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Northern Powerhouse Economic Growth Conference

Thursday, 3rd December 2020 0800hrs – 1900hrs

The Queens, Leeds, LS1 1PJ

Northern Powerhouse; unleashing the pent up potential of the north

The Northern Powerhouse Agenda is set to act as a catalyst for a transformational period – one which will see the North of England’s economy thrive.

To ensure this happens the public and private sector must harness and foster a collaborative approach to unlock the pent-up potential of the North and maximise the opportunities which it presents.

This event will bring together the most influential voices in delivering this ambitious vision for the North – as we delve into the design, development and delivery of the Northern Powerhouse Agenda.

Speakers include:

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There will be sessions throughout the day covering all the biggest topics crucial to the delivery of the Northern Powerhouse agenda such as:

  • Northern Powerhouse Update; influential stakeholders will share the latest and exclusive intel
  • Northern Powerhouse Rail; the crucial piece to the jigsaw, we’ll hear about the NPR project, details on the development and delivery, and details on where investment and funding is up to.
  • Digital Revolution; digital connectivity is as important as physical infrastructure and we’ll hear from those connecting the North.
  • The Green Agenda; with the climate emergency at the forefront of minds we’ll hear how development will be delivered with a sustainable and net zero approach.
  • Healthcare; major investment is set to be made to NHS estates and we’ll discuss new hospitals and healthcare facilities set to be developed.
  • Higher Education & Skills; we’ll hear from the universities who’re pumping billions into their estates, preparing the skills workers of tomorrow and ensuring talent is retained across the North.
  • Innovation, Research & Sciences; new clusters and districts are creating employment hubs – acting as catalysts for further investment and growth in the North. What’s next and where will new clusters appear?
  • Regional Development Plans; we’ll hear from the public sector and major developers/investors looking to transform regions including Hull, Warrington, Bolton, Darlington, Bradford and Liverpool.
  • Major Placemaking Projects; the biggest developers behind multi-million and multi-billion pound projects in the North will take to the stage to highlight how the Northern Powerhouse agenda will enable them to bring more projects to the fore.

Over the coming weeks we’ll be announcing additional information as well as our programme and event agenda. But you can get involved early and secure your place below

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08:00-08:45 Breakfast & Networking

Enjoy a morning of networking and meeting our exhibitors alongside free hot/cold drinks and a selection of breakfast food options.

08:45-09:00 Main Stage: Welcome & Morning Keynotes

Two of the Northern Powerhouse’s most influential visionaries set the stage for the day’s proceedings by delivering some high-level thought leadership and policy announcements.

09:15-10:15 Main Stage: Northern Powerhouse Progress

An interactive question time style session with a panel of agenda setters, political voices and blue chip companies who will explore and critique the progress of the Northern Powerhouse project in detail. 

Chair: (Available to Sponsor)

Leeds City Council; Judith Blake, Leader

Arla; Ash Amirahmadi, Managing Director

U + I; James Heather, Development Director

Newcastle City Council; Pat Ritchie, Chief Executive

Peel Group; Richard Maudsley, Director*

Siemens Mobility; Will Wilson, Chief Executive

Carlisle City Council; Jane Meek, Corporate Director of Economic Development and Investment

10:15-10:45 Break & Networking

Continue to network with industry professionals, meet our event exhibitors and enjoy free drinks and snacks.

10:45-11:45 Breakout Rooms: The Digital Revolution, The Green Agenda & Healthcare in the North

Three breakout rooms will be available to attend – focusing on key subject matters which will be crucial in maximising the opportunities which the Northern Powerhouse agenda presents:

Room One: The Digital Revolution

With widespread roll out of 5G technology imminent and the smart cities arms race taking hold across the UK, our delegates have the chance to interact with some of the North’s most prominent innovators.

Places for People; Julie Alexander, Director of Technology and Innovation

Speaker 2 – TBC

Speaker 3 – TBC

Speaker 4 – TBC


Room Two: The Green Agenda & Energy Challenges

“The climate emergency” is a topic on everyone’s lips; in this session delegates will hear from the people tasked with achieving net zero targets. 

United Utilities; Jo Harrison, Asset Director

North West Hydrogen Cluster; Emma Degg, Chief Executive

Northern Powergrid; Jim Cardwell Head of Policy Development

Electricity North West; Peter Emery, Chief Executive

Yorkshire Energy Park; Claire Harrison, Director*


Room Three: Healthcare in the North

UK Government has promised 40 new hospitals to address the UK’s ongoing healthcare challenges and we hear from the voices tasked with delivering what will be the biggest public health capital investment for decades.

Assura; Jane Cottam, Chief Financial Officer

Leeds Teaching Hospitals; James Goodyear, Director of Strategy

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals; Karen Partington, Chief Executive*

The Health Foundation; Dr Jennifer Dixon, Chief Executive*

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust; Sir Michael Deegan, Chief Executive*

11:45-12:15 Break & Networking

Continue to network with industry professionals, meet our event exhibitors and enjoy free drinks and snacks.

12:15-13:15 Main Stage: The Innovation Powerhouse – The Role of Science, Skills & Research

With some of the best Universities in the world and the rise of city innovation districts across the North, senior team’s designing and delivering these campuses take to the stage to talk through their future plans.

Chair: (Available to Sponsor)

University of Manchester; Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice Chancellor

University of Liverpool; Professor Anthony Hollander, Pro Vice Chancellor

University of York; Professor Charlie Daniels, Vice Chancellor

13:15-13:45 Lunch & Networking

During lunch you’ll enjoy a delicious meal alongside free drinks and snacks – with time to continue networking and connecting with high-level industry professionals.

