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Midlands Development Conference; Sponsored by Browne Jacobson

Monday, 17th October 2022 0800hrs – 1600hrs

Coventry Building Society Arena (formerly Ricoh Arena), Coventry, CV6 6GE | Hybrid Conference – Attend Physically or Virtually

The Midlands has an economy of £222bn each year. The region is set for over £10bn in inward investment to improve infrastructure, deliver housing, logistics and commercial space in the next 18 months. This conference will provide a platform for regional leadership to share insight into their plans to develop an inclusive, innovative Midlands.

Centred around the UK’s levelling up agenda, the annual Midlands Development Conference brings together the region’s biggest developers to showcase billions of pounds worth of their forthcoming projects and discuss key economic growth challenges that the built environment industry will help solve as part of their regeneration ambitions.

Topics for 2022 will include creating a zero carbon Midlands, science and innovation, solving the housing crisis, building smarter and healthier cities, and maximising the potential of the Midlands Engine.

Topics to discuss include:

  • Goodstone’s first Brum BtR scheme
  • Strategic Transport Plan for the Midlands
  • A50/A500 Corridor Upgrade
  • £1.9bn Birmingham Smithfield Regeneration
  • Vita Group’s £1bn+ development pipeline
  • EM DevCo’s Three Major Regeneration Masterplans
  • Lloyds Bank’s Midlands Investment Plans
  • Wolves’ Green Innovation Corridor Phase 1
  • The Hub – 8,000 homes & 70,000 jobs
  • £120m Wolverhampton Springfield masterplan
  • Staffordshire University’s ‘Towards 2030’ Masterplan
  • Birmingham’s 51,000 new homes by 2031
  • Branston Locks 400-acre mixed use development
  • £500m Birmingham Airport development
  • HUB’s Major Birmingham Development Pipeline
  • 1400-home Digbeth Scheme
  • Warwickshire’s £2.5bn development plans
  • Vita’s £120m Guildhall Redevelopment
  • West Midlands Global Growth Programme
  • Platform’s £235m 4,6000 home pipeline
  • Birmingham Health Innovation Campus Masterplan
  • 238-acre Mercia Park development
  • University of Warwick Science Park future plans
  • And much more…

Speakers confirmed for the event inlcude:

This unique conference will bring together the construction industry to drive economic growth through development and regeneration across the Midlands. There will be plenty of exhibitors showcasing their brand and best practice in the industry, whilst helping them reap the rewards of being prominently displayed within the events exhibition area in front of some key and influential business leaders.

Modular Construction Off Site Development Build Public Sector

Exhibiting will allow you to:

  • Meet 300+ delegates face to face
  • Be part of the annual Midlands Development Conference
  • Be seen as a leading firm in the industry’s bid to drive sustainable growth in the regions
  • Network with hundreds of your business clients and peers
  • Showcase your work to regional authorities, government officials, leading private sector firms, blue-chip companies, investors and more

Confirmed Exhibitors:

If you’re interested in exhibiting at the conference then get in touch with our team – with space available for standard exhibition stalls or larger spaces to showcase more of your brand and create an eye-catching area contact:

Email: opportunities@built-environment-networking.com

Associate your brand with the Midlands 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 Midlands.

Package Exhibition Stand Chair/ Speaking Opportunity Tickets VIP Backstage Access Cost (+VAT)
Corporate Partner Yes Yes 15 Yes £8,250 Sold Out
Session One: The Midlands, A Golden Opportunity for Growth: Where Are We At, Where Do We Need to Go? Yes Yes 10 Yes £5,500 Sold Out
Session Two: Housing Talent and Creating World Class Places to Live – Major Residential and Build to Rent Investment and Development Plans Yes Yes 10 Yes £5,500 Sold Out
Session Three: Developing the A50/A500 Corridor Yes Yes 10 Yes £2,500 View Details
Session Partner: East Midlands Dev Co Yes Yes Yes £2,000 View Details
Session Four: Upcoming Major Regeneration Masterplans Yes Yes 10 Yes £5,500 Sold Out
Best Practice Presentation Partner Yes Yes 7 Yes £3,250 Sold Out
Pre Conference Dinner Partner 2 Yes £2,750 View Details
Private Roundtable Partner Yes 5 Yes £2,750 View Details
Speaker Table Partner Yes 5 Yes £2,750 View Details
Programme Partner Yes 5 £2,250 View Details
Breakfast Partner Yes 5 £2,250 View Details
Lunch Partner Yes 5 £2,250 View Details
Email Partner Yes 5 £2,250 View Details
Registration Partner Yes 5 £2,250 View Details
Exhibitor Packages Yes 4 £1,750 View Details

We have various partnership packages available, including packages with speaking opportunities and huge exhibition space large enough to promote your business, 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 future vision for the Midlands and the whole built environment industry.

