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OxCam Arc Economic Growth and Development Conference; In association with Bidwells

Tuesday, 16th November 2021 0900hrs – Wednesday, 17th November 2021 1600hrs

Stadium Milton Keynes, MK1 1ST, UK | Hybrid Conference – Attend Physically or Virtually

Over £5bn of capital development projects and the Arc’s potential to add £200bn annually to the UK economy by 2050 are set to be discussed at this event.

The OxCam Arc is central to the UK’s future economic growth and prosperity and its annual economic output could rise to over £200 billion by 2050 if the region fully capitalises on its growth areas. Key topics including net zero growth, placemaking, affordable housing, science and technology investment and projects including East West Rail are all set to be discussed as part of Built Environment Networking’s 4th annual Oxford-Cambridge Arc Economic Growth and Development conference. 2022 is set to be a key year for the region which will see the creation of an Arc spatial framework and the cultivation of more than £5bn worth of capital development projects.

Our event brings the key decision makers, policy influencers, public sector stakeholders, developers, investors and infrastructure experts under one roof to talk about their forthcoming projects and issue a call to arms for support in their delivery.

Those to have already secured their tickets for the event include:

Our event brings the key decision makers, policy influencers, public sector stakeholders, developers, investors and infrastructure experts under one roof to talk about their forthcoming projects and issue a call to arms for support in their delivery.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Building greener, better homes
  • Fuelling economic growth
  • Propelling the Arc on a global platform
  • Catalyst’s ambitious housing plans for the Arc
  • England’s Economic Heartland’s transport strategy
  • AstraZeneca’s £1bn R&D centre masterplan
  • Multi-million net zero rail schemes in the OxCam Arc
  • Hill’s 8.64 acre Canalside development
  • CPCA £1.6bn + of development being lead
  • Summix Capital’s 15,000 South Oxfordshire plan
  • Grosvenor’s 3500 home delivery plan across the Arc
  • A new 10,000 student university for MK
  • Delivering sustainable and accessible infrastructure
  • £182m Science & Digitisation Centre
  • EW Rail’s £3.4bn 3rd stage
  • £600m of investment for Peterborough’s City Centre
  • Platform’s Arc expansion plans
  • A Mass Rapid Transport scheme for MK
  • England’s Economic Heartland’s transport strategy
  • Sladen Estates’ development plans in Bicester
  • The East West Rail project pipeline
  • Platform Housing’s ambitious development pipeline
  • First Base and their £345m pipeline of development
  • UK Regeneration’s 1,500 home garden village project
  • Wellcome Genome Campus 1.6m sq ft expansion.
  • £1.5bn Luton Investment & Development Framework
  • Countryside’s flagship Bourn Airfield scheme
  • Approval for £500m Oxford North Life Science District
  • How to strengthen investor/developer confidence
  • Santander’s £150 million UK headquarters
  • Harwell Campus’ 5 million sq ft of new development
  • £150m Peterborough City Centre regeneration
  • Summix’s 15,000 South Oxfordshire community
  • Silverstone Park’s 2 million sq ft development
  • Vistry Group’s 1,500 home development
  • Oxford Brookes’ £60m campus investment

Speakers for this event include:

08:00-09:00 Breakfast & Networking
09:00-09:10 Conference Welcome

Built Environment Networking; Phil Laycock, Director

09:10-09:30 Keynote Speaker

The event will kickstart with a keynote from our event partner Bidwells.

Bidwells; Mike Derbyshire, Head of Planning

09:30-10:30 Session One: The OxCam Arc on a Global Stage – What Are the Priorities for the UK’s Fastest Growing Economic Region? Sponsored by David Lock Associates

What does “build back better” mean to the Oxford-Cambridge Arc? Policy makers and regional stakeholders across the ARC share their thoughts on capturing the attention of overseas interests, rethinking the development of healthier and smarter places via a new spatial framework, inclusive economic growth priorities and wider levelling up ambitions.

Chair: David Lock Associates; Heather Pugh, Partner

Sladen Estates; Rachel Wood, Managing Director

Milton Keynes Council; Cllr Pete Marland, Leader

Wellcome Genome Campus; Sian Nash, Associate Chief Operating Officer

Grosvenor; Alex Robinson, Development Director

10:30-10:55 Break & Networking
10:55-11:00 UKREiiF – The UK’s Real Estate Investment & Infrastructure Forum

Keith will provide an update on UKREiiF which takes place in May 2022 and explain why this will be the most strategically important conference for the UK property sector having a massive impact on all sectors of real estate and why you should get involved.

Built Environment Networking; Keith Griffiths, Chief Executive

11:00-12:15 Session Two: Green Infrastructure Investment and Development Ambitions – Connecting the Arc for a Zero Carbon Future; Sponsored by EWR Alliance

With the OxCam Arc wanting to place itself at the forefront of clean growth with climate and ecological considerations at the heart of any development plans, this session brings together the key organisations tasked with ensuring future infrastructure is environmentally friendly while also easing connectivity problems across the region’s towns and cities.

Chair: ATKINS; Claire Wansbury, Associate Director of Ecology: Infrastructure

England’s Economic Heartland; Naomi Green, Interim Director

Network Rail; Jo Lewington, Chief Environment and Sustainability Officer

Luton Borough Council; Sue Frost, Service Director for Sustainable Development

Cranfield University; Dr Paul Leinster CBE, Visiting Environmental Professor

SEMLEP; Hilary Chipping, Chief Executive

12:15-13:00 Lunch & Networking
13:00-14:15 Session Three: Science, Energy and Innovation Related Development Projects in the Arc; sponsored by Buro Four

Home to a multitude of science and innovation parks, blue chip company campuses and exciting energy generation schemes, this session takes a look at how these organisations will evolve their estate in the coming years via a series of presentations on forthcoming capital projects.

