Big names backing Develop Croydon Conference 2016

Big names backing Develop Croydon Conference 2016

Organisations which are leading the pioneering approach to making Croydon the city for the millennials have pledged their support for the seventh Develop Croydon Conference.

Under the heading 'Placemaking Croydon – Space Age City', this year's summit, being hosted by broadcaster and journalist Mark Easton on Tuesday, November 22, will provide the borough's leading forum to debate the rapid transformation which has made Croydon the UK's fastest growing economy.

Keynote speakers at the conference, organised by White Label, include Jules Pipe (pictured), deputy mayor of London for planning regeneration and skills; Gavin Barwell, Croydon Central MP and minister for housing, planning and London; John Burton, head of development for Westfield; Robin Dobson, director of retail development for Hammerson; Paul Finch, editorial director of The Architectural Review; and Joseph Watson, London creative director of the National Trust.

Gatwick Airport is once again underlining its commitment to the south London borough by acting as main event partner alongside Schroder UK Real Estate Fund and Stanhope plc, who are jointly delivering a business, residential and leisure quarter on the nine-acre Ruskin Square site next to East Croydon station.

Other supporting partners include the Croydon Partnership, which is behind the £1.5billion town centre retail development due to begin in 2017; London Borough of Croydon, which has secured Growth Zone status for Croydon and Redrow Menta, which is behind the impressive Morello residential development taking shape on the Addiscombe side of East Croydon station.

Mott MacDonald, Gleeson and Rick Mather are supporting an afternoon workstream session at Croydon College, while property advisory business Stiles Harold Williams will be leading on Investor Tours taking place on the day.

"The decision to speculatively develop the first phase of Ruskin Square was a clear signal of our confidence in Croydon as a key growth area for London," said a spokesman for Ruskin Square.

"The fast evolving borough is seeing such exciting change and, with continued demand for homes for Londoners and occupier appetite for high quality, Grade A offices in locations with superior transport connectivity, it offered real opportunity for us as investors and developers.

"We remain firmly committed to Croydon and are pleased to be sponsoring the Develop Croydon Conference this year, to celebrate the transformation that is already well underway, including the arrival of BOXPARK here at Ruskin Square this autumn."

BOXPARK is the venue for lunch. Morning sessions will take place at The View, a unique space which is being delivered on behalf of Develop Croydon and the Croydon Partnership by White Label Creative as a "meanwhile use" project in the Whitgift Shopping Centre complex.

In the afternoon, groups will break out and explore Croydon with themed conference streams being hosted in multiple venues including Croydon College, Ruskin Square and the new TMRW tech hub.

The conference will look at how Croydon can pioneer new concepts in living, working and shopping to create a unique and lasting destination to attract the emerging market of millennials and their desire for modern city living.

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