Corporate Partner

Session Partner

£2,000+VAT

The role of the session partner provides an opportunity for you to chair or 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:

  • Involvement with an exceptional panel session with the option to chair or be involved in the debate, discussions and presentations
  • Option to do a five minute introduction to the panel OR thought leaders presentation
  • Position yourself alongside us to shape the session agenda and content to bring your strategic thinking to the conference, with the option to recommend speakers
  • Inclusion within pre-conference communications including speaker briefings
  • Direct access before and after the sessions to the speakers and panellists; an excellent opportunity to establish rapport and build commercially rewarding relationships
  • Positioned as as ‘Conference Session Partner’ in all branding
  • Additional pull-up stand on stage during your conference session
  • 3x1m² exhibition space
  • Ten delegate passes for the conference
  • 50% off tickets to the VIP Speakers’ dinner which takes place the day before or the day of the event – allowing you to meet speakers in a relaxed environment
  • Attendance at Networking Training sessions for up to ten people per year
  • Access to the Speakers’ Green Room
  • Your logo will be displayed on the conference page of the website
  • Your logo will be on all documents related to the conference – emails etc.
  • One full page digital advert in the conference programme
  • Chairman’s ‘thank you’ in the closing speech
  • Social media – pre, during & post-conference activity
  • Inclusion within all PR and Outreach to regional, national and industry press
  • Access to photographs and video of the conference
  • Virtual branding – logo and blurb on the event website for delegates watching online

Session One: The Midlands, A Golden Opportunity for Growth: Where Are We At, Where Do We Need to Go?

Session Two: Housing Talent and Creating World Class Places to Live – Major Residential and Build to Rent Investment and Development Plans

Session Four: Upcoming Major Regeneration Masterplans

Best Practice Presentation Partner

£3,250+VAT

This package enables you to speak at the conference – providing you with an opportunity to deliver a thought leadership presentations and/or on-stage Q&A utilising our expert Chair. You’ll be able to position yourself as a though-leader and go-to-business in your sector in front of sector/regional stakeholders and influencers. Benefits include:

  • 15-minute timeslot before one of the main sessions to deliver a thought leadership presentation and/or Q&A session
  • Direct access before and after every session to the VIP speaker room, an excellent opportunity to establish rapport and build commercially rewarding relationships
  • Prime branding at the conference
  • 3x1m² exhibition space
  • Additional pull-up stand on stage during your Best Practice session
  • Seven delegate passes for the conference
  • Attendance at Networking Training sessions for up to ten people per year
  • Your logo will be displayed on the conference page of the website
  • Your logo will be on all documents related to the conference – emails etc.
  • One full page digital advert in the conference programme
  • Chairman’s ‘thank you’ in the closing speech
  • Social media – pre, during & post-conference activity
  • Inclusion within all PR and Outreach to regional, national and industry press
  • Access to photographs and video of the conference
  • Virtual branding – logo and blurb on the event website for delegates watching online

Best Practice Presentation Partner

Pre Conference Dinner Partner

£2,750+VAT

The day before the event we’ll be hosting a Speaker and Sponsor VIP dinner – this event offers a unique opportunity to network one-on-one with the industry’s leading figures. This partnership enables you to have prominent involvement and branding at the dinner. Benefits include:

  • Speaking opportunity – with a 10-minute promotional talk at the VIP Dinner
  • Prime branding at the conference dinner.
  • Two pull-up banners at the conference dinner
  • Promotional material and literature placement on the dinner tables
  • Two places at the conference dinner
  • Two delegate passes for the conference
  • Positioned as ‘Conference Dinner Partner’ in all branding
  • Attendance at Networking Training sessions for up to two people per year
  • Your logo will be displayed on the conference page of the website
  • Your logo will be on all documents related to the conference – emails etc.
  • One full page advert in the dinner menu
  • Chairman’s ‘thank you’ in the closing speech
  • Social media – pre, during & post-conference activity
  • Inclusion within all PR and Outreach to regional, national and industry press
  • Access to photographs and video of the conference

Private Roundtable Partner

£2,750+VAT

Take the discussion into a more private setting – with a hireable room at the event enabling you to create a roundtable discussion for up to 45-minutes. We’ll work with you to invite your target clients, plus your own attendees, to create an in-event experience that helps you forge new commercially rewards connections. Benefits include:

  • Hire a private room at the event venue for 45-minutes – for circa 10-15 attendees
  • Ten invitations directly through ourselves to event delegates to request their attendance at the roundtable (no guarantee provided on attendance)
  • Pull-up banners and marketing literature allowed within the private room during the period of your roundtable
  • 3x1m² exhibition space
  • Four delegate passes to the conference– which you can use for your staff or invited clients who you may also want to take part in the roundtable discussion
  • Attendance at Networking Training sessions for up to five people per year
  • Your logo will be displayed on the conference page of the website
  • Your logo will be on all documents related to the conference – emails etc.
  • One half page digital advert in the conference programme
  • Chairman’s ‘thank you’ in the closing speech
  • Social media – pre, during & post-conference activity
  • Inclusion within all PR and Outreach to regional, national and industry press
  • Access to photographs and video of the conference
  • Virtual branding – logo and blurb on the event website for delegates watching online

