Re-imagining the West End – how can we build certainty in uncertain times?

Chairman of New West End Company, Sir Peter Rogers is chairing the Movers & Shakers event about re-imagining the West End.

Panellists are:
Katherine Russell, Head of Real Estate, Planning, Policy & Commercial, John Lewis Partnership
Brian Bickell FCA, Chief Executive, Shaftesbury plc
Deirdra Armsby, Director of Placeshaping, Westminster City Council
Debbie Jackson, Assistant Director of Regeneration and Economic Growth, Greater London Authority
Alex Williams, Director of City Planning, Transport for London

Lucy Musgrave, Founding Director, Publica will also present a 20:20 presentation on Market Bytes.

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The West End is a premier shopping and leisure destination for London and the UK. It makes a huge contribution to the City’s economy. The Elizabeth Line is estimated to give a £4bn boost to the West End over its first 5 years, and along with the transformational projects, innovating retail spaces, sustainable agendas and partnerships; the West End is in the process of “re-imaging “itself.

This said, there have been recent setbacks – the delay in the completion of Crossrail and the decision by the City of Westminster to refuse the application for the pedestrianisation of Oxford street. This will have a significant impact on the West End as a whole. With political uncertainty, this puts London under threat as alternative Global Capital Cities compete for the investment pot. So the question is – how resilient is the West End? Can it remain an attractive and stable enough destination for investors, developers, occupiers and visitors?

We have a panel well-placed to discuss the opportunities and challenges that the West End faces. Katherine Russell of John Lewis, with its flagship store on Oxford Street, is clearly a strong retail brand with that has responded well to changing customer demands and to changing retail patterns. Brian Bickell of Shaftsbury RE Investment Trust has a major stake in the West End, investing in Real Estate and will be able to update us on the current state of the market. Debbie Jackson of the GLA, has been working on a key report on the West End economy and Crossrail. Her responsibility is to deliver high quality regeneration programmes. Cllr Deidra Armsby – Director of Place Shaping at the City of Westminster is leading on the push for more landscape led Urban transformations – greener neighbourhoods and more public spaces. Lastly, Alex Williams -TFL – who had a major role to play in the sustainability of the area; completed this first class panel!

  • November 2, 2018
    7:30 am - 9:45 am

Event Location

The Dorchester

Park Lane, London, , W1K 1QA