Unlocking the Public Estate to deliver better places

26 June 2018 - 26 June 2018
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GL Hearn and Capita Real Estate and Infrastructure are hosting a free half day conference where leading experts will address how we can accelerate innovation and deliver fresh investment to drive economic growth, create jobs and deliver prosperity for the public sector across the UK.

Understand how existing assets can be re-purposed and re-defined to create and release value for landlords, providing much needed revenue streams, capital receipts and better places to live, work and play for local communities. The conference will be moderated by Greg Clark CBE, Chairman, The Business of Cities and Richard McCarthy CBE, Strategic Director, Capita plc

Conference programme

08:30 - 09:00


Breakfast and registration

09:00 - 09:15


Welcome and keynote speaker Richard McCarthy, Capita Group

09:15 - 10:00


Panel discussion: Housing delivery and estate renewal

  • Estates renewal programmes
  • Accelerated construction
  • Funding structures


10:00 - 10:45  

Panel discussion: Land estate and optimistation

Key topics to be covered:

  • Releasing value out of existing owned assets
  • Creating a workplace utilisation programme
  • Developing an estate footprint
  • The best approach to project management of large scale and complex programmes


10:45 - 11:15


Coffee break

11:15 - 12:00 


Panel discussion: Cities’ Industrial Strategies: ensuring the built environment meets the needs of occupiers

Key topics to be covered:

  • Which sectors are growing the fastest and what further support do they need
  • What tools can be used to overcome barriers to development
  • Getting the approach right to attract funding


  • Carole Mills, Chief Executive, Milton Keynes Council
  • Pete Gladwell, Head of Public Sector Partnerships, Legal & General
  • Andrew Carter, Chief Executive, Centre for Cities
  • Paul Clark, Development Director, GL Hearn

12:00 - 12:30


Panel discussion: Improving connectivity

Key topics to be covered:

  • What are the new trends in developing at the rail interface
  • How do we fund these new hubs with commercial development
  • What might the impact be to new housing programmes
  • How do we balance the priorities of infrastructure owners with property developers


  • Bob Halsey, National Rail Director, Capita Real Estate and Infrastructure 
  • Norrie Courts, Stations Director, Network Rail
  • André Gibbs, Development Director, Argent
  • Paul Woods, Planning Director - Head of Infrastructure Planning, GL Hearn

Spaces are limited and we would highly recommend booking early to ensure your free place.

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Spaces are limited for this free half day conference and we would highly recommend booking early to ensure your place.