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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

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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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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

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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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Sustainability Council Evolution

Sustainability has significantly matured across all property sectors and as such the ULI UK Sustainability Council has decided to evolve its focus to ensure it continues to provide a lasting value and impact across ULI. Our new approach to ‘sustainability’ will focus on engaging with the wider ULI agendas to assist in delivering cutting-edge thinking more broadly across all real estate sectors. The ‘Sustainability Council’ will retain a core focus and safe harbour for honest debate through two annual meetings and seek closer collaboration with ULI’s Councils, flagship events and … 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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ULI Retail Healthy Places Roundtable

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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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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