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Lancashire Development Conference in association with FI Real Estate Management

Tuesday, 24th May 2022 0900hrs – 1415hrs

Lancashire is making a significant contribution to its ‘Levelling Up’ agenda in the coming years with an approximately £6-£8bn development pipeline.

As one of the primary investment opportunities in the Northern Powerhouse Lancashire is becoming a hub for innovation, industrial excellence and connectivity, with a growing skilled workforce serving 52,000 businesses and generating £34bn per year. With £6-£8bn in their development pipeline, the county looks to improve, develop and regenerate strategic areas across the region to foster growth and inward investment in coming years. Key areas that will be significantly improved over coming years include Blackpool, Burnley, Morecambe as well as four enterprise zones aimed at facilitating innovation and inclusive growth.

This online conference will bring together the masterminds behind some of the largest schemes and initiatives in the region to explore how Lancashire can continue to grow its economy and improve the lives of its 1.5m residents.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • £200m Preston Western Distributor Road
  • £150m A585 Bypass Project
  • £125m Eden Project
  • 1,300-home Cuerdale Garden Village
  • 55-home Ashton Road Housing Development
  • Igloo’s £multi-million Lancashire investment fund
  • £5bn National Cyber Force Hub
  • Maple Grove’s £300m+ Lancashire Development Pipeline
  • Progress Housing Group’s 250-home annual development programme
  • £25m Leyland Town Centre Regeneration
  • £40m Grab Lane Housing Scheme
  • Burnley’s £23m Pioneer Place Scheme
  • The Calico Group’s £16.6m Extra Care Facility
  • FI REM’s 400,000 sq ft Botany Bay Business Park
  • Blackburn’s £250m Town Centre Masterplan
  • UCLan’s £78.5m+ Development Pipeline
  • 80-home Eccleston scheme
  • Blackburn with Darwen Council’s 7,000-home growth plan

Speakers for this event include:

Associate your brand with the Transport Unlocking Development Conference and position your brand at the forefront of one of the UK’s biggest discussions and debates about economic growth, development and regeneration within the infrastructure and transport sector.

Package Exhibition Stand Chair/ Speaking Opportunity Tickets VIP Backstage Access Cost (+VAT)
Conference Partner Yes Yes 15 Yes £2,750 Sold Out
Session Partner Yes Yes 10 Yes £1,750 View Details
Best Practice Presentation Package Yes Yes 10 Yes £1,250 View Details
Exhibitor Packages Yes 5 Yes £750 View Details

We have various partnership packages available, including packages with speaking opportunities, exhibition space and those that will drive brand awareness, allowing you to address your whole target audience for maximum brand awareness and impact. Our partnership packages will put you at the forefront of the industry discussion allowing you to be there, be active and be an expert within the construction and property sector, the housing sector and the whole built environment industry.

Conference Partner

Session Partner


The role of the session partner provides an opportunity for you to participate in one of the sessions to build brand awareness, loyalty and trust amongst hundreds of civic and business leaders from across the industry. You’ll be seen to be a thought leader within your area of expertise and showcase your company in front of key decision-makers from across the industry. Benefits include:

  • Ability to help shape the session agenda and content to bring your strategic thinking to the event
  • Option to recommend speakers for the session
  • Inclusion with pre-conference speaker communications
  • Access to the speakers and panellists; an excellent opportunity to establish rapport and build commercially rewarding relationships
  • Branding for the whole conference and your session
  • One speaking position on your panel
  • Option to do a five minute introduction to your panel or thought leaders presentation
  • Online exhibition space allowing you to video chat with delegates and share downloadable content such as literature
  • 10 online delegate passes for your team or guests
  • Digital media branding: your logo will appear prominently on the website, marketing emails, social media etc
  • Master of Ceremonies “thank you” in the opening and closing speeches
  • Social media – pre, during and post-conference activity
  • Inclusion with all PR and outreach to regional, national and industry press
  • Access to video of the conference after the event

