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Member Survey – ULI UK Sustainability Agenda

This survey is the chance for you to share your views on how ULI UK can drive better sustainability decision-making, support the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and accelerate the real estate sector’s transition and contribution towards our collective sustainable future. The Sustainability Committee invites the ULI UK membership along with any interested external parties, guests, and friends to shape our forthcoming content and programming. Sparing 5 mins to answer these 5 quick questions will enable our committee to maximise the value of our activities, and embed sustainability in the … Read More

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How Glasgow Promotes its Real Estate Market Internationally

It is well known that to remain competitive, cities need to continuously evolve and market themselves on an international stage to attract foreign investment. To give us an insight into how the city of Glasgow does this; Elias Haddad, from the Real Estate, Planning & Regeneration (REPR) Society at the University of Glasgow, and the Urban Land Institute (ULI) recently collaborated on welcoming Anne Murray, the Inward Investment Manager from Invest Glasgow, to share her experience into how the city of Glasgow promotes its real estate market. Invest Glasgow Anne … Read More

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Podcast: How technology influences our urban realm

We are delighted to share a podcast with the ULI Tech Forum’s Co-Chairs Adam Burstow, Group Digital & IT Director at Grosvenor Group and Ed Parham, Director at Space Syntax who share their views on how technology influences our urban environment and their vision for the ULI UK Tech Forum. Over the past months the ULI UK Tech Forum have been busy developing a framework that seeks to define the Forum’s mission to create a dialogue around technology, address the opportunities, observe how technology influences our urban environment and better … Read More

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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

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Delivering innovation in large scale regeneration – Here East Site Tour

The Infrastructure and Tech Forum recently held a site tour of Here East, to explore how large-scale regeneration sites are delivering and nurturing innovation through the their development phases. On our arrival we were greeted by Andrew Roughan, Chief Operating Director of Here East. Around a model of the Olympic Stadium site, Andrew explained that Here East located in what was the former broadcast centre for the 2012 Olympics. The site is now an impressive innovative and entrepreneurial campus. Here East, a joint-venture between Delancey and Inifity SDC has a … Read More

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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

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The Business Case for Passivhaus

PassivHaus has grown in popularity in the UK with increasing numbers of private residences and schools completed over the past years, as well as two major efforts exceeding 100 units by local authorities, Camden and Norwich City. Launched in the early 90’s Passivhaus promises highly efficient buildings with far reaching benefits across the building life-cycle. Why is market adoption slow and only until recently being considered at a significant scale in the UK? A roundtable led by the ULI Sustainability and Residential Council’s provided first hand insights from Norwich Council, … Read More

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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

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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

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ULI Later Living Conference Q&A with Richard Meier, partner at Argent LLP

By 2025, 20.2% of the UK’s population is expected to be over the age of 65. As it stands, the UK’s housing sector is vastly underprepared for this demographic shift. The ULI Later Living conference will tackle the key issues in the sector, bringing together experts from across the industry to discuss how to manage the UK’s Later Living sector. Ahead of ULI UK’s Later Living event at Macfarlanes in the City of London, Richard Meier, partner at Argent, tells us that planners and architects need to think more vividly … Read More

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