Category Archives: Councils and Forums

Final Homes

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Part of the Innovators and Disrupters series, Final Homes was an interactive discussion with Anne Feikje Weidema, director of the Research Focus Group on Housing for the Elderly at PLP Architecture, on her research on elderly housing in the Netherlands. At the heart of her discussion is the belief that “environments in which we reside and live have an enormous impact on how we experience our lives”. Anne argues that elderly homes today are  not cut out for the next generation of elderly, who are, although aging, also fitter, have longer life … Read More

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ULI UK Sustainability Council Day

Urban Resilience: Health, Circular Economy and Flooding Our urban environment is rapidly evolving to meet the resource, health and climate requirements of the future but are these changes wide spread? Drawing on applied learnings and research from the circular economy, health and flooding, the Sustainability Council Day will bring together multi-disciplinary urban professionals to better understand how best practice is unlocking and delivering urban resilience. The ULI UK Sustainability Council Day – kindly hosted by Sidley Austin, 25 Basinghall St, London EC2V 5HA – will take place on 23rd May 2017. This … Read More

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ULI UK Residential and Infrastructure Council Day

Innovative Finance and Delivery of Social and Affordable Housing at Scale Finance is available and housing demand across our cities are at an all-time high, yet delivery of housing that caters for diverse demographics across our urban realm is not being realised. The ULI UK Infrastructure and Residential Product Councils have observed examples of innovative financing that is or could enable housing to be delivered at scale but as yet have seen limited adoption in the UK. Examples have included: Social and Liquid Bonds Land value capture around infrastructure nodes … Read More

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A workspace or a social experience? A tour of Sky Central

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Author: Rob Enright, Blackstock PR Last month a small group of ULI members had the privilege to tour the tallest commercial timber structure in the UK. Neil Usher, Director of Workplace at Sky, Wayne McKiernan, of PLP Architecture, and Arup’s Carolina Bartram guided the group through a structure that really is a social experience. The building is a modern, people-centric workplace. The tour took us through a 37,700m2 building that has been designed to encourage flexibility, openness, ease of access and communication. Along the way we journeyed through 18 ‘neighbourhoods’ … Read More

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Reflections from ULI UK Sustainability Chair, Jon Lovell

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Well, that was some year! A year of extraordinary paradoxes and contradictions. In truth, I’m still trying to get my head around it, such was the peculiarity of the many events which unfolded. Hot on the heels of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, I headed in to 2016 with a renewed sense of hope and determination. Finally, after years of effort, the world had taken a unanimous stand against one of the defining threats of our time. Political resolve unparalleled in living memory, emboldened by the clarion call from … Read More

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Capital Markets Insights

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Six months on from the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, “Brexit” is still dominating every discussion about UK real estate. The perception at the annual ULI UK Capital Markets Roundtable was that while the UK, and London in particular, will remain a safe haven for global capital in the long term, over the short-to-medium term real estate is in for a painful period. There is still only minimal clarity as to how and when Brexit will be undertaken. But the economic impact it is having, in the form … Read More

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Tech Forum: Digital Journey

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Are real estate organisations adapting to the digital age? The recent ULI Tech Forum debate led by Tim Stonor, Managing Director, Space Syntax explored this question with views from four leading organisations and a multi-disciplinary audience, highlighting common barriers, key trends and processes that real estate could adopt be meet this new era. A robot called Nau was meant to launch the evening presentation but sadly fell over and subsequently sat throughout the forum blinking at the audience with its engaging eyes. Fittingly this highlighted that some technology is fallible … Read More

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Alex Notay to Drive Innovation and Growth at Places for People

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ULI UK’s Director of Policy, Alex Notay, will sadly be leaving the ULI UK staff team to join Places for People, as its new Director of Product and Service Innovation. Alex has been an instrumental and well liked member of the team and we are delighted that she has agreed to remain an active member of the Institute and participate in the Executive Committee. Alex is renowned for her work in property and construction. Having started her career in the civil service, Alex moved to ULI in 2009 and became … Read More

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Battersea Power Station- Infrastructure Unlocking Regeneration

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Wonderful blue skies greeted guests at the ULI Battersea Power Station Site tour on Thursday 3rd November. The gargantuan, grade II* listed power station was in clear view, and the cold Autumnal air contrasted with the hive of activity going on around the site. The day started with a presentation by Ian Dodds from Skanska, who shared the impressive numbers behind the regeneration of Battersea Power Station. With seven schemes due to be completed by 2025, the size of the project matches the development itself. Around $8-9 billion will be … Read More

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Tech Forum: Reshaping our Urban Realm

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The ULI UK recently launched the Tech Forum with a Leadership Roundtable amongst a diverse cross-section of Real Estate and Technology professionals. The vibrant debate moderated by Ben O’Neill of Hammerson PLC, ULI UK Tech Forum Chair, highlighted how technology is already playing a leading role in reshaping our urban realm but the complexity of how the industry is adapting and transitioning in this ‘new age’ is still largely unchartered. Amanda Clack, President of the RICS and Head of Infrastructure at EY, set the scene, highlighting that over 60% of … Read More

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