13:45-14:15 Breakout Rooms: Regional Development Plans I

Three breakout rooms will be available to attend – focusing on selected cities and towns which will see a huge boost in investment and development activity through the delivery of the Northern Powerhouse agenda.

Room One: Sheffield City Region

HBD; Vivienne Clements, Director

Queensberry; Paul Sargent, Chief Executive

Sheffield City Council; Ed Highfield, Director of City Growth

Speaker 4 – TBC


Room Two: Darlington

Darlington Borough Council; Ian Williams, Director of Economic Growth and Neighbourhood Services

Darlington College; Katie Roe, Principal and Chief Executive

Tritax Symmetry; Simon Dixon, Development Director

Teesside University; Laura Woods Director of Academic Enterprise


Room Three: Bradford

Bradford Metropolitan Borough Council;  Shelagh O’Neill, Director of Place

Bradford Metropolitan Borough Council; Nicola Greenan, Director for Cultural Partnerships

NEC Group; Dan Boulger, Bradford Live Mobilisation Director

Muse Developments; David Wells, Regional Director

14:25-14:55 Breakout Rooms: Regional Development Plans II

Three breakout rooms will be available to attend – focusing on selected cities and towns which will see a huge boost in investment and development activity through the delivery of the Northern Powerhouse agenda.

Room One: Hull

Hull City Council; Mark Jones, Director of Regeneration

Siemens; Shaun Cray, Head of Real Estate UK and Ireland.

Wykeland Group; Dominic Gibbons, Managing Director

University of Hull; Professor Susan Lea, Vice Chancellor*


Room Two: Bolton

Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council; Tony Oakman, Chief Executive

Muse Developments; Matt Crompton, Managing Director

Maple Grove Developments; Karen Hirst, Managing Director*


Room Three: Warrington

Warrington Borough Council; Steven Broomhead, Chief Executive

Speaker 2 – TBC

Speaker 3 – TBC

Speaker 4 – TBC

14:55-15:25 Break & Networking

Continue to network with industry professionals, meet our event exhibitors and enjoy free drinks and snacks.

15:25-16:25 Main Stage: Northern Powerhouse Rail – Unlocking Growth

The masterminds behind delivering the NPR project deliver an exclusive update to our audience on the progress of this major scheme and how the built environment can help realise their plans. 

Chair: (Available to Sponsor)

Transport for the North; Tim Wood, Northern Powerhouse Rail Director

West Yorkshire Combined Authority; Susan Hinchcliffe, Chair*

MunroeK; David Aspin, Chief Executive

CEG; David Hodgson; Head of Strategic Development

16:25-16:45 Break & Networking

Continue to network with industry professionals, meet our event exhibitors and enjoy free drinks and snacks.

16:45-18:00 Main Stage: Placemaking; The Engine of the Powerhouse

The biggest developers from across the North unveil details of their forthcoming major schemes and demonstrate how they are contributing to the Northern Powerhouse – whilst highlighting how full delivery will bring forward new schemes. 

Chair: (Available to Sponsor)

Town Centre Securities; Lynda Shillaw, Property Director

Legal and General; Jennie Hill, Chief Commercial Officer Future Cities

Allied London; Mike Ingall, Chief Executive

L&Q; Fiona Fletcher Smith, Development Director

Keyland Developments; Peter Garrett, Managing Director

Scarborough Group; Mark Jackson, Director

18:00-19:00 Drinks Reception

Join the biggest names from across the region in relaxing after the event at our free-to-attend drinks reception at the University of Bolton Stadium. 

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This unique conference will bring together the construction industry to drive economic growth through development and regeneration across the North. 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 500+ delegates face to face
  • Be part of the annual Northern Powerhouse Economic Growth Conference
  • Be seen as a leading firm in the industry’s bid to drive sustainable growth in the North
  • 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:


Associate your brand with the Northern Powerhouse Economic Growth Conference and position your brand at the forefront of one of the UK’s biggest discussions and debates about economic growth, development and regeneration across the North.

Package Exhibition Stand Chair/ Speaking Opportunity Tickets VIP Backstage Access Cost (+VAT)
Conference Partner Yes Yes 15 Yes £3,500 View Details
Session Partner Yes Yes 10 Yes £2,000 View Details
Infrastructure Session Partner Yes Yes 10 Yes £5,000 Sold Out
England Football Drinks Bar Partner Yes 5 £4,000 View Details
Programme Partner Yes 5 £1,000 View Details
Email Partner Yes 5 £1,000 View Details
Exhibitor Packages Yes 4 £500 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 North and the whole built environment industry.

Conference Partner


Be at the forefront of the conference with onstage branding, a 15-minute keynote speech to kickstart the conference, access to the VIP Speakers’ Room and much more. This package will elevate your brand and drive awareness, loyalty and trust in front of industry leaders. This is the ultimate package if you’re looking to be seen as a leading figure within the industry with branding within the title of the event – ‘Northern Powerhouse Economic Growth Conference in association with YOUR BRAND’. Benefits include:

  • Position yourself alongside Built Environment Networking to shape the conference agenda and content to bring your strategic thinking to the conference, with the option to recommend speakers
  • Inclusion within pre-conference speaker communications including speaker briefing calls
  • Direct access before and after the sessions to the speakers and panellists; an excellent opportunity to establish rapport and build commercially rewarding relationships
  • Prime branding for the whole conference
  • One pull-up stand on stage for the entire conference
  • Option to do a Keynote speech
  • 3x1m² exhibition space
  • Fifteen delegate passes for the conference
  • Attendance at Networking Training sessions for up to fifteen people per year
  • Access to the Speakers’ Green Room
  • Digital Media Branding: your logo appears prominently at the top of the event website, reminders and promotional emails for each event (subscriber list size: 80,000), and across social media platforms
  • Print Media Branding: One full (A5) page 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
  • Please note we reserve the right to change this to an online conference.

