Category Archives: Councils and Forums

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


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


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


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


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

Corporate Head Shots

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


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

More London, with City Hall on the left and The Shard in the background. Colours courtesy of Mother Nature and the City's electricity supplier.

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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1,000 UK members


ULI UK has passed the 1,000 member mark for the first time since its formation. The landmark figure is testament to breadth of the Council’s work in a wide range of areas across real estate and land use. Thanks to the efforts of our executive committee, staff and members, it’s certainly been a busy year for ULI UK. In May we hosted our inaugural annual conference, which was attended by more than 200 people from the property and urban environment worlds. The last year has also seen the roll out … Read More

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COP21: A Potential Game Changer


ULI was proud to release a new report entitled ‘L’Accord de Paris: A Potential Game Changer for the Global Real Estate Industry’ at the end of September. This summary paper, written by ULI UK Sustainability Chairman, Jon Lovell, and co-produced by ULI Europe & the ULI Center for Sustainability, provides an overview of the key issues and implications for real estate that arise from the COP21 Paris Agreement and the steps that the industry can take in response. In Paris in late 2015, the 21st annual Conference of the Parties … Read More

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ULI/PwC Emerging Trends in Real Estate Report

To align the European Emerging Trends in Real Estate report alongside its sister US and Asia Pacific reports, the launch of this year’s report has been brought forward to November. The report, now in its 14th year, provides an outlook on European real estate investment and development, real estate finance and capital markets, as well as trends by property sector and geographical area. It is based on the opinions of more than 800 internationally renowned real estate professionals, including investors, developers, lenders, agents and consultants. The London launch will take … Read More

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