The Thames Estuary Growth Day 2018 was a successful conference bringing together a delegation of 200 delegates to explore delivery,

connectivity, communities and other sectors identified by the 2050 Growth Commission.

A news story from the conference can be read here.

If you would like to view photos from the conference please click here.

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Date: Wednesday 31 October 2018

Venue: CentrEd at ExCeL London, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, London E16 1XL

Time: 08.00-17.30

Tickets: To book your place,  or contact Jake Westhead for more information 0207 978 6840

Discover the economic growth and development opportunities in east London, Kent and Essex, at the second annual Thames Estuary Growth Day.

Last year, the Thames Estuary Growth Day brought together 23 local authorities from the Thames Estuary region, and 107 development companies, investment agencies, housing associations, surveyors and architects for a day of meetings, discussions, and research.

The second event will welcome a delegation of 250+ to explore delivery, connectivity, communities and sectors as identified by the 2050 Growth Commission; sustainable communities and the Thames River; and explore the Thames Estuary as a place to invest.

Councils: learn from your peers how they are gearing up for growth, homes and jobs to make the most of the region’s revitalization.

Developers: discover the development opportunities, infrastructure investments and decision makers making the Thames Estuary a vital part of your business plans.





Welcome speech by the conference chair - Mark Easton, home editor, BBC


Keynote 1 - Robert Sinclair, CEO, London City Airport


PANEL 1 Sustainable communities

Sustainable development; Placemaking; Residents' wellbeing; Affordable housing

According to the Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission, over a million new homes will be needed in the region over the next 30 years, opening whole new communities for people to live affordably, healthily and be well-connected to employment hubs and leisure facilities. The first panel of the day will explore how these new and sustainable communities can be realised.

Speakers include:

  • Jane Briginshaw, director, Design England
  • Peter Adams, chief development officer, London City Airport
  • Richard Blyth, head of policy, Royal Town Planning Institute
  • Kate Ives, development director, Wates Residential


Keynote - Sadie Morgan, director, dRMM Architects and previously vice-chair of the Thames Estuary 2015 Growth Commission


PANEL 2 Production

Employment; Economic growth; Sectors

The need for more homes in the Thames Estuary will be driven by an increase in employment opportunities and the second panel of the day will discuss how economic activity in the area will be stimulated. What are the key sectors driving growth, and how does the Mayor of London and South East LEP's production corridor fit into the picture?

Speakers include:

  • Margot Orr Jones, director of future cities development, Jacobs
  • Liam McKay, director of corporate affairs, London City Airport
  • Alistair Gale, corporate affairs & strategy director, London Port Authority
  • Mark Brearley, professor of urbanism at The Cass, Metropolitan University London


Coffee break


Keynote Tony Pidgley, chairman of Berkeley Homes


PANEL 3 Partnership building

The final session of the morning will discuss how ambitious growth projects can be delivered through partnership building.

Speakers include:

  • Dr. Vicky Hutchinson, head of social value, ISG
  • Stephen Armitage, head of public sector, Lambert Smith Hampton
  • Wilma Allan, chief finance officer, London City Airport
  • Lyn Carpenter, chief executive, Thurrock Council
  • Geoff Pearce, executive director of regeneration and development, Swan Housing


Keynote - Rokhsana Fiaz, mayor of Newham




Six workshops in three streams.


Keynote Fiona Fletcher-Smith, group director, L&Q


Council Leaders panel

Rapid fire questions from the audience for Council Leaders.

  • Cllr Darren Rodwell, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
  • Cllr Teresa O'Neill, London Borough of Bexley
  • Cllr Alan Jarrett, Medway
  • Cllr John Lamb, Southend-on-Sea


Drinks reception

*The organizers reserve the right to change the programme at no notice