Session Partner


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
  • 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 briefing calls
  • Direct access before and after the sessions to the speakers and panellists; an excellent opportunity to establish rapport and build commercially rewarding relationships
  • Prime branding for the conference
  • Option to do a five minute introduction to the panel OR thought leaders presentation
  • 3x1m² exhibition space
  • Additional pull-up stand on stage during your conference session
  • Ten delegate passes for the conference
  • Attendance at Networking Training sessions for up to ten people per year
  • Access to the Speakers’ Green Room
  • Digital Media Branding: your logo appears prominently at the top of the event website, reminders and promotional emails for each event (subscriber list size: 80,000), and across social media platforms
  • Print Media Branding: One full (A5) page 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
  • Please note we reserve the right to change this to an online conference.

Session Partners:

Stantec Logo

England Football Drinks Bar Partner


Sponsorship of the drinks / bar area, the delegate meeting point after the conference for the England match.

  • Two pull-up banners in the drinks / bar area
  • Positioned as “Conference Partner” in all branding.
  • 3x1m2 Stand space in the Exhibition area.
  • Five 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 – booking forms, emails etc.
  • One full (A5) page advert in 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.
  • Please note we reserve the right to change this to an online conference.

Programme Partner


Prominent branding on the front of our conference programme handed out to all delegates on entry to the conference. 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
  • 3x1m² exhibition space
  • Five delegate passes for the event
  • Attendance at Networking Training sessions for up to five people per year
  • Digital media branding – your logo appears prominently at the top of the event website, reminders and promotional emails for each event (subscriber list size: 80,000), and across social media platforms
  • Print media branding: A full-page advertisement 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
  • Please note we reserve the right to change this to an online conference.

Email Partner


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
  • 3x1m² exhibition space
  • 5 x delegate passes for the event
  • Print media branding: A half-page advertisement in the conference programme
  • Digital media branding – your logo appears prominently at the top of the event website, reminders and promotional emails for each event (subscriber list size: 80,000), and across social media platforms
  • Attendance at Networking Training sessions for up to five people per year
  • Attendance at Exhibition Training sessions for up to two people per year
  • Chairman’s ‘thank you’ in closing speech
  • Inclusion within outreach and press release
  • Photo & Video Library: access to professional photographs and video of the event
  • Please note we reserve the right to change this to an online conference.

Exhibitor Package


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
  • 4 x delegate passes
  • Digital media branding – your logo appears prominently at the top of the event website, reminders and promotional emails for each event (subscriber list size: 80,000), and across social media platforms
  • Attendance at Networking Training sessions for up to four people per year
  • Chairman’s ‘thank you’ in the closing speech
  • Inclusion within outreach and press release
  • Photo & Video Library: access to professional photographs and video of the event
  • Please note we reserve the right to change this to an online conference.

Confirmed Exhibitors:

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

Some of the biggest names from a mix of public sector authorities, blue chip firms, investors and developers will all be taking to the stage to showcase the exceptional opportunities available across the north and drive forward the Northern Powerhouse Agenda.

Here are some of those who’ve already confirmed their involvement:

University of Manchester – Dame Nancy Rothwell, Vice Chancellor

You cannot underestimate the importance of the University of Manchester on the North West’s regional economy.

The higher education institution plays a crucial role – and they’re attracting talent from across the UK and event globally who’re all keen to study in Manchester. And the development of world-class leading innovation districts, clusters and private sector partnerships between the university are seeing retention of talent flourish in the North West.

To attract thousands of highly regarded students and to ensure they fulfil their potential the University is also undergoing a £1bn estate masterplan programme which will take place over 10-years.

Dame Nancy Rothwell will head up the University’s involvement in the event as they continue to strike partnerships across the region to ensure the economy thrives.

Dame Nancy Rothwell Manchester University

Allied London – Mike Ingall, Chief Executive

One of the North’s standard bearers when it comes to regeneration and development, Allied London have close to £1bn worth of projects on the go and coming up specifically in Leeds and Manchester.

Being the main driving force behind all of Allied’s capital investment, Mike will reveal to our delegates the key to their success and how it contributes to the Northern Powerhouse agenda while giving a sneak peak as to what is on the horizon for the company.

MIke Ingall allied london

Leeds City Council – Judith Blake, Leader

Leeds is thriving.

In recent years the city has had some major success stories – from the relocation of Channel 4 to the city to the investment major firms including CEG, Vastint and MEPC have put into the city.

Leeds city centre is set to double in size and the impact of the proposed Northern Powerhouse Rail project can’t be downplayed in securing the interest of major developers bringing projects forward in Leeds.

Blake will be outlining the how this “once-in-a-generation opportunity” will attract transformational investment and boost skills across the region – whilst highlighting numerous new development opportunities that this will unlock.

Judith Blake Leeds Council

Keyland Developments – Peter Garrett, Managing Director

The property trading arm of Kelda Group and sister company of Yorkshire Water are one of the biggest and most influential firms across the region in the built environment sector.