Chair: Buro Four; Emily Slupek, Project Director

AstraZeneca; Dr Andy Williams, Vice President, Cambridge Programme & Strategy

Harwell Campus; Barbara Ghinelli, Director, Clusters

Thomas White Oxford; William Donger, Managing Director

MEPC; Roz Bird, Commercial Director

14:15-14:45 Break & Networking
14:45-16:00 Session Four: Solving the Housing Crisis and Accelerating the Delivery of High-Quality Homes; Sponsored by BDB Pitmans

Major residential developers share their forthcoming development plans which will deliver thousands of new homes in the towns and cities that comprise the Arc. The session covers thought leadership around solving the housing crisis, procurement challenges and timelines for delivery.

Chair: BDB Pitmans; Sarah Potter, Partner

Catalyst Housing Group; Joe Marshall, Managing Director, New Homes (Counties)

Hill Group; Greg Hill, Deputy Chief Executive

Homes England; Sarah Greenwood, Head of Strategic Growth

Summix Capital; Greg Mitchell, Executive Planning Director

Platform Housing Group; Gerraint Oakley, Executive Director Growth and Development

Vistry Group; Verity MacMahon, Land Director, East Midlands

16:00-16:15 Conference Summary and Close
16:15-18:15 VIP Drinks Reception

Open to delegates who have selected the premium ticket option, this informal drinks reception hosted by Built Environment Networking allows for extended networking with speakers and sponsors.

18:30-21:00 VIP Evening Dinner

Taking place after the main event and drinks reception, we’ll be hosting a VIP Dinner at MK:Dons Stadium, Bletchley. This includes a 3-course meal and flowing drinks with an attendance of circa 15-20 guests including our event speakers. Tickets can be purchased for this below.

This unique conference will bring together the construction industry to drive economic growth through development and regeneration across the the Oxford Cambridge Arc. 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 biggest annual event focused on the Oxford Cambridge Arc
  • 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 Oxford Cambridge Arc Economic Growth & 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 arc.

Package Exhibition Stand Chair/ Speaking Opportunity Tickets VIP Backstage Access Cost (+VAT)
Corporate Partner Yes Yes 15 Yes £10,000 Sold Out
Session Partner Yes Yes 10 Yes £5,000 View Details
Day One: Session One Partner: The OxCam Arc on a Global Stage – What Are the Priorities for the UK’s Fastest Growing Economic Region? Yes Yes 10 Yes £5,000 Sold Out
Day One: Session Two Partner: Green Infrastructure Investment and Development Ambitions – Connecting the Arc for a Zero Carbon Future Yes Yes 10 Yes £5,000 Sold Out
Day One: Session Three Partner: Science, Energy and Innovation Related Development Projects in the Arc Yes Yes 10 Yes £5,000 Sold Out
Day One: Session Four Partner: Solving the Housing Crisis and Accelerating the Delivery of High-Quality Homes Yes Yes 10 Yes £5,000 Sold Out
Day Two: Session One Partner: OxCams Arc Major Regeneration Projects Yes Yes 10 Yes £5,000 Sold Out
Day Two: Session Two Partner: Session TBC Yes Yes 10 Yes £5,000 Sold Out
Day Two: Session Three: Education in the Arc: Developing World Class Campuses Across the Region and Supporting the Skills Agenda Yes Yes 10 Yes £5,000 Sold Out
Day Two: Session Four Partner: The Future of Town Centres and High Streets in the Arc Yes Yes 10 Yes £5,000 View Details
Output Report Partner Yes 8 Yes £3,500 Sold Out
Best Practice Session Partner Yes Yes 7 Yes £3,000 Sold Out
Drinks Reception Partner 4 Yes £2,500 View Details
VIP Conference Dinner Partner 2 Yes £2,500 Sold Out
Programme Partner Yes 5 £2,500 Sold Out
Breakfast Partner Yes 5 £2,500 View Details
Lunch Partner Yes 5 £2,500 Sold Out
Email Partner Yes 5 £2,000 Sold Out
Registration Partner Yes 5 £2,000 View Details
Exhibitor Packages Yes 4 £1,500 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 arc corridor and the whole built environment industry.

Corporate Partner

Session Partner

£5,000+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
  • 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
  • One ticket to the VIP Speakers’ dinner for the session speaker, which takes place the day before or 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
  • 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
  • Virtual exhibition stand – to allow connectivity to hybrid/virtual event users

Day One: Session One Partner: The OxCam Arc on a Global Stage – What Are the Priorities for the UK’s Fastest Growing Economic Region?

