Hosted by Estates Gazette, Question Time Newcastle is a free to attend event looking at Newcastle’s economic vision and ambitions. By capturing the views and insights of city stakeholders the event will highlight the city’s unique assets, investments and strengths.
A key development within Newcastle, Science Central will be a core focus of the event. Construction has accelerated at the 24 acre site, with five buildings set to open in the next three years including the Urban Sciences Building, Newcastle Laboratory, plus Legal & General’s 100,000 sq. ft Grade A office building.
Pat Ritchie, Chief Executive at Newcastle City Council will sit on the Question Time panel alongside Ben Rodgers, Senior Development Manager at LGIM Real Assets, who recently invested £65m into Science Central on behalf of Legal & General Capital. They will be joined by Richard Wise, Partner at Ryder Architecture, Robert Patterson, Partner at Sanderson Weatherall and Adam Serfontein, Managing Director at Hanro Group.
Pat Ritchie said: “Newcastle is an ambitious city with big plans for the future, and it’s important that we collectively demonstrate we are a city of opportunity and open for business.”
“This event allows for an open discussion with key city partners to discuss how the city has developed, what the challenges are, and what can be achieved through innovative partnerships and working together.”
The economic heart of a thriving region, Newcastle is one of the UK’s top 10 fastest growing cities and continues to nurture growth and investment, with more than 12,000 jobs created in the past five years.
Ben Rodgers said: “Major city centre urban regeneration is critical to UK’s economic success story. Driving increased productivity and output, the greatest multiplier in long term growth comes from investing in our cities, delivering schemes that bring jobs and people back into the centre and better utilise our existing infrastructure. Such projects usually only succeed when they are built on strong and progressive public/private partnerships, and funded by long term money.”
Adam Serfontein said: “The property sector across the North East has continued to perform well, notwithstanding the unexpected outcome of many national and global ‘issues’ over the course of the last eighteen months. Both occupational market and investment market have remained strong. The next eighteen months is an opportunity for those who can provide quality stock on flexible terms. In my view property is to become much more of an income based product with quality and service being the key. This event will be a great platform to discuss Newcastle’s great investment ready offering.”
Taking place in 10 key cities throughout the year, Estates Gazette Question Time addresses the key issues and opportunities that are driving the markets.
The event takes place on Thursday 25 May from 5.30pm at St James’ Park. – register for the event here http://forms.estatesgazette.com/QuestionTimeNewcastle.