They specialise in unlocking the development potential of underutilised land and have over the last two decades created both a legacy and a reputation for being a leading in this area.

At the event they’ll be revealing details on their ongoing and future regeneration projects on strategic sites in the North of England, as they play a vital role in the growth of the North.

Recent successes include a 57-acre strategic site in West Yorkshire which they received planning approval for – which includes 400,000sq ft of industrial space. And they’re working on several large vacant sites currently to bring around new development and unlock economic growth in the regions.

Peter Garrett Keyland

HBD – Vivienne Clements, Director

Sheffield based HBD (formerly Henry Boot Developments) are well known for their projects which are helping to re-shape the North.

In the North East they’re working on the game-changing International Advanced Park in Sunderland. This £400m 370-acre scheme will create 7,000 jobs and has been described as of “national importance” by the Government.

In the North West their schemes include the Island Site – a JV between them and Greater Manchester Pension Fund with a large redevelopment of three buildings which go nine-storeys high currently in planning. In addition they’ve announced that they’re working with Capital &Centric on a Northern Quarter scheme, they’ve recently acquired a 14,000sq ft plot and they’re now drawing up plans.

They’re also working heavily in Scotland – the recently completed £333m Complex Aberdeen an example of how they’re working across the whole of the North.

And that’s just a few. Kampus in Manchester. The Chocolate Works in York. Equitable in Manchester. The 200-acre Wakefield Hub. East logistics site in Preston. We’ll be hearing from HBD on exactly where these schemes are up to, and how the Northern Powerhouse will kickstart even more development activity in the region.

Vivienne Clements HBD

Muse Developments – Matt Crompton, Managing Director

Bradford City Park regeneration. Rotherham’s Forge Island transformation. £100m South Shields 365. £1.5bn Bolton town centre masterplan.

£100m Leeds Logic development. £142m Times Square project in Warrington. £650m Salford Central. £14m Stockport Exchange development.

…the list goes on.

Muse Developments aren’t just beginning to focus their time and effort on the Northern Powerhouse – they’ve been doing so for years, and they’ve already planned an impressive role in the regeneration of numerous towns and cities.

They’ll be sharing details on how they’ve created communities and what their next plethora of development activity looks likes.

Matt Crompton Muse Developments

Town Centre Securities (TCS) – Lynda Shillaw, Property Director

Town Centre Securities (TCS) are known as being large land owners in both Leeds and Manchester.

Recent and ongoing schemes such as their 12.5-acre Piccadilly Basin plan, the transformation of George Street in Leeds and luxury apartments at Eider House are just a few examples.

And they’re constantly re-investing into their estate – and the arrival of NPR and the focus on Northern Powerhouse will only drive investment and development up.

Lynda will share details on their development and construction pipeline – and highlight where they might be keen to develop next.

Lynda Shillaw Town Centre

CEG – David Hodgson, Head of Strategic Development

CEG are one of the most active developers covering both sides of the Pennines.

One of their marquee developments is the complete transformation of a 57-acre site in Leeds. Their £400m Kirkstall Forge scheme is creating thousands of new jobs in state-of-the-art offices, alongside new homes.

Other ongoing schemes include the £79m High Street regeneration project in Manchester and a 25-hectare greenbelt residential scheme in Bradford.

David will discuss their ongoing and future projects and how Northern Powerhouse could enable them to bring forward further schemes across the East-West corridor.

David Hodgson Commercial Estates Group CEG Kirkstall Forge

Assura – Jayne Cottam, Chief Financial Officer

Growth across the Northern Powerhouse will see an increase in demand for healthcare facilities and services.

FTSE 250-listed Assura are one of the private sector firms who’ll be leading the way to invest and develop new healthcare facilities.

They’ll be involved in our Healthcare session focused on developing quality buildings and services – highlighting their investment strategy and future developments whilst sharing best practice within the sector.

Jayne Cottam Assura

Munroe K – David Aspin, Managing Director

White Rose is the largest shopping centre in West Yorkshire – and Munroe K are leading an impressive development at the ever expanding White Rose Office Park.

This site, which already houses 5,000 office workers and a thriving retail shopping and leisure destination – is set to expand. They have plans for a new train station, and the overall masterplan will boost the Leeds economy, driving £1bn of investment and development into the city over the next ten years.

A new hotel, A&E facilities, school, further commercial and office space, residential units, the scheme has it all.

Munroe K are also leading the way in sustainability and digital connectivity – and they’re at the forefront of the Leeds Digital City project.

Their founder David Aspin will be revealing more information and details of their plans and how these will feed into the NP agenda at the conference.

David Aspin Munroe K

Legal & General – Jennie Hill, Chief Commercial Officer

Legal & General is committed to regenerating Britain’s towns and cities using its long-term capital to make investments that will drive growth in the economy and have a positive societal impact.

And the North is benefiting hugely from this focus – with schemes in Manchester, Salford, Leeds, Newcastle and Sunderland to name a few.

They’ve recently announced a £100m investment into Sunderland to unlock the transformational Riverside scheme. They’ve already helped regenerate Newcastle with their 24-acre Helix scheme creating 4,00 jobs, 700 homes and 500,000sq ft of office space. And their world-renowned JV with Bruntwood creating a Science cluster in Manchester is just another example of their commitment to the North.

We’ll be hearing about the impact these schemes have had and what the future has in store for L&G in the North of England.

Jennie Hill Legal & General

U+I Group – James Heather, Development Director

U+I Group will be speaking in their capacity as part of the Mayfield Partnership.

