Join London’s biggest gathering of built environment experts — Building London Summit 2021
2020 brought a sharp shock to our built environment sector. What needs to happen now for this vital sphere to build back better, and capitalise on opportunity as it does so?
Building London Summit provides an opportunity to dig into what the post-pandemic world means for the built environment across a series of three events, focusing on planning, commercial property and housing.
Gain insights into how the sector is leaning into recovery through our three key virtual events;
Planning for the future in London: as the Government embarks on overhaul of England’s planning system, what will this mean for London’s unique planning arrangements, and are the GLA’s devolved planning powers under threat?
Recovery and renewal in the housing market: Before the coronavirus pandemic hit, London faced a housing crisis. As we look ahead, set against an uncertain economic outlook, will the capital still be facing its historical supply and demand challenges?
Finding a new normal in commercial real estate: during every crisis, lies an opportunity. What is that for commercial real estate in London? Has the trend for homeworking completely changed the future of the commercial space we need to build, and how we use what we already have?
Get the vantage point of a senior government minister on the route to recovery for London’s housing strategy in an uncertain economy (Invited speaker)
Understand how business and government can work together to maximise opportunities arising from the recovery
Leave our timely, informative and engaging sessions feeling informed, inspired and ready to innovate.
London First members are eligible for complimentary tickets, though places are limited: three tickets per corporate and five tickets per partner member. Non-members can register to attend all sessions for just £25. Find out more about London First membership to enjoy discounted entry to all our flagship summits.
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Paula has worked as a London town planning consultant for nearly 30 years and is a founding director of CarneySweeney Planning.
Paula is particularly involved in the development of large scale major regeneration schemes and managing large consultancy teams. She has significant experience working with private sector clients to establish effective working relationships with public sector authorities and key stakeholders to unlock constraints and secure successful planning permissions.
Paula is also passionate about diversity and gender equality and works to drive effective change within the real estate business as a legacy for the next generation.
Real Estate Partner, Gowling WLG
Ed specialises in complex land acquisitions and disposals, including strategic land assembly projects. He works alongside national housebuilders helping them to acquire new development sites and has particular experience of negotiating long term development management agreements with Government bodies. In addition Ed has experience of large scale development projects and working with national housebuilders, strategic land companies and specialist mixed use/retirement developers.
Director of Central London, The Crown Estate
James is responsible for all aspects of the Central London portfolio, which includes taking a lead on stakeholder and customer relationships whilst delivering the overriding portfolio strategy.
The portfolio is valued at around £8bn and primarily comprises 10m sq ft of commercial property, which includes joint ventures with Norges Bank Investment Management, Oxford Properties and the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan.
Before joining The Crown Estate he previously worked for Norwich Union/Morley Fund Management for over 10 years in a number of roles.
James is a former Chair of the Westminster Property Association (retaining a Board role), a Board member of the New West End Company BID and Chair of the Property Steering Group. James is also a member of the West End Partnership.
Deputy Mayor for Housing and Residential Development, Mayor of London
Tom Copley became Deputy Mayor for Housing in 2020 and oversees the Mayor’s £4.8bn Affordable Homes Programme, including ‘Building Council Homes for Londoners’ – the first-ever City Hall initiative dedicated to council homebuilding.
Tom also oversees the Mayor’s work to improve the private rented sector, and to commission services to support rough sleepers.
Before becoming a Deputy Mayor, Tom was a London Assembly London-wide List Member for eight years, serving as Chair of the Assembly’s housing committee and as Labour Group housing spokesperson. He also served on Lewisham Council, representing Sydenham.
Prior to his election to the Assembly, Tom worked for Hope not hate - an anti-fascist, anti-racist charity that works with communities to fight racism and hatred.
He is a trustee of Humanists UK, and New Diorama Theatre in Camden.