Day One: Session Two Partner: Green Infrastructure Investment and Development Ambitions – Connecting the Arc for a Zero Carbon Future

Day One: Session Three Partner: Science, Energy and Innovation Related Development Projects in the Arc

Day One: Session Four Partner: Solving the Housing Crisis and Accelerating the Delivery of High-Quality Homes

Day Two: Session One Partner: OxCams Arc Major Regeneration Projects

Day Two: Session Two: Transport and Infrastructure Investment and Development- Connecting People to Opportunities

Day Two: Session Three Partner: Education in the Arc: Developing World Class Campuses Across the Region and Supporting the Skills Agenda

Best Practice Session Partner

Output Report Partner

Drinks Reception Partner

£2,500+VAT

Following the first day we’ll be hosting a drinks reception for those delegates who’ve purchased the upgraded ticket, alongside VIP guests of our own including the speakers. This partnership includes:

  • Prime branding during the drinks reception – with 2 x pop-up banners around the drinks area
  • Promotional material and literature placement in areas throughout the drinks reception area
  • 4 x VIP Tickets for the drinks reception and the main conference
  • Attendance at Networking Training sessions for up to ten people per years
  • 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
  • Print media branding: A full-page advertisement in the dinner programme
  • Social Media: pre, during and post-conference activity
  • Inclusion within all PR and Outreach to regional, national and industry press
  • Access to photographs and videos of the conference
  • Virtual exhibition stand – to allow connectivity to hybrid/virtual event users

VIP Conference Dinner Partner

Rentplus Logo

Programme Partner

Breakfast Partner

£2,000+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
  • 3 x pull-up banners in the refreshments area
  • 3x1m² exhibition space
  • Five delegate passes for the event
  • Attendance at Networking Training sessions for up to five people per year
  • 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
  • Chairman’s ‘thank you’ in the closing speech
  • Inclusion within all PR and Outreach to regional, national and industry press
  • Access to photographs and video of the conference
  • Virtual exhibition stand – to allow connectivity to hybrid/virtual event users

Lunch Partner

Registration Partner

£2,000+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
  • 2 x pull-up banners in the registration area
  • 3x1m² exhibition space
  • Five delegate passes for the event
  • Attendance at Networking Training sessions for up to five people per year
  • Programme advert: Half page advert in the official event 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
  • Chairman’s ‘thank you’ in the closing speech
  • Inclusion within all PR and Outreach to regional, national and industry press
  • Access to photographs and video of the conference
  • Virtual exhibition stand – to allow connectivity to hybrid/virtual event users

Email Partner

Exhibitor Partner

Exhibitor Partner

Exhibitor Partner

Exhibitor Partner

Exhibitor Partner

Exhibitor Partner

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

08:00-09:00 Breakfast & Networking
09:00-09:30 Keynote

Recently appointed as the Chair of the government’s expert panel tasked with supporting well designed, sustainable and vibrant places across the Arc, Emma joins the conference in one of her first public speaking engagements.

Oxford Cambridge Arc Advisory Panel; Emma Cariaga, Chair

09:30-10:30 Session One: OxCams Arc Major Regeneration Projects; Sponsored by Bidwells

Taking into account the burgeoning spatial framework, delegates hear from a range of developers and investors as they showcase their forthcoming major development schemes. The session covers procurement challenges, partnership opportunities and timelines for delivery.

Chair: Bidwells; Patrick McMahon, Senior Partner

First Base; Olaide Oboh, Director

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority; Dr Nik Johnson, Mayor

Countryside Properties; Andrew Taylor, Group Planning Director

10:30-11:00 Break & Networking
11:00-11:15 Best Practice Presentation Partner – Cass Allen Associates

Cass Allen Associates; Sam Bryant, Director

11:15-12:15 Session Two: Transport and Infrastructure Investment and Development- Connecting People to Opportunities; Sponsored by CPC Project Services

With multi-billion pound plans to improve road, rail, airports and active travel in the Arc, this session brings together some of the masterminds behind forthcoming projects to talk about how they fit in to connecting people to jobs, lifestyle improvements and smarter cities

Chair: CPC Project Services; Dominic Donnini, Associate Director

East West Rail; Simon Blanchflower, Chief Executive

BDB Pitmans; Sarah Clark, Partner (Planning and Infrastructure)

Milton Keynes Council; Paul Thomas, Director of Planning and Placemaking

Sustrans; Clare Maltby, Director: England Midlands and East

12:15-13:00 Lunch & Networking
13:00-14:15 Session Three: Education in the Arc: Developing World Class Sustainable Campuses Across the Region to support the Skills Agenda; Sponsored by ISG

Estate’s professionals and senior management teams from education establishments unveil their future investment and development plans while discussing issues such as attracting and retaining talent and creating built environments to suit the needs of major industry.

Chair: ISG; Peter Kelly, Group Director of Sustainable Operations

Oxford – Cambridge ARC Universities Group; Alistair Lomax, Director

Milton Keynes University; Professor Lynette Ryals OBE, Chief Executive

University of Northampton; Professor Nick Petford, Vice Chancellor

University of Bedfordshire; Professor Rebecca Bunting, Vice Chancellor

Oxford Brookes University; Professor Alistair Fitt, Vice Chancellor

14:15-14:30 Break & Networking
14:30-15:30 Session Four: The Future of Town Centres and High Streets in the Arc

Town centres and high streets across the Arc are under pressure, with changing shopping habits and consumer trends as well as the effects as Covid19 meaning local authorities are facing increasing challenges in maintaining their economic viability. This session will bring together local authorities with development and investment experts to share details of projects being undertaken to revitalise town centres and high streets, and discuss how we can work together to ensure they meet the needs of those who live and work in the Arc.

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Santander; Nick Roberts, Property Director

Hawksworth Securities; Peter Breach, Chairman

Peterborough City Council & Cambridgeshire County Council; Steve Cox, Executive Director, Place & Economy

Milton Keynes Development Partnership; Nicola Sawford, Chair

15:30-15:40 Keynote Speaker

Our event partners Bidwells will wrap up the enthralling discussions, presentations, insight and debate throughout the two days in a closing speech – setting the priorities for the year to come.