Best Practice Presentation Package


During the breaks delegates are able to speed network and visit the exhibitors – but with this package you can also give them the option of coming to see your company deliver a 15-minute thought leadership presentation, enabling you to play a key role in the conference. Build brand awareness, loyalty, trust and new business leads amongst numerous civic and business leaders from across the industry. Benefits include:

  • Ability to deliver a 15-minute presentation during one of the break periods
  • Access to the VIP Room – a green room for speakers, VIP guests and sponsors
  • Branding across the rest of the conference
  • Online exhibition space allowing you to video chat with delegates and share content
  • 10 online delegate passes for your team and/or guests
  • Digital media branding: your logo will appear prominently on the website, marketing emails, social media, etc
  • Master of Ceremonies ‘thank you’ in the opening and closing speeches
  • Social media – pre, during and post-conference activity
  • Inclusion in any PR and outreach to regional, national and industry press
  • Access to video of the conference after the event

Exhibitor Package


If you’re looking for access to the event and a space to meet online delegates and chat with them – then our exhibitor package is perfect. Some people can be reluctant to approach exhibition stands – but online it’s different and you’ll be inundated with enquiries and questions about your brand. Benefits include:

  • Online exhibition space allowing you to video chat with delegates and share downloadable content such as literature
  • 5 online delegate passes for your team or guests
  • Digital media branding: your logo will appear prominently on the website, marketing emails, social media etc
  • Master of Ceremonies “thank you” in the opening and closing speeches
  • Social media – pre, during and post-conference activity
  • Inclusion with all PR and outreach to regional, national and industry press
  • Access to video of the conference after the event

If you’re interested in any of the packages above or if you’re interested in finding out additional information then contact us on:

0113 390 4700

Our online conferences will merge our face-to-face conferences with a virtual platform – providing networking opportunities, exceptional panel discussions and debates, speaker presentations and an exhibition hall.

Here’s a little video highlighting what to expect

And here’s a bit more information of key areas of our online events…

You’ll receive unique log-in details to join our online event via computer or phone – and you’ll be greeted with an easy navigation tool. You’ll be able to navigate to:

Main Stage

Where our ‘Programme’ will take place with excellent speakers and content. You’ll be able to get involved, asking questions and taking part in live polls.

Networking Area

Just like a real conference you’ll be able to meet and connect with new people in our forum. You can directly request to chat with someone or you can enter our ‘speed networking’ area to meet numerous new people within the industry. Get your elevator pitch ready!

Sponsor / Exhibitor Area

Meet our partners and sponsors – view what they’re all about, video chat with them and download their literature and product information.

09:00-09:20 Virtual Doors Open & Networking
09:20-09:30 Conference Welcome & Keynote

Our sponsors FI Real Estate Management will open the event with a keynote, setting the tone for the conversation to come.

09:30-10:30 Session One: Levelling Up Lancashire – How Can Lancashire Continue to Grow and Develop Inclusive, Sustainable Communities and Town Centres

With a £6-£8bn development pipeline set to deliver major projects throughout the region, this panel will discuss the priorities of the county and explore opportunities for further inward investment and growth.

Chair: (Available to Sponsor)

National Highways; Stewart Jones, Regional Delivery Director – North West

Maple Grove Developments; Karen Hirst, Managing Director

University of Central Lancashire; Stjohn Crean, Pro-Vice Chancellor

10:30-11:00 Networking & Exhibition
11:00-12:00 Session Two: Housing and BtR Plans – Developing High-Quality and Affordable Homes Across Lancashire

Lancashire’s £320m Growth Deal – the largest secured outside the core city regions – set out a clear vision of 3,900 new homes by the end 2021. In this session we will hear from key stakeholders as they share their vision for housing from 2022 and beyond.

