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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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Lunch & Learn with Nick Cuff

Kindly hosted by JLL, the November 2017 Lunch and Learn provided the UK Young Leaders a chance to sit down with Nick Cuff, Land Director at Pocket Living. Nick started his presentation by giving some insight into his career path before giving a presentation on his current employer, Pocket Living, an innovative property developer, who build affordable housing for Londoners. Reflecting on his career, Nick identified strategies which have lead him to his position as Land Director at Pocket Living. Rather than rushing up the career ladder, Nick has taken … Read More

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Lunch & Learn with Nick Cuff, Pocket Living

For a number of ULI UK Young Leaders, budget day had a treat in store…but not from the Chancellor. The day was the opportunity to share lunch with/ learn from Nick Cuff, Land Director at Pocket Living, the developer of affordable housing in London. Over lunch, kindly hosted by Alexandra Jezeph at JLL’s Warwick Street home, Nick (one of Property Week’s “Forty Under 40”) shared his career wisdom, as well as how Pocket is disrupting the residential market. Nick shared a number of invaluable thoughts on career progression. Three broad … Read More

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Reimagining density: the Royal Wharf

As the housing crisis took centre stage in the Autumn budget, the Urban Land Institute offered a glimpse into how architects and developers are maximising the potential of new London developments, by organising a tour of the Royal Wharf, a flagship regeneration project alongside the Thames in East London. The ‘What is Density’ event used the Royal Wharf as a backdrop to consider how creative thinking can be used to deliver a bespoke development. The Royal Wharf, owing to its location on the banks of the River Thames and in … Read More

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Urban Art Forum Launch: Land Art Generator Initiative

Words by Christopher Choa, ULI UK Chair I recently moderated the inaugural event of the ULI Urban Art Forum, which was devoted to the work of the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI). We are in a period of increasing awareness related to climate adaptations and renewable energy. At the same time, when we undertake urban regeneration efforts, we recognise the centrality of narratives that create identity and meaning.  The presentation of the LAGI/Land Art Generator Initiative takes place at this fascinating intersection of renewable energy and public art. The original … Read More

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Joint SPR/ULI European Logistics Seminar

Speakers at this Joint SPR/ULI European Logistics Seminar confirmed that even though logistics has been one of real estate’s strongest sectors in recent years, plenty of potential for future growth still remains. Speaking first, Alex Lund of M&G Real Estate stressed that although Europe’s logistics real estate is a highly competitive investment sector with limited supply, it promises to provide healthy future performance, driven by strong fundamentals and the growing cohesion of European economies.  Based on the parts of M&G Real Estate’s Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) that relate … Read More

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Lunch & Learn with Rory Joyce, Principal of Brunel Planning

Rory Joyce, Principal of Brunel Planning, led a lunch and learn session for ULI Young Leaders on 24 October 2017.  Rory took us through some of the big and interesting projects he has worked on, from the Mall at Cribbs Causeway, to the refurbishment of Parliament, work for the Airports Commission, Poundbury, Coryton Oil Refinery and Northumberland National Park, and his role as Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Environment Select Committee. The discussion considered modular construction, and the perception of it in the UK as post war prefabricated … Read More

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ULI UK REIT Seminar

The first ULI UK REIT seminar took place on 12th October at the offices of Goodwin where an audience of 100 heard about the state of the UK REITs market, why we are seeing a flurry of new REIT launches, the pros and cons of externally managed REITs and the lessons that we can learn from the US REIT market. The seminar opened with presentations by Hans Vrensen, Managing Director / Head of Research & Strategy, AEW Europe, London on the state of the market and Ettore Santucci, Partner, Goodwin, … Read More

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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

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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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