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Big changes are coming to Liverpool City Region. How should we make the most out of them? Credit: Jorge Percival on Unsplash

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Liverpool City Region is on the cusp of a new era, having secured millions in government funding, a freeport, and an investment zone – not to mention the multiple large-scale regeneration projects on the horizon – all focused on growing its £28.3bn economy.

So where do the opportunities for development lie in the region? What are the priorities of the local authorities, and how can the built environment help deliver on those ambitions?

Our speakers, including Liverpool City Council Leader Cllr Liam Robinson, will expand on those questions, providing the key insight you need to do business in the region.

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Liverpool City Region Development Update will take place starting at 8am on 9 November at Innside by Melia (43 Old Hall Street) in Liverpool. The event is sponsored by Morgan Sindall Construction, Telcom, Fairhursts Design Group, and Freeths.

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Expect a series of dynamic panel discussions as well as the networking opportunities we know are important for your business. In addition to the pre-panel breakfast, you can also expect breaks in between sessions and a post-panel lunch.

What you’ll take away from the conference

  • Intel on the state of the resi, commercial, and industrial markets in the Liverpool City Region
  • Details on where opportunities lie in the area
  • Insight into the region’s movers and shakers – and what their priorities are
  • An overview on how Merseyside is changing and the major projects in the area
  • New contacts for your business

Confirmed speakers

Liam Robinson (x)

Cllr Liam Robinson is Leader of Liverpool City Council. Robinson has an ambitious agenda for the future of Liverpool and is eager to find partners to help turn his vision for the city into reality. He is committed to making the city greener, using sustainable growth to create jobs, and embracing innovation to improve city council services. Robinson will be participating in a one-on-one ‘fireside chat’ with Place North West editor Julia Hatmaker during the event.

Nuala Gallagher (x)

Nuala Gallagher is corporate director of city development at Liverpool City Council. She leads a team in overseeing the city’s planning, asset management, and investment strategy. With several major projects in the works, including King’s Dock, Festival Gardens, and Pall Mall – Gallagher will provide insight into what the city council is focusing on and how it is aiming to tackle future opportunities.

Cathy Palmer (x)Cathy Palmer is head of regeneration delivery at Wirral Council. Wirral is buzzing with activity. As head of regeneration delivery, Palmer oversees the local authority’s projects in Birkenhead, New Ferry, and Liscard. In Birkenhead alone, the council is looking to enable the delivery of 990 homes, 90,000 sq ft of industrial space, and 92,000 sq ft of commercial space. Palmer will sound off on the key to unlocking not just the Wirral, but the entire Liverpool City Region.

Stephen Watson (800x600)

Stephen Watson is executive director of place at Sefton Council. Sefton Council has several ambitious projects in the pipeline, including the £73m Marine Lakes Event Centre in Southport and the transformation of the Bootle Strand Shopping Centre. He will be contributing to our panel on the role culture plays in regeneration.

Jamiejohn Anderson (x)

Jamiejohn Anderson is the executive director of visitor experience, commercial, and operations at National Museums Liverpool. NML attracts more than 3 million visitors a year to its sites in Liverpool. The organisation is also in the midst of a £58m scheme to reimagine its International Slavery Museum and Maritime Museum, as well as the overhaul of Canning Dock.

Stephen Cowperthwaite (800x600)

Stephen Cowperthwaite is principal & managing director regions and Liverpool at Avison Young. A prominent voice in Merseyside, Cowperthwaite is also the chair of Liverpool Place Partnership, which is focused on driving investment into the area. He’ll be bringing his expertise to our event, providing insider knowledge on the key players and market opportunities in the region.

Rob Deacon (800x600)

Rob Deacon is an asset management director at Grosvenor and is in charge of Liverpool ONE. He will speak about what Liverpool ONE is up to and the initiatives in place to enable it to continue to attract more than 22m visitors a year. Expect to hear about the role Liverpool ONE has had in the city and how it will continue to impact the area in the years to come.

Ian Ford (x)

Ian Ford is the Liverpool planning lead at Arup. He is working closely with Peel L&P on its £5.5bn Liverpool Waters project and has also advised on the remediation of Festival Gardens and Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s Spatial Development Strategy.

Malcolm Jackson, Langtree, p LangtreeMalcolm Jackson is the chief operating officer at Langtree. Langtree is one of the leading development voices in Liverpool City Region, helping deliver two pivotal schemes: the industrial mega-scheme Parkside and the future-facing Sci-Tech Daresbury. Jackson will weigh in on the state of the property market in the region and share his thoughts on what it’s like to work on these transformative projects.

Alan McBride is a technical director at Muse. There are few developers as involved in town regeneration in Liverpool City Region as Muse, which is working alongside St Helens Council and Wirral Council on projects in Earlestown and Birkenhead. McBride comes to our panel with a strong development background, having been project director for Muse projects across the North West. He’ll bring a developer’s perspective to our debate on the best way to unlock Liverpool City Region’s vast potential.

Sam McCauley (800x600)

Samantha McCauley is head of sales at City Residential. City Residential has its fingers on the pulse of the Liverpool residential scene, having sold more than 3,500 apartments and leased of 6,000 since 2000. The company’s popular quarterly Liverpool Residential Update is a go-to resource for those looking for the latest intel on how the resi market is doing in the city.

Andrew Nichol, croppedAndrew Nichol is a managing partner at Freeths. He specialises in property investment acquisitions, disposals, management, and finance. With more than 15 years of experience, he’ll be sharing his insight as to what developers and investors need to know about working in Liverpool City Region.

Janet Nuzum (x)

Janet Nuzum is the sector manager of visitor economy at Growth Platform, Liverpool City Region’s growth company. As the official tourist board for the region, the Growth Platform works alongside the public and private sector to help grow the visitor economy – which contributes more than £4.9bn each year to the region.

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Liam Robinson needs to be told, as if he hadn’t worked out already, that Liverpool Council comes over as anti business,anti vision, and just downright awkward.
The City Council promises a lot, bangs on about its heritage but forgets about the future.
The old ways of business and working are gone and they need to catch up, they need to be bolder and stop living in the past. Liverpool needs to take advantage of the many open goals in front of it and work with the private sector to build a cruise terminal, film studios, inner city tram network, expand the airport, build high-density residential blocks within the inner ring road , get developers in to build badly needed quality office space, and so on.

By Anonymous

I haven’t seen much change since Liam became leader. Look at the recent planning applications it’s pitiful.

By Paul84

It’s encouraging to see Liverpool council making itself more available, but our dealings with it demonstrate that it remains cumbersome, unresponsive and somewhat timid.
It doesn’t seem to understand what an incredible asset it has at its disposal, nor how to make the most of it. Politics seems to have wormed its way into the Local Plan, too, and the mood music still remains one of mild suspicion of the private sector. It seeks to dictate terms, forgetting that investors and developers can go elsewhere – which, of course, they have done for the last four years. Just do a tower crane count.
My plea to Liam? Be bold, be confident, be action-oriented and encourage your officers to be likewise. There are still too many folk jumping at their own shadows down in Cunard Building. Oh, and embrace the private sector: it’s your friend, not your enemy.

By Anonymous

Re Planning Applications, Liam needs to look at the Planning Committee agenda for 14 November to see where his city stands, just 3 items and none of any substance, it’s been like that for months. He tells us Liverpool has billions of pounds worth of development underway or pending but it’s all talk, where’s the evidence as it must be well hidden,he must be the best conjurer since Paul Daniels, he comes across with a different image than Joe Anderson but just doesn’t appear to have the leadership qualities and vision to take the city forward.

By Anonymous

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