The Future of Urban Regeneration Summit and Exhibition
In 2012, seven UK urban regeneration projects were named among the top 100 most innovative and inspiring world infrastructure projects. These impressive achievements, and the fact that such projects are typically each worth over £100 million investment value, makes UK urban regeneration an exciting and lucrative sector of the British economy. Successive governments have been keen to encourage such regeneration projects. With this aim in mind, the Regeneration Investment Organisation was founded in 2013 and each new British government continues the policy of encouraging substantial foreign investment. However, while there are many regeneration success stories in large UK cities to point to, many smaller towns and cities feel they have been left behind. Some believe that this is due to a lack of government interest outside of urban centres, whilst others suggest that the nature of the modern economy makes these regional discrepancies inevitable.
Join us for The Future of Urban Regeneration Summit and Exhibition, where high level public and private sector speakers will be discussing and debating the benefits of urban regeneration, the government’s current regeneration strategy and how to ensure that the urban areas of the UK most in need of regeneration receive the resources they need.
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Urban regeneration can simultaneously assist in rejuvenating an area economically, socially and environmentally. A June 2015 report conducted by The Royal Town Planning Institute on the regeneration of the Gorbals area in Glasgow shows that after two decades of regeneration, unemployment fell by 31% between 2004 and 2012. This increased employment coincided with a 15% reduction in reported crimes. CABERNET (Concerted Action on Brownfield and Economic Regeneration Network) believes that environmental improvement of brownfield sites are a catalyst for social and economic benefits. It campaigns for government intervention to ensure that the 61,920ha of brownfield sites in the UK are decontaminated and ready for investment. The government has been receptive to these calls, using part of the £1bn brownfield regeneration fund to decontaminate brownfield sites in order to prepare them for investment.
This initiative is part of a wider government agenda to encourage urban regeneration. In 2013, the government created the Regeneration Investment Organisation. This organisation combines public investment with private sector funding to secure, identify, and assess credible UK regeneration opportunities. The government is also going to considerable lengths to secure foreign funding for UK domestic regeneration projects. In October 2015, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, showcased £24 billion worth of investment opportunities in the North of England at an event in Chengdu with senior Chinese investors. Regeneration projects such as the Atlantic Gateway, a series of projects connecting the Port of Liverpool to the City of Manchester, and Science Central, a cutting-edge development in the heart of Newcastle, were among those shown to potential Chinese investors.
The cities of Manchester and Liverpool have already seen substantial success from previous regeneration initiatives. After the 1996 IRA Manchester bombing, Manchester received £83m of public sector funding and a total of £500m of private sector investment, enabling the regeneration of the city centre that has attracted big retail names such as Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, Heals and Louis Vuitton. A Price Waterhouse Cooper report published in June 2015, Beyond the City, forecast Mancunian employment growth to be 3.8% between 2015-2020, outpacing some of the world’s leading capital cities. Liverpool has seen similar social and economic improvements as a result of its regeneration projects. In October 2015, government statistics showed the extent of these improvements, placing Liverpool well above its previous status as the most deprived city in the country. This advancement has been put down to the £1bn invested into huge infrastructure projects around the city between 2014 and 2015. Further regeneration projects are to take place in the future. Over £5 billion will be invested to create the Liverpool Waters project which will renovate Liverpool Docklands with a new international business park. This initiative is projected by the government to create 33,000 jobs and 17,000 apartments over the next 30 years.
The very success of these large city regenerations, however, has for some highlighted the poor standard of government regeneration coordination. In January 2015, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, Dr John Sentamu and the Most Rev Justin Welby, respectively, lambasted the government for presiding over a country where widespread areas are still “trapped in apparently inevitable decline.” This statement was reinforced by the 2015 Centre for Cities report, A Century of Cities, which found a trend of reduction in quality of life outside the major city hubs. The report states, for example, that between 1911 and 2013 Burnley saw a 50% reduction in jobs; and this trend was mirrored elsewhere, with Rochdale seeing a 44% decrease in roles and Wigan a 25% decrease. A 2007 Policy Exchange report titled, Cities Unlimited: Making Urban Regeneration Work, warned that the regeneration of smaller towns and cities may never yield the standards of living that their citizens hope for, simply due to a global trend towards the centralisation of capitalist activity in major cities.
Whether the government will be able to navigate contemporary economic currents to provide the called for regeneration outside of the large city hubs will be discussed and debated at The Future of Urban Regeneration Summit and Exhibition. Delegates will be updated on the progress of the latest regeneration projects, provided with stakeholder assessments of the current government regeneration strategy and given an opportunity to contribute to the debate surrounding the Future of Urban Regeneration.
Registration, Refreshments and Exhibition
Opening Remarks from Chair, Ian Stewart, City Mayor of Salford (Invited)
Paul Nathanail, Co-Ordinator, CABERNET (Invited)
CABERNET aims to enhance the rehabilitation of brownfield sites within the context of sustainable development by sharing experiences from across Europe and beyond, providing new tools and management strategies and a framework for coordinated research activities.
Councillor Derek Antrobus, Executive Lead Member for Strategic Planning, Salford City Council (Invited)
Councillor Antrobus is responsible for leading the regeneration programme that is taking place across Salford.
Refreshments and Networking Break
Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Transport and Climate Change, Liverpool City Council (Invited)
Councillor Kennedy is responsible for leading the regeneration programme that is taking place across the City of Liverpool.
Councillor Jennifer Mean, Leader, Lancashire County Council (Invited)
Councillor Mean leads Lancashire County Council which includes both rural and urban communities with different regeneration priorities.
Lunch and Networking
Jonathan Schofield, Local Historian and Author (Invited)
Jonathan Schofield offers the perspective of a local historian in establishing what past regeneration programmes teach us about how regeneration should be done in the future.
Clive Memmott, Chief Executive, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce (Invited)
Clive Memmott leads the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, which is the largest chamber of commerce in the country.
Refreshments and Networking Break
Michael Damms, Chief Executive, East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce (Invited)
East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce is the collective voice for business in the area, representing the views and interests of our Members at local, County, regional and national levels.
Trudi Elliott, Chief Executive, Royal Town Planning Institute (Invited)
The Royal Town Planning Institute is the UK's leading planning body for spatial, sustainable and inclusive planning and is the largest planning institute in Europe with over 23,000 members.
Closing Remarks from Chair, Ian Stewart, City Mayor of Salford (Invited)
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- The benefits of the Regeneration Investment Organisation and how private investment should be encouraged.
- Assessing how to replicate the success stories of Liverpool and Manchester to other cities.
- The connection between urban regeneration and economic, social and environmental benefits
- The interaction between the public and private sectors on regeneration projects
- Decontaminating brownfield sites to encourage regeneration
- The importance of foreign investment to domestic regeneration initiatives
- Debate about the government’s co-ordination of regeneration projects
- The connection between successful regeneration and the nature of the economy
Who should attend?
Company Directors, Directors, Consultants, Development Officers, Heads of Regeneration, Heads of Economic Development, Heads of Planning and Development, Directors of Growth, Directors of Housing, Heads of Policy and Performance, Neighbourhood and Community Leads, Researchers, Councillors, Local Authority Chief Executives and will be drawn from local and central government, housing associations, academia, charitable organisations and the private sector