Regenerate! Liverpool

Organiser: Property Week
Location: Crowne Plaza, Liverpool
Phone: 0207 921 8039

Agenda 8.30 Registration and refreshments 09.00 Chair’s opening remarks Funding Liverpool’s Success 09.15 Maintaining the momentum: Outlining Liverpool City Council’s strategy for continuing inward investment in 2009 and beyond Clarifying Liverpool City Council’s strategy for continuing the success of its year as Capital of Culture Examining which sectors and geographical areas they are prioritising for 2009 onwards Expanding on the level of funding and investment the Council is earmarking for development and regeneration initiatives What benchmarks and goals are being set for the coming year? Analysing the Council’s strategy for supporting and encouraging private sector investment in the city Councillor Warren Bradley, Leader of Liverpool City Council 09.45 Analysing the impact of the current economic climate on development and investment to predict when a recovery can be expected Examining to what extent the credit crunch has affected the region’s economy Is Liverpool in a strong position when compared to other UK cities? Predicting when a recovery can be expected and what the long-term forecast is Peter Stoney, Honorary Senior Fellow, Liverpool University Management School Senior Research Associate, Liverpool Macroeconomic Research Group 10.15 Examining the availability of finance for development and successfully accessing it Expanding on how recent financial instability has affected the availability of finance for development Clarifying which regions, sectors and sizes of development are being prioritised by funders Explaining what lending packages and criteria are available in the current market Where do they see the future of property funding going over the next five years? We hear from a bank and an institutional investor on their funding priorities and predictions for real estate lending in the future. Derek Bald, Head of Real Estate, Abbey UK Corporate Banking Andrew Smith, Chief Investment Officer, Aberdeen Property Investors 11.00 Morning refreshments and networking 11.30 Unlocking funding to capitalise on key growth areas outside Liverpool city centre Identifying key growth areas outside the developed centre: Suburbs and surrounding towns Uncovering funding incentives and support available What effect has the credit crunch had on ongoing development in these areas? What kinds of developments will be prioritised over the next five years? Jim Gill OBE, Chief Executive, Liverpool Vision 12.00 Panel session: Debating whether the public sector is best placed to control and deliver development and regeneration projects in Liverpool Examining public sector strategies for funding regeneration and development projects across Liverpool Revealing their funding priorities for the coming years and what level of financial backing they are providing to projects Understanding the opportunities arising from these investments and how to capitalise on them Public vs private: Debating who is best placed to coordinate development activities and deliver the most beneficial and profitable projects Patrick White, Executive Director of Policy, NWDA Stephen Parry, Managing Director, Neptune Developments Ian Sherry, Director of Development, UK Land & Property 12.45 Lunch and networking Delivering a World-Class Business Destination 13.45 Liverpool as a place to do business? Evaluating current demand and attracting further investment Analysing the current and future demand for office space in Liverpool in light of the credit crunch to ensure that adequate space is available Creating a business lifestyle: Delivering offices that cater to workers’ evolving needs to attract new occupiers to the business district Funding office development: Assessing whether reintroducing gap funding is the way forward Determining what else is needed in the district to encourage further take-up What incentives can and are being offered to ensure that Liverpool remains competitive with other regional cities? Matt Crompton, Joint Managing Director, Muse Developments 14.15 Understanding and meeting occupier criteria to increase project value and take up in the business district As prices in the capital rise, more and more occupiers are looking to relocate from London to the regions. We hear from a prominent occupier in the city on what criteria they consider when choosing new office locations. We evaluate to what extent Liverpool is meeting these needs and what else can be done to establish the city as a premier business destination. David Swaffield, Head of Property and Construction, Hill Dickinson 14.35 Refurbishing existing building stock to deliver Grade A office space and maximise profit As funding for speculative office development dries up, many developers are seeing refurbishment as a profitable means of meeting demand. We hear from a leading expert on calculating the cost and dealing with planning regulations to understand how to fund and deliver prime office space in a desirable business destination. George Downing, Chairman, Downing Retail and Leisure 14.55 Working with Liverpool’s maritime history to maximise the potential of prime waterside developments Reviewing important updates to Peel’s transformational Liverpool Waters project Calculating how plans have changed in light of the credit crunch Overcoming obstacles in the planning process: How does the UNESCO World Heritage Site status affect development in Liverpool? Lindsey Ashworth, Development Director, Peel 15.25 Question and answer session 15.40 Afternoon refreshments and networking 16.10 Panel session: Understanding the effects of the credit crunch on the retail sector in Liverpool to maintain continued spending and investment Examining the effect of Grosvenor’s Liverpool One scheme on footfall and spending in the city centre: How is Church Street faring? Revealing retailers’ outlooks and growth strategies for the coming years in Liverpool Working with new leasing options to retain tenants and avoid empty rates without losing profit What is the long-term outlook for retail in Liverpool? Jenefer Greenwood, Retail Strategist, Grosvenor Ged Gibbons, Acting Chief Executive Liverpool City Central Business Improvement District (B.I.D.) Peter Burke, Head of Retail, Mason Owen 17.00 Chair’s closing remarks and end of conference See