Speaker Table Partner

£2,750+VAT

Become the official partner of the Speakers’ Table – where our high-level event speakers will congregate throughout the day. Benefits include:

  • VIP access to enable you to join the speaker table/room
  • Build one-to-one relationships with key decision makers and work givers
  • Marketing collateral can be placed on the speaker table
  • Two pull-up banners around the Speaker Table area
  • 3x1m² exhibition space
  • Five delegate passes for the conference
  • Attendance at Networking Training sessions for up to five people per year
  • Your logo will be displayed on the conference page of the website
  • Your logo will be on all documents related to the conference – emails etc.
  • One half page digital advert in the conference programme
  • Chairman’s ‘thank you’ in the closing speech
  • Social media – pre, during & post-conference activity
  • Inclusion within all PR and Outreach to regional, national and industry press
  • Access to photographs and video of the conference
  • Virtual branding – logo and blurb on the event website for delegates watching online

Programme Partner

£2,250+VAT

Prominent branding on the front of our conference programme. A great way of driving brand awareness and visibility in front of your primary audience. Benefits include:

  • Prime Branding on the cover of the conference programme
  • Positioned as ‘Conference Programme Partner’ in all branding
  • 3x1m² exhibition space
  • Five delegate passes for the event
  • Attendance at Networking Training sessions for up to five people per year
  • Your logo will be displayed on the conference page of the website
  • Your logo will be on all documents related to the conference – emails etc.
  • One full page digital advert in the conference programme
  • Chairman’s ‘thank you’ in the closing speech
  • Social media – pre, during & post-conference activity
  • Inclusion within all PR and Outreach to regional, national and industry press
  • Access to photographs and video of the conference
  • Virtual branding – logo and blurb on the event website for delegates watching online

Breakfast Partner

£2,250+VAT

A package to enable mass brand awareness and visibility during the busiest periods of the day. Becoming a partner would ensure branding is at the forefront of the breakfast period area along with additional marketing benefits including an exhibition stand and inclusion within all marketing material. Benefits include:

  • Prime branding in the physical breakfast area space for the duration of breakfast with three pull-up stands
  • Positioned as ‘Conference Breakfast Partner’ in all branding
  • 3x1m² exhibition space
  • Five delegate passes for the conference
  • Attendance at Networking Training sessions for up to five people per year
  • Your logo will be displayed on the conference page of the website
  • Your logo will be on all documents related to the conference – emails etc.
  • One half page digital advert in the conference programme
  • Chairman’s ‘thank you’ in the closing speech
  • Social media – pre, during & post-conference activity
  • Inclusion within all PR and Outreach to regional, national and industry press
  • Access to photographs and video of the conference
  • Virtual branding – logo and blurb on the event website for delegates watching online

Lunch Partner

£2,250+VAT

A package to enable mass brand awareness and visibility during the busiest periods of the day. Becoming a partner would ensure branding is at the forefront of the lunch period area along with additional marketing benefits including an exhibition stand and inclusion within all marketing material. Benefits include:

  • Prime branding in the physical lunch area space for the duration of lunch with three pull-up stands
  • Positioned as ‘Conference Lunch Partner’ in all branding
  • 3x1m² exhibition space
  • Five delegate passes for the conference
  • Attendance at Networking Training sessions for up to five people per year
  • Your logo will be displayed on the conference page of the website
  • Your logo will be on all documents related to the conference – emails etc.
  • One half page digital advert in the conference programme
  • Chairman’s ‘thank you’ in the closing speech
  • Social media – pre, during & post-conference activity
  • Inclusion within all PR and Outreach to regional, national and industry press
  • Access to photographs and video of the conference
  • Virtual branding – logo and blurb on the event website for delegates watching online

Email Partner

£2,250+VAT

Prime branding on all emails used to promote the conference with delegates before, during and after the conference. Benefits include:

  • Prime Branding on the emails sent to promote the conference sent to circa 80,000 contacts
  • Positioned as ‘Conference Email Partner’ in all branding
  • 3x1m² exhibition space
  • Five delegate passes for the conference
  • Attendance at Networking Training sessions for up to five people per year
  • Your logo will be displayed on the conference page of the website
  • Your logo will be on all documents related to the conference – emails etc.
  • One half page digital advert in the conference programme
  • Chairman’s ‘thank you’ in the closing speech
  • Social media – pre, during & post-conference activity
  • Inclusion within all PR and Outreach to regional, national and industry press
  • Access to photographs and video of the conference
  • Virtual branding – logo and blurb on the event website for delegates watching online

Registration Partner

£2,250+VAT

Sponsorship of the registration area – the delegate entry point to the conference. Benefits include:

