Topics for debate include:

  • Tapping into the market boom - critical insights into the thriving industrial & logistics sector
  • Economical & practical impacts post Covid-19. How will the landscape change?
  • Repurposing space – the future for last mile hubs
  • Spotlight sessions: data hyper centres, sheds of the future
  • In the pursuit of net zero: refocusing on sustainability and achieving zero carbon

New for 2021 - Enjoy Zoom-style networking roundtables on the hottest topics for the sector. Debate face-to-face with like-minded delegates.

(Timings and agenda below are subject to change)


Log in and networking
Pre-conference briefing: Tapping into the market boom

The industrial and logistics sector continues to thrive while other commercial property sectors face an uncertain future. The opportunity for new investors and less specialist developers to enter the market is significant. This market briefing will impart new entrants with critical insight and in-depth analysis of the constraints and opportunities in the sector.

Virtual showcase & networking break
Chair’s opening remarks & POST BREXIT poll introduction

Mark Easton, Home Editor, BBC

The economic and practical impact of Covid-19

Presentation – Property sector economics

The full economic ramifications of Covid-19 are still playing out, with seemingly daily announcements of new packages of support to business, the economy and the community and a mounting debt already worth £2.1trn. While the industrial and logistics sector continues to thrive as a result of the impact of the pandemic, this session will explore the fiscal repercussions for the sector and UK plc as a whole over the next 3-5 years. How are we going to pay for the pandemic? What will be overall effect on the property sector?

Presentation – Industrial and logistics market overview and outlook

The seismic shift and growth of online retail has had a significant impact on land prices, with the sector witnessing unprecedented demand during lockdown. With huge investment coming into the sector, and demand outstripping supply, what does the future hold? Is more speculative development needed and if it is needed, where? This session will provide a market outlook, exploring which sectors are doing well, the regional differences in supply and demand and the impact of Covid-19 on rent.

Virtual showcase & networking break
Sessions resume

Panel – Market trends: A catalyst for change?

Covid-19 has accelerated the shift to e-commerce by five years, expediting the digitalisation of the workplace and supply chain. But what impact has the pandemic had on other parts of the industrial and logistics market? Our panel of experts will look at how the industry is responding to the pandemic and explore opportunities to challenge the norm and forge new ways of working in the marketplace.

Michael Hughes, CEO, Verdion
Vanessa Muscarà, Director, Head of Research & Strategy, Europa Capital Partners LLP

Pursuing net zero

The Environment Bill is due to pass imminently. Real estate and construction is responsible for almost 40% of energy and process related emissions, and the legislation will undoubtedly impact developers and occupiers. So, how can developers future proof their assets to meet ESG goals? What are they doing to plan for 2050? What are the major challenges fund managers have to overcome to achieve their net zero ambitions?

Lora Brill, Head of Responsibility & ESG, Orchard Street
Abigail Dean, Head of Sustainability, Real Estate, Nuveen Global

Virtual showcase & networking break
Panel - Evolving warehouse design to meet occupier needs

The traditional specifications for warehouses are becoming obsolete. Instead, automation and sustainability in the sector are continuing to push the boundaries on warehouse design. What do occupiers need from their warehouse? What are the requirements for future-fit warehouses and how does this translate to design? And, what do these requirements mean for energy demand?

Edmond Leahy, Estates Surveyor, Hermes Parcelnet
Ian Henderson, Group Property Director, Wincanton

End of Conference Day 1


Log in & networking
Welcome from the chair and comments from POST BREXIT poll
Conference sessions commence

A new era for planning?

Demand continues to outstrip stock with appropriate allocation of land in some geographic areas constrained by guidance and legislation within the planning system. What can be done about the perennial planning problem? Could major national infrastructure projects pave the way for change, allowing developers to leapfrog local government and head straight to central?

Panel: Repurposing space - the future for last mile hubs?

As the retail property market continues to decline, what is the potential to repurpose existing retail spaces, or space from other sectors into last mile hubs, helping to solve some of the challenges around last mile delivery? With no precedent yet set for changing user classes, are there opportunities within the planning system to transform obsolete retail stock into more sustainable hubs?

Jonathan De Mello, Equity Partner, CWM Retail Consulting
Christian Jamieson, Managing Partner, Valor Real Estate Partners

Virtual showcase & networking break
Roundtable discussions

Network and debate face-to-face during Zoom-style facilitated roundtables. Topics to be revealed shortly.

Virtual showcase & networking break
Sessions resume

Spotlight: Data centres

As a lucrative new entrant in the commercial space, the increasing need for data storage means Data centres are growing in demand and have the potential to increase land/capital values for B8 use class. What are the requirements of data centres? What is their power, space and location needs? What are the investment criteria, barriers to entry. And critically, what risk and long-term yield do they proffer?

Nigel Clarkson, Co-Founder & Global Head of Property, Stratus Data Centres

Spotlight: City of London’s approach to last mile logistics

Bruce McVean, Acting Assistant Director – City Transportation, City of London Corporation

The warehouse of the future: breaking away from convention

With a shortage of well-located sites and with space at a premium, developers need to think differently about their next warehouse build. Should you build or go underground? What will the future design of the warehouse look like? This session will challenge the concept of the traditional warehouse build and showcase the designs breaking away from convention. Video and case study led

Chair’s closing remarks
Of attendees were satisfied with the 2020 event