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Re-Purposing and Re-Vitalising Town Centres

Getting from A to B: But Where do we Seek to go, and How do we Get There?

Session 1 of the Delivering Land Assembly International Summit

Start Date Venue Price  
20 April 2021 Virtual Conference - Session 1 £75 BOOK

Note: All prices are to be paid in GBP and are subject to VAT at the prevailing rate

Event duration: Afternoon Virtual Seminar (1 hour 30 mins CPD).
Registration from: 15.55. Event starts at: 16.00. Event finishes at: 17.30.

Speakers are Embedded in the Programme Below


Chair: Colin Smith, Senior Director, CBRE Ltd 


Virginia Blackman, Principal, National Head Site Assembly & Compulsory Purchase, Avison Young.

More panellist speakers to be confirmed.

A - What are the problems with towns

B - What is the future with towns

C - How do we get from the problem to the solution?

  • The future of many UK town centre is precarious.
  • COVID has accelerated change with closure of many traditional retail businesses; for many, shopping online has become the norm. Coupled with reduced footfall from home working and the closure of leisure and hospitality, many shopping areas have become depressing unattractive localities.
  • Can we live without the High St? Can we live without the traditional office? Can ‘bricks and mortar’ retailers and property investors reclaim lost ground.
  • Even Pre COVID, some local authorities were seeking to re-purpose their town centres. Local Authorities need to act as a catalyst for inward investment and visionary planning to create go to destinations for modern life, work, retail and play. Municipal authorities need to attract populations, visitors and investors to avoid them migrating to neighbouring towns and centres.
  • There is a need for collaboration from a multitude of professionals, where those that own, advise upon, and manage property; those that acquire and fund transactions; those that assemble land - whether by negotiation or compulsory purchase; and those that secure tenants – all are needed to procure the town centres of the future.

Panel Debate on the practicalities of delivery, engaging and making a living in the new world