Bidwells; Mike Derbyshire, Head of Planning

15:40-16:00 Conference Summary and Close

Oxford Cambridge Arc Advisory Panel – Emma Cariaga, Chair

Emma Cariaga, Joint Head of the Canada Water Development & Head of Residential at British Land, will chair the Oxford Cambridge Arc advisory panel, tasked with unlocking well designed, sustainable, and vibrant places across the region. Other members will consist of industry leaders, local representatives and subject area experts acting in a personal capacity, who will work with local government and other partners to inform their advice. With the full panel set to be unveiled soon, Emma will talk about priorities and plans for the Arc.

Cranfield University – Dr Paul Leinster CBE, Visiting Environmental Professor

As former Chief Executive of the Environment Agency and a senior advisor to UK government on their 25-year environmental plan, Paul brings a wealth of experience in the realm of developing green infrastructure. He is currently a Professor at Cranfield University where his research spans topics such as digital agriculture, managing corporate sustainability and carbon, climate and risk. He chairs the board of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment and the Bedfordshire Local Nature Partnership. He is actively involved in several activities related to the protection and improvement of the environment within the Oxford Cambridge Arc.

First Base – Olaide Oboh, Director

With a portfolio of exciting development projects coming to life across the Arc, First Base are bringing their world leading regeneration experience to the region. Whether it be the £155m Devonshire Garden project in Cambridge or the £190m MK Gateway project in Milton Keynes, Olaide and her team are having a major impact on revitalising the places they touch. Olaide joins the conference to reflect on how First Base’s activity is a catalyst for inclusive growth and talk about their approach to delivering these important schemes.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority – Dr Nik Johnson, Mayor

Elected as Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority in May 2021, Dr Nik will be making one of his first in person conference appearances to set out his vision for development across his region. Several major schemes are being driven by the Combined Authority including a £600m city centre regeneration project in Peterborough and 14 new schemes in Cambridgeshire that will total close to £1bn and be delivered in the coming 5 years.

Network Rail – Jo Lewington, Chief Environment and Sustainability Officer

Although Rail is one of the greenest and cleanest ways to travel contributing to only 1.4% of transport emissions, Network Rail are on a journey to net zero. Across the country with billions of pounds worth of new schemes coming to the fore, Jo is responsible for making them a green as practicable and is keen to engage with supply chain partners who shares Network Rail’s values in delivering world leading sustainable transport solutions.

Grosvenor – Alex Robinson, Development Director

Grosvenor are one of the most active and respected master developers across the OxCam Arc having brought forward a multitude of high-level schemes. In Cambridge they are working on the Trumpington Meadows project which features 1200 homes a new community stadium which will become the home of Cambridge Utd FC and the Cambridge Sporting Village. One of their most exciting future projects is Salt Cross Garden Village in Oxfordshire – a 10 year, £500 million sustainable place comprising 2200 new homes powered by low carbon technologies. Alex joins the event to talk about all their upcoming ambitions and their burgeoning Positive Space Community Charter.

Sladen Estates – Rachel Wood, Managing Director

Having purchased a 48-acre speculative development site just of the A41 in Bicester with outline planning consent for over 600,000sq ft for offices or research and development buildings. Sladen Estates are renowned for their job creating schemes wherever they invest and have a particular interest in growing their presence across the Arc.

Santander – Nick Roberts, Property Director

Santander are consolidating their offices into six main sites with Milton Keynes becoming its new corporate headquarters. They are investing £150 million to create a 6-storey campus which will be known as ‘Unity Place’, housing 6,000 employees with further space for the wider business community to use, with the project set for completion mid-way through 2023. Nick will discuss how the project is a vote of confidence in Milton Keynes and how they are hoping to act as an anchor institution, alongside MK:U ensuring a prosperous and vibrant future for MK town centre.

England’s Economic Heartland – Naomi Green, Interim Director

As the sub-national transport body for the Oxford-Cambridge Arc has a 30 year strategic vision for the Arc’s transport system that puts the needs of businesses, individuals and the environment at the forefront of investment decisions. Its work with delivery partners is focused on identifying investment priorities, getting the funding secured and then delivering improvements to budget and on-time. Naomi will discuss their transport strategy “Connecting People, Transforming Journeys” and how projects including East West Rail, Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro and the Milton Keynes MRT can support economic growth while delivering net zero emissions by as early as 2040.

Catalyst Housing Group – Joe Marshall, Managing Director, New Homes (Counties)

Joe has worked at Catalyst, the 34,000 home Housing Association, for the past six years with responsibility for all land and new business activity in the London region. Following Catalyst’s merger with Aldwyck in 2019, Joe has established a new regional land and partnerships function specifically to grow Catalyst’s existing pipeline across the Oxford-Cambridge Arc, with a particular focus on partnership working with housebuilders and local authorities. Joe’s experience of securing new opportunities via a range of different acquisition routes has enabled Catalyst to deliver more multi-tenure homes people love across London and the South East. He will set out Catalyst’s plans for the Arc, which include major developments in Oxford, Bedfordshire and beyond.