This partnership – including U+I, LCR, Manchester City Council and Transport for Greater Manchester – is delivering a new urban neighbourhood in the city centre.

Manchester Mayfield is a former railway station next to Piccadilly Station, but it’s remained empty since its closure over 30 years ago. The Mayfield Strategic Regeneration Framework is bringing it back into use and this 24-acre site will become home to 10,000 jobs, 75,000 m² of commercial office space, retail and hotel accommodation, 1,400 new homes and ample landscaped green spaces.

U+I Group will share details on this transformational scheme.

James Heather U+I

Newcastle City Council – Pat Ritchie, Chief Executive

The main aim of the Northern Powerhouse is to boost economic growth in the North of England, particularly in the “Core Cities” – of which Newcastle is one.

Numerous developers and investors have already stated their desire to accelerate or increase their work in the North East, with attractive land value, a plethora of development opportunities and a talented workforce.

We’ll be hearing from Newcastle City Council on their approach to maximising the opportunities this infrastructure project will present and they look to unleash major investment and development across the city region.

Pat Ritchie Newcastle City Council

Tritax Symmetry – Simon Dixon, Development Director

“The Northern Powerhouse and HS2 will make us focus more on the North East.”

That was the message last time Tritax Symmetry spoke at our event – the excellent skilled workforce, the location, the land cost and more make the North East an incredibly attractive location to develop and invest.

One of the areas they’ve already invested into is Symmetry Park in Darlington – and we’ll be hearing from Simon Dixon on the Darlington session as they discuss their scheme. This 90-acre site is now the home to a 1.5m sq ft development for Amazon with outline planning consent for a further 630,000sq ft.

They also have a strong portfolio in and around the M62. In Doncaster they have a further 570,000 sq ft of developable land for a speculative unit. In Goole they’re currently onsite delivering 230,000 sq ft for Croda Europe. In Middlewich at J18 of the M6 they’ve land capable of providing 2.2m sq ft of logistics space. And in Wigan at J25 of the M6 they’ve recently obtained planning permissions for a logistics scheme of 1.4m sq ft on a 134 acre site.

We’ll be hearing about all of these and their future schemes – as the North plays a massive role in their future plans.

Simon Dixon Tritax Symmetry

United Utilities – Jo Harrison, Asset Director

With mass population and development growth comes to need for major investment and upgrades into infrastructure.

United Utilities serves more than 3 million households and 200,000 businesses across the North West – and they have an amitious strategic plan to invest heavily over the coming years.

We’ll be hearing about the pressure United Utilities will be under to deliver a water network fit for the future of the North West, with information of their investment, future construction programmes and how they’ll be implementing innovation into their future plans.

Jo HARRISION United Utilities

Scarborough Group – Mark Jackson, Managing Director

Scarborough Group are a global player – but their roots are firmly laid in Yorkshire having been founded in the region in 1980. They’re behind some game-changing developments across both the North of England.

One of those is Thorpe Park in Leeds – a business and retail park holding more than 10,000 employees with a new train station planned, and there is plans to develop a further 55-acres of land at the site.

Also in Yorkshire they’ve been announced as the preferred developer at Sheffield’s Olympic Legacy Park where they’ll transform 200-acres of land. Plans include a new community stadium and world-class sports facilities, alongside education, skills, research and innovation space.

Across the Pennines they’re delivering Middlewood Locks – a new waterside neighbourhood for living and working located next to Salford Central railway station. Being delivered by Scarborough in a JV with Hauling Group of China and Singapore-listed Metro Holdings the £1bn project will see 2,215 new homes and 900,000sq ft of commercial space being delivered – with completion of the 25-acre site set for mid-2020.

Mark Jackson Scarborough Group

L&Q – Fiona Fletcher Smith, Development Director

L&Q’s recent purchase of the Trafford Housing Trust is a game-changer for the North West housing market.

They’ve committed to building an impressive 20,000 new homes over the course of the next 10 years, totalling more than £4bn in development value.

Fiona will share details on how they plan to achieve this ambitious development plan. Where will potential sites be, who’re they looking to partner with to bring the schemes forward, how will offsite/MMC fit into their plans and more.

Fiona Fletcher-Smith L&Q

Queensberry – Paul Sargent, Chief Executive

Queensberry has been Sheffield City Council’s strategic development partner since 2016 – and they’ve been delivering a masterplan known as Heart of the City,

The Heart of the City II element of the masterplan is a £500m transformation with schemes running until 2026,

Offices, residential, hotels, leisure, and café/restaurants are all included with 3,000 city centre jobs set to be created.

They’ll be sharing details of where this scheme is up to, how invested is being aided by the focus on the Northern Powerhouse, and what other cities and towns across the North can take from this scheme.

Paul Sargent Queensberry

City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council – Shelagh O’Neill, Assistant Director, Economy and Development

Bradford has been calling out for Northern Powerhouse Rail for a number of years – the much-needed investment and growth it could be to the region is astronomical.

We’re already seeing the start of this, with a multi-million-pound train station upgrade, and the recently announced major office project at the award-winning City Park.

There are so many opportunities in Bradford – and we’ll be hearing all the details from Strategic Director of Place Shelagh O’Neill.

Siemens – Shaun Cray, Head of Real Estate UK & Ireland

Siemens has quickly realised the power of the North.

They’ve been attracted to the region due to the exceptional talent, availability of land and the brilliant collaborative approach amongst many things.

From their new £200m rail manufacturing facility to their focus on offshore and sustainable energy sources through a number of northern ports, there are many examples of how they’re investing in the North.