Director - UK&I Town Planning Lead, AECOM
Sarah is a Director with over 24 years’ experience predominantly in strategic and local planning policy. Sarah’s strengths lie in working alongside masterplanners and technical specialists to consider the planning status, development capacity, land use options, demographic impacts and delivery implications of strategic spatial plans. These generally involve strategic sites or whole-city plans for development and regeneration involving multiple development partners and multi-faceted delivery arrangements. As AECOM’s Town Planning lead Sarah has led London projects in the last 15 years for TfL, LLDC, OPDC and London Boroughs, including representations at the 2019 London Plan Examination in Public and on the Government’s 2020 planning reforms.
Principal - Planning and Urban Design , Dar
Hugo is a Principal at Dar in the Planning and Urban Design Division based in the London office. He has qualifications in Architecture, Planning + Urban Design and Business Administration. He has over 30 years’ experience working in Planning and Urban Design and managing master planning projects all over the world, from the national-regional scale to the local campus scale, working in both the public and private sectors.
Hugo lived in Singapore for 8 years working for the Urban Redevelopment Authority as part of the team that delivered the New Downtown and numerous other urban regeneration projects. The following 12 years were spent working for local and international firms on urban planning, design and regeneration projects in the UK, Europe, Russia, India and throughout the Gulf. During this time, Hugo also served on the Urban Design Group’s Editorial Committee and was the Urban Design Group Treasurer for several terms.
The last 10 years’ in Dar drew on Hugo’s diverse experience and his project management and client capacity and team building skills working on projects in Egypt, Africa. Lebanon, and throughout the Gulf, more recently in the last few years in Kuwait managing the Western Sub-region, New Zoning Code and 4th Kuwait Master Plan projects.
Hugo’s family background is Dutch but he was brought up in Asia and spent time in Africa. He has been living in the UK with his family for the last 20 years, while still traveling regularly to the Netherlands to see close family. After several years working on large master planning projects abroad, Hugo is settling back into Dar’s London base to help manage the wider team on local and global projects.
Chief Executive, London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC)
Lyn joined LLDC, the body responsible for the development of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and its surrounding areas, as Chief Executive in February 2018. Lyn is responsible for overseeing the delivery of 33,000 homes, 40,000 jobs, and the forthcoming East Bank site, a new cultural and education district comprising of new buildings for the V&A museum, Sadler’s Wells, BBC Music, and new campuses for UCL East and UAL’s London College of Fashion.
Lyn is also currently serving as Chair of Future of London, anindependent network for regeneration, housing and economic development.
London City Executive, Arcadis
Peter is Arcadis’ UK Cities Director and City Executive for London, accountable for key activity across the UK’s leading cities and in the capital. He also leads for Arcadis on Placemaking. A Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors with 24 years’ industry experience, he has a keen understanding of how to align built and natural assets to the vision, strategy and key priorities of our clients. He has a particular interest in creating successful cities.
Peter has been involved in some of London’ biggest infrastructure programmes of recent years including the Jubilee Line Extension, St Pancras International Station and Heathrow’s Terminal 5.
Greater London Business Unit Director, SEGRO
Alan Holland is the Managing Director for SEGRO’s Greater London business. With a market value of over £3.7bn the Greater London business includes over 366 customers. Historically concentrated in Park Royal and Heathrow, the portfolio has recently expanded its urban logistics and light industrial footprint in North and East London, with the London unit now spanning over 47 locations.
SEGRO is a UK Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), and a leading owner, manager and developer of modern warehouses and light industrial property. It owns or manages 7 million square metres of space (75 million square feet) valued at £11 billion serving customers from a wide range of industry sectors. Its properties are located in and around major cities and at key transportation hubs in the UK and in eight other European countries. Major retail and ecommerce customers for SEGRO include John Lewis, Amazon, Ocado and Yoox.
Alan is a Chartered Surveyor with over 20 years’ real estate experience in the industrial and logistics markets.
