Examining the fastest growing sector in commercial property...will the bubble burst?

As the I+L sector continues to rethink, adapt, and innovate in the midst of the current market boom, we explore how the warehouse specification needs to evolve to meet demand, how investors and developers are planning to meet ESG goals and what the real economic ramifications of Covid-19 will be for the sector over the next 3-5 years.

In our roundtable sessions we give you microphone in discuss-based forums, with the opportunity to drill down into hot topics such as electrification v carbon, the autonomous world and the use of next gen sustainable materials in construction. 

And finally, to wrap up 2 days of crucial insights, we put the spotlight on data centres, last mile logistics and the trends of the future...

(Timings and agenda below are subject to change)

DAY ONE

Log in and networking

Join us online, register and connect with your peers. This is an exclusive opportunity to expand your network and spark new partnerships, create real conversations during the networking breaks throughout the conference. Your chance to meet the right people, with our easy to use community and event platform.

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Pre-conference briefing: Tapping into the market boom

Tapping into the market boom - The industrial and logistics sector continues to thrive while other commercial property sectors face an uncertain future, but is there still time for new entrants to profit from the market boom and what does it take to succeed? This market briefing will give new entrants critical insights and in-depth analysis of the constraints and opportunities in the sector.

Speakers
Partner
Firethorn Trust
Head of Industrial and Logistics
Colliers
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Virtual showcase & networking break
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Chair’s opening remarks & POST BREXIT poll introduction

Keep your eye out for the interactive poll we will be hosting on our virtual platform in the week running up to the event based around Brexit and how this will impact on our sector - we need your valuable feedback. Mark will introduce early results.

Speaker
Home editor
BBC
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Keynote: The economic impact of Covid-19

The full economic ramifi cations of Covid-19 are still playing out, with seemingly daily announcements of new packages of support for business, the economy and the community and a mounting debt already worth £2.1trn. While the industrial and logistics sector continues to thrive, 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 the overall effect on the property sector?

Speaker
Chief Economic Advisor
Demos
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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? And, what are the emerging trends for 2021, following the record year of 2020? Have businesses managed to de-risk the supply chain and reshore in the wake of Covid-19 and Brexit? This session will provide a market outlook, exploring which sectors are doing well, the regional diff erences in supply and demand and the impact of Covid-19 on rent.

Speaker
Director of Research
Savills
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COVID-19: 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. Be ready with your questions to challenge the industry.

Speakers
CEO
Verdion
Director, Head of Research & Strategy
Europa Capital Partners LLP
Senior Director
CBRE
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Virtual showcase & networking break
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Keynote: Being authentic in the minefield of ESG

Companies don’t win over investors just by issuing sustainability reports and engaging in other standard ESG practices. What they need to do is integrate ESG eff orts into strategy and operations. David shares how committing to be a force for environmental and societal good should be integral to your purpose and strategy.

Speaker
CEO
SEGRO
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Pursuing net zero

Closing Day 1 with an insightful panel session discussion, our experts consider what the industrial and logistics sector must do to tackle the climate crisis. Gather your questions for the Q&A following the panel session… The Environment Bill is due to pass imminently. Real estate and construction are 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 must overcome to achieve their net zero ambitions, including their own investment opportunities?

Speakers
Head of Responsibility & ESG
Orchard Street
Head of Sustainability, Real Estate
Nuveen Global
Associate Director
Linesight
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Chair’s closing comments
Speaker
Home editor
BBC
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Online networking
Close of Day 1

DAY TWO

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Log in & networking within Swapcard

Welcome back to day 2 - this is your chance to catch up with your peers and discuss your key takeaways from yesterday.

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Welcome from the chair and comments from POST BREXIT poll

Mark will be sharing the final results of the Brexit Poll - tune in for the interactive insights you have helped to compile.

Speaker
Home editor
BBC
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Panel: What do occupiers want from their warehouses?

Warehouse specifications are changing. Increased automation and a drive towards delivering more sustainable product means developers need to push the boundaries on warehouse design. What do occupiers need from their warehouse? What are the requirements for future-fi t warehouses and EV fleets, and how does this translate to design? And, what do these requirements mean for energy demand? We ask leading occupiers these questions and more.

Speakers
Estates Surveyor
Hermes Parcelnet
Group Property Director
Wincanton
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Panel: Repurposing space – the future for logistics?

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

Speakers
Home editor
BBC
Equity Partner
CWM Retail Consulting
Managing Partner
Valor Real Estate Partners
Vice President, Capital Deployment & Leasing
Prologis
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Virtual showcase & networking break
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Roundtable discussions

Now is the time to get involved and have your say!

  • Choose from one of the roundtable hot topic discussions that will run concurrently.
  • These sessions will be hosted by our skilled and charismatic speakers mediating each roundtable.
  • Please note, there will be a capped amount of people attending each session, so make sure you check through the topics and choose the most suitable for you.
  • This is on a first come, first served basis!
  • Is there more than one topic that you’re interested in? All of these sessions will be recorded and you can watch back on demand, so you will not miss any key industry insights.
  • Keep checking back to the agenda on the website as we announce further topics

1. What does the autonomous world mean for the future of work?

How will automation change the shape of the workforce in the future and what does it mean for warehouse design? What are the future skills and job roles that industry should be planning for now?

2. Societal changes:

Logistics as a force for good - the sector is constantly battling misconceptions; how can we dispel some of the myths about the industry to support growth and tackle the skills and labour shortage?

Hosted by: Peter Ward, CEO, UK Warehouse Association

3. Electrification v the carbon agenda:

How can we balance the massive increase in demand for electricity with the carbon agenda as we move to electric vehicles? How will the network cope and how will sites generate their own power?

4. Opportunities in next gen sustainable construction materials:

Could we turn the warehouse into its own giant battery? This roundtable will explore the opportunities in next gen materials transforming the fabric of the building to self-generate power.

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Virtual showcase & networking break
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Spotlight session: Data centres

As a nation we’re consuming more and more data and the growing demand for data storage has in turn seen the number of data centre development in the UK accelerate. What are the power, space and location needs of data centre operators? What are the investment criteria and barriers to entry? And critically, what sort of yield do they potentially offer?

Speaker
Co-Founder & Global Head of Property
Stratus Data Centres
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Spotlight session: City of London’s approach to last mile logistics

Last December, the City of London's Planning and Transportation Committee gave approval to turn 39 spaces of London Wall car park into a last mile hub for Amazon Logistics, providing a sustainable alternative for last mile delivery and cutting carbon emissions. This session will provide an opportunity to hear about the City of London Corporation's wider plans for last mile hubs, freight and transport and how the strategy will support their ambitious Climate Action targets.

Speaker
Acting Assistant Director – City Transportation
City of London Corporation
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Emerging trends - what is our world going to look like in 10 years time?

Innovation and disruption is shaping the future of the industrial and logistics sector. What emerging trends are likely to have the greatest impact over the coming years? Will it be the arrival of giant gigafactories, soaring demand for fi lm and TV studio space, or will ecommerce continue to take the lead role in shaping the market? Our panel of experts predict which trends will dictate the nature of the industrial and logistics market over the next decade. We will be asking attendees to vote for the trend they think will have the greatest impact.

Speakers
Chief Investigative Report
Property Week
Head of Property
Weezy
Partner
The Creative District Improvement Company
Chairman
British Volt
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Chair’s closing remarks
Speaker
Home editor
BBC
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Online Networking
Close of Day 2
89%
Of attendees were satisfied with the 2020 event