GRI Experiences - London Real Estate Week 2018 27 - 29 November, London - Various Locations


As part of GRI Residential Europe, GRI Club Members toured some of the UK’s most significant, mixed use, urban regeneration projects - including Wembley Park and King’s Cross - as well as taking in Pocket Living’s new, affordable housing concept and some of the latest proptech innovations backed by Concrete VC. Here was a perfect opportunity for first-hand learning, with lessons and ideas to transfer across real estate markets.

Highlights from last year

Co-Working and the Future of Corporate Office Spaces

Members  were immersed into the co-working experience by spending the day visiting and working in one the many WeWork offices compared against a tour of ‘Spaces’; the new flexible workspace brand by long established landlord, Regus.  

A provocative discussion between members and Matthew Brown, Director, European Acquisitions, WeWork, tested perceptions of how space is used, how leases are viewed and the new role of the landlord to create a more personal  and community driven service to remain competitive

And yet, networking lunch at the ‘Walkie Talkie’ proved there was still mileage in the core corporate real estate model for investors and developers.


Regeneration at Paddington Barge

A private discussion with developer giant British Land on the Paddington Barge, allowed members to gain perspective on how ownership of community spaces can reinvent an entire new sense of places to live, work and play at Paddington Central. A few years ago, Paddington was too risky to develop as it was too removed from the city centre. However through the creative uses of pop up restaurants, community events, curated green spaces and mixed use developments, British Land have reimagined a new commuter area that is pushing up rental demand.

Large Scale Mixed Use Development at Old Oak and Park Royal

London’s housing supply is at a critical low from social, mid-market and even high end. So GRI club members were invited to visit a range of developments aiming to address this. The government scheme at Old Oak and Park Royal, one of the largest regeneration sites in Europe is a 25 year development that will unlock billions of pounds of investment in infrastructure, residential and commercial property. It was interesting to compare the different models, at different price points and for the hosts to understand what works in other countries, joining the tour were representatives from the Mayor’s office to gather feedback from members.


Co-Living at The Collective 

The co-living housing development at Old Oak is the flagship model delivered by the Collective, presenting community services and spaces as the key tenant driver, allowing scale up by restricting personal space. Members enjoyed being shown the cinema room, spa and themed kitchen areas and some thought that the Collective were delivering more than a millennial fad and that co-living might just be the future of city apartment living.

Affordable Housing with Dolphin Living

It’s no secret that supply of affordable London housing stock is at a critical low, which is why our delegation visited Dolphin Living’s new build development at Elephant and Castle. Part charity, part private company, it was interesting to understand innovative ways to build and construct affordable build-to-sell properties; especially in terms of working with the local authority and contractors.

Micro Living

Micro Living at Innova

Rounding off this special week, Inspired Asset Management hosted a walking tour of their micro apartment developments in the heart of up and coming Croydon, South London. Much more than a new niche housing concept, the developer offered perspectives on how they are working with the council, startups and local artists to create a vibrant, creative and most importantly affordable brand that is attracting young professionals from all over London.

Kirsty Stevens

Kirsty Stevens

Head of Research - Europe

+44 (0)20 7121 5095

[email protected]
Kirsty Stevens
+44 (0)20 7121 5095
Head of Research - Europe
GRI Club

Kirsty has seven year’s experience in conference production globally. Her previous role included Conference Producer for RICS, fostering events in Corporate Real Estate, Residential, Industrial and Regional Investments across UK, Middle East and Europe. Kirsty is passionate about industrial and logistics, residential alternatives, distressed Investing, as well as connecting investors and developers with focused discussions in her core markets of the UK and Europe.

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