Sheds Conference :: Agenda

Welcome to the Sheds Conference

Thursday 27 April 2017


Welcome address by Property Week


Overview of the shed sector

This one-hour session will set the tone for the day. It will outline the current health of the sheds market – both on the occupational and investment front – and highlight the key challenges that lie ahead.


The economic outlook post-Brexit

What economic headwinds does the UK face post-Brexit and what impact will it have on the UK’s economic status in Europe and beyond? Domestically what are the biggest challenges businesses face after the process to exit the European Union commences? Are there any economic upsides to Brexit?   

James Knightley, Head of Economics, ING

Industry 4.0

Manufacturers are increasingly reliant on big data and robotics as they seek a competitive advantage over rivals. This movement has been christened ‘industry 4.0’ and has led to the creation of ‘smart factories’. So who are the technology trailblazers leading the industry 4.0 charge, what do these smart factories look like and what impact do the demands of this new generation of high-tech manufacturers place on shed developers?    


The business of changing demographics

The UK’s ageing population, shrinking pool of available labour and accelerated urbanisation present significant societal and economic challenges. How is the property industry tackling these challenges?


Coffee and Networking break


Connecting the dots: the modern supply chain

This series of mini-panels will focus on three different parts of the sheds market: ‘mega-sheds’, standard industrial buildings and urban logistics units. Leading industry experts will discuss the specific hurdles and opportunities each of these sub-sectors face. 


Opening Remarks

Andy Gulliford, COO, SEGRO

Panel: Mega-sheds

Nigel Harris, Senior Asset Manager, John Lewis
Ian Henderson, Property Director, Wincanton
Kevin Say, Vice President CRE UK & I, DHL Corporate Real Estate

Panel: Standard industrial buildings

Multi-storey or underground – is this the future of standard industrial buildings?

Martin Meech, Group Property Director, Travis Perkins
Dan Gallagher, Joint Managing Director, Stoford Properties
Kevin Harrington, Real Estate Manager, Siemens Real Estate

Panel: Urban Logistics

Tim Robinson, CEO & founder, Doddle
Tim Johnson, Development Director, Chancerygate
Andrew Smith, Strategy Director, LondonMetric Property

Panel: Joined up thinking: the land debate

Competition for development land has never been more intense. The UK housing crisis coupled with new PDR rules surrounding the conversion of light industrial units into residential, which comes into force later this year, will see further opportunities for much needed shed development dry up. How can the property industry and local authorities work together to deliver sites?         

Michael Hughes, CEO, Verdion (iPort, South Yorkshire)
Ian MacLeod, Assistant Director Regeneration, Birmingham City Council
Alex Verbeek, Senior Vice President & Regional Director - UK, IDI Gazeley
David Smith, Planning Director, IM Properties
Moderated by: Kevin Mofid, Director Commercial Research, Savills

Lunch and Networking


Vital statistics

Where are we at in the current development cycle, how much shed space was let last year, what’s happening with rental values, is anyone building speculatively anymore? All of these questions and more will be addressed in this data-rich session.


Panel: Closing the infrastructure gap

Huge swathes of development land could be unlocked with the right infrastructure investment. Some local authorities have already worked with the private sector to close the infrastructure gap by creating new road and rail links, but more could be done. This session will discuss the ingredients necessary for a successful public/private sector partnership.    


Panel: Infrastructure and Connections

Paul McMahon, MD, Network Rail Freight
Mike Garratt, Chairman, MDS Transmodal
Oliver Treneman, Park Development Director, DP World London Gateway
Nick Smith , Fund Manager AIPUT, Aberdeen Asset Management

Panel: Jobs, skills and labour

How to overhaul the image of the sector to attract and retain talent, and will creating the right work conditions help address the shortage of labour?

Guy Battle, Chief Executive, The Social Value Portal
Peter Ward, CEO, UK Warehousing Association, UKWA

Panel: The shed funding conundrum

Numerous property companies were stung in the last development cycle after building speculatively. As a result, the appetite to build spec has diminished – as has the willingness of many financial institutions to fund spec development. How can developers attract funding for spec projects in the current climate and what can be done to mitigate investor risk?       

David Hughes, Director, Strategic, Commercial Banking, Lloyds Bank
Paul Crosbie, Head of Industrial Team, M&G
Jonathan Holland, Fund Manager, Legal & General

Coffee & Networking


European expansion: a developer’s perspective

The UK may be on the brink of leaving the EU, but it’s still an influential member of the European property market, with many domestic developers currently delivering schemes across Europe. A UK-based shed developer who has a strong track record of working across a number of different European countries will talk about the challenges companies face delivering overseas schemes. They will also highlight those European markets that currently present the most attractive opportunities.      



Panel: The shape of sheds to come: innovation and technology

The rapid growth of ecommerce operators who are focused on final mile delivery has had a significant impact on the size, fit out and location of sheds. This shift has led to the creation of new design thinking and construction methods. So what specific demands are ecommerce occupiers making of their property partners and how are developers rising to this challenge?    

Jonathan Fenton-Jones, Operations Director, Baytree
Emile Naus, Technical Director, LCP Consulting
Martin Gray, CEO, Euro Car
Richard Goodenough, Partner, Goodrich

Case study: reinventing the retail supply chain

Retailers have never had it so tough. Consumers increasingly expect to be able to order products for next-day or even same-day delivery and meeting these demands requires an efficient supply chain that allows products to move seamlessly from regional distribution centres, through smaller urban logistics sites, high street stores and click and collect hubs and into the customer’s home. In this session a leading UK retailer will explain how it has put in place a supply chain network that enables it to overcome these hurdles.

Philip Bell-Brown, Group Property Director, Dixons Carphone


Closing Remarks


Networking Drinks

The organisers reserve the right to change the programme, speakers or venue should circumstances require.

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