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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

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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

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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

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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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2017 – Maintaining the balance or a time for bold moves?

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Scotland cities like all UK cities moved down the ULI/PwC European Emerging Trends in Real Estate rating however, investment sentiment remains higher than London (no. 27) with Edinburgh rated 24th. Residential markets (housing, PRS, student housing and aged care) top the 10 investment opportunity areas however, a focus on asset performance and ‘customer’ engagement indicates there may be limited market movement. Liz Waller, ULI UK Executive Director provided a snapshot of the 2017 report findings which like last year raised the challenge of uncertainty but also looked forward towards an … 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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Emerging Trends in Real Estate – 2017 Report Launch

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Representatives from across the industry enjoyed the warm hospitality of M&G Real Estate at their offices in Grosvenor Place on Thursday 10 November. It was an excellent location to launch this years report on Emerging Trends in Real Estate, an investigation lead by the ULI and PwC. This year’s report encompasses perspectives from across the industry, not just the views of investors and lenders. As such, it was encouraging to see so many faces from all across the industry in attendance. This diversity was represented on our panel too. On … 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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L’Accord de Paris: A Potential Game Changer for the Global Real Estate Industry

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In Paris in late 2015, the 21st annual Conference of the Parties (COP-21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change took place. At this historic event, 195 countries reached an unprecedented agreement to combat climate change by accelerating and intensifying the transition to a near-zero carbon global economy this century: the Paris Agreement on climate change, otherwise known as L’Accord de Paris. The central element of this agreement is the aggressive scientific objective of holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above preindustrial … Read More

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