  • Branding on the sign-in iPads at check-out where all delegates sign-in with a table cloth and two pull up stands (provided by you)
  • Positioned as ‘Conference Registration Partner’ in all branding
  • 3x1m² exhibition space
  • Five delegate passes for the event
  • Attendance at Networking Training sessions for up to five people per year
  • Your logo will be displayed on the conference page of the website
  • Your logo will be on all documents related to the conference – emails etc.
  • One half page digital advert in the conference programme
  • Chairman’s ‘thank you’ in the closing speech
  • Social media – pre, during & post-conference activity
  • Inclusion within all PR and Outreach to regional, national and industry press
  • Access to photographs and video of the conference
  • Virtual branding – logo and blurb on the event website for delegates watching online

Exhibitor Package

£1,750+VAT

If you’re looking for access to the event and a space to hold meetings and showcase your services, our Exhibitor Partner package is perfect. There is no limit to the exhibition space enabling you to simply drive brand awareness through a standard exhibition package or bring excitement to the room with the ability to take exhibition space to stand out from the crowd. Benefits include:

  • 3x1m² exhibition space
  • Four delegate passes for the event
  • Attendance at Networking Training sessions for up to four people per year
  • Your logo will be displayed on the conference page of the website
  • Your logo will be on all documents related to the conference – emails etc.
  • Chairman’s ‘thank you’ in the closing speech
  • Social media – pre, during & post-conference activity
  • Inclusion within all PR and Outreach to regional, national and industry press
  • Access to photographs and video of the conference
  • Virtual branding – logo and blurb on the event website for delegates watching online

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Become a Partner

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

opportunities@built-environment-networking.com

We’re set to have a plethora of expert names join us for four excellent panel discussions. Speakers announced for the event include:

Lloyds Banking Group – Chris Sood-Nicholls, Managing Director, Head of Regional Development & Social Impact Investment

Lloyds Banking Group have been actively investing in development across the Midlands. They’ve recently provided a £235m sustainability loan to develop new affordable housing and decarbonise their existing portfolio. The funding is Lloyd Bank’s biggest sustainability-linked loan for the social housing sector to date.

Chris currently leads the Corporate & Institutional Bank’s ESG Regional Development programme which is focussed on place-based, social impact investment, looking at the role of financial institutions working in places with specific regeneration challenges, delivering additional environmental and social benefit alongside commercial returns.

Bruntwood SciTech – Dr Kath Mackay, Director of Life Sciences

Bruntwood SciTech is the UK’s leading property provider deidacted to driving the growth of the science and technology sector. Kate leads Bruntwood SciTech’s life science assets across the UK including Alderley Park, Birmingham Health Innovation Campus, and Citylabs in Manchester. Birmingham Health Innovation Campus’ first phase is due to be complete by September 2023. A 10-year masterplan has been developed for the Campus, which will provide up to 700,000 sq ft of state-of-the-art lab, office and incubation space, acting as a catalyst for the growth of the Midlands’ life science sector. It will create over 10,000 new jobs and contribute £400m GVA to the regional economy by 2030.

IM Properties – Richard Knight, Special Projects Director

To date, IM Properties have successfully developed over ten million square feet of quality commercial space for high-profile occupiers across the UK. The business has grown to encompass a real estate portfolio valued in excess of £1bn. They are currently working on Mercia Park, a new net zero 238-acre employment park in north west Leicester, adjacent to junction 11 of the M42. Mercia Park will be home to leading businesses including a 2.94 million square foot global logistics centre for Jaguar Land Rover and a 522,000 square foot industrial facility for DSV Group. IM Properties have also worked on major developments across the Midlands, previously investing £350m into three-phases of the Birch Coppice Business Park that is now home to 21 occupiers including Ocado, UPS and Euro Car Parts.

West Midlands Growth Company – Katie Trout, Director of Policy and Partnerships

West Midlands Growth Company helps to achieve objectives set out in the West Midlands Combined Authority Strategic Economic Plan, creating new jobs, building and expanding businesses, attracting regional investment and encouraging tourism. Working in collaboration with the Department for International Trade, West Midlands Growth Company have also recently launched the West Midlands Global Growth Programme, a new Government-backed incentive package to bolster trade and investment between the West Midlands and global markets.

East Midlands Development Corporation – Sir Chris Haworth, Chairman

East Midlands Development Company (EM DevCo) is owned by five local authorities in the East Midlands with sustainability and inclusive growth at the heart of their developments. EM DevCo are currently overseeing three major regeneration schemes that cover the size of three Olympic Parks with transformational opportunities. Toton and Chetwynd East Midlands Hub, Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power Station area and East Midlands Airport area are the three named schemes that could create 84,000 jobs and add approximately £4.8bn in value to the regional economy.

Lendlease – Selina Mason, Director of Masterplanning

In a joint venture alongside Starwood Capital, Lendlease are moving forward with the transformative Silvertown Quays regeneration project. The 27 acre, £3.5bn scheme will bring to life a new neighbourhood on land in Newham which has been derelict for the past 40 years. 6,000 new homes will be developed, alongside 1.8m sq ft of workspace as well as cultural and community buildings in a new town centre for the Royal Docks.

