MIPIM UK: The future of retail and town centres under the spotlight

Screenshot 2019-05-29 at 11.14.21I’ve been writing a lot about the future of retail and town centre for clients in recent months so I’m really excited to be involved with this panel session at MIPIM UK in October.

It will be an opportunity to explore some of the solutions with a brilliant panel of experts (more panellists to be announced soon).

The key things I’ve learned from talking to people in the industry is that retail certainly isn’t dead, it’s evolving and while there will continue to be casualties, there will also be winners.
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From my portfolio: Is extending PDR the answer to housing delivery?

By taking that decision-making role away from local authorities and politicians you could potentially create completely different places. Where will that lead us in terms of the placemaking local authorities are trying to bring forward through a plan making system?” Jacqueline Backhaus, Trowers & Hamlins

Is extending permitted development rights the answer to delivering more housing and regenerating high streets?

For Trowers & Hamlins Thinking Real Estate, I asked Jacqueline Backhaus and Rory Stracey about the pros and cons.

Read the full piece on Trowers website where you will also find pieces on Omni-use development, future cities and ethical investment.

From my portfolio: Making construction great to work in again

There is a real dichotomy as to where the industry should put its efforts.”

Assad Maqbool, partner, Trowers & Hamlins

Attracting more people into the construction and property industry is vital given the projected shortfall of workers across a broad range of skills.

It was really interesting talking to Assad Maqbool and Katie Saunders for Trowers & Hamlins Thinking Real Estate about some of the initiatives but also about what else needs to be done and could be done.

You can read the full piece here.