections – and all against a background of a pressing need to achieve clean energy targets and improved housing provision. Will the Brexit deal change those targets and in which direction will they go?

Following on from our October forum involving the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and the Chancellor’s announcement in the recent Autumn Budget on using empty retail for new homes, we will look at the trends in the house building market and across innovation in mortgage design - which is responding to new approaches to construction, especially offsite and to homes which can register high eco-credentials.

Future Cities Forum will review the opportunities and risks for investors, house-builders and developers – all in the shadow of traditional cyclical behaviour of property markets. The change in complexion of usage on Britain’s high streets and shopping centres will be discussed, as offices and retail are re-purposed into urban residential. Retail trends for 2019 will also be debated.