Harwell Campus – Barbara Ghinelli, Director, Clusters

Harwell Campus is now home to over 200 organisations and 6,000 people representing 60 nationalities, spread across a number of Tech clusters (primarily Space, Energy and Health) which brings together a powerful, collaborative ecosystem of industry, academia and public sector bodies with £3bn of open access national laboratory facilities. This creates an incredible fusion of ideas, together with diverse talent and an innovative community like no other. Over the next 7 years the 700 acre campus is set to mature further with 5m sq ft of new development to accommodate more leading edge organisations and their world-class employees – so it’s a really exciting period of growth.

The campus will also be the location for the new Natural History Museum – Science & Digitisation Centre, a £182 million facility which will provide collections storage, laboratories, digitisation suites, technology-enabled collaborative research spaces, computing, conservation laboratories and workspaces for digital scholarship.

Oxford Brookes University – Professor Alistair Fitt, Vice Chancellor

Oxford Brookes University is one of the UK’s leading teaching universities and an internationally recognised centre for research in science and the humanities. The university works hard to Harness the enterprising creativity, knowledge, and commitment of the university’s academics, staff and students to benefit communities principally Oxfordshire and throughout the Arc. As part of their ongoing campus development plans they are investing over £60 million to update their student accommodation offering, with work set to start in 2022.

Alistair is also the current Chair of the Arc Universities Group, a collaboration between universities in the region who underpin the arc’s contribution to national competitiveness and bring £13 billion to the economy every year.

Homes England – Sarah Greenwood, Head of Strategic Growth

Homes England are a key stakeholder in delivering inclusive economic growth across the Arc and are working with major stakeholders including MHCLG, the Infrastructure Projects Authority and a plethora of local authorities to unlock housing growth. Sarah will discuss how the Arc provides an opportunity to integrate housebuilding and economic development, and the importance of building the right kind of houses in the right places to enable economic growth.

AstraZeneca – Dr Andy Williams, Vice President, Cambridge Programme & Strategy

Andy Williams is Vice President – Cambridge Programme & Strategy for AstraZeneca. As well as delivery of the company’s strategy for its Cambridge footprint, Andy works with Cambridge and national stakeholders to develop the local infrastructure, promote the life sciences sector and inspire the next generation of scientists through AstraZeneca’s extensive local community outreach activities. With the arrival of AstraZeneca’s new strategic R&D centre at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Andy has been an active contributor to evolving Cambridge’s thinking in areas such as transport, skill development, amenities for the community and affordable housing.

Wellcome Genome Campus – Sian Nash, Associate Chief Operating Officer

The Wellcome Genome Campus is a world leading scientific research centre, home to some of the foremost genomics and computational biology institutes and organisations. The campus is planning a major expansion which will see it triple in size and add a further 1.6 million sq ft of employment space and up to 1,500 homes for campus-based staff, 30 percent of which will be affordable. Sian will discuss these exciting plans, which will create an estimated 4,300 new jobs, and how they will allow the campus to become the international centre for scientific, business, cultural and educational activities arising from genomes and biodata. The multi-year project is at an exciting stage and was given outline planning permission in December 2020.

Milton Keynes Council – Cllr Pete Marland, Leader

With a plan to rejuvenate seven former council estates and the town set to be a main beneficiary of the forthcoming East-West Rail scheme, its an exciting time to be a built environment organisation in the Milton Keynes eco-system. Cllr Marland was reconfirmed as Leader of the council in May 2021 and has promised to enable billions of pounds worth of investment in the next decade. He joins the event to talk about some of the key strategic projects and how they’re relying on the supply chain to support their ambitions.

MEPC Silverstone Park – Roz Bird, Commercial Director

With 2 million square feet of planning consent granted to support development related to science, technology and innovation, Roz is at the heart of Silverstone Park’s ongoing evolution. Allied to this, she has taken it upon herself to set up a brand new cluster that brings together blue chip science and tech employers from across the Arc to encourage collaboration and “on shoring” of supply chain opportunities.

Hill Group – Greg Hill, Deputy Chief Executive

Hill has secured 8.64 acres (3.5 hectares) of land at Canalside, the west area of the site south of the A40, as part of the TWO Oxford North masterplan. Hill will deliver the first phase of new homes, for both market and affordable, for the new district in line with the masterplan, together with related infrastructure. Hill have been active in the OxCam Arc for years and Greg will join the session to talk about why they continue to see the Arc as a fertile area to develop in, as well as giving more intel on their current and future schemes.

Greg Hill Group

Luton Borough Council – Sue Frost, Service Director for Sustainable Development

As Luton Borough Council bring forward their £1.5bn Luton Investment and Development Framework has green initiatives at its heart, Sue joins the event to talk about the need for 5700 new homes, their plans to create a “fit for purpose” train station and a series of forthcoming projects including Luton’s first net zero building which will be going in for planning in the autumn and will act as a blueprint for all future council owned property in the future. She will also touch on her team’s drive to deliver high quality digital infrastructure which will enable inclusive economic growth for all of the borough’s residents.

Oxford – Cambridge ARC Universities Group – Alistair Lomax, Director

The Arc Universities Group is a partnership of the ten universities within the Arc, which have a combined turnover of £5 billion and together contribute £13 billion to the national economy every year. The group aims to bring together business, government and universities to foster research an innovation, unleashing growth and prosperity. Alistair will provide an overview of the needs of the Arc’s higher education sector and discuss the vital role they play in the region’s economy.

Milton Keynes University – Professor Lynette Ryals OBE, Chief Executive

Milton Keynes currently lacks its own dedicated university, being the largest city in the UK without one. MK:U, being developed in conjunction with Cranfield University is set to change that and bring the economic benefits of a resident student population to the city. With a city-centre campus, MK:U will have around 10,000 students when it opens in 2023, studying a range of technology, engineering and science-focused courses, producing highly skilled, employable graduates.

