Visitors to our first event in Reading for more than two years can hear about record take up of industrial property in the region.

Jo Jackson, the new director for the Thames Valley for SEGRO, has told Thames Tap the TVPropFest event on October 7 at Green Park will offer the opportunity to explain the strength of the market in this region which is experiencing high demand and shrinking supply.

She said: “We are finding the property market particularly strong in the Thames Valley with record levels of take-up, ever reducing the supply to give a real imbalance and extremely low vacancy rates.

“Occupier interest continues to be strong from a range of sectors and investor and developer interest is very strong too, with significant growth in land and capital values.

“The TVPropFest is an important event for us as it will bring key stakeholders together from across the Thames Valley to share ideas and drive future strategy, as well as being a great opportunity to finally get back together, face-to-face, after the last 18 months spent doing so much virtually.”

Berkeley Homes will explain the residential market in the region. The developer has major schemes in Reading, Slough and Bracknell.

Sales and marketing director for Berkeley Homes (Oxford & Chiltern) Ben Ivey said: “Berkeley Homes has a number of developments in the Thames Valley including Horlicks Quarter in Slough, Huntley Wharf in Reading and Woodhurst Park near Bracknell.

“We have been attracting a wide range of buyers as the residential market has been thriving.  Contributing factors to why the Thames Valley is popular with buyers include the superb road, rail and air links of the region, the employment opportunities offered by the growing tech sector and wide range of global companies, as well as the beautiful landscape, leisure and shopping facilities, and excellent schools.

“We are delighted to be part of TVPropfest and highlighting why the Thames Valley is a great place to live and work.”

The event, themed as TvGoesLive, will be opened with a keynote speech by Reading Borough Council’s transport and planning boss and deputy leader, Cllr Tony Page. Alison Webster, chief executive of Thames Valley Berkshire LEP, will be among the mix of public and private sector speakers and panellists.

Also addressing delegates will be Cllr Andrew Johnson, leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead and a host of major names in the Thames Valley property world including Rob Tincknell, partner of Areli Real Estate, developer of the Nicholson Quarter in Maidenhead; Andy Jansons, managing director of Jansons Property and Elkie Russell, development director for Berkeley Homes Chiltern.

There will be input from Rory Carson, vice president of Green Park owner Mapletree, and Kim Cohen, planning director of Barton Willmore, along with Helen Jones, asset development manager for Bracknell Forest Council and commercial agents from Vail Williams and Cushman & Wakefield.

After three sessions of talks and panel discussions, followed by lunch, delegates can take part in a choice of two walks, one around the new Green Park Station and Green Park Village and one around the new 400 Longwater Avenue building.

UK Property Forums managing director Matthew Battle, who will present the event, said: “SEGRO’s perspective on the market is always valuable but there can rarely have been a time when this sort of market intelligence has been so important.

“And, as we go back after so long without face-to-face meetings, this will be a rare chance to meet people in key positions we have not had the chance to get to know yet, such as Jo Jackson at SEGRO and Alison Webster at the LEP.”

Close to 80 tickets have already been sold for the event.


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