Partner, Pinsent Masons
Nicholle has extensive experience advising on all aspects of planning and environmental legal issues on a wide range of UK and international development and regeneration projects. These include planning applications, environmental impact assessment, advertisement consents, compulsory acquisition, rights of way, judicial review, enforcement, scheduled ancient monument, listed building and conservation area consents, Green Belt developments. Nicholle has worked on most of the largest regeneration projects in London in recent years including Stratford City, the Olympics, Earls Court, Kings Cross and Elephant & Castle. Nicholle heads up the London planning, energy, environment and infrastructure team at Pinsent Masons and leads the real estate sports and hotel teams. She is also a Solicitor Advocate with Higher Rights of Audience advising on judicial review challenges, call-in and appeals.
Planning Director, Telford Homes
Amit is the Planning Director at Telford Homes. Telford Homes is one of London’s leading developers, with a sole focus on designing and constructing high quality Build to Rent (BtR) developments across the capital and its immediate surrounds. As a Trammell Crow Company (TCC) developer, they have a strong mandate for growth both in London and beyond, with the aim of becoming the UK’s leading BtR developer. Telford Homes is a fully integrated development business, providing an end-to-end service for their partners, including land sourcing and acquisition, planning, design, development and construction.
Amit has over 16 years experience in planning and almost entirely within the London residential sector. Amit has secured various planning permissions ranging from complex sites to large urban regeneration sites. At Telford Homes, Amit is responsible for the planning function and portfolio of sites that require planning permission. Amit ensures a wholistic approach is adopted by ensuring Telford Homes can deliver viable planning permissions that have undertaken consultation with statutory parties and the local community.
Head of Planning, British Land
Michael is Head of Planning at British Land and a member of the company’s Development Committee.
British Land is one of the UK’s leading property investment and development companies. As Head of Planning, Michael is responsible for British Land’s planning activities across the UK. This includes leading on planning strategy and delivery across the company’s London campuses and wider political engagement.
Michael has over 16 years’ experience in planning and has been responsible for delivering some of British Land’s largest planning consents, including 1 Triton Square, which will become the new UK headquarters of Dentsu Aegis Network; the mixed-use restoration and redevelopment of Norton Folgate; as well as 1 Finsbury Avenue, 100 Liverpool Street and 1 Broadgate, which form part of the ongoing transformation of Broadgate.
He is a Trustee of West Euston Partnership.
Jules Pipe CBE
Deputy Mayor, Planning, Regeneration and Skills, Mayor of London
Jules Pipe is working on key priorities for the Mayor, including: revision of the London Plan, major regeneration projects across the capital, ensuring London’s infrastructure needs are delivered to benefit all Londoners, and building a skills system that properly addresses the needs of young people and the economy.
Jules has unrivalled knowledge of London government, becoming the first directly elected mayor of Hackney in 2002 and serving as Chair of London Councils from 2010 until he joined the Mayor’s team in 2016.
Chief Executive, Peabody
Brendan is Chief Executive of Peabody, a housing association owning and managing 67,000 homes in London and the South East. Peabody is a landlord, property developer (building over 2,500 homes per annum), care provider, investor in communities. Peabody is building a new town at Thamesmead in south east London, over 1,000 homes on the old Holloway Prison site and many other large sites in London. Brendan was recently listed by the Evening Standard as one of the top 10 influencers in Property as part of the Progress 1000 and is a regular commentator in the press and on TV on housing and welfare issues.
Brendan has worked in housing all of his professional life and sees housing associations as a great model for delivering a social purpose. He sees his role as the guardian of the values and the vision of the organisation whilst delivering excellent homes and services at prices people can afford. Brendan is a campaigner for the needs of ordinary Londoners and the importance of diversity in the city.
Brendan graduated from Leeds in 1982 with a degree in Architectural Engineering.
Managing Director - Development Europe, Lendlease
Bek Seeley is the Managing Director for Development at Lendlease.
