Thursday 27 April 2017


Registration and Refreshments


Welcome address by Chair

Amy Gilham, Head of Logistics, Director, Economics, Turley

Overview of the shed sector

This 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?    

Andy Pyle, Head of Real Estate, KPMG UK

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 Sey, Vice President CRE UK & I, DHL Corporate Real Estate
Moderated by: Andy Gulliford, COO, SEGRO

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
Moderated by: Andy Gulliford, COO, SEGRO

Coffee and Networking break


Panel: Urban Logistics

Tim Robinson, CEO & founder, Doddle
Tim Johnson, Development Director, Chancerygate
Andrew Smith, Strategy Director, LondonMetric Property
Moderated by: Andy Gulliford, COO, SEGRO

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?         

John Clements, European Development Director, Verdion
Ian MacLeod, Assistant Director Regeneration, Birmingham City Council
David Smith, Planning Director, IM Properties
Gwyn Stubbings, Senior BIM Specialist, IDI Gazeley
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.

Kevin Mofid, Director, Commercial Research, Savills

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.    

Mike Garratt, Chairman, MDS Transmodal
Nick Smith , Fund Manager AIPUT, Aberdeen Asset Management
Owen Michaelson, CEO, Harworth Group
Moderated by: Gareth Osborn, Business Unit Director, SEGRO

Panel: Jobs, skills and labour

The lack of available labour and particularly skilled workers is making it tougher for traditional industrial occupiers to recruit and retain staff. And it’s a situation that’s expected to become even tougher post-Brexit. How can companies create a workplace environment that will enable them to attract the best talent and address reputational issues the sector faces?

Guy Battle, Chief Executive, The Social Value Portal
Peter Ward, CEO, UK Warehousing Association, UKWA
Amy Gilham, Head of Logistics, Director, Economics, Turley
Moderated by: Alan Holland, Business Unit Director, SEGRO

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, Senior Fund Manager, Legal & General
Chaired by: Andrew Teacher , Founder, Blackstock Consulting

Coffee & Networking


European expansion: a developer’s perspective

The leading European developer, P3, has a strong track record of working across a number of different countries, and will talk about the challenges companies face delivering schemes across Europe. The talk will also highlight those European markets that currently present the most attractive opportunities, as well as P3’s experience of delivering  across the region.      

Ian Worboys, CEO, P3

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?    

Richard Goodenough, Partner, Goodrich
Richard Bowen, Managing Director, DB Symmetry
Graham McMorran, Director, UMC Architects
Moderated by: Emile Naus, Technical Director, LCP Consulting

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

Amy Gilham, Head of Logistics, Director, Economics, Turley

Networking Drinks

Networking Drinks for 1 Hour

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