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.


Beyond Certification – Innovation and Wellbeing

ULI UK – Sustainability Council Day Summary  4th June 2018 Author: Enzo Giovanetti, La Française While the word is often associated with greenwashing and meaningless statements, sustainability is actually measurable and encompasses more than energy performance and greenhouse gas emission measurements.  Thus, this year’s ULI UK Sustainability Council Day focused on the relevance of certifications as proxy for driving forward sustainability in the built environment.  It was also the opportunity to explore how innovation in wellbeing has the potential to make sustainability revolve around users.  Bringing together professionals from across … Read More

ULI UK Becomes a Partner of Immowell-Lab

ULI UK has partnered up with Immowell-Lab, the innovation ecosystem gathering startups with real estate professionals and corporate occupiers to accelerate the intake of health and wellbeing topics in the real estate sector. Founded late 2015, Immowell-Lab now includes 70+ startups selected by 25+ partners and has fostered 200 POCs (pilot projects). This ecosystem covers a wide range of topics around health and wellbeing and promotes innovative startups solutions that can be used on various asset types, including offices, retail and residential and at all stages of building lifecycle. Immowell-Lab … Read More

ULI UK Construction Masterclass with Peter Rogers and Tom Bradley

The ULI UK Construction Masterclass on 28th March, started with an introduction from Peter Rogers on his career beginnings. Since he was very young, Peter has been fascinated by how to assemble things: “I knew I wanted to build but I wasn’t sure what.” Peter went on to tell us about his first meeting with Sir Stuart Lipton. It was in the late 1970s, whilst he was the contractor and Lipton the developer of the commercial Cutlers Gardens scheme in the City. This was the beginning of the well-known long-time … Read More

ULI Digital city and Urban Tech Conference 2018

Digitisation of cities and urban technology is enabling highly dynamic environments that offer far reaching opportunities to transform many aspects of our urban environment and society. ULI brought together professionals from across the city, technology, innovation and urban realm (planning, design, development, management) and investment fields on the 17th April 2018 at City Hall, London to share, understand and challenge how innovation and digital transformation could play a role in addressing city level challenges. Adam Burstow, Digital Director/Grosvenor, and Co-Chair of the ULI Tech Forum, opened the conference.  He noted … Read More

ULI UK Urban Art Forum: ‘Does Urban Art Pay Back?’

It’s a question that plays on the minds of developers and governments alike; does the often-substantial cost of promoting art and culture, from sculptures to ponds to pop-up operas, have a material and quantifiable benefit? The ULI gathered in a most appropriate location – Argent’s offices behind Granary Square in Kings Cross – to solve this riddle, for the recently launched Urban Art Forum’s second event on 26 March 2108. The panel comprised of four leading professionals across the public and private sectors, each of whom have a differing daily … Read More

Leveraging Public Investment for Build to Rent

The Homes and Communities Agency (now Homes England) has played a key role in the delivery of housing having provided £1.6 billion of financial investment through their Build to Rent and Home Building Funds. The ULI UK Residential Council hosted an event on ‘Leveraging Public Investment for Build to Rent’ on 16th November at Berwin Leighton Paisner in London to invite insights from both the public and private sectors on the opportunities for innovative financial participation and lessons learned. Welcome & Introductions Alex Notay of Places for People introduced the session alongside Andrew Yates … Read More

ULI UK Next: Leading Skills’ Seminar – Team Leadership Skills with Ciara Woods

ULI UK NEXT exists to serve ULI members aged 35-45 by providing tailored knowledge sharing opportunities and networking events. Our first ‘Leading Skills’ seminar series of 2018 explored Team Leadership Skills. Led by Ciara Woods, an executive coach with over 20 years’ experience as a coach and consultant helping organisations and individuals transform, this was an engaging breakfast session for 17 ULI UK NEXT members hosted by CMS. Ciara impressed upon attendees the benefits of active leadership and set a challenge to the group early on to think about the … Read More

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