by Marco Cillario Wed 15 March 2017, 5:20 pm
A delegation of local authorities from London, organised by 3Fox International, was in Cannes to attend global property conference MIPIM, from 14-17 March.
Representatives from Barking and Dagenham, Bexley, Enfield, Greenwich, Harrow, Havering, Hounslow, Lambeth, Newham, Sutton and Waltham Forest took part in a series of networking events, hosted by 3Fox, to illustrate the main development schemes and investment opportunities in their areas to global business leaders from the property industry.
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(Latest Update: 20 March, 9:30am GMT)
Tuesday 14 March
The first MIPIM conference day was opened by a welcome breakfast reception at 9am CET at the Local London stand in the London Pavilion at Palais des Festivals.
At 11am, the UK capital’s pavilion hosted a series of speeches on the topic “Barking and Dagenham: London’s Growth Opportunity”. Council leader, Councillor Darren Rodwell, announced the appointment of former head of the civil service, Lord Bob Kerslake, as chair of the board of Be First, a council-owned regeneration company aimed at attracting investment to the borough.
The event was also attended by Chris Naylor, the council’s chief executive, and David Lunts, executive director of housing and land at the Greater London Authority.
Lambeth Council took stage at the London Pavilion at 12.30pm. Sandra Roebuck, assistant director of neighbourhoods and investment at the council, Marcus Bate, investment director at Mount Anvil, and Phil Botes of Bourne Capital discussed economic development and regeneration in the borough and the opportunities the council aims to unlock.
Also speaking was Toby Fox, managing director of 3Fox International, with the company launching the first issue of Lambeth magazine. Accompanied by a website and regular e-news bulletins, the business publication explores “the cultural, creative and commercial life” of the borough.
After a lunch at Le Fouquet's, participated in by delegates from Barking and Dagenham, Newham and Havering, it was time for Newham Council to present its case to investors.
At 2.45pm, a reception gave Enfield Council the opportunity to unveil the latest updates on Meridian Water, a £6 billion regeneration scheme on a 85-ha site in the south-east of the borough.
Peter George, assistant director of regeneration and planning at the council, and John Baker, Meridian Water project director, illustrated the plans, which will create 10,000 homes, a new station for Crossrail 2, along with 6,700 jobs, shops, schools, employment and community facilities, by 2036.
Receptions for Newham and Lambeth Council followed between 3 and 4pm.
At 3.30pm, Harrow Council members and representatives from the property industry discussed “Unlocking Growth in Metroland”, as the north-west London areas are known.
Paul Nichols, divisional director of regeneration and planning, and Councillor Keith Ferry, deputy leader, represented the council. Craig Horn of Hyde Housing and Ali Ravanshad of Dandi Living presented the views of the property industry.
Heathrow was another topic addressed at the London Pavilion. At 4.30pm, members of some of the local authorities surrounding the borough, including Hounslow Council, talked about “Making the Most of the Heathrow Gateway”.
Attendees from Hounslow included Councillor Amritpal Mann, deputy leader and cabinet member for environment, and Brendon Walsh, executive director of regeneration, economic development and environment.
They were joined by Slough council leader, Councillor Sohail Munawar, Cheryl Monk, head of community relations at Heathrow, and Alan Holland, SEGRO’s director for London, to discuss opportunities and challenges posed by the airport – a subject which has long been the subject of national debate, continuing since the government announced support for a third runway and a public consultation on the matter was launched.
The importance of the airport economy and its cargo business are the topics of major features in Great West, the 3Fox title for Hounslow, which was launched at MIPIM.
Wednesday 15 March
Delegates interested in workspace design gathered at a breakfast event at the Hotel Barrièrre Le Majestic, attended by Sandra Roebuck, assistant director of neighbourhoods and investment at Lambeth Council, Richard Howard, of Cushman and Wakefield, and Simon Hesketh, from U+I.
The topic – “Designing Exceptional Workspaces” – was discussed from 8.30-10am.
At the Local London stand, representatives from Newham, Barking and Dagenham, Greenwich, Bexley, City Airport and the Greater London Authority shared ideas on “Investing in the East”.