With a vision to optimize throughput, develop smart infrastructure, increase rail availability and passenger experience their mobility arm of the business is set to be a key pillar in the North’s growth and we’ll hear exactly what projects and plans they have for the future and why the north is such an attract location for them to invest.

Shuan Cray Siemens

North West Business Leadership Team – Emma Degg, Chief Executive

Emma is an influential figure in the North’s energy future.

The NWBLT is an independent group of senior business leaders who’re working together to promote sustainable economic development across the North West.

They’re working to develop new research clusters, power plants and infrastructure – all with the aim of becoming the UK’s first low carbon industrial cluster by 2030.

Schemes within their remit include the £1bn HyNet low-energy hydrogen project, the £700m strategic Protos hub, the multi-billion-pound Mersey Tidal project which could power a million homes, and the £300m e-Port smart grid as part of the Energy Innovation District.

emma degg north west business leadership team

Warrington Borough Council – Professor Steven Broomhead, Chief Executive

Warrington is one town set to be impacted heavily over the coming years.

Propsals for the Northern Powerhouse Rail network include a new line between Liverpool and the HS2 Manchester spur which will go via Warrington – transforming connections between the town and the two largest cities in the North West.

Suddenly Warrington has become a place of serious consideration for major developers and investors and the Council are leading the way with a flagship £139m town centre regeneration scheme. The idea has been to create a destination – where people live, work and play.

This, coupled with the new infrastructure links, will ensure Warrington benefits massively as both a key commuter town but also as a destination town in its own right.

The Council’s Chief Executive will be revealing the next development activity they expect to come to fruition in Warrington – whilst outlining available land and development opportunities in the town.

Steven Broomhead Warrington Borough Council

Darlington College – Kate Roe, Principal and Chief Executive

Skills will be a major focus area for the Northern Powerhouse – both improving, upskilling and retaining talent, especially in the North East.

This region is known for car manufacturing and heavy-industry, and numerous brownfield sites like SSI Redcar are set to be re-developed into Advanced Manufacturing Parks and Enterprise Hubs.

Darlington College are therefore going to be playing their part – and they’ll be discussing how their role fits into the wider regional development plans.

Central Park is one of those closest to the College – a 74-acre high-quality mixed-use development site which sits at the heart of Darlington.

Kate Roe Darlington College

Bolton Council – Tony Oakman, Chief Executive

Bolton is at the centre of a masterplan like no other.

Initially planning for a £750m transformation the interest in being involved in this town has seen the project skyrocket – with investment now set to top £1.5bn as part of the regeneration scheme.

Plans highlight the redevelopment of a shopping centre, a desire to bring town centre living into the town and a focus on leisure and mixed-use offerings.

Tony will be sharing intel into how the project will take shape – with numerous landowners and stakeholders involved – and he’ll be joined by those on stage who’re going to play a role in this ambitious scheme.

Tony Oakman Bolton Council

West Yorkshire Combined Authority – Susan Hinchcliffe, Chair

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority are working collaboratively to unlock the mass potential that the Northern Powerhouse will bring to the region,

Susan, who is also Leader of Bradford Council, will be sharing details on the vision and the strategic partnerships being struck up across the regions by the councils.

New development sites are being unlocked. New connectivity bringing communities together are being proposed. And the growth won’t just be focused on one or two cities – the plan is to ensure this acts as a catalyst for wider growth.

Susan Hinchcliffe West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Transport for the North – Tim Wood, NPR Director

Transport for the North, an official supporter of this event, are making the case for pan-Northern strategic transport improvements and investments which are needed to support transformational economic growth.

And you could say they’ve had some great success.

The Government has now committed to investing into Northern infrastructure – with the UK’s first sub-national transport body leading the way in lobbying for this.

But the job isn’t done.

Transport for the North will now continue their work which it hopes will result in increased productivity and more jobs resulting in improved opportunities for those in the region.

They’ll discussed where their strategic vision is up to and what the future vision is.

Tim Wood Northern Powerhouse

Peel Group – Richard Maudsley, Director (Invited)

When development activity comes to mind in the North of England, Peel Group are never far from the conversation.

They’ve not been attracted to the North because of the Powerhouse agenda, they’ve been actively transforming the region from the front for a number of years.

High profile developments include MediaCityUK, Liverpool Waters, Wirral Waters and TraffordCity.

And this major activity is unlikely to change as the North of England surges ahead. We’ll be hearing about some of their ongoing schemes, and what the future has in store for them across the North of England.

Richard Maudsley Peel Group

The Health Foundation – Dr Jennifer Dixon, Chief Executive (Invited)

With billions of pounds of investment due into healthcare across the North, which services should be prioritised? Through a high level but easily understandable look at the North’s health economics, Jennifer will indicate where government money would be best placed being spent

Jennifer Dixon The Health Foundation

Darlington Borough Council – Ian Williams, Director of Economic Growth and Neighborhood Services

One of the primary aims of the Northern Powerhouse agenda is to help unleash the pent up potential of regions across the North where investment has been lacking.

Darlington is a perfect example of how the project is bringing around a mighty change.

The local authority is now working on plans to deliver 10,000 homes to the region over the coming years, building crucial infrastructure including a £100m train station upgrade to reap the benefits of NPR and HS2, and developing a vision that will attract investors and developers from afar.

Ian will lead a session focused on the ambitious plans for Darlington, highlighting alongside investment and development partners the opportunities, plans and timeframes.