Vita Group – James Rooke, Head of Planning

Urban regeneration specialists, Vita Group has been creating environments in which people can thrive since 2012. They have a development pipeline totalling over a billion. The group started with Vita Student, the world’s best student accommodation, now a complete living platform, with four brands to meet the demands of tomorrow’s city living. Vita Group currently has over 9,000 beds in its development pipeline including Vita Student Coventry and Warwick opening in September, a mixed-use PBSA 1,000+ bed development Nottingham Guildhall, bringing forward Vita Group’s new student concept, House of Social.

Goodstone Living – Martin Bellinger, Co-Founder – Principle

Goodstone Living are innovators in the sustainable residential market, providing specialised Built-to-Rent properties. They have recently announced their first foray into the West Midlands market which will see 550 BtR homes built across 22,000 sq ft in Birmingham. With other schemes nationwide, Martin will join the event to talk about their national expansion and other future ideas for cities within the Midlands.

Birmingham City Council – Cllr Sharon Thompson, Cabinet Member for Housing and Homelessness

With the population of Birmingham set to soar to 1.24 million by 2030, the council has identified the need for 51,000 new homes in that time. Sharon joins this session to talk about how the local authority are disrupting new ways to develop healthier, smarter communities across the city and encouraging developers to make Birmingham the home of their flagship projects.

Warwickshire Property and Development Group – Stuart Buckley, Managing Director

Stuart is the Managing Director of Warwickshire Property & Development Group a Warwickshire County Council’s 100% owned delivery vehicle for property development and management. Key responsible person for the delivery of the agreed Business Plan and responsible to WPDG Board and WCC. He manages a team of Surveyors, Finance specialists, office staff to deliver on development assets of over 2,500 new homes, commercial and over 500 income producing assets. The wholly owned group are looking for JV partners for £2.5bn worth of mixed use, housing and commercial developments over 30 years.

Staffordshire University – Marek Hornak, Associate Dean – Partnerships and Enterprise

Staffordshire University is one of the Midlands’ leading educational institutions, with their city campus based in Stoke-on-Trent. As a part of their 2030 campus masterplan, they have recently completed The Catalyst, a flagship £40m physical and virtual hub to connect employers, students and apprentices. The university is also working leading on the construction of a new on campus Nursery and Forest School, with sustainability, nature and digital technology at the heart of the build. Marek joins us to detail the university’s role in placemaking and how their estate is evolving to meet demand.

Platform Housing Group – Elizabeth Froude, Group Chief Executive

Platform Housing Group is one of the largest housing associations in the Midlands with over 120,000 customers and 45,000 homes. The housing association has recently secured a £235m sustainability-linked loan from Lloyds Bank to help develop affordable homes and decarbonise its existing portfolio. This will be supported in part by Platform’s recent Homes England bid, where a £250m grant was secured to develop around 4,600 properties. Elizabeth joins us to share insight into PHG’s decarbonisation and housing delivery programme.

HUB – Damien Sharkey, Managing Director

HUB is an award-winning residential developer that offers better living, good design and real communities. Recently announcing the development of the Beaverhall House over 1.25-acre site due for completion in 2025 – named the 4th coolest neighbourhood in the world. Damien Sharkey will be joining us on the session to discuss, development plans, meeting the demand of BtR and how to accelerate the delivery of housing stock.

 

Birmingham Airport – Nikki Bains, Head of Planning, Transport and Strategy

Back in 2019, Birmingham Airport announced plans for £500m worth of development to increase passenger numbers from 13 million per year to 18 million by 2033. The expansion will see the departure lounge in the north terminal extended by 40% and is set to add a mezzanine, more check-in facilities, and additional seating and retail space. Nikki will reveal more intel on this expansion as well as discussing the airport’s strategy for recovery and the role the airport plays in Birmingham and the UK’s economy.

Staffordshire County Council – Philip White, Deputy Leader

Staffordshire County Council is a key partner in a series of major improvements along the A50/A500 corridor set out by Midlands Connect. The upgrades are targeted at reducing congestion, supporting local businesses, and promoting greener transport use that will in turn improve Staffordshire’s transport routes, increase investment and boost productivity. The plans could create a £12bn economic boost and help to unlock over 12,000 jobs. This comes in addition to the Branston Locks 400-acre mixed use development that’s next phase will commence during 2022.

Midlands Connect – Sarah Spink, Strategic Partnerships Lead

More information to follow.

University of Warwick Science Park – Mark Tock, Chief Operating Officer

As one of the oldest science parks in the UK, the University of Warwick Science Park has provided a well-equipped environment for research and technology since 1982. The park was established as a joint venture company owned by the University of Warwick, Coventry City Council, Warwickshire County Council and the Wet Midlands Enterprise Board. Today the park operated across three sites, supporting hundreds of businesses. The board is looking to expand in the coming years and Mark joins us to share some intel into UWSP’s next chapter.

