Thames Valley

London Too Expensive – Park Life Beckons?

How the Thames Valley re-emerged as a field of opportunity for the UK property sector to invest, develop and occupy.

Thursday, 11th September 2014.

Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire

Event Summary

The Thames Valley has often been in the shadow of London, a poor relation to the delights of the West End and City of London locations favoured by investors who have found easy pickings across the capital. However, change is on the way with growth across the South East predicted at 3.3% (Centre for Economics) and the Thames Valley Towns (such as Reading, Maidenhead and Slough including Basingstoke, Guildford and Hemel Hempstead) reaping the benefits.   Occupiers, developers and increasingly major property investors are now viewing the Thames Valley as a region of real economic value and real opportunities are surfacing.

The property forum sessions will include an overview of the business park, Heathrow Airport, logistics + industrial, retail expansion plans and the residential offer of the Thames Valley.   Join us on Thursday 11th September and hear more about the changing status of the region as the UK economy returns to growth and the spotlight spreads away from London into the UK regions.

TVPF 2014 will be the eighth in the series of public/private sector Thames Valley Property Forums that have been held under the UK Property Forums umbrella over the ten years since the first conference in 2004. Enabled by UK Property Forums, the aim is to bring some of the key drivers in the Thames Valley into the centre stage and present how it will influence occupiers, communities, business, property developers and investors.

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Sessions TVPF 2014

Session Details


Thursday 11th September

8:15 Conference Opens and Coffee

9:15 Welcome Matthew Battle, Managing Director, UK Property Forums

Keynote Speaker Emma Swift, Manager of Entrepreneur Relations, Tech City UK

Tech Valley: Why work on a silicon roundabout when you can work in a Green Valley?
How is the digital economy shaping the occupier of the future and what does the Thames Valley property market need to change to attract more Medium-Sized Businesses (MSB) away from London and the ubiquitous Silicon Roundabout? After all, why work on a roundabout when you could be working in a Green Valley.

Chair Stacey Meadwell, Regional and London Editor, Estates Gazette

Louize Clarke, Co-Founder, ConnectTVT
David Gillham, Director – Research & Enterprise, University of Reading
Emma Swift, Manager of Entrepreneur Relations, Tech City UK

10.15am Morning Coffee + Croissants + See Pop Up Exhibition

10:45am Park Life

Business Parks are now an iconic part of the Thames Valley corporate landscape.  What are the drivers for their continued success and how do these business communities adapt and survive as town centers such as Reading and Maidenhead evolve into regional hubs?

Robert Lynch, Partner, Harrison Clark Rickerbys

Steve Lang, Director Commercial Research, Savills (UK)
Scott Witchalls, Partner, Peter Brett Associates

Rory Carson, Director of Asset Management, Oxford Properties Group
Philip Campbell, Head of Leasing & Development, MEPC

11:30 Last Mile Logistics

The logistics, distribution and industrial sector is now an essential part of the Thames Valley property mix. What does this mean for the region and how will this change the dynamics of the region as the decade develops and we move towards a digital High Street?

Mark Webster, Partner – Head of National Logistics & Industrial UK, Cushman & Wakefield

Gareth Osborn, Business Unit Director, SEGRO
Leigh Thomas, Director, Kier Property
Jack Farmer, Logistics Development Manager, Sainsbury Property Investment

12:15pm Reading 2050 – Vision for the Future: Feedback Session

Reading is now the apple of the South East property development market. What is the vision for the future and how do the key decision makers view future growth in 2050?

Ginny Gibson, Deputy Dean, Henley Business School – University of Reading

Kim Cohen, Planning Director, Barton Willmore
John Haxworth, Design Partner, Barton Willmore
Nigel Horton Baker, Executive Director, Reading UK CIC

John Haxworth, Design Partner, Barton Willmore
Tim Dixon, Professor of Sustainable Futures in the Built Environment, University of Reading

13.00 LUNCH Opportunity to network and see the pop up stands

13:50 Key Note Andrew Macmillan, Strategy Director, Heathrow Airport Limited 

Heathrow Airport – Future Choices
Following the initial report from the Davies Commission, Heathrow Airport is now in play. What are the options for growth and how do Heathrow Airport North Runway, Gatwick and the Heathrow Hub compare? What are the economic implications for Thames Valley business?

Chair Tim Smith, Business Director, Thames Valley Berkshire LEP

Andrew Macmillan, Strategy Director, Heathrow Airport Limited

Steven Costello, Director, Heathrow Hub
Rt Hon Alok Sharma, MP Reading West
Keith Mitchell, Chairman Peter Brett Associates + Chair, National Infrastructure Planning Authority

14:30 The Ultimate Retail High Street Opportunity?
The role of the High Streets is changing rapidly. What opportunities exist on the High Streets of the Thames Valley Towns and should there be change in attitude to new developments such as Bracknell and Maidenhead?