Attendees included Sir Robin Wales, mayor of Newham, Councillor Darren Rodwell, leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, Councillor Danny Thorpe, deputy leader and cabinet member for regeneration and sustainability at Greenwich Council, Gill Steward, chief executive of Bexley Council, Declan Collier, chief executive of London City Airport, and Jules Pipe, deputy mayor for planning, regeneration and skills at the GLA.
3Fox International also organised two lunches at Le Fouquet's, on Boulevard de la Croisette: one for Enfield and Waltham Forest councils; the other for Harrow at MIPIM.
Thursday 16 March
The day began with three breakfast events.
Members of Hounslow Council and Slough Borough Council were at Armani Café on Boulevard de la Croisette to describe the work of the Heathrow Strategic Planning Group (HSPG), which includes nine of the 10 local authorities ringing the 1,227-ha airport.
Together with Hounslow and Slough, the HSPG is made up of representatives of the London Borough of Ealing, Spelthorne Borough Council, Runnymede Borough Council, South Bucks District Council, the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, Surrey County Council and Buckinghamshire County Council.
The group has been formed with the purpose of discussing the impact of the airport’s expansion on the surrounding areas and developing shared strategies and policies to address challenges and opportunities linked with the construction of a third runway.
“Not all the members of HSPG are necessarily for the third runway,” chairman Brendon Walsh, Hounslow Council’s executive director of regeneration, economic development and environment, told Great West magazine. “But there’s a benefit in working together to establish clear understanding of the effects a third runway would have.”
In the mean time at Ma Nolan's on Rue Buttura, Barking and Dagenham Council presented its recently established regeneration company Be First, whose chairman has just been announced (see Tuesday).
The future of Lea Valley Eastside was discussed at Radisson Blu during a breakfast event with leading members and senior executives of Waltham Forest Council. The local authority has recently unveiled its vision for the area.
In the meantime, at the London Pavilion at Palais des Festivals, Meridian Water regeneration scheme was discussed on stage at 9.30am.
The event was chaired by Lisa Taylor, chief executive of Future of London, an independent policy network connecting the capital’s regeneration, housing, infrastructure and economic development professionals, including members of Enfield Council.
Peter George, assistant director of regeneration and planning, and John Baker, Meridian Water project director, represented Enfield at the event. Simon Powell, assistant director of strategic projects and property at the Greater London Authority (GLA), also attended, together with Paul Karakusevic, co-founder of Karakusevic Carson Architects; Sara Bailey, partner and head of section in the housing and regeneration department of Trowers & Hamlins; and Neil Impiazzi, partnership development manager at SEGRO.
One hour later, Sutton Council’s chief executive Niall Bolger presented the investment opportunities connected to The London Cancer Hub.
A partnership between the council and The Institute of Cancer Research, with the support of The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and the GLA, the centre, for which a masterplan has recently been launched, will be developed over 20 years.
It is predicted to create a 40% increase in cancer drug discovery, generate 13,000 jobs and contribute £1.2 billion a year to the British economy.
Plans for the research hub, initially announced in February 2016, were discussed by Jules Pipe, deputy mayor for planning, regeneration and skills at the GLA; Jamie Ounan, founding director of Inner Circle; Scott Grady, director at Haptic Architects; and Chris Walters, associate director of JLL.
Two receptions were held between 10.30 and 12.30, one for Bexley Council (“Untapping Bexley”) and one for Greenwich.
Before lunch, there was time for a speaking slot dedicated to Waltham Forest (“The Creative Choice”), with Councillor Clare Coghill, portfolio lead member for economic growth and High Streets and soon-to-become leader of the council; and Jonathan Martin, director of investment and delivery.
Representatives of the private sector were also in attendance: Jamie Hunter, development director at Hill; Kenneth Ford, executive director Capital & Regional, Richard Cherry, chief executive, partnerships at Countryside.
In the afternoon, Bexley and Havering councils took part in a joint reception at 3.30pm.
The Local London stand closed at 4.45pm CET.
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