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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.

News

How can buildings improve our workplace wellness?

Three passionate speakers and a well-versed moderator were lined up for the ULI Summer Drinks at The Collective HQ in Bloomsbury on the evening of 13th July 2017. The discussion centred around workplace wellness, providing an informative and insightful look into the growing importance of well-being across the urban realm. The panel discussion was particularly topical, as work spaces in London are shrinking and becoming increasingly more expensive. Everybody in the room could relate to the topic discussed, and judging by the conversations the followed afterwards, had strong opinions on … Read More

ULI Retail Healthy Places Roundtable

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As people live longer and many cities densify it is becoming more apparent that the urban environment plays an increasingly integral role in human health. ULI recently held a Retail focused Healthy Places Roundtable in Birmingham, bringing together key players (see attendees in summary link below) from across the urban life-cycle to understand and challenge how property and the urban environment could play a leadership role in improving citizen health. The roundtable also forms part of a growing programme across ULI with two earlier forums in the UK and the … Read More

ULI Tech Conference – 4th Revolution

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Curious to know what London will look like in 2020?  Delegates at the recent ULI Tech Conference found the answer in startling resolution. Data is the buzzword of the industry and everyone from start-ups to corporates are scrambling to harness it.  But what difference does the potential for connectivity and digitisation of our urban environment make to what, why and how we develop our cities? Author: Alex Jezeph, JLL with input from Freddie Daley, Blackstock STREETS -THE HEART OF CITIES Tim Stonor from Space Syntax opened the conference discussing the … Read More

New leadership – ULI UK Infrastructure Council

ULI UK is delighted to share that Chris Choa has been appointed as chair of ULI UK. Chris will work closely with the broad range of programmes across ULI UK, including Infrastructure. “In an age of extraordinary political and systemic change for cities, this is a particularly interesting moment for ULI. “The Infrastructure Council is well-positioned to identify and develop new insights to inform the development of urban land.” We are pleased to share that Hugh Roberts and Paula Hirst as the new Co-Chairs for the ULI UK Infrastructure Council. … Read More

Innovators & Disrupters Series: Build to Rent

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With four fantastic speakers and a great moderator lined up as well as with a particularly challenging yet exciting topic on the agenda, the “Build to Rent” event from the ULI Innovators & Disruptors series on 4th May was bound to be a success. From insights on funding and viability for the Build to Rent sector, through presentations on issues associated with designing and delivering successful BTR schemes in the UK, to a discussion around the numerous questions raised by the audience – all of this helped underpin a truly … Read More

ULI UK Annual Conference 2017

ULIUK Conference 2017, UBS London, 24th May 2017

How can real estate adjust to the brave new world of tech innovation? With this year’s Urban Land Institute UK’s annual conference hosted at UBS’s new “groundscraper” HQ in Broadgate, an imposing steel-plated building designed around cutting-edge concepts such as “agile hotdesking” tailored to the preferences of the modern worker, it was only apt that much of the day focused on how real estate could respond to shifting employee demands and the profound technological shifts of our time. But perhaps there may not be as much of a shift as … Read More

Virtual Cities: Gaming Engines & Urban Planning

“How can virtual worlds help us plan for the real world?” Christopher Choa asks in his prelude to the talk. How can the advances in digital simulation, visualisation and AI virtualisation “create new decision-making strategies” by generating, evaluating and analysing different outcomes? Three leaders at the intersection between urban planning and data visualisation step forward to answer these questions. In the first talk of the evening, titled “New digital products and engagement through visualisation and gaming at City Hall”, Smart London Policy and Delivery Officer Stephen Lorimer discusses London’s new Office of Technology … Read More

Jonathan Rose gives Well-Tempered advice

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  Last Tuesday, the Urban Land Institute, in partnership with the Cambridge University Land Society, welcomed guests to a ‘fireside chat’ with Jonathan Rose, author of ‘The Well-Tempered City’, the best-seller looking at what modern science, ancient societies and human nature can all teach us about the future of urban life. Cities have existed for thousands of years, but humanity still has yet to perfect them. The issues they face, from unaffordable housing to unsustainable development, will become all the more pressing as we move into the future, with nearly … Read More

Rent Acquisition by Design?

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The event on 20th March started with an opening keynote presentation by Professor Paul Cheshire on a research he has been conducting with Dr Gerard Dericks, on rent acquisition by trophy architecture in London’s office market. The presentation began with the question: why are there so few tall buildings in London? Paul Cheshire went on to explain that the reason for this was the UK planning system: it restricts the supply of (office) space, by both height controls and restriction on locations in which offices can be built, and so … Read More

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