Innovation Alliance for the West Midlands – Dr Pam Waddell OBE, Director

Dr Pam Waddell is the founding Director of the Innovation Alliance for the West Midlands (IAWM), a regional partnership working to stimulate science and technology-based innovation to improve prosperity and wellbeing across the West Midlands. IAWM’s objectives are to build a vibrant innovation ecosystem for the West Midlands and to catalyse collaborative activity focussed on demand-led innovation. The Innovation Alliance currently have nine projects in delivery, investing millions to maintain the region’s innovation programme.

Waterman Group – Richard White, Associate Director

Richard is an Associate Director with more than 15 years’ experience undertaking and project managing a wide range of transportation studies and projects, leading and developing projects across planning, transportation and public health, including the design and implementation of walking and cycling schemes, transport innovation, developing transport/planning policy, scheme design, and accessibility planning.

Urban Growth Company – Sue Barrett, Chief Operating Officer

Supported by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and the West Midlands Combined Authority , the Urban Growth Company is a critical catalyst for growth, ensuring that ambitions for the HS2 Interchange site are fully realised by coordinating investment plans and growth opportunities. Sue will give an update on their key project – The Hub, which will create 8,000 homes, 70,000 new and supported jobs and over 650,000 sq ft of commercial space.

 

City of Wolverhampton Council – Liam Davies, Head of City Development

City of Wolverhampton Council has bid for £20million from the Government’s Levelling Up Fund Round 2 to help deliver phase one of its ambitious Green Innovation Corridor. The aim of the Green Innovation Corridor is to build on Wolverhampton’s growth as a centre for sustainable construction and create skilled jobs for local people in the emerging green economy. It will focus on creating high-value jobs in specialist sectors, support student retention, harness home-grown talent, develop new opportunities for business investment and growth, and leverage private sector funding. Phase one of the Green Innovation Corridor is the Springfield Innovation Hub to be developed net carbon zero and based at the University of Wolverhampton’s £120million Springfield site – an architecture and built environment super-campus. Liam joins the conference to update delegates on the scheme.

Arup – Abigaile Bromfield, Director, Midlands Integrated City Planning and Design Leader

Abigaile has also spent time working in the Cabinet Office Implementation Unit for the Prime Minister (2015-16), advising on improving the implementation of housing and transport related policies. Her work combines practical development experience with a strong track record in stakeholder engagement and political communication.

Arup is leading on key regional growth projects, including the redevelopment of the Alexander Stadium in Perry Barr’. The UK Central Hub Growth and Infrastructure Plan and the development of detailed plans for the East Midlands Development Corporation

Browne Jacobson – Peter Ware, Chair of Midlands Engine Green Growth Board & Partner and Head of Government Practice

Peter is the Chair of Midlands Engine Green Growth Board and will discuss the power of connection and why it’s so important if we’re to deliver our ambitions for the Midlands, meeting the challenges of the future.

Built Environment Networking – Fahmida Nisa, Online Event Manager

Nisa is a research, marketing and content specialist at Built Environment Networking. She will be hosting a number of the sessions throughout the day, running the day’s proceedings and managing the interaction between our virtual delegates and the speakers.

Browne Jacobson – Gabor Taller, Partner

Browne Jacobson are thought leaders providing world-class advice on modern and complex matters of local government. Their expertise in business and society gives them a unique oversight of both public and private bodies. This, and their ability to forge strong relationships with local and central governmental organisations, puts them at the centre of public sector modernisation. While their market-leading work in organisational change, the drive to carbon neutrality, digital transformation, regeneration and more puts them at the forefront of society’s biggest issues.

Gabor Taller is passionate about social housing – having worked in the sector for Browne Jacobson for more than 15 years. In June 2022, Gabor took his commitment to the next level, when he joined staff from Platform Housing Group to cycle over 200 miles between Lincoln and Worcester Cathedrals to raise money victims of domestic abuse. Gabor is a recognised expert in social housing development work and complex funding, having led on the securitisation of more than £1 billion of affordable housing over the last five years. Gabor also advises private sector developers, funders and public bodies in helping them partner with housing associations.

Quickbase – Mark Dillon, Senior Vice President, Partnerships & International

Projects today face unprecedented external challenges from supplier uncertainty, labour shortages, evolving building standards, and rising costs. While development professionals lack the ability to affect their external circumstances, the systems they have in place to adapt and innovate are entirely under their control. In this discussion, learn how to promote visibility within your organisation and why your ability to see, connect, and control your project data is the difference between completing a build on-time and within budget or not.

08:00-09:00 Breakfast & Networking
09:00-09:30 Conference Welcome & Keynote Speaker

Peter will open the conference with an inspirational keynote outlining the progress made across the Midlands and what more needs to be done to create a thriving, better connected and more sustainable region.

Browne Jacobson; Peter Ware, Chair of Midlands Engine Green Growth Board & Partner and Head of Government Practice

09:30-10:30 Session One: The Midlands, A Golden Opportunity for Growth: Where Are We At, Where Do We Need to Go?; Sponsored by Waterman Group

As a part of this session, senior leadership from across the Midlands will share in thought leadership on the levelling up priorities in the region.

