Category Archives: ULI Scotland

2017 – Maintaining the balance or a time for bold moves?

Scotland cities like all UK cities moved down the ULI/PwC European Emerging Trends in Real Estate rating however, investment sentiment remains higher than London (no. 27) with Edinburgh rated 24th. Residential markets (housing, PRS, student housing and aged care) top the 10 investment opportunity areas however, a focus on asset performance and ‘customer’ engagement indicates there may be limited market movement. Liz Waller, ULI UK Executive Director provided a snapshot of the 2017 report findings which like last year raised the challenge of uncertainty but also looked forward towards an … Read More

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UrbanPlan UK 2016-17 Programme Takes Shape

After a very successful first year delivering UrbanPlan UK in 24 schools and reaching 500 pupils, we are now turning our attention to the next academic year. Thanks to the wonderful support of our funders (our original group and some new recruits) we are in good shape to plan ahead for next year and it is our aspiration to deliver in 40 schools targeting 1200 pupils across the country. We are already booking schools from Scotland to Southampton and we also have a new website too so do please take … Read More

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Cautious Optimism – Emerging Trends in Real Estate Scotland

Continued caution and optimism for real estate investment were sentiments that resonated from the recent Emerging Trends in Real Estate (ETRE) event in Edinburgh. Highlights of the report as shared by Liz Waller, ULI UK (view presentation here) and subsequent panel discussion indicated that Edinburgh could be much higher within the city index (18th for 2016). A lack of prime assets, political uncertainty both from devolution, emerging policy and a possible UK EU exit were raised as likely influences for investor caution. An in-depth panel discussion with Alison Fyfe, Urbicus … Read More

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ULI UK – Reflections on 2015, Glimpses in to 2016 – ULI Scotland

In 2015 ULI Scotland continued to build on ULI’s diverse programme of real estate forums. Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2015 and the ULI Funds Seminar highlighted that Scotland’s investment community held an optimistic view that city locations and bespoke investment were of a growing interest. Global capital remains an opportunity however there is an increasing demand for for a more tailored approach which includes collaborative initiatives between cities and the wider real estate market that unlock urban regeneration, deeper value capture and innovative opportunities. City centres that engage in … Read More

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Emerging Trends in Real Estate® Europe 2016

Urban Land Institute and PwC will soon be launching Emerging Trends in Real Estate® Europe 2016. Our report represents the views of senior industry figures including real estate investors, developers, fund managers, lenders, and other real estate professionals across Europe and is one of the most highly-regarded and widely-read trends report in the real estate industry. Join us at one of our events across the UK to hear from industry experts and development visionaries on where to place your bets in 2016 and key insights into forces that are shaping the … Read More

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ULI @ Property 2015 Conference – ULI UK

ULI UK is pleased to support the Property 2015 Conference hosted by Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP. Property 2015 brings together industry leaders to discuss the key issues and challenges facing the property industry in Scotland.  Colin Innes, Partner, Shepherd and Wedderburn will chair the event and speakers include longstanding ULI member, Ian Mulcahey, Managing Director, Planning & Urban Design Practice Area Leader, Principal, Gensler Architects. For further information and to book your place please visit

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Real Estate Funds Seminar Edinburgh – a time of collaboration and opportunity

Although the market appears exuberant and displays some of the characteristics of a bubble, the weight of capita seeking to invest in real estate as an asset is continuing to sustain the market. Some long-term traditional sources of capital, such as traditional life insurance products and defined benefit pension schemes are maturing however, new sources of capital are entering the market to replace them. Some investors are looking for new opportunities with safe long-term returns. For many investors, traditional Real Estate funds have lost their appeal and they are looking … Read More

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Emerging Trends in Real Estate – Scotland

PwC and ULI Scotland delivered an engaging seminar around the recent Emerging Trends in Real Estate Report. The outlook for 2015 was shared by Susannah Simpson, Director, PwC Scotland and highlighted that residential and healthcare sectors were regarded as the highest investment opportunities and 18% agree that sustainable assets achieve higher rental value. Interestingly the report highlights that 27% have investment horizons of 10+ years while 44% have investment horizons between 1-5 years.  The panel which included: Iain Henderson Hendelsbanken; Alan Howie, Keills, James Rushworth, Standard Life Investments; Greg Ward, … Read More

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Drone delivers ‘Tomorrow’s City Centre Report’ Glasgow

Last October Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and the Urban Land Institute wanted to consider how evolving technologies would influence consumer behaviours and the impact that this would have on the city centre over the next five years. As a result the ‘Tomorrow’s City Centre’ Retreat and Conference was born, a two day advisory panel style event that brought together business leaders, technology specialists and city futurists. The retreat has proved pivotal in capturing key questions, challenges and identifying the opportunities facing Glasgow city centre. “Allow lots of smaller players in…create … Read More

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Build to Rent Edinburgh Event

ULI UK’s Residential Council held the first roadshow event for Build to Rent: A Best Practice Guide in Edinburgh 5th June. Hosted by Shepherd & Wedderburn, overlooking the Edinburgh skyline, the event attracted over 60 people from across Scotland’s diverse residential and broader real estate sector. The ULI Build to Rent Guide was presented by leading members from the ULI UK Residential Council who shared insights of how investors, government and developers could deliver Build to Rent as an asset for the Scottish housing sector. Highlights from the presentation shared … Read More

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