Lynette is one of the leading voices in the OxCam Arc’s continued growth and development and will give an update on the MK:U project, the benefits it will bring to Milton Keynes and the wider region and how it fits into the Arc strategy.

Professor Lynette Ryals MK U University Milton Keynes Cranfield

Milton Keynes Council – Paul Thomas, Director of Planning and Placemaking

Paul will join the panel to provide some thought leadership on Milton Keynes Council’s work to support the development of integrated transport and infrastructure and contribute to a connected and dynamic OxCam Arc. He will discuss some of their key projects including the proposed Mass Rapid Transport System, creation of a new eastern entrance at Bletchley Station, improving access from the town centre as well as the impact the East West Rail project will have on the town.

University of Bedfordshire – Professor Rebecca Bunting, Vice Chancellor

With campuses in Luton, Bedford and Milton Keynes and a position along the Oxford-Cambridge Arc, the University of Bedfordshire plays a vital role in the region. They have extensive ties with business within the Arc and engages with over 800 SMEs per year as part of a coordinated knowledge exchange programme. Professor Bunting will discuss the role the university and its 15,000 students play in supporting the skills economy and attracting inward investment.

Platform Housing Group – Gerraint Oakley, Executive Director Growth and Development

Platform Housing Group are one of the UK’s most reputable registered housing providers and are in expansion mode, targeting the OxCams Arc and parts of the East of England as places that they’d like to develop within. As part of this conference, they will speak for the first time publicly about their ambitions and engage with leadership from across the built environment sector in the region about supporting them on their journey.

South East Midlands LEP – Hilary Chipping, Chief Executive

As one of the key stakeholders in rebuilding the regional economy in a post-Covid world, SEMLEP’s mission is to build on the South East Midlands reputation as a premier location for growth, innovation, creativity and world-leading technologies, which will result in a doubling of the area’s GVA by 2050. Hilary joins the conference to talk about the LEP’s role in taking the Arc global and some of the key challenges and opportunities facing the region.

University of Northampton – Professor Nick Petford, Vice Chancellor

The University of Northampton is one of the youngest universities in the UK but is already leading the way in adding value to society, having won multiple awards for social impact. Nick will discuss the vital contribution the university makes to the economy of the Arc, through attracting students, partnerships with business and contribution to the skills economy. He is an expert in the link between universities and economic growth and development within the Arc, having been a board member of the Northamptonshire Enterprise Board and SEMLEP.

Vistry Group – Verity MacMahon, Land Director, East Midlands

Earlier this year Vistry Group bought a parcel of land close to Peterborough and is planning to build 1,500 new homes. 1,000 of these will be delivered by Vistry East Midlands with the remaining 500 being built by Vistry Partnerships, who will work alongside the local authority and a partnered housing association to create affordable homes for local people. The Partnerships scheme has a GDV of £100 million and will include a mix of tenures including BtR. Vistry Group will also provide land for a new primary school, as well as a large sports facility, community centre and two local centres as part of the project.

Thomas White Oxford – William Donger, Managing Director

Oxford North by Thomas White Oxford- the development company of St John’s College- is the new £500m life sciences district for Oxford which will include 936,500 sq ft of new laboratories and workspaces for biomedical science, 480 new and affordable homes, public parks and neighbourhood shops, to retain and attract global science research talent and help boost the local and national economy. The 64 acre masterplan will create 4500 new jobs and is to be delivered over numerous phases. As one of the biggest regeneration projects in the UK, William joins the event to unveil all about this momentous scheme

Sustrans – Clare Maltby, Director: England Midlands and East

Stakeholders from across the Arc including the combined and local authorities as well as England’s Economic Heartland are committed to improving the active travel options to help shape a healthier, greener and more forward thinking region. Sustrans are working with partners to create a pan regional network of greenways and make the cycle network segregated from roads wherever possible. They are working with residents and local authorities to draw up Network Plans and Clare will discuss active travel’s role in creating a better Arc for all.

East West Rail – Simon Blanchflower, Chief Executive

Simon joined the East West Railway Company as its first CEO in December 2018, to lead the team which will join Oxford and Cambridge by rail for the first time since 1967. He joined the company from a long career leading the development and delivery of major rail infrastructure projects and most recently was the Major Programme Director on the Thameslink Programme. This complex project included the re-building of London Bridge station, extensive railway systems work and the first in class deployment of digital railway technology. Simon was instrumental in the early stage development of Crossrail and the entry into service of Heathrow Express. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineering and balances his working life with a longstanding and deep commitment to voluntary work in his local community.

Milton Keynes Development Partnership – Nicola Sawford, Chair

More information to follow.

Countryside Properties – Andrew Taylor, Group Planning Director

Countryside are the master developers behind a host of UK wide major housing schemes, new towns and Garden Villages and are one of the most qualified audiences to share thought leadership and insight into the sector as part of their event. Flagship forthcoming schemes include Bourn Airfield Garden Village in South Cambridgeshire which will see the realisation of 3500 new homes with the planned start date of 2023. Andrew joins the event to talk about a host of their forthcoming projects and the complexity faced in getting them to delivery stage.

