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2018 Mentorship Programme

Applications for the 2018 ULI UK Mentorship Programme are now open. Applications are due 16th February 2018 and the programme will commence in March 2018 with a formal kick-off ceremony and networking event. ULI UK Mentorship Programme is a group mentoring programme that provides Young Leader (YL) members with a unique opportunity to discuss relevant issues related to real estate and professional development with their peers and an established member of ULI in a confidential and intimate setting. Each group consists of 3-5  YL members under the age of 35.  Members are from … 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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What’s Next for ULI NEXT?

The ULI NEXT initiative, targeted towards members in the 35-45 age range, aims to connect and elevate the next generation of leaders within ULI and the real industry more broadly. Under the leadership of Marcus Hale, Pan European Development Director, ‎Patrizia Immobilien AG, the ULI UK NEXT group focuses on events and programming tailored to mid-career professionals including: Transitions to Leadership – intimate breakfasts with an industry leader for open and frank conversation. Networked Leaders – events to bring together the members of ULI NEXT UK to foster relationships (and … Read More

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New Urban Art Forum Chair

Hala El Akl, Senior Associate, PLP Architecture will chair the new ULI UK Urban Art Forum.  Hala is a well-known ULI member having co-chaired the Young Leader Group, alongside Charles Royle, for the past couple of years.  Hala and Charlie’s two-year term as Chairs of the YLs will end in March next year (watch this space for an announcement regarding their successors shortly). As an architect, urban designer and planner, Hala is interested in both the physical characteristics of a place and how planning, urban design, urban infrastructure, and architecture … Read More

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On the Cusp of Change

The ULI UK Annual Conference will take place on 5th June 2018 in London and will take a high-level view of the issues affecting our industry.  We have titled the conference ‘On the Cusp of Change’ in recognition of the significant transformations taking place driven by technology, economics and geopolitics.  Key themes in the conference will include social impact, technology and the re-thinking of real estate. Arend Kapteyn, Global Economist from UBS Investment Bank will open the day with a macro economic and geopolitical outlook and we will, as usual, … Read More

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Paul Cheshire Stepping Down

Professor Paul Cheshire, Emeritus Professor of Economic Geography at the London School of Economics (LSE) will sadly be stepping down from the ULI UK Executive Committee at the end of the year. Paul has been a valuable member of the committee for five years and has helped drive our content and programming. An economist by training, Paul, has a strong interest in policy analysis and policy related fields, and was recently named one of the planning industry’s most influential people. During his time at ULI he has helped ULI UK … 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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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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