Ian Williams Darlington Borough Council

Siemens Mobility – Will Wilson, Chief Executive

Information to follow.

William Wilson Siemens Mobility

Sewell Group – Claire Harrison, Director – Yorkshire Energy Park (Invited)

The creation and distribution of energy across the UK as the population grows presents one of the biggest challenges and opportunities for our country.

The North of England is already creating an energy corridor which is looking to develop thriving energy clusters – and one of these is the £200m Yorkshire Energy Park which will act as a catalyst for future energy related development across the North.

The scheme, to be developed on land owned by Hull City Council, could create 4,000 jobs – with a power station, education campus and research centres proposed.

Claire Harrison Sewell Group

Arla Foods – Ash Amirahmadi, Managing Director

Arla Foods are one of the biggest employers in the Northern Powerhouse – with almost 20,000 members of staff working in the UK.

Based at their HQ in Leeds they’re behind some of the biggest household names in British supermarkets – including Lurpak, Anchor and Cravendale. They also operate numerous processing plants in many areas and they have seen a huge spike in growth and revenue over the past few years.

Their 2015-2020 strategy is coming to an end – and Ash will be working heavily on their future vision for the next 5-10 years.

Ash Amirahmadi Arla Foods

Sheffield City Council – Ed Highfield, Director of City Growth

Speaking at an event last year Ed said “inward investment is at an all time high in Sheffield” – and that’s a trend that doesn’t look like it’s stopping.

There is a plethora of new opportunities and the Council are working tiredlessly to continue this trend, whilst maximising the opportunities which Northern Powerhouse will bring.

Ed will be discussing the growth of the city – from the ambitious plans the Council have in the city centre, to the major employment and high-skilled hubs that they’re working to create.

Edward-Highfield Sheffield City Council

Places for People – Julie Alexander, Director of Technology & Innovation

Places for People (PfP) is one of the largest companies in this sector within the UK.

Made up of over 20 companies they have assets in excess of £3bn and manage almost 200,000 homes. And their ambitious plans for the future focus heavily on the North of England.

With such a vast portfolio in numerous sectors they’ll be sharing details of their future plans – but interestingly Julie will be speaking about the impact of digital, technology and innovation on their future schemes too.

She heads up Technology and Innovation at the firm – and with new innovative solutions being brought forward almost daily she’ll be able to share intel on how their approach to development and construction is changing, whilst ensuring schemes are future-proofed.

Julie Alexander Places for People

Wykeland Group – Dominic Gibbons, Managing Director

The award-winning developer has eight active development sites across the Northern Powerhouse corridor – and they’ll be looking for more as the region continues to grow.

They’ve been focusing on areas like Hull where they’re working on two transformational projects, whilst other sites like a 24-acre development in Castleford and plans for a new research, development and innovation centre in Goole are all part of their portfolio.

We’ll hear from Dominic on exactly what the plans are for these sites, how the Northern Powerhouse agenda might accelerate their development pipeline, and how firms can get involved in their journey.

Dominic Gibbins Wykeland Group

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals – Karen Partington, Chief Executive (Invited)

Information to follow.

Karen Partington Lancashire

Northern Powergrid – Jim Cardwell, Head of Policy Development

Powering the expected growth spurt across the Northern Powerhouse is going to be a difficult task.

Doing it at a time where the climate crisis is at the top of the agenda and new technology and innovative solutions is changing what the future looks like is verging on the impossible.

But Northern Powergrid are one of the biggest firms in the North tasked with making the impossible possible. They’ll be at the forefront of new infrastructure and energy roll-out over the coming years – shaping the way the region’s energy is supplied.

We’ll hear directly from them on the major investment needed into both upgrading current infrastructure and building the connectivity and technology for the future.

JIm Cardwell Northern Powergrid

City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council – Nicola Greenan, Director for Cultural Partnerships

Bradford is a prime excellent of why the Northern Powerhouse project has so much traction.

Situated in close proximety to both Manchester and Leeds the public transport links and physical infrastructure are in need of a major upgrade – and the city has therefore missed out on decades of investment and development to other cities in the North.

But that’s about to change.

Bradford have ambitious plans – starting with the regeneration of the city centre. Connectivity is also at the heart of their long term ambitions and we’ll be hearing about the exciting future which Bradford Council is planning for those living and working within the region, whilst highlighting where they’ll be unlocking land for new development and fresh regeneration.

Nicola Greenan Bradford Metropolitan Borough Council

Northern Powerhouse Partnership – Henri Murison, Director

The Northern Powerhouse Partnership (NPP) has been established by business and civic leaders across the North to drive the economy.

Henri, who reports into Chair George Osborne, heads up the organisation as they look to increase the impact and contribution of the North of England to the UK economy.

They’ve been successful in bringing communities and organisations together to drive forward the need for funding, investment and focus on delivering the Northern Powerhouse agenda and he’ll be discussing the importance of the project and highlighting the organisations next steps.

Henri Murison Northern Powerhouse Partnership

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust – Sir Michael Deegan, Chief Executive (Invited)

Information to follow.

Sir Michael Deegan Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Maple Grove Developments – Karen Hirst, Managing Director (Invited)

Recently announced as the commercial development partner for Lancashire County council, Maple Grove are a major stakeholder in the Lancashire city deal which will see over 17,000 jobs delivered through a series of multi-million pound schemes in Blackburn and Preston. A multi-talent developer, they are also renowned for a host of residential schemes and have recently plotted a move into the West Yorkshire market.

