25 September 2024. Guildhall, City of London

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Programme 2024

This year’s theme is Reimagine – as we collectively look towards innovative solutions to deliver a more sustainable, equitable and prosperous city under a refreshed mayoral administration and national government.

The London Real Estate Forum thought leadership programme takes place across five main stages and a series of round tables, with extensive opportunities for delegates to network and make new connections in the social spaces that will be activated across the Guildhall Complex.

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Opportunity London Investment Summit

08.00 - 11.30 | Old Library

*By invitation only*

The Opportunity London Global Investment Summit will bring together over 100 leading international investors with London government leaders to discus the next wave of investment opportunities across low-carbon real estate, transport and infrastructure.

Guests will join the main LREF delegation for the remainder of the day.


In association with Mayor of London, London Councils, City of London & The FT

State of the Market

08.45 - 09.45 | Great Hall

Our annual temperature-check on the current state of the London economy and real estate market, with a keynote presentation from JLL’s UK Head of Research & Strategy, followed by a panel discussion featuring leading decision-makers from across the public and private sectors.

In association with JLL

The Carbon Conundrum: embodied vs operational

0900 - 10.30 | Roundtables

*By invitation only*

What is needed to provide clear and consistent guidance for investors, developers and consultants across London to assess the sustainability credentials of proposed schemes?

In association with AECOM

Housing Delivery

10.00 - 10.45 | Great Hall

The latest numbers on housing delivery in London will be presented by JLL, followed by an honest conversation with leaders across all parts of the market about the levers needed to get delivery in London moving again.

In association with JLL

Place panel: City of Westminster

10.00 - 10.45 | Livery Hall

The North Paddington Programme is a ‘place-based’ programme, set in the North-west of the borough, which aims to address inequalities. It is being developed in partnership with local people, community groups and charities in the Harrow Road, Queen’s Park and Westbourne wards, where communities experience lower levels of qualifications, earnings and health, and higher levels of worklessness than elsewhere in Westminster. Together with our local communities we are hoping to deliver a healthier, safer and more financially secure North Paddington area. We aim to improve opportunities for local people by addressing social, economic, health and environmental inequalities in a cross-cutting programme that seeks to deliver better outcomes for all.

In this place panel, key stakeholders in the North Paddington Programme will talk about the vision for the work and the importance of a community-centred programme in an area like North Paddington

In association with City of Westminster

Meet the delegation: Manchester

10.00 - 10.45 | The London Centre

An informal networking session to meet delegates from across the public and private sectors leading development in the Greater Manchester region, with a short address from leaders for Manchester City Council and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.

In association with Invest Manchester Partnership

Great Estates – their role in the future of the city

11.00 - 12.30 | Roundtables

**By invitation only**

For centuries, London’s estates have led the long-term stewardship, public realm and place making strategies of some of London’s most successful high streets and villages. What role do historic and modern estates play in the modern city – and how can their approach guide the stewardship of other parts of the city where ownership is fragmented?

In association with HOLBA

Place panel: City of London

11.00 - 11.45 | Livery Hall

An opportunity to hear from The City of London on priorities from their 2024-29 Corporate Strategy and progress with the draft City Plan 2040, followed by a panel discussion with key stakeholders including a major new occupier, investors and key advisors.

In association with City of London

The Knowledge Economy – Part 1: London’s future science & technology ecosystem

11.00 - 11.45 | Great Hall

London’s university and healthcare estates, access to talent and international capital places it at the heart of the UKs ‘Golden Triangle’ science and technology ecosystem. Savills will provide an update on key market trends, identify key hotspots of activity over the coming years and our expert panel will discuss what this ecosystem needs to thrive.

In association with Savills

The Green-Fit Office

12.00 - 12.45 | Great Hall

Savills present their approach to creating a value-driven and sustainable approach to office retrofit and operational management for both asset owners and occupiers. Our expert panel will share recent experiences and case studies that have driven significant value protection whilst creating environments for people to thrive.

In association with Savills

Reimagining sustainability for Retrofit

12.00 - 12.45 | Old Library

This interactive session will allow participants the opportunity to participate in a ‘live’ workshop as we rip up the rule books and ask:

What if we had the opportunity to reimagine how we define sustainability guidance for retrofit? If we were to start again, knowing what we know now, what would we consider to be the key criteria for a truly sustainable retrofit project for different building types?