Ian Mason, Head of UK Specialist Funds, Schroeders

Fiona Brownfoot, Director Retail and Leisure Disposal and Acquisitions, Hicks Baker

Steph James, Maidenhead Town Manager, Maidenhead Town Centre Partnership
Mark Worringham, Principal Planning Officer, Reading Borough Council

15:15 Royal Borough of Thames Valley, TV1
Can the Thames Valley act as an alternative location for people to fulfill the dream of a live, work and play lifestyle or is the region destined to become just another overspill for London as the housing stock decreases and Crossrail comes into focus the region becoming a residential suburb of London?

Matthew Battle, Director, UK Property Forums

John Goldsmith, Area Community Relations Manager – Thames valley, Crossrail

Steve Woodford, Managing Director, Haslams
Deborah Aplin, Managing Director, Crest Nicholson Regeneration


Pop Up Stand Details

Pop Up Stand Package From £750 +VAT

2 Tickets to Conference * Brand Exposure * Listing as Pop Up Stand Sponsor *  Pop Up Stand * Delegate Bag Enclosure * Introduction to other TVPF Events*

With 16+ Exhibitors already confirmed: Bouygues, MIPIM UK, Field Seymour Parkes, Bracknell Regeneration Partnership, Segro, Reading UK CIC, Barton Willmore, Slough Borough Council, Haslams, Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, Thames Valley Berkshire LEP, Peter Brett Associates, Alexander Janson Foundation, Harrison Clark Rickabys, Kier, Back Heathrow, Brook Street des Roches. The Thames Valley Property Forum offers a unique opportunity for maximum brand exposure and awareness amongst the Thames Valley Property Sector.

This year’s conference will take place in the Pavilion Suite at Royal Ascot. The new space provides delegates with the intimacy of a conference venue whilst allowing plenty of opportunities for networking and business opportunities. Delegates, exhibitors and speakers will be able to make the most of the Thames Valley Property Forum in a relaxed and comfortable environment but with access to the Main Grandstand as in previous years.

Attendance Costs

All tickets include; full day attendance at the conference and the exhibitors area, morning and afternoon tea plus networking lunch.

  1. Full Monty : MIPIMUK + TVPF Package: £365.00

To book, click here

10 Reasons to Attend
10 Reasons to Attend Thames Valley Property Forum on 11th September
  1. Quality Speakers and Panelists
  2. Topical Content
  3. Broad Cross Sector Approach
  4. Brand and Exhibition Opportunities
  5. Great Networking
  6. Access to Thames Valley Property Community
  7. Iconic Thames Valley Location
  8. Car Parking and Train friendly
  9. Well organised
  10. Good Value and Enjoyable.
‘ The review of Heathrow was the most thought provoking. Reading and Slough town centres were the most interesting sessions for me, gave me a real understanding of the plan and challenges. Victor Nicholls has the X factor, the event needed him.’  Delegate from ISG plc
‘ Matthew, very good event yesterday, my only comments are very central TV focused. Happy to get involved and would like details on the Birmingham event.’ Delegate from Cluttons Property Consultants
‘ All (Speakers) were good actually, the future of Heathrow generated most debate and the speaker was very good. Excellent venue!! Food was good 10/10.’  Delegate from Trilogie CRE
‘Heathrow & Reading. Both extremely interesting.  Food was very good indeed. Venue good. Organisation good.’ Delegate from Campbell Gordon
‘ It was an interesting day and I enjoyed it.  I thought the Heathrow session the most interesting.  As air and rail were covered it might have been interesting to see what the road improvements might be but you can’t do everything in one day! ‘  Delegate from Interserve Plc

The Business Magazine

Thames Valley Property Forum announces 2014 programme

 Speakers TVPF 2014

Emma Swift

Manager of Entrepreneur Relations, Tech City

Emma is Manager of Entrepreneur Relations at Tech City, where she is building programmes to…Read More

Andrew Macmillan

Strategy Director, Heathrow Airports Ltd

Andrew Macmillan is Strategy Director at Heathrow Airport. He is part of the team developing…read more

Mark Webster

Head of Cushman and Wakefield Logistics and Industrial Division

As part of a 70 strong team dealing with agency and development, he is particularly responsible for…Read More

Rory Carson

Director of Asset Management, Oxford Properties Group

Responsible for the Asset Management of Green Park, the 195 acre business community in Reading, Rory joined Oxford…Read More