Chair: Waterman Group; Richard White, Associate Director

Lendlease; Selina Mason, Director of Masterplanning

Birmingham Airport; Nikki Bains, Head of Planning, Transport and Strategy

West Midlands Growth Company; Katie Trout, Director of Policy and Partnerships

Innovation Alliance for the West Midlands; Dr Pam Waddell, Director

City of Wolverhampton Council; Liam Davies, Head of City Development

10:30-11:15 Break & Networking

Build commercially rewarding connections during the break – with refreshments included.

11:15-11:30 Promoting Visibility: The Key to Overcoming Built Environment Challenges

Projects today face unprecedented external challenges from supplier uncertainty, labour shortages, evolving building standards, and rising costs. While development professionals lack the ability to affect their external circumstances, the systems they have in place to adapt and innovate are entirely under their control. In this discussion, learn how to promote visibility within your organisation and why your ability to see, connect, and control your project data is the difference between completing a build on-time and within budget or not.

Quickbase; Mark Dillon, Senior Vice President, Partnerships & International

11:30-12:30 Session Two: Housing Talent and Creating World Class Places to Live – Major Residential and Build to Rent Investment and Development Plans; Sponsored by Browne Jacobson

The Midlands is home to some of the UK’s brightest talent and global organisations but with increased competitiveness from other cities and the ever looming threat of brain drain, this session sees developers, investors and policy makers come together to share intel on their future schemes and discuss the best way to deliver housing.

Chair: Browne Jacobson; Gabor Taller, Partner

Platform Housing Group; Elizabeth Froude, Group Chief Executive

Goodstone Living; Martin Bellinger, Founder & Principal

HUB; Damien Sharkey, Managing Director

Birmingham City Council; Cllr Sharon Thompson, Cabinet Member for Housing and Homelessness

Vita Group; James Rooke, Head of Planning

12:30-13:15 Lunch & Networking

Build commercially rewarding connections during the lunch break – with refreshments and food provided.

13:15-13:45 East Midlands Development Company Showcase

As a part of this breakout, we will be hearing from East Midlands Development Company, who have identified a once-in-a-generation opportunity to supercharge the region’s economy and create tens of thousands of new jobs via three landmark developments of national significance.

East Midlands Development Company; Sir Chris Haworth, Chairman

13:45-14:30 Session Three: Developing the A50/A500 Corridor

From Stoke-on-Trent to Derby, this 90 kilometre corridor is home to around a million people and half a million jobs. Centred around investing and improving transport and infrastructure to initially unlock 30,000 new homes and 17,000 high skilled employment opportunities by 2030, stakeholders driving the scheme forward nationally come together to discuss its unlimited potential.

Chair: (Available to sponsor)

Staffordshire University; Marek Hornak, Associate Dean – Partnerships and Enterprise

Midlands Connect; Sarah Spink, Strategic Partnerships Lead

Staffordshire County Council; Philip White, Deputy Leader

14:30-15:00 Break & Networking

Build commercially rewarding connections during the break.

15:00-16:00 Session Four: Upcoming Major Regeneration Masterplans; Sponsored by Arup

This session will feature the region’s top developers, investors and public sector stakeholders as they discuss their plans to revitalises towns and cities across the Midlands.

Chair: Arup; Abigaile Bromfield, Director, Midlands Integrated City Planning and Design Leader

Warwickshire Property and Development Group; Stuart Buckley, Managing Director

Urban Growth Company; Sue Barrett, Chief Operating Officer

IM Properties; Richard Knight, Special Projects Director

Lloyds Banking Group; Chris Sood-Nicholls, Managing Director, Head of Regional Development & Social Impact Investment

Bruntwood SciTech; Dr Kath McKay, Director of Life Sciences

16:00 Conference Summary and Close

Taking place on the evening of the Midlands Development Conference, we will be hosting an experience like no other, bringing together the event speakers, selected guests and the exclusive dinner sponsor.

The dinner will take place in a private dining setting at Coventry Building Society Arena (formerly Ricoh Arena) between 16:30-20:00 the night before the event (Monday 17th October).

The evening includes a three-course meal and drinks with an inclusive menu to suit all, in addition to hours of excellent networking opportunities alongside key influencers and leaders in the sector.

