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ULI UK Construction Masterclass with Peter Rogers and Tom Bradley

The ULI UK Construction Masterclass on 28th March, started with an introduction from Peter Rogers on his career beginnings. Since he was very young, Peter has been fascinated by how to assemble things: “I knew I wanted to build but I wasn’t sure what.” Peter went on to tell us about his first meeting with Sir Stuart Lipton. It was in the late 1970s, whilst he was the contractor and Lipton the developer of the commercial Cutlers Gardens scheme in the City. This was the beginning of the well-known long-time … 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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ULI UK Urban Art Forum: ‘Does Urban Art Pay Back?’

It’s a question that plays on the minds of developers and governments alike; does the often-substantial cost of promoting art and culture, from sculptures to ponds to pop-up operas, have a material and quantifiable benefit? The ULI gathered in a most appropriate location – Argent’s offices behind Granary Square in Kings Cross – to solve this riddle, for the recently launched Urban Art Forum’s second event on 26 March 2108. The panel comprised of four leading professionals across the public and private sectors, each of whom have a differing daily … Read More

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ULI UK NEXT Leadership Dinner

It has taken three years of hard work by the ULI UK NEXT Committee, but finally the inaugural invite-only dinner with a number of the ULI Trustees based in the UK took place as part of the Networked Leaders programme! Thanks to the hospitality of Andy Martin, CEO of BNP Paribas Real Estate UK, the current ULI UK NEXT Committee and NEXT members of the ULI UK Executive Committee  had the pleasure and privilege of spending an evening with Chris Choa (AECOM), Michael Cochran (Eastdil Secured), Rosemary Feenan (JLL), Jeremy … 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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Collision: Disintegration or Connection Parag Khanna, Geo-strategist and author

It is becoming more important for cities and countries to protect their connectivity and supply chains rather than focusing on single issue politics. Our global connectivity systems of transportation, energy, and communication were likened to the human skeletal, vascular, and nervous systems. These global infrastructure grids matter much more than land borders. Over the next 40 years the world will experience more infrastructure development than in the past 4000. It is time to focus on functional geography rather than political geography. Despite Brexit, the EU is continuing to grow and … Read More

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Collision: Disintegration or Connection: Parag Khanna at ULI UK, by Christopher Choa, ULI UK Chair

On one of his swings past London this week, I had the pleasure of hosting Parag Kanna for an evening ULI session at AECOM.  Parag, with his ever-roving attention, is finishing up a new book centred on the emerging dynamics of South-East Asia. But during this particular presentation and the lively discussion that followed, we focused on how globalism and diversity are colliding with protectionism and solidarity, and tried to address a few questions: How are these colliding themes influencing the planning of regions and cities? Will devolution create fragmented … Read More

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Emerging Trends Debate in Edinburgh

ULI UK presented the findings of the ULI/PwC Emerging Trends in Real Estate Europe 2018 report in Edinburgh on 23rd January.  Kindly hosted by the City of Edinburgh in its magnificent Council Chambers, the event examined how Edinburgh’s property market fared against other European cities. Councillor Gavin Barrie, Convener of Housing and Economy, City of Edinburgh opened the event and shared insights in to the Edinburgh real estate market followed by a welcome by Michael Henderson Chairman, ULI Scotland and Partner, Shepherd & Wedderburn. Liz Waller, Executive Director, ULI UK, provided … 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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