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Real estate and infrastructure event launches to aid government’s build back better agenda

Date: 09/03/2021

Categories: Industry News


Led by property events company Built Environment Networking and supported by some of the biggest UK property and infrastructure companies, the first UKREiiF event will be held in Leeds on 17-19 May 2022.

Business and political figures from across the UK have today (Wednesday 10th March) announced the launch of The UK’s Real Estate Investment and Infrastructure Forum (UKREiiF), with the first UKREiiF networking event, exhibition, and conference to be held in Leeds on 17-19th May 2022.

UKREiiF will bring together the public and private sectors to support the ambition for the UK to Build Back Better following the pandemic and the UK’s exit for the EU – with an annual networking event, exhibition, and conference the showpiece of the forum which will connect investors from the UK and overseas to development opportunities within our shores. The forum will attract inward investment, generate economic growth, and drive a more sustainable and inclusive culture within the property and construction industries.

A number of influential senior figures and businesses have already announced their commitment to UKREiiF including:

  • Lord Bob Kerslake - Chair of the UKREiiF Advisory Group, Chair of Peabody, Chair of Be First and Chair of the Stockport Mayoral Development Corporation
  • Kate Willard – Thames Estuary Envoy and Chair of the Thames Estuary Growth Board
  • Gagan Mohindra MP – Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Regeneration and Development and MP for South West Hertfordshire
  • Ghislaine Halpenny – Director of Strategy and External Affairs, British Property Federation

We will be supporting alongside other organisations including:

Other organisations we will be supporting alongside of include: Royal Town Planning Institute, Capital & Centric, Willmott Dixon, Constructing Rainbows and CB Collier.

Liam Ronan-Chlond, Head of Engagement and Social Value at First Base, said: “First Base are delighted to confirm our commitment to The UK’s Real Estate Investment & Infrastructure Forum (UKREiiF), alongside a diverse array of public and private sector partners. We look forward to coming together to tackle some of the industry’s key challenges, head on; from the climate emergency to diversity and inclusion. As a business we’re incredibly passionate about people, place and planet – and this forum has sustainability and social impact at its heart. Sharing ideas and best practice as an industry is essential, if we are to build back better, fairer and greener. This is a movement that is gathering momentum quickly and we’re pleased to be a part of it from the start.”

Lord Bob Kerslake, Chair of UKREiiF Advisory Group and former Chief Executive of the Homes & Communities Agency, said: “I was really keen to join this initiative that will bring together the public and private sector along with companies large and small. It’s becoming increasingly odd for the UK’s property and regeneration industries to travel to the South of France annually to meet people you can do just as easily and effectively in the UK.

The Covid-19 pandemic has given us an opportunity to pause and reflect, an opportunity to ask ourselves what the future should look like in terms of a conference that brings these industries together. Such a conference is needed – to connect and network, learn from each other and highlight new opportunities, and this new UK based forum will be really important. UKREiiF is a new future that we should embrace. A new UK property and investment event can and must have a much greater focus on sustainability, inclusion and a healthy environment.”

Kate Willard, Thames Estuary Envoy and Chair of the Thames Estuary Growth Board, said: “I’m already looking forward to The UK’s Real Estate Investment and Infrastructure Forum (UKREiiF) in Leeds in 2022. There is a huge amount of investment and development potential in the UK, including the Thames Estuary, the UK’s number one green growth opportunity. It makes sense to have an event of the highest calibre in this country.”

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