ATKINS – Claire Wansbury, Associate Director of Ecology: Infrastructure

Claire Wansbury is an Associate Director at Atkins, a world-leading engineering and environmental consultancy.  She will share her particular expertise in biodiversity and natural capital.  Claire is one of the UK’s top experts on biodiversity net gain, including having co-authored national good practice principles.  With nearly 30 years’ experience as an ecologist, in the last few years Claire has been working with environmental economists and others to build shared understanding of the value of benefits our natural world provides to people.  Within the OxCam Arc, Claire contributes to the EWR Alliance’s pioneering work on practical delivery of Biodiversity Net Gain.

Peterborough City Council & Cambridgeshire County Council – Steve Cox, Executive Director, Place & Economy

Peterborough City Council are working with their partners including Opportunity Peterborough and Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority alongside key private sector developers and investors to bring forward a City Centre Development Framework, which will ensure the city centre will be able to keep up with a projected population growth of 17% over the next 15 years.

The council are leveraging over £600 million of private sector investment as well as £22.9 million from the Towns Deal Fund across eight development sites which will transform the face of the city centre.

David Lock Associates – Heather Pugh, Partner

Heather is a Chartered Town Planner with over 25 years’ experience in planning practice and is a Planning Partner at David Lock Associates.

She has extensive experience in planning and delivering large-scale development, most notably at the Hamptons and Great Haddon, Peterborough, a combined new community of over 13,000 homes.  She has combined her interest in geography, long term planning and placemaking to develop a specialism in strategic spatial planning, and has led a number of DLA’s growth studies – including the award-winning MK2050 Milton Keynes Strategic Growth Study – for local authorities.

Heather is actively engaged with the TCPA in providing best practice evidence on new garden communities and provides Expert Witness at Examination in respect of large-scale urban extensions and new settlements for a range of private sector clients.

Hawksworth Securities – Peter Breach, Chairman

Hawksworth Securities working with Peterborough City Council on the North Westgate regeneration project to deliver a new urban quarter for the city. The 500,000 sq ft, £150 million scheme will see the creation of hundreds of new homes, alongside office space, retail and leisure and community health facilities. A new planning application was submitted in July of this year and Peter will discuss how the project will reinvigorate the city centre.

BDB Pitmans – Sarah Clark, Partner (Planning and Infrastructure)

Sarah specialises in infrastructure planning. She has over 10 years’ experience in advising a wide range of public and private sector clients, helping them to secure the special consents they need to successfully deliver railway, highway, energy, flood defence and other major projects.

She offers expertise in drafting legislative instruments, public inquiry work, securing compulsory purchase powers, drafting and negotiating agreements and advising generally on planning, environmental and heritage issues.

Sarah also has a keen interest in public law and regularly advises public bodies on a wide range of issues relevant to the lawful exercise of their functions. She is dual qualified in Scottish and English law and regularly speaks at conferences and seminars on current issues in her areas of expertise.

Summix Capital – Greg Mitchell, Executive Planning Director

Greg is an Executive Planning Director at Summix. He has over 35 years’ experience in town and country planning, principally within the private sector and development industry. He has extensive expertise in the planning and implementation of new settlements and strategic scale development in Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes and the West Midlands region. Summix are actively promoting new settlements, based on Garden Communities principles, through the development plan process in Worcestershire, Oxfordshire and Solihull. The largest is in the South Worcestershire Development Plan where Summix have the majority land interest in a proposed allocation for 10,000 dwellings in the emerging Regulation 19 Plan.

Buro Four – Emily Slupek, Project Director & Science Sector Lead

Emily leads Buro Four’s Science & Research sector and has significant experience in helping clients deliver complex projects. Her recent experience includes working with developers, funders and tenants to deliver major science developments at science parks at both Oxford and Cambridge.

Buro Four are an independent project management company with a an extensive track record of successfully delivering complex science and innovation projects across the UK for developers, funders and tenants alike. Having delivered major projects in key locations including Cambridge BioMedical Campus, Buro Four has a valuable insight into the components required for the Science & Innovation Parks of the future.

Bidwells – Patrick McMahon, Senior Partner

Providing strategic advice on large-scale urban developments and investments, Patrick has led the firm for more than 10 years.

The clear-thinking Senior Partner spends much of his time helping Bidwells’ biggest development and investment clients make the right decisions. Patrick has the knack of simplifying the complex – a skill honed over 30 years in property.

Living and breathing the knowledge economy, Patrick is advising on major innovation districts in Oxford, Cambridge and Milton Keynes, where the UK’s top university researchers are collaborating with private capital to help solve the world’s biggest problems.

Advising the Government on the Oxford to Cambridge Arc economic area, Patrick has led a coalition of property’s biggest names in successfully lobbying ministers for stronger economic policy in support of the UK’s knowledge industries.

BDB Pitmans – Sarah Potter, Partner

Sarah is a partner in BDB Pitmans’ Real Estate team. She has a diverse practice which covers all aspects of commercial property, including acquisitions and disposals, landlord and tenant matters (including conditional pre-let agreements), all aspects of property management and property finance. She advises on development matters for both landowners and national and individual developers, including option agreements, sub-sales, conditional contracts, promotion and collaboration agreements.

Bidwells – Mike Derbyshire, Head of Planning

Leading Bidwells’ planning practice, Mike is a passionate and vastly experienced advocate for thoughtful, well-designed development and a thought leader on the future of planning in England.

His track record demonstrates how he has overcome our clients’ biggest planning challenges with a blend of strategic and political instinct, together with his forensic knowledge of the planning system.