Participants will be able to join a table with experts from sectors including Office, Housing, Civic buildings, Hospitality, Retail, Transport, Education, Science & Tech, Healthcare and Industrial to look at their specific needs.

Seats will be allocated on a first-come, first served basis.

In association with Buro Happold

Place panel: Brent Cross Town

12.00 - 12.45 | Livery Hall

An update on progress for the £8bn Brent Cross Town development following the opening of the new Brent Cross West station (1o mins from King’s Cross) the announcement of co-investment into the development by NTT Group and the commencement of the first commercial building: 3 Copper Square, which will be a new London base for Sheffield Hallam University.

In association with Related Argent and the London Borough of Barnet

Meet the delegation: West London Alliance

12.00 - 12.45 | The London Centre

Focusing on the theme of ‘Connectivity’, this informal networking session provides the opportunity for delegates to connect with senior politicians and officers from the Boroughs that make up the West London Alliance: Barnet, Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon and Hounslow; as well as key stakeholders and investors in the sub-region.

In association with West London Alliance

Tackling London’s challenges

14.00 - 14.45 | Great Hall

As one of London’s biggest landowners, Places for London is creating dynamic partnerships to address the shortage of quality, affordable homes in the capital, with plans to start on at least 20,000 homes by 2031. It has signed a Collaboration Agreement with Network Rail that has the potential to bring forward transport improvements and many thousands more homes across London – especially when it combines its joint land with other public land. This panel will focus on how, by landowners working together, they can help address some of the city’s challenges that they cannot solve alone.

In association with Places for London

What are the key ingredients to design and deliver successful neighbourhoods?

14.00 - 14.45 | Old Library

Join us to explore how local authorities and owner occupiers can balance economic viability, cultural significance and environmental impact to deliver vibrant, sustainable spaces that benefit our communities. 

Whether revisiting existing places or shaping new neighbourhoods this session is for those keen to transform strategy into reality and hear impact stories.

In association with Arup

Place panel: Enfield, Haringey & Waltham Forest

14.00 - 14.45 | Livery Hall

Hear about the fresh new collaborative approach that Enfield, Haringey and Waltham Forest are taking to inward investment, regeneration and partnerships across their Boroughs to facilitate and expedite capital investment into homes, workspaces and cultural spaces and driving the maximum benefit for their communities.

In association with London Boroughs of Enfield, Haringey and Waltham Forest

Meet the delegation: South London Partnership

14.00 - 14.45 | The London Centre

Focusing on the theme of ‘Health & Wellbeing’, this informal networking session provides the opportunity for delegates to connect with senior politicians and officers from the Boroughs that make up the South London Partnership: Croydon, Kingston upon Thames, Merton, Richmond upon Thames and Sutton; as well as key stakeholders and investors in the sub-region.

In association with South London Partnership

Healthcare – a remedy for the High Street?

14.00 - 15.30 | Roundtables

**By invitation only**

Pressed for space, struggling to handle backlog maintenance, and over-whelmed by patient numbers, the healthcare sector is looking at ways to move less acute services into the community.

Re-purposing vacant premises on the high street could be the answer. It takes pressure off hospitals, creates easier access to healthcare for the community, and brings footfall back to town centres.

How can the real estate and healthcare sectors help each other, and the wider community?

In association with Hydrock, now Stantec

Affordable Housing: New partnership models for delivery

15.00 - 15.45 | Great Hall

How do we forge the types of partnerships to deliver the affordable housing that London needs? How can the public and private sectors work better together to tackle key issues of viability and sustainability whilst better serving the needs of the existing local community?

In association with Muse and Morgan Sindall

Back the Bakerloo

15.00 - 15.45 | Old Library

The Bakerloo Upgrade and Extension will deliver a £1.5bn boost to the UK economy. It will accelerate our journey to net zero with 150,000 additional public transport trips in the capital. The project will support 107,000 new homes and 150,000 jobs across the full length of the line. Join this session with Transport for London, Central London Forward and Southwark and Lewisham councils to find out why you should Back the Bakerloo.