Steven Lang

Director Research, Savills

Steven joined Savills within the UK and European commercial research department in January 2002 and has over 17 years…Read More

Philip Campbell

Head of Leasing and Development, MEPC

Philip joined MEPC in 2006 and (despite his youthful looks!) has over 20 years of experience in commercial real estate…read more

Steven Costello

Director Heathrow Hub

Steven Costello is a highly experienced architect and transport planner. He is a founding Director of … Read More

Steve Woodford

Managing Director, Haslams Estate Agents

Steve has worked in estate agency since 1981. Having purchased Haslams Estate Agents in 1995 he has led the development…Read More


Keith Mitchell

Chairman, Peter Brett Associates

Keith has a strong reputation for solving complex transport-led development issues. He first developed a…read more

Deborah Aplin

Managing Director, Crest Nicholson Regeneration

Deborah joined Crest Nicholson in September 2004 after 16 years specialising in large urban mixed use…read more

John Haxworth

Design Partner, Barton Willmore

ohn Haxworth is a design partner in Barton Willmore’s Reading office.  John has a passion for the creation of…Read more

Nigel Horton Baker

Executive Director, Reading UK CIC

Nigel leads the economic development company for Reading. He has extensive senior management experience in…Read More

Stacey Meadwell

Regional Editor and Estates Gazette London Editor, Estates Gazette

Stacey is Regional Editor and EG London editor at Estates Gazette responsible for more than 500 pages…Read More

Alok Sharma

MP Reading West

Elected in 2010 for Reading West, with one of the largest swings to the Conservatives in the country, Alok has…Read More

Jack Farmer

Logistics Development Manager, Sainsbury’s Property Investment

Jack Farmer has a background in property investment and development in the UK and Asia. Prior to…Read More

Mark Worringham

Principal Planning Officer, Reading Borough Council

Mark has worked in planning policy at Reading Borough Council since 2004, playing a key role in…Read More

Steph James

Maidenhead Town Manager, Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

Steph has been town manager in Maidenhead since 2006 and being a  Maidonian herself…Read More

Louize Clarke

Co-Founder, ConnectTVT

Louize launched ConnectTVT this year to showcase and support the diversity and vibrancy of the Thames Valley’s…Read More

Leigh Thomas

Director, Kier Property

Leigh heads up the property development function in the south for Kier Property and has over 20 years’ experience…read more

Fiona Brownfoot

Director Retail and Leisure Disposals and Acquisitions

Hicks Baker is the only practice in Reading to have a partner dedicated to the retail and leisure market; Fiona’s expertise…Read more

John Goldsmith

Area Relations Manager, Crossrail

John has been working with Crossrail for over two and a half years having previously worked…Read More

Ian Mason

Head of UK Specialist Funds, Schroders

Responsible for forming the strategy and fund management of the Fund. Joined Schroders inRead More

Gareth Osborn

Business Unit Director, Segro

Gareth Osborn joined SEGRO in 1988. Initially involved in a multi let industrial portfolio and then moved to the company’s Retail team in 1991 and became …Read more

David Gillham

Director of Research and Enterprise, University of Reading

David’s role involves supporting the University to build on its reputation for excellence in research and its fast growing portfolio of business and enterprise  …Read more

Kim Cohen MRTPI

Planning Director, Barton Willmore

Kim joined Barton Willmore in May 2001 and has developed a wide range of experience on residential, mixed use and commercial projects on behalf of housebuilders …Read more

Tim Smith MBE

Business Director at Thames Valley Berkshire LEP

Tim is the first, full time Business Director at Thames Valley Berkshire LEP, having started there in October …Read more

Robert Lynch

Partner, Harrison Clark Rickerbys

Robert is a Partner with Harrison Clark Rickerbys and heads up their Thames Valley office. He specialises in property investment, corporate real estate, land development and …Read more

Scott Witchalls

Partner, Peter Brett Associates

Scott leads the management and delivery of area wide transport strategies and major land development projects both in the UK and overseas …Read more

Ginny Gibson

Deputy Dean, Henley Business School

Ginny became the Deputy Dean of Henley Business School in 2010 having been head of Real Estate and Planning, one of the constituent groups within Henley…Read More


TVPF Conference In-House Journalist

Sarah is an independent marketing and communications advisor who acts as Communications Director of UK Property Forums. She has more than 20 years’ …Read more

Matthew Battle

Chair, UK Property Forums

Matthew joined Bovis in the UK in 1982 and worked on various projects business development across the UK until 1993, when he joined PMI …Read more


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Tel: +44 (0)844 346 3611
Fax: +44(0)870 460 1248

If arriving by car please use Car Park 3 located
opposite the Main Entrance to Ascot Racecourse on the High Street.

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