Sustainability Council

Our vision is to accelerate the rapid uptake of sustainability across the UK real estate sector and to remove barriers to enable everyone to implement sustainable practice in all aspects of their work.

Sustainability Council

The UK Sustainability Council’s mission is to accelerate the rapid uptake of sustainability across the UK real estate industry, to provide commoditisation and to remove barriers so everyone can implement sustainable practice in all aspects of their work. Our programme this year will be considered around four main areas of focus: existing buildings, overlaying building performance with productivity, social cohesion and climate resilience.

Who we are

We are investors, institutional property owners and managers, leading designers and engineers, academics and civil servants, as well as other professionals, all active in the UK property sector. We welcome members and participants from the public and private, large and small organisations who care about advancing sustainability in all areas of our industry.

Delivering Our Vision

Our vision is to accelerate the rapid uptake of sustainability across the UK real estate sector, and to remove barriers to enable everyone to implement sustainable practice in all aspects of their work.

We will do this by providing inspiration to the UK property industry through high quality presentations of thought leaders, member discussion, select speakers and by sharing examples of best practice locally and internationally.  We participate as a respected voice in the UK industry on sustainability issues and a ‘safe harbour’ where ideas can be discussed among peers, explored and fostered.  We aim to be the first port of call for members in the UK on sustainability issues.

Our Approach

We work with industry representatives and the public sector in the UK to establish the national agenda. We also work closely with ULI, Greenprint and the European Council internationally, to ensure that we are sharing best practice and thought leadership here in with our members in the UK.

How to join the Sustainability Council

  • Submit a formal request to Robert de Jong.  You may be asked to submit a CV or bio in order for the co-chairs to balance council membership.
  • Attend a meeting as a guest
  • View our upcoming public forums here: ULI UK Events


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

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

Battersea Power Station- Infrastructure Unlocking Regeneration

Wonderful blue skies greeted guests at the ULI Battersea Power Station Site tour on Thursday 3rd November. The gargantuan, grade II* listed power station was in clear view, and the cold Autumnal air contrasted with the hive of activity going on around the site. The day started with a presentation by Ian Dodds from Skanska, who shared the impressive numbers behind the regeneration of Battersea Power Station. With seven schemes due to be completed by 2025, the size of the project matches the development itself. Around $8-9 billion will be … Read More

Old Oak Park Royal Development and Old Oak Park Masterplan Forum

The Old Oak and Park Royal Development is the UK’s largest regeneration project and a centre of extraordinary change. Currently comprised of industrial sites, fragmented neighbourhoods, and extensive railway sidings, the area is poised to transform one of London’s most inaccessible areas into a well-connected, world-class transport interchange, providing new housing and commercial development, surrounded by sustainable and thriving neighbourhoods and valued amenity space. Positioned at the crossing of major transportation networks and the rump-end of the boroughs of Brent, Ealing and Hammersmith & Fulham, the Old Oak and Park … Read More


Christopher Choa, Chair of the ULI Infrastructure Council, recently hosted a presentation at London City Hall.  ULI invited Jeremy Skinner (GLA, Head of Economic Growth & Enterprise), Andrew McMunnigal (GLA, Senior Policy and Projects Officer for Infrastructure) and Paul Hodgson (GLA, GIS & Infrastructure Manager) to discuss an extraordinary GIS map of London. The Infrastructure Group at the Greater London Authority (GLA) has developed this new map, which is currently in beta-testing. No other city has a map of this kind! Like many GIS applications, this database integrates an extraordinary … Read More

UK’s Largest Regeneration Scheme Old Oak and Park Royal – Connectivity and Flexibility

Old Oak and Park Royal has far reaching ambitions to be not only the UK’s largest regeneration scheme but an outstanding development based on its integration of infrastructure, business, community, public realm and sustainability. On the 26th January Michael Mulhern, Director of Planning provided ULI with an in-depth insight into the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation’s (OPDC) approach, as the site transitions to a multi-faceted development that will provide a new destination for business, industry, community and culture. Infrastructure attributes of the development include: £1bn infrastructure investment 10 … Read More

Driverless Cars and the City – Conference InfoBurst

Emerging technologies are blending mega-data, mobility and urban strategies with far reaching implications for our cities, governance and urban realm. Automated movement could undermine or support the development of sustainable, dense, urban cores; it is within this context that the ULI UK Infrastructure Council recently held the Driverless Cars Conference. The conference InfoBurst including speaker presentations can be found here: Driverless Cars and the City Conference InfoBurst Photos from the conference can be viewed here:  Driverless Cars and the City Implications of automated vehicles and mega data on our urban … Read More

Urban Implications of Driverless Cars

On the 12th October around 100 leading organisations, city officials, technology, design and property practitioners convened at City Hall, London to deliberate the implications of autonomous vehicles will bring to cities, mobility and urban realm. Led by Chris Choa, ULI UK Infrastructure Council Chair the conference went beyond the vehicle technology and outlined the reality of how our urban realm will be transformed and governance will need to adapt to meet this near future scenario. Some of the highlights of the conference include: Vehicles are not in use for an … Read More

Upcoming Conference

Driverless Cars and the City 12th October, London. Half day conference exploring how driverless vehicles will transform cities Emerging technologies are blending mega-data, mobility, and urban strategies. Will these innovations disrupt and remodel the workforce? Will automated movement undermine or support the development of urban areas? ULI will explore these questions at its ‘Driverless Cars and the City’ conference on 12th October in London. The conference will bring together researchers, professionals, developers, and government representatives to review current UK trials, movement simulations for European cities, and emerging policy, planning, property, … Read More

Hamburg Study Tour Review

HAMBURG STUDY TOUR REVIEW by Paul Winstanley, Partner, Allsop LLP If you want to encourage a wide range of stakeholders to come together and inspire large scale, mixed use, community based development, you need look no further than Hamburg for a template that delivers results. That was certainly the underlying message I took from attending the ULI’s Study Tour to the second biggest city in Germany in early June (as jointly arranged by the ULI UK Councils). In the UK we all too often debate what the bottle neck to … Read More