Chair: (Available to Sponsor)

The Calico Group; Phil Jones, Director of New Services

Redrow; Claire Jarvis, Managing Director

Story Homes Ltd; John Winstanley, Managing Director (Strategic Land)

Progress Housing Group; Jacqueline De-Rose, Group Chief Executive

12:00-12:10 Networking & Exhibition
12:10-12:35 Breakout Session: Chorley and South Ribble’s Major Investment and Development Plans

Chorley, South Ribble and the surrounding areas are set to undergo a major transformation over the coming years, with billions worth of development in the pipeline. We’re joined by Jonathan Noad, Shared Director of Planning and Development as he shares insight into their upcoming projects.

Chorley Borough Council and South Ribble Borough Council; Jonathan Noad, Shared Director of Planning and Development

12:35-12:45 Networking & Exhibition
12:45-14:00 Session Three: Driving Economic Growth Throughout Lancashire – Innovative Placemaking, Major Investment and Development

Securing over a billion pounds worth of public and private sector investment, Lancashire is set to become a hub for innovation, development and investment. In this panel we will hear from the masterminds behind some of the largest projects ongoing in Lancashire and how they can contribute to regional growth.

Chair: (Available to Sponsor)

Eden Project International; David Harland, Chief Executive

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council; Denise Park, Chief Executive

Burnley Borough Council; Mick Cartledge, Chief Executive Officer

FI Real Estate Management; Emily Armstrong, Asset & Development Manager

Igloo Investment Management; Robert Wood, Investment Director

14:00-14:15 Networking, Exhibition & Close

Eden Project International – David Harland, Chief Executive

Eden Project International are planning a major development at the Central Promenade Regeneration Site on Marine Road Central in Morecambe. The ‘Eden Project North’ project is valued at £125m and aims to be one of Britain’s most popular tourist destinations with targets to attract one million visitors per annum. The development is designed to accommodate 4,000 visitors per day with a maximum of 750 visitors per hour accessing the site at peak times.

Maple Grove Developments – Karen Hirst, Managing Director

Maple Grove are one of the North’s leading property developer, based in Lancashire. The development company is a subsidiary of Eric Wright Group, an award-winning leader in the UK property and construction industry. They are currently involved in some of Lancashire’s most high profile schemes including a joint venture with Blackburn with Darwen Council to deliver their £250m masterplan. Maple Grove are also delivering the £40m Preston city centre revamp, as well as Burnley’s £18m Pioneer Place project.

National Highways – Stewart Jones, Regional Delivery Director (North West)

Stewart Jones is Delivery Director for National Highways Regional Investment Programme in the North West. National Highways are working on several projects across Lancashire to help develop the region’s infrastructure. They are working in line with Lancashire County Council on the £200m Preston Western Distributor Road (PWDR) project that is being constructed to the west of Preston to a new junction with Blackpool Road at Lea. In addition to the PWDR, National Highways are also delivering the A585 Bypass Project that is valued at £150m.

Redrow – Claire Jarvis, Managing Director

Redrow are one of the UK’s leading housebuilders, comprising of fifteen divisions and operating across much of England and Wales. Claire is the Managing Director for Redrow Lancashire, who are actively delivering a range of housing projects across the county. Lancashire developments include Worden Gardens, in Leyland, where Redrow is building 236 new homes and creating an extension to neighbouring Worden Park, and Sycamore Manor, in Whittle-le-Woods, Chorley, where new show homes will showcase 39 properties, including some of the most luxurious styles in Redrow’s Heritage Collection. Claire joins us to share insight into her work and discuss future plans for the region.

Burnley Borough Council – Mick Cartledge, Chief Executive Officer

Over the coming years, Burnley’s town centre is set for a major regeneration overhaul. The council are working with developers to deliver a £23m project which will see a seven-screen cinema, leisure and retail space. Titled the Pioneer Place scheme, the scheme would see 12,750 sq ft of leisure and retail floorspace across five units, centred around a new public realm and refurbished Curzon Street car park. The project is further supported by a £4m investment in improvements to the town centre and the creation of a heritage Action Zone to boost lower St James’s Street.