In her current role Bek is responsible for leading the senior development team for the successful delivery of Lendlease’s European pipeline including the Euston Estate, Thamesmead North, Birmingham Smithfield, Elephant Park, Silvertown Quays, IQL Stratford, Deptford Landings, High Road West and both Milano Santa Guilia and MIND in Milan.
Most recently she held the position of Chief Operating Officer for Development and was instrumental in winning a number of major projects for Lendlease, as well as overseeing operations and the overall growth of the business.
Before joining Lendlease in 2015 Bek’s career spanned the public and private sectors, having held a range of operational and commercial roles including in economic development, infrastructure, built environment and public services.
Bek regularly speaks at industry conferences and events, including at MIPIM and the West Midlands Forum for Growth.
Managing Director, London, CBRE
Richard is the Managing Director for CBRE’s London business. His area of expertise is in the London office sector with the majority of his career spent working with his clients to deliver best in class mixed use developments that have transformed parts of London and attracted world class businesses and their talented people.
He is passionate about London being a world class metropolis where people and business can flourish.
Managing Director – Institutional PRS and Build to Rent, Foxtons
Sarah is Managing Director of Institutional PRS and Build to Rent for Foxtons and has worked in the Private Rented Sector for the past 21 years. She has extensive experience in all aspects of lettings including valuation and corporate strategy. Sarah relishes the challenge presented by a large-scale Build to Rent and delivering exceptional results for her clients.
Head of UK Living Research, JLL
Nick Whitten manages the day to day operations of the London-based JLL Living Research team with covers the residential, student accommodation and senior living sectors in the UK.
The team provides UK market briefing papers and thought leadership that supports the wider residential, affordable housing, multifamily, student accommodation and senior living advisory and agency businesses at JLL. It engages directly with Government to provide policy advice and with JLL’s clients to provide transactional support and strategic consultancy advice.
Nick’s experience spans advisory for both public and private sector clients on residential development and investment opportunities. He acts as a JLL spokesperson for a wide range of housing market-related issues and is regularly cited in national and international media. He is also a regular speaker at property industry conferences.
Nick spent 13 years working as a journalist, seven of which were in the property industry. He joined JLL in 2014 from property journal Estates Gazette where he developed a well-known industry profile as News Editor. Prior to that he was Business Editor at Construction News.
Mike is the Chief Executive of the Partnerships South division of Countryside Properties. The division specialises in large-scale residential-led regeneration projects delivered through partnerships with local authorities, housing associations or landowners. The division operates across four regional businesses in London and the home counties.
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David Whitehead, Head of Building Solutions, Jacobs
Planning for the future in London
As the Government embarks on overhaul of England’s planning system, what will this mean for London’s unique planning arrangements?
Recovery and renewal in the housing market
As we look ahead, set against an uncertain economic outlook, will the Capital still be facing its historical supply and demand challenges?
Finding a new normal in commercial real estate
In the midst of every crisis, lies an opportunity, but what is that for commercial real estate in London?
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Tuesday, 26 January 2021
10:00am – 11:30am
Planning for the future in London
Tuesday 26 January
As the Government embarks on overhaul of England’s planning system, what will this mean for London’s unique planning arrangements? Are the GLA’s devolved planning powers under threat? How will London’s Local Planning Authorities fit into the coming reforms? A panel of experts will debate: what is the ideal planning system we want in the Capital and what should its priorities be?
Before the coronavirus pandemic hit, London faced a housing crisis. As we look ahead, set against an uncertain economic outlook, will the Capital still be facing its historical supply and demand challenges? What are the key factors that will drive forward a renewal of London’s housing market? Hear from different parts of the market as those taking the decisions about building homes in the Capital set out their strategies for the future.
In the midst of every crisis, lies an opportunity, but what is that for commercial real estate in London? Structural changes to the way that we shop and expectations about our places of work were already having an impact on the high street and office space. Has London’s post-lockdown experience completely changed the future of the commercial space we need to build, and how we use what we already have? The key players join us to debate what comes next for commercial real estate in London.