26 March 2019
Earlier this month, thousands of delegates from the world’s property market gathered on the Cote d’Azur for the 30th annual MIPIM convention. Once again, WYG delegates joined the mix of industry debates, meetings, and networking opportunities to tease out new contacts and opportunities for future contracts.
It may have been an idyllic setting, but the fast-paced event gave people little time to soak it up, with WYG attendees putting in long hours to make the most of the unique business environment. Each came back with a mountain of reflections and air of excitement for where their conversations could take us as a business. Conversations ranged from how to mirror the success of modular housing in Scandinavia to the amount of new business happening in Eastern Europe.
The theme of sustainability reigned heavily over MIPIM, both in terms of construction techniques, land use and asset management. The keynote speaker was former UN General Secretary Ban KI-MOON whose message of “…no plan B, as there is no planet B” echoed around the auditorium to instantaneous applause.
Simon Sjenitzer, BD Director - Surveying & Asset Management / Energy & Climate Change at WYG, was then invited to take part in a RICS roundtable panel that spoke to this topic, the outputs of which will be presented in New York later this year. The session sought to capture current barriers and what could be done to promote sustainable development – a topic on which Simon was happy to share his expert views.
At a Breakfast event hosted by our Planning team in conjunction with Town Legal, a variety of discussions initiated around building for the future but soon circled back to Brexit and the potential implications for vastly different outcomes. It’s of little surprise that this topic often took centre stage. Paula Carney, Head of Planning - London at WYG, also joined speakers from New London Architecture, Grosvenor, LB Ealing, AECOM, and Avison Young to discuss how the residential sector is adapting to the way Londoners want to live. The conversation focused on how to deliver housing that caters to the whole community in a market that is increasingly catering for build to rent.
Whilst it was apparent that competition between international growth cities is fierce, there is still keen interest in the UK with the regions of London, Belfast, Midlands and the North all showcasing encouraging growth plans that WYG is well-placed to play a part in.
Although MIPIM is over for another year, the conversations are still happening and we’re already looking forward to starting new ones next year.
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