Liverpool prepares for ACES conference

Michael Hunt

A two-day spring conference takes place in Liverpool from tomorrow which will examine how the North West has planned and is planning for an economy recovery.

The event is being organised by The Association of Chief Estates Surveyors and Property Managers and has over 150 delegates attending from property companies, consultancies and local authorities.

The conference theme is 'Public Assets: Catalyst for Recovery', and ACES has said discussions will involve the challenges faced by those working in property, within the public sector, and how they can use surplus assets "as a catalyst to begin a regenerative recovery".

Guy Butler, project director of Grosvenor Properties, has been invited to give a ten year retrospective look at the £1bn Liverpool One retail scheme and the Liverpool city centre redevelopment.

Felicity Goodey, chairman of the Central Salford Urban Regeneration Company, will also be examining the changing face of employment, industry and business in the North West.

John Kelly, Liverpool City Council's executive director for regeneration, said: "The North West Branch of ACES have held two meetings in recent years in Liverpool where delegates saw the progress of Liverpool One, and they were so impressed by its progress that they decided to stage their Spring conference in the city.

"We are very pleased to welcome such an important event to the city. It will be a great opportunity to showcase Liverpool to some of the most important figures in the property industry."

The conference is being held at the Holiday Inn hotel in Lime Street, Liverpool city centre, on 13 and 14 May.

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