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Mills Development Conference

Tuesday, 4th August 2020 0900hrs – 1430hrs

Mills drove forward the industrial revolution within the UK – but now thousands of mills lay derelict and underutilised. This event will delve into the incredible opportunities they present to help drive economic growth and tackle the housing crisis. Mill owners, regional authorities, regeneration experts and major developers will all come together to discuss their future projects and how those in the audience can get involved. At this event you’ll

  • Meet mill owners who’re looking to revitalise their derelict buildings but need the support of the built environment industry
  • Hear from the public sector on how they’ll be working in collaboration to bring forward mill regeneration
  • Meet the developers and investors looking to transform these buildings through multi-million pound projects
  • Discover the newest schemes which are yet to be announced, and hear how your company can get involved

Speakers for this event include:

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Mills were behind the original Northern Powerhouse whilst helping to trigger technical innovation, stimulate new trade and help transform the transport network. However, with the 20th-century decline in national textile manufacturing, many of these heritage and characterful buildings face uncertain futures – but as an industry, we can ensure these buildings are not lost forever.

Many are now underused or vacant – and there are many challenges with regenerating and adapting mills to new purposes, but they also bring many opportunities. The opportunity in West Yorkshire (where the event is set to be held) alone is staggering – there are 1,350 mills which are underused or vacant, which have the potential to create thousands of jobs, 27,000 homes and more.

Nationally there are fine examples of how to regenerate these buildings into thriving new locations – and at this event, we’ll delve into best practice from those who’ve done it, but we’ll also hear from local authorities, investors and major developers as they share their vision and future plans for these impressive heritage buildings.

Ensure you’re part of bringing these buildings back from the brink – and discover how you can get involved during this online conference.

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Agenda and Programme:

09:00-09:15 Doors Open & Networking

Enjoy some networking time with those also attending the conference and visit the exhibitors – with the ability to video chat with attendees, enter the speed networking area or visit the booths of our sponsors.

09:15-09:45 Breakout Session – Yeme Architects

Yeme’s latest exciting project involves the regeneration of the former Dunlop Rubber mill in Leicester which will be redeveloped with smart city, integrative design. Amir will also delve into his extensive knowledge of the sector having been involved in major mill redevelopments in West Yorkshire and give insight into how mills can play role in our future societies.

Yeme Architects; Amir Hussain, Chief Executive

09:45-10:00 Networking & Exhibition

During the break period you’re able to move around the event – with a speed networking area to allow you to video chat at random so get your elevator pitch ready. 

You can also invite any other attendee to video chat, direct message.

And you can visit our exhibitions, chatting directly to them or watch their brand video and register your interest.

10:00-11:00 Session 1: Mills – Their Potential Through Regeneration

Leading figures at the forefront of the conversation will share their expert knowledge, looking at best practice and examples of great regeneration with open Q&A from the audience and thought-provoking discussion.

Session Sponsor: (Available – click for details)

Calderdale Council; Kate Peach, Principal Conservation Officer

Priestley Group; Nathan Priestley, Chief Executive Officer

Historic England; Catherine Dewar, Regional Director, North West

Obstrat; Haroon Shaikh, Director

11:00-11:30 Networking & Exhibition

During the break period you’re able to move around the event – with a speed networking area to allow you to video chat at random so get your elevator pitch ready. 

You can also invite any other attendee to video chat, direct message.

And you can visit our exhibitions, chatting directly to them or watch their brand video and register your interest.

11:30-12:30 Session 2: Mills – Opportunities for Development

There are numerous derelict mills across the UK – and landowners and developers will share insight on potential schemes which could be brought to the fore.

Session Sponsor: (Available – click for details)

Rushbond; Mark Finch, Director, Real Estate

Kirklees Council; Nigel Hunston, Team Leader (Town Centre Conservation and Design) at Kirklees Council

Rochdale Borough Council; Jessica Scott, Conservation Officer, Planning & Development

12:30-13:00 Networking & Exhibition

During the break period you’re able to move around the event – with a speed networking area to allow you to video chat at random so get your elevator pitch ready. 

You can also invite any other attendee to video chat, direct message.

And you can visit our exhibitions, chatting directly to them or watch their brand video and register your interest.

13:00-14:00 Session 3: Mills – Future Development Plans

Mills are being repurposed for numerous schemes and in this session, we hear about those potential opportunities from the public and private sector – creating thriving new communities within heritage buildings.

Session Sponsor: (Available – click for details)

Capital & Centric; Tim Heatley, Co-founder

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council; Councillor Bill Cawley, Councillor

Burnley Borough Council; Kate Ingram, Strategic Head of Economy and Growth

14:00-14:30 Networking, Exhibition & Close

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Associate your brand with the virtual Mills Development Conference and position your brand at the forefront of one of the UK’s biggest discussions and debates around regenerating and restoring historic buildings to their former glory.

Package Exhibition Stand Chair/ Speaking Opportunity Tickets VIP Backstage Access Cost (+VAT)
Conference Partner Yes Yes 15 Yes £2,500 View Details
Session Partner Yes Yes 10 Yes £1,500 View Details
VIP Room Sponsor Yes Yes 10 Yes £1,500 View Details
Best Practice Presentation Package Yes Yes 10 Yes £1,000 View Details
Exhibitor Packages Yes 5 Yes £500 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 heritage sector and the whole built environment industry.