In association with The London Boroughs of Southwark and Lewisham

Place Panel: Earls Court

15.00 - 15.45 | Livery Hall

Hear from the Earls Court Development Company on latest progress with their vision to bring the wonder back to this unique 40-acre cleared site in central London. Following the submission of a detailed planning application in summer 2023, the first phase is set to deliver a series of buildings, across a range of tenures, designed to put Earls Court back on the map. Comprising 1,000 homes, an anchor cultural venue, workspace and 20 acres of public realm.

In association with The Earls Court Development Company

Meet the delegation: Local London

15.00 - 15.45 | The London Centre

Focusing on the theme of ‘Thinking Beyond Boundaries’, this informal networking session provides the opportunity for delegates to connect with senior politicians and officers from the Boroughs that make up the Local London Partnership: Barking and Dagenham, Bexley, Bromley, Enfield, Greenwich, Havering, Newham, Redbridge and Waltham Forest; as well as colleagues from The UK Innovation Corridor and Thames Estuary Growth Board, and key stakeholders and investors across these regions.

In association with Local London Partnership, UK Innovation Corridor and Thames Estuary Growth Board

The Knowledge Economy – Part 2: Designing inclusive places for science and technology

16.00 - 16.45 | Great Hall

How do we create appropriate environments for the life sciences sector in the context of its contribution to – and reliance on – innovation clusters? Our panel discussion will feature leaders from local government, investment and the academic community and look at how these emerging districts can be better integrated into local communities.

In association with Pilbrow & Partners

Reimagining procurement to deliver better outcomes

16.00 - 16.45 | Old Library

Early stage collaboration between client, designer and contractors are proven to deliver significant improvements to cost, schedule, quality and sustainability outcomes on project of all scales. Yet so often standard procurement approaches preclude this from happening in a meaningful way. How do we tackle the barriers to change and avoid the ‘risk dump’ far too late in the project to improve outcomes for all.

In association with Sir Robert McAlpine

Canada Water

16.00 - 16.45 | Livery Hall

An update on progress with the largest new town in London for 50 years: 53 acres with up to 3,000 new net zero carbon homes, and 2 million sq ft of workspace accommodating 20,000 workers alongside 16 acres of parks and places to pause and relax.

In association with British Land

Meet the delegation: The Royal Docks

16.00 - 16.45 | The London Centre

Join this informal networking session to meet the Royal Docks: a multi-disciplinary team that brings together officers from across the Greater London Authority, the London Borough of Newham and the London Economic Action Partnership, alongside key stakeholders and investors.

Home to London’s only Enterprise Zone, the Royal Docks is one of the most significant regeneration projects in the UK delivering a cohesive transformation of the Royal Docks into a vibrant, mixed-use destination with culture and community at it’s heart.


In association with Royal Docks, Mayor of London and the London Borough of Newham

Social value: how do we deliver genuine local benefit?

16.00 - 17.30 | Roundtables

**By invitation only**

With the ‘S’ in ESG often the hardest to quantify in terms of outcomes against investment – what does the real estate sector need to do to step up the delivery of genuine, measurable local benefit.

In association with AtkinsRéalis

UK City Leadership – a new phase of collaboration?

17.00 - 17.45 | Old Library

The leadership of the UK’s key city regions have been evolving and maturing over the last decade, with innovative approaches to partnership and service delivery emerging in all parts of the country. How do we encourage a more joined-up approach to skills & knowledge transfer and sharing? How can the new government best work with cities to allow them to maximise the opportunity for investment into their communities against the priorities they decide?

Place panel: Canary Wharf

17.00 - 17.45 | Livery Hall

Hear from the Canary Wharf Group and some of their principal collaborators about their future vision for the estate.

In association with Canary Wharf Group

Meet the delegation: Central London Forward

17.00 - 17.45 | The London Centre

Focusing on the theme of ‘Inclusive Innovation’, this informal networking session provides the opportunity for delegates to connect with senior politicians and officers from the Boroughs that make up Central London Forward: Camden, the City of London, Hackney, Haringey, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Wandsworth and Westminster; as well as key stakeholders and investors in the sub-region.

In association with Central London Forward

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