Date: Thursday 22 November 2018
Venue: Slough, London
The growth day for west London and the Thames Valley
West London and the Thames Valley are about to become better connected than ever before.
Major transport infrastructure projects such as the Elizabeth Line, which will extend to Reading in 2019, HS2, which will begin running trains to Birmingham in 2026 and Old Oak and Park Royal, opening a whole new community in west London - operate alongside the recent decision from parliament to back Heathrow expansion - will pull together west London and the Thames Valley for the first time on a mass scale. Together, these two economic regions generate 2500 hectares of development opportunities and £2.4 billion in added land value for every billion spent. These major infrastructure projects in west London and the Thames Estuary have the potential to generate £314 billion for the UK economy.
WOW London is a new forum that, for the first time, will bring together over 200 politicians, industry leaders, developers and investors together to discuss and debate the challenges and opportunities for what will become an economic region in its own right.
8.00 - Breakfast for up to 100 delegates
8.45 - Welcome speech by conference chair Brendon Walsh
8.50 - Keynote Speech – Tan Dhesi MP, co-chair western rail link to Heathrow
9.00 - Session 1: Infrastructure
There are a number of infrastructure projects transforming West London and the wider Thames Valley: Heathrow, HS2, Crossrail and Old Oak and Park Royal. The first panel of the morning will focus on these projects, and the benefits they will bring to the area.
Keynote speech: Phil Wilbraham, expansion programme director, Heathrow
10.05 - Session 2: private sector
In the previous panel, delegates learned about the various infrastructure projects that are transforming west London and the Thames Valley. The second panel of the morning will discuss how these projects affect the development sector. Where are the new homes being built? What opportunities for employment are being opened up? For this session, the panel members will discuss key development projects in the area, the opportunities west London and west of west London have for further growth, and how this can be achieved.
11.05 - Networking break
11.25 - Session 3: public sector
For the final session of the morning, the role of local authorities will be examined. What are councils doing to stimulate inward investment and bring growth to their areas? How can they benefit from the infrastructure and development projects discussed in the first two sessions? What are the opportunities for public – private partnerships?
12.30 - Networking lunch
14.00 - Briefing sessions A and B
A series of workshops organised in two streams, about different topics (to be announced shortly).
15.30 - Council Leaders session
Rapid fire questions for Council Leaders:
16.15 - Closing speech – Cllr James Swindlehurst
16.30 - Drinks reception
**The event organisers reserve the right to make changes to the programme with no notice.
To book your place, contact Josie Brewer for more information on:
0207 978 6840 or email Josie@3foxinternational.com
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