ULI Midlands

The Midlands Committee offers a high quality and diverse range of activities throughout the year drawing on and sharing global best practice across the Midlands.

ULI Midlands

The Midlands Committee offers a high quality and diverse range of activities throughout the year drawing on and sharing global best practice across the Midlands. Outputs include: presentations, panel discussions, conferences, site/project tours, study tours, policy lunches, publications, research, practical tools for industry professionals and community outreach programmes designed to overcome economic challenges and promote sustainability.


UrbanPlan is back in UK schools – plus piloting the programme in Asia

Urban Plan UK is visiting another 15 schools in March 2018 reaching well over 500 more students! We have recently been joined by three new funders too  – thanks to Legal & General, Redevco Foundation and Allsop for supporting our programme here in the UK and we are looking forward to working with you. What’s more – the team are also heading off to run pilots in Hong Kong, The Philippines and Singapore – UrbanPlan really is on its way to becoming a truly global programme!

Our urban environment is ripe for optimisation

Property technology is whizzing with ‘optimisation’ yet the reality of delivering efficiencies or improvements are not always as direct as stated on the Tech Tin! The ULI Tech Forum recently hosted the first Asset Innovation Series themed around Optimization, with representatives from The Collective, EY, JLL, Standard Chartered Bank and a cross sector audience of real estate professionals. Seeking to understand how optimisation is occurring across the property field the penal debate heard from The Collective’s Lora Salomidou on how her firm was leveraging technology to provide value for her … Read More

Collision: Disintegration or Connection Parag Khanna, Geo-strategist and author

It is becoming more important for cities and countries to protect their connectivity and supply chains rather than focusing on single issue politics. Our global connectivity systems of transportation, energy, and communication were likened to the human skeletal, vascular, and nervous systems. These global infrastructure grids matter much more than land borders. Over the next 40 years the world will experience more infrastructure development than in the past 4000. It is time to focus on functional geography rather than political geography. Despite Brexit, the EU is continuing to grow and … Read More

Collision: Disintegration or Connection: Parag Khanna at ULI UK, by Christopher Choa, ULI UK Chair

On one of his swings past London this week, I had the pleasure of hosting Parag Kanna for an evening ULI session at AECOM.  Parag, with his ever-roving attention, is finishing up a new book centred on the emerging dynamics of South-East Asia. But during this particular presentation and the lively discussion that followed, we focused on how globalism and diversity are colliding with protectionism and solidarity, and tried to address a few questions: How are these colliding themes influencing the planning of regions and cities? Will devolution create fragmented … Read More

Emerging Trends Debate in Edinburgh

ULI UK presented the findings of the ULI/PwC Emerging Trends in Real Estate Europe 2018 report in Edinburgh on 23rd January.  Kindly hosted by the City of Edinburgh in its magnificent Council Chambers, the event examined how Edinburgh’s property market fared against other European cities. Councillor Gavin Barrie, Convener of Housing and Economy, City of Edinburgh opened the event and shared insights in to the Edinburgh real estate market followed by a welcome by Michael Henderson Chairman, ULI Scotland and Partner, Shepherd & Wedderburn. Liz Waller, Executive Director, ULI UK, provided … Read More

2018 Mentorship Programme

Applications for the 2018 ULI UK Mentorship Programme are now closed.   If you are interested in becoming a Mentor, please contact Events & Network Manager, Agnes Gomori. ULI UK Mentorship Programme is a group mentoring programme that provides Young Leader (YL) members with a unique opportunity to discuss relevant issues related to real estate and professional development with their peers and an established member of ULI in a confidential and intimate setting. Each group consists of 3-4  YL members under the age of 35.  Members are from diverse professional backgrounds with an appropriate mix … Read More

Energy Cost of Preservation – Policy Rethink?

Heritage preservation is a contentious topic across the UK and one that can not be measured on a single factor. ULI were privileged to have Christian Hilber, Professor of Economic Geography, LSE share his research into The Energy Cost of Preservation as part of the ULI Research Insights series. The forum provided a fascinating debate which also included Andrea Carvajal, Associate, Sturgis Carbon Profiling and Joe Baker, Head of Service Management, London Borough of Haringey to explore the value of preservation and how whole lifecycle factors should also play an … Read More

What’s Next for ULI NEXT?

The ULI NEXT initiative, targeted towards members in the 35-45 age range, aims to connect and elevate the next generation of leaders within ULI and the real industry more broadly. Under the leadership of Marcus Hale, Pan European Development Director, ‎Patrizia Immobilien AG, the ULI UK NEXT group focuses on events and programming tailored to mid-career professionals including: Transitions to Leadership – intimate breakfasts with an industry leader for open and frank conversation. Networked Leaders – events to bring together the members of ULI NEXT UK to foster relationships (and … Read More

New Urban Art Forum Chair

Hala El Akl, Senior Associate, PLP Architecture will chair the new ULI UK Urban Art Forum.  Hala is a well-known ULI member having co-chaired the Young Leader Group, alongside Charles Royle, for the past couple of years.  Hala and Charlie’s two-year term as Chairs of the YLs will end in March next year (watch this space for an announcement regarding their successors shortly). As an architect, urban designer and planner, Hala is interested in both the physical characteristics of a place and how planning, urban design, urban infrastructure, and architecture … Read More

On the Cusp of Change

The ULI UK Annual Conference will take place on 5th June 2018 in London and will take a high-level view of the issues affecting our industry.  We have titled the conference ‘On the Cusp of Change’ in recognition of the significant transformations taking place driven by technology, economics and geopolitics.  Key themes in the conference will include social impact, technology and the re-thinking of real estate. Arend Kapteyn, Global Economist from UBS Investment Bank will open the day with a macro economic and geopolitical outlook and we will, as usual, … Read More