Mike breeds confidence and spots an opportunity quicker than most, but he is most at home arguing his case at a planning committee, in the media or at the High Court, as an expert witness. He helped turn 26 planning reasons for the refusal of Brookgate’s 1.6m sq ft CB1 scheme at Cambridge train station into an award-winning commercial success, which is now home to three out of four of the world’s trillion dollar corporations.

Cass Allen Associates – Sam Bryant, Director

Cass Allen is a specialist acoustics consultancy focussed on noise and vibration in the built environment. Since starting out in 2000, Cass Allen has successfully completed thousands of projects in the residential, commercial, infrastructure and public sectors and our clients include some of the UK’s largest housebuilders, architects, and planning consultancies.

Sam Bryant is a Director at Cass Allen and has consulted on a wide variety of projects including large-scale residential, commercial, industry and infrastructure schemes. In particular, Sam has extensive experience in noise and vibration assessments of sources affecting existing or future occupants of residential developments.

Built Environment Networking – Amanda Griffiths, Director

Amanda is one of the Co-Founder’s of Built Environment Networking – formed almost 10 years ago.

She’ll be hosting a number of the sessions throughout the day, running the days proceedings and managing the interaction between our virtual delegates and the speakers.

CPC Project Services – Dominic Donnini, Associate Director

Dom has over 25 years’ experience of leading large infrastructure and organisational and transformational change projects, including the delivery of £2bn of capital investment in property and highways infrastructure. Previously as Director of Place and Commercial for Northamptonshire County Council, Dom obtained DFT approval for 4nr bypass schemes and also represented Northamptonshire on the OxCam Arc Board.

After joining CPC in 2019, Dom operated as the Programme Director for the A40 Corridor infrastructure programme for Oxfordshire County Council obtaining Homes England approval for a £40m park and ride scheme for the Council and delivery of £8m of site improvements to Oxford North. Previously, Dom spent 10 years as Deputy Chief Executive and Executive Director of Infrastructure at Cumbria County Council achieving recognition as one of the highest performing highways authorities in the UK within 18 months, achieving Homes England approval for the Carlisle Southern Development Route and leading the delivery of superfast Broadband across Cumbria. In 2015, he led the Cumbria flood recovery group after Storm Desmond working along-side Senior Government Cabinet Members including Prime Minister David Cameron.

Dom is currently supporting Cambridgeshire County Council as Interim Director of highways and transport.

ISG – Peter Kelly, Group Director of Sustainable Operations

More information to follow.

We can’t wait to welcome you back to our physical face-to-face conferences – but we understand that safety will also be paramount and therefore to put you at ease we wanted to confirm some of the steps we’re putting in place to ensure we minimise any risk. The situation surrounding Covid-19 is ever changing however here’s an overview of steps and procedures we’ve put in place.

Condition of Entry

Delegates will have to show proof of their Covid status upon entry either in form of both vaccinations (first and second dose) or a negative NHS lateral flow test.

You will be asked to demonstrate this through showing an NHS Covid Pass – which can be gained by downloading the NHS App onto your smartphone. You can also download and show an offline version or print a copy of your status and show the printed version.

If you haven’t had both vaccine doses we advise that all delegates take an NHS Lateral Flow Test 48-hours before the event – you can order them directly to your address here.

If you were to report a positive test result before the event we expect that you would follow the correct Government guidelines. All of our physical events will be held virtually so you’ll be able to join the event or alternatively exchange your ticket to a future event.

Mask Wearing

The wearing of masks at our physical events will not be mandatory.

Social Distancing

There will not be a requirement for social distancing however we will have introduced a number of things at the event to help minimise risk.

Hand Sanitiser

Hand sanitiser will be installed in certain areas at the event.

Reception & Lanyards

The reception and check-in process has been simplified to reduce touch-points with step by step signs confirming the process on arrival. You will simply utilise an iPad to check-in which will print a badge off for you, before you get to choose a lanyard of choice.

Green – you’re happy to shake hands and have social contact, Orange – you’re happy to network but be more cautious and observe space, Red – you want to reduce social contact and networking as much as possible.

Other Safety Information

Depending on the venue we may also have sign-age for certain rights of way and doors may be left open to leave less touch-points across the venue including on doors/toilets.

We will have designated areas for drinks/rubbish to ensure these aren’t left around the venue, and all lunch will be provided in pre-prepared bags.

Hybrid Events

To ensure those who are uncertain about attending physical events can still gain access you will have the option of purchasing a physical or virtual ticket. The virtual ticket will enable you to view the event sessions, ask questions to the speakers, and private message/request video calls with those attendees who’re at the event physically.

Tickets

Event Ticket: OxCam Arc Economic Growth and Development Conference £300.00

Attendee 1

Attendee ticket price: £300

Event VIP Ticket: OxCam Arc Economic Growth and Development Conference AND VIP Speakers Drink Reception £350.00

Attendee 1

Attendee ticket price: £350

Event Ticket & VIP Dinner: OxCam Arc Economic Growth and Development Conference AND VIP Speakers Drink Reception AND VIP Dinner £700.00

Attendee 1

Attendee ticket price: £700

Virtual Event Ticket: OxCam Arc Economic Growth and Development Conference £199.00

Attendee 1

Attendee ticket price: £199

Details

Start Date:
Tuesday, 16th November 2021

Start Time:
0900hrs

End Date:
Wednesday, 17th November 2021

End Time:
1600hrs

Cost:
£199 – £700

Venue

Stadium Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes Stadium, Stadium Way West, Bletchley, Milton Keynes MK1 1ST, UK

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