Karen Hirst Maple Grove Developments

Electricity North West – Peter Emery, Chief Executive

Serving five million customers across 2.4m premises – the importance of the work Electricity North West do cannot be undervalued.

Their network bring energy to homes and businesses across the North West, and they’re set to embark on a major infrastructure investment and upgrade to ensure their network is set for the future.

They’re looking to proactively address the current challenges to distribution networks which include smart cities, electric vehicles and virtual power.

We’ll be hearing about the mass investment they’ll be making into their infrastructure, future energy and more.

Peter Emery Electricity North West

North East Combined Authority – Councillor Iain Malcolm, Chair

Iain is the Chair of the North East Combined Authority (NECA) – one of three in the North East, whilst also acting as Leader of the South Tyneside Council.

In his role at NECA helps to serve the 1.15m residents across the region – home to two cities, two universities, specialist colleges, three ports and an economy worth £27bn – and there are some major development and regeneration project being unlocked by the work NECA are doing to fund and unlock land.

The International Advanced Manufacturing Park is one of those – which also works hand in hand with his role at South Tyneside Council. The site, owned jointly with Sunderland City Council, could create 5,000 new jobs for the region and infrastructure and inward investment is high on the agenda for this scheme. He’ll also discuss the £200m masterplan to develop Holborn Riverside – developing disused docks into Grade A office space and homes.

Cllr Iain Malcolm NECA

Teesside University – Laura Woods, Director of Academic Enterprise

The North East has been highlighted as an area for major new employment zones and that will put pressure of the regions Universities to prepare students and retain talent for the region.

Teesside University has a history of investing into the region – and their 2026 £300m Estate Masterplan to tribute to this.

They’re enhancing the facilities and experience of the University for students, staff and partners – and they’ll be discussing their estate masterplan and how this feeds into the economic growth of the wider region.

Laura Woods Teesside University

University of Liverpool – Professor Anthony Hollander, Pro-Vice Chancellor

The University of Liverpool has a very ambitious plan for the future.

Their 2026+ masterplan highlights a major investment into their estate as they look to provide world class facilities and services to their ever growing student numbers – which already includes 25,000 UK students and 9,000 from across the globe.

Continuing to attract talent to Liverpool is crucial to the Northern Powerhouse having a big impact in the city region.

Two key sites have already been identified and we’ll Anthony will share further details on their plans and how firms can get involved.

Professor Anthony Hollander University of Liverpool

University of York – Professor Charlie Jeffery, Vice Chancellor

The City of York is set to see major benefits from Northern Powerhouse Rail,

Central to that will be the Cities Universities – and the University of York are already looking at their future vision with NPR incorporated into it.

They have a £400m estates masterplan that they’re working on, and they have an interest in developing multi-purpose and versatile environments for students to help them thrive and flourish.

Talent, skills and retention will be crucial too in the North, and they have a desire to connect with businesses and create a collaborative university to business approach to learning.

Professor Charlie Jeffrey University of York

University of Hull – Professor Susan Lea, Vice Chancellor

Information to follow.

Professor Susan Lea University of Hull

Hull City Council – Mark Jones MBE, Director of Development

Hull has done as exceptional job in changing the perception of the city in region years.

From the successful City of Culture 2017 bid to the award winning The Deep aquarium, this region is going through an exciting period of growth and as the eastern gateway through the Humber Estuary that trend is likely to continue.

Hull City Council will be hosting a break-out session during the day sharing intel into one regeneration programme – one of the most ambitious in the whole UK – which centres around a major development pipeline in the city centre.

The Estuary is also set to play a crucial role. With the Humber Estuary and a world-leading port Hull is set to play an even bigger role in the Northern Powerhouse – import and exporting goods whilst becoming a hub for sustainable and alternative energy sources.

This region is set to go through a metamorphosis and this event will highlight the opportunities set to be unlocked.

Mark Jones Invest in Hull

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust – James Goodyear, Director of Strategy

One of the key development sites in Leeds as they look to double the size of the city centre is that of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust,

Leeds General Infirmary is set to be transformed through a major expansion – the first of the Government’s proposed new hospitals.

Tender invitations will be out on October 1st 2020 and this development includes the building of a new adult hospital wing and a prominent home for the Leeds Children’s Hospital.

We’ll be hearing about the proposed plans, its impact on the city and details on the procurement process and timeframes ahead of the planned tender announcement later in the year.

Carlisle City Council – Jane Meek, Corp Director – Economic Development

The catalystic impact of Northern Powerhouse will have a major impact on Carlisle and Cumbria.

Jane will be sharing details on how Carlisle is preparing. With a £50m request to Government having already been made to regenerate the area and St Cuthbert’s Garden Village in the pipeline there is already evidence of some of the plans being put into place.

But this region is ambitious and the Council are interesting in meeting those keen to build, develop and invest within the North West.

Jane Meek Carlisle

Muse Developments – David Wells, Regional Director Yorkshire and North East

David will be joining us as part of our panel focused on Bradford – a city which is key to the Powerhouse story situated at the heart of the project.

Muse were announced as the lead develop on the Bradford City Park project – where the urban regeneration specialists will be working with the Council to deliver a new state-of-the-art building at the award-winning City Park.

They’ll beging the project with much needed Grade A office space – with a 56,403 sq ft building with a fantastic public realm.

Throughout 2020 they’ll be looking to develop the project to planning phase but there is still plenty of work and time to go until it comes to fruition.

David Wells Muse Developments


Event Ticket: Northern Powerhouse Economic Growth Conference £99.00

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Thursday, 3rd December 2020

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