Benefits of attending the dinner in addition to the conference include:

  • Targeted networking – the attendees will primarily be our event speakers, ensuring quality networking with the key decision makers
  • Quality networking – ensure you’re not rushed when speaking to potential clients, this event gives you hours of time in a relaxed environment where a true relationship can be built
  • Be ahead of your competitors – they will be at the conference the next day, so guarantee you’re ahead of the competition by forming relationships with key clients the night before the event, you’ll be on first name terms the following day
  • Share knowledge and thought leadership – stand out from the crowd by adding your voice to the table discussion as we ask several key questions on how the sector can overcome challenges and grasp opportunities

Dinner attendees include:

  • Arden Cross Consortium; Ben Gray, Project Director
  • ARUP; Abigaile Bromfield, Director, Midlands Integrated City Planning and Design Leader
  • E H Smith Facades; John Cave, Executive Director
  • Emdevco; Sir Chris Haworth, Chair
  • Birmingham Airport; Nikki Bains, Head of Planning, Transport and Strategy
  • Gateley; Ed Jones, Director – Head of Utilities Compensation
  • Gateley; Darren Woolley, Technical Director
  • Gateley; Katrina Reynolds, Associate
  • Goodstone Living; Martin Bellinger, Principal
  • IM Properties; Richard Knight, Special Projects Director
  • Lendlease; Selina Mason, Director of Master Planning
  • Inmarsat; Nick Hall, Head of Technology Integration
  • Lloyds Banking Group; Christopher Sood-Nicholls, Regional Development, Sustainability & ESG Finance
  • Midlands Connect; Sarah Spink, Strategic Partnerships Lead
  • Quickbase; Mark Dillon, Senior Vice President, Partnerships & International
  • Mott MacDonald; Tony O’Toole, Regional Director – Birmingham and the Midlands
  • Nottingham City Council; Sajeeda Rose, Corporate Director for Growth and City Development
  • Openreach; Kasam Hussain, Partnership Director for Midlands
  • Platform Housing Group; Elizabeth Froude, Group Chief Executive
  • Staffordshire County Council; Cllr Alan White, Leader of the Council
  • University of Warwick Science Park; Mark Tock, Chief Operating Officer
  • Englobe UK; Sally Pearson, UK Commercial Director
  • Vita Group; James Rooke, Head of Planning
  • VU.CITY ; Matt Evans, Regional Business Development Manager
  • Englobe UK; Kathy Newall, Business Development Manager
  • Waterman Group; Richard White, Associate Director
  • WSP; Malcolm Davidson, Director

Those attending the dinner must also be attending the conference the following day – you can register below or contact opportunities@built-environment-networking.com for more information. Sponsorship opportunities are also available on the ‘Become a Partner’ tab above.

Both public and private sector figures from many of the regions leading firms will be in attendance including representation from:

AB Heritage
Arden Cross
ARUP
Aspbury Planning
Associated Architects
Baily Garner
Balfour Beatty
BAM Construction
BDP
BECG
BE Design
Beechwood Trees and Landscapes
Birmingham Airport
Briggs and Forrester
Browne Jacobson
Bruntwood
BSN Group
Built Environment Networking
CEG
City of Wolverhampton Council
CQS Solutions
Cundall
Curtins
DAC Beachcroft
Daikin Applied
Deeley Group
Defence Infrastructure Organisation
Delta-Simons
DevComms
Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council
East Midlands Development Company
Edge Property Solutions
Emdevco
EMH Housing and Regeneration
Englobe
Euro Property Investments
Faithful+Gould
First Port
Freeths
Galliford Try
Gateley
Gleeds
Goodstone Living
GRAHAM
Housing21
HUB
Hydrock
IM Properties
Imtech
Inmarsat
Innovation Alliance for the West Midlands
Integrated Transport Planning
JBA Consulting
JLL
K4 Architects
Kier
Kier Property
Lendlease
Lexington Communications
Lichfields
Lifeways
Lloyds Banking Group
Longhurst Group
Loop
Ilke Homes
Mace
Mainstay
McCoy Contractors
MEPC
MGAC | RLF
Midlands Connect
Morgan Sindall
Mott MacDonald
Muse Developments
MX Underwriting
Nottingham City Council
Nottingham Community Housing Association
Openreach
Oxford Properties
Pagabo
Perfect Circle
Pick Everard
Platform Housing
PLMR
Quadient
Quickbase
Reynaers
Robertson Group
Rodgers Leask
Schneider Electric
Seddon
SES Engineering
Shakespeare Martineau
Sir Robert McAlpine
Staffordshire County Council
Staffordshire University
Stephen George + Partners
Strategic Land Group
Strategus Consulting
Stride Treglown
Sypro
Terence O’Rourke
Tetra Tech
Trowers and Hamlins
UKREiiF
University of Warwick
Urban Growth Company
Vectos
Vita Group
VolkerFitzpatrick
VU.CITY
Waldeck Consulting
Walsall Housing Group
Warwick Science Park
Waterman Aspen
Waterman Group
Wates
We Are Pioneer Group
West Midlands Combined Authority
West Midlands Growth Company
whg
Winvic Construction
Winvix
Woods Hardwick
WSP
WV Living

Tickets

Physical Event Ticket: Midlands Development Conference £199.00

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Physical Event Ticket AND VIP Speakers Dinner: Midlands Development Conference The dinner takes place the evening before this event – limited to 20 places. £349.00

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Details

Date:
Monday, 17th October 2022

Time:
0800hrs – 1600hrs

Cost:
£99 – £349

Venue

Coventry Building Society Arena (formerly Ricoh Arena)
Judds Ln, Coventry CV6, UK

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