FI Real Estate Management – Emily Armstrong, Asset & Development Manager

FI Real Estate Management are one of the UK’s most established names in commercial property and asset management. They have managed over 14m sq ft of commercial and industrial real estate and specialise in large-scale, mixed-use developments. Based in Lancashire, the commercial property specialist has ambitious plans to redevelop a 21-acre site at Botany Bay in Chorley. If given the go-ahead, Botany Bay Business Park will deliver over 400,000 sq ft of industrial and commercial space.

The Calico Group – Phil Jones, Director of New Services

The Calico Group is made up of a range of innovative businesses and charities working together for social profit. Their housing arm Calico Homes owns and manages over 5,000 homes in Lancashire, providing quality accommodation for families, individuals and older people, as well as supported housing and services for homeless people, domestic abuse victims and people in recovery. The group have recently had planning permission approved for a £16.6m development that will be the first of its kind in Burnley. The extra care facility will deliver 93 apartments, and provide specialist assisted living accommodation in a neighbourhood setting.

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council – Denise Park, Chief Executive

Under Denise’s corporate leadership, the Council has developed a significant programme of initiatives to build prosperity and foster growth in Blackburn with Darwen. These include the Blackburn Growth Axis, the Darwen Town Investment Plan, the £250m Blackburn town centre major development site and new strategic employment and housing sites. The growth programme will see 7,000 new homes built, 5,000 new jobs created and major improvements in housing, health and infrastructure as the borough recovers from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Story Homes Ltd – John Winstanley, Managing Director (Strategic Land)

Story Homes is a UK property developer with over 30 years of experience in developing new homes across Cumbria, the North East, Lancashire and Scotland. They have a significant number of projects planned and underway in the Lancashire Region, including plans for their major Cuerdale Garden Village. Whilst in its early stages the scheme is aiming to deliver 1,300 homes, 1.7m sq ft of employment space, a 420-student primary school and 500-space park and ride facility. Other schemes include a £40m project in Lancaster that aims to deliver 167-homes as well as a 55-home development in south Lancaster.

Progress Housing Group – Jacqueline De-Rose, Group Chief Executive

Progress Housing Group are a Lancashire-based, not-for-profit, housing provider that own and manage over 10,000 homes nationally. Their aims centre around delivering better homes and providing services for those in need of supported accommodation or independent living. They have recently announced the launch of RWP (Reside With Progress) to deliver high quality supported accommodation for people with a learning disability and/or autistic people. The group has recently completed a 55-unit, fully affordable housing development in Caterall, near Garstang. This comes as a part of Progress Housing Group’s annual development programme to deliver 250 affordable homes across the North West and into Yorkshire.

Igloo Investment Management – Robert Wood, Investment Director

Igloo investment management was launched to manage the funding in their own development as well as separate real estate, sustainable development and urban regeneration. They’re looking to expand their investment portfolio into Lancashire with a multi-million fund for growth and regeneration across the region. Robert is leading on the scheme and joins us to discuss plans for the wider Lancashire County.

Chorley Borough Council and South Ribble Borough Council – Jonathan Noad, Shared Director of Planning and Development

South Ribble and Chorley Borough Councils are overseeing a major transformation of the South Lancashire region. Last year the Government selected the village of Samlesbury as the base for its new £5bn intelligence and defence unit. The council’s are also working in partnership with Story Homes on the 1,300 home Cuerdale Garden Village scheme that will also include 1.7m sq ft of employment space as well as a new primary school and 500-space park and ride facility. This comes in addition to the £25m Leyland Town Centre regeneration project that will include commercial development, public realm improvements and an overhaul of Leyland Market.

University of Central Lancashire – Stjohn Crean, Pro-Vice Chancellor

UCLan plays a pivotal role in training and retaining a skilled workforce within the Lancashire region. The university also acts as a key player in regeneration, investment and development across the county. Working in conjunction with Burnley Council and Barnfield Developments, the university is working on a £18.5m expansion, creating around 35,000 sq ft of teaching space and an enterprise zone. UCLan and also working alongside Preston City Council to develop a £60m Student Centre to help bring the university and city closer together.


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Tuesday, 24th May 2022

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