Conference Partner

£2,500+VAT

Become the headline partner of this conference and get mass awareness and brand visibility. This package is the ultimate – with a prime location during the event, a speaking opportunity, logo positioning on the top of the logo and your name in the event title – “Mills Development Conference; Sponsored by YOUR COMPANY NAME”

  • The conference will be called the xxx Conference in association with your company name
  • Ability to help shape the conference agenda and content to bring your strategic thinking to the event
  • Option to recommend speakers
  • Inclusion with pre-conference speaker communications
  • Access to the speakers and panellists; an excellent opportunity to establish rapport and build commercially rewarding relationships
  • Prime branding for the whole conference
  • Option to do a keynote speech
  • One speaking position on one panel during the conference
  • Online exhibition space allowing you to video chat with delegates and share downloadable content such as literature
  • 15 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

Session Partner

£1,500+VAT

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

VIP Room Sponsor

£1,500+VAT

This package gives you an opportunity to sponsor the VIP Room – an exclusive invite only area of the event where speakers, invited VIP guests and sponsors can gather. This room enables all to actively video chat – and as the VIP Room Sponsor you’ll be able to host all of those who enter and manage the conversation throughout the day. It includes:

  • Become the official Host of the VIP Room
  • Branding within the VIP Room
  • Option to invite selected guests to the VIP Room alongside speakers 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

Best Practice Presentation Package

£1,000+VAT

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

£500+VAT

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

keith.griffiths@built-environment-networking.com

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.

We’ll be hearing from 15 expert speakers during this conference – as they share their expert knowledge, inside information and best practice. These high-level speakers include:

Rushbond – Mark Finch, Real Estate Director

Especially across West Yorkshire the firm are incredibly well known for their incredible work. Whether it be the new Channel 4 HQ which has transformed the Majestic in Leeds after a fire put the building at risk, to the Corn Exchange where they’re creating a new chapter for the iconic building which will be the heart of a new pedestrianised area in Leeds.

They also have a keen interest in Mills and their latest in the area – Stonebridge Mills – is a 3.6-hectare sites. The firm are starting to bring proposals forward for this development where they envisage a ‘Garden Village’ – and they’ll be sharing intel on the project and others in their pipeline.

Mark Finch Rushbond

Priestley Group – Nathan Priestley, Chief Executive Officer

The Priestley Group are specialists in Mill redevelopment – 90% of their work is on unused buildings including mills. We will hear from Nathan about the challenges and opportunities that come through redeveloping mills and the future plans he has in this realm.  

Historic England – Catherine Dewar, Regional Director – North West

The North West is home to a vast wealth of historic buildings and mills. Historic England are at the forefront of protecting these important historical buildings and Catherine will explain what opportunities there are to renovate and regenerate mills and how these opportunities can lead to inclusive economic growth as well as protecting historical heritage.

Rochdale Borough Council – Jessica Scott, Conservation Officer, Planning & Development

Rochdale Council have an array of mills in the town that they are looking to regenerate and bring back into use; one such example being the Waterside House Mill where there are plans to convert it for residential use. Jessica will reveal more about how the council are actively looking for and working with developers to bring these mills back to life.

Kirklees Council – Nigel Hunston, Team Leader (Town Centre Conservation and Design)

Newsome Mill in Huddersfield and Westwood Mills in Linthwaite represent two incredible opportunities to redevelop historic mills in Kirklees; Nigel will tell go into detail about these two mills and showcase the other opportunities for mill redevelopment in Kirklees.

Capital & Centric – Tim Heatley, Co-Founder

Last year Tim announced that he wanted to spend up to £200m in Sheffield over the next 5 to 10 years and has since announce a £21 million scheme in the city. We’ll hear what further future plans Capital & Centric have for the city and what this investment will mean for Sheffield’s people.

Calderdale Council – Kate Peach, Principal Conservation Officer

Kate will give an update on the Old Lane/Rawson’s Mill in Halifax which is a great opportunity to redevelop a historic mill but also one that comes with challenges. Kate will also expand on the opportunities to redevelop historic mills and buildings in Calderdale and the vast benefits of bring these buildings back into use.

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council – Councillor Bill Cawley, Councillor

Leek was once a key part of the textile industry – and the legacy of that trade remains visible throughout the town. Cllr Cawley will tell us more about the significant opportunities to re-develop the mills in the town and the role they can play in the future of Leek.

 

Burnley Borough Council – Kate Ingram, Strategic Head of Economy and Growth

Burnley Council have a great record of redeveloping mills in the town, with Kate having delivered a number of successful schemes over the years. She will give more details about the success stories of these schemes and how the council are actively looking for developers to work with going forward in Burnley.

Yeme Architects – Amir Hussain, Chief Executive

Amir and his team are experts in the mills redevelopment realm. With a plethora of successful mills projects throughout West Yorkshire and beyond his expertise is unparalleled in the sector. Amir will be updating us on his latest projects and looking ahead at the future opportunities to redevelop mills in the UK.

Obstrat – Haroon Shaikh, Director

Haroon is one of the developers behind the regeneration of the former Dunlop Rubber mill in Leicester which will be redeveloped with smart city, integrative design. The scheme seeks to repurpose the historic former Dunlop Rubber Factory to create 393 mixed-tenure dwellings and over 2300m2 of non-residential space. This £80m sustainable development will help to create around 250 jobs in the area.

 

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Details

Date:
Tuesday, 4th August 2020

Time:
0900hrs – 1430hrs

Venue

Online – Hopin


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