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Countdown begins to Derby Property Summit 2024

Cavendish & London Property Group
Compendium Living
Derby City Council
Reach Events
St James Securities
University of Derby
Wavensmere Homes
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There is just a week to go before hundreds of delegates descend on the city for the Derby Property Summit 2024.

Taking place at Reach Events, on Pride Park, on Wednesday 10 July, a capacity audience of almost 350 people, including business leaders, key decision-makers and investors from across the region and beyond, are expected to attend the event, entitled ‘This Must Be the Place’.

The event will feature a top line-up of respected keynote speakers and panellists.

Organised by Marketing Derby, the Queen’s Award-winning investment promotion agency – the Derby Property Summit will once again be expertly chaired by respected business journalist Declan Curry.

John Forkin, managing director of Marketing Derby, said: “We are very much looking forward to welcoming almost 350 people to this year’s Derby Property Summit.

“We have assembled a stellar line-up of keynote speakers and panellists who together will provide expert analysis and valuable insights, which will help shape and inform the future regeneration of Derby.”

This year’s line-up of keynotes includes Samantha McClary, editor of the EG (formerly Estates Gazette), which provides data, news and analytics for the UK commercial property market.

Also speaking will be Ojay McDonald, chief executive of the Association of Town and City Management, who is considered one of the country’s foremost experts on the high street.

Councillor Nadine Peatfield, the new leader of Derby City Council, is confirmed to take the stage, as is Claire Ward, the recently elected East Midlands Mayor.

The Derby Property Summit 2024 will also welcome The Property Hub, which has identified the city as an “investment hot spot”.

The Property Hub is a popular podcast, aimed at property investors, hosted by Rob Bence and Rob Dix, who also write about property for The Sunday Times.

There will also be a panel discussion, which will feature representatives from major developers and investors, who are all playing a key role in the city’s renaissance.

Joining the panel this year is Tammy Whitaker, Derby City Council’s director of city growth and vibrancy.

Tammy was recently to be seen at UKREiiF, as part of Team Derby, promoting key city centre investment opportunities.

She will be joined by James Dickens, managing director at Wavensmere Homes, a Birmingham-based company, which is investing heavily in Derby.

The firm has almost finished delivering the £175 million Nightingale Quarter scheme, which will see 925 new homes built on the site of the former Derbyshire Royal Infirmary in just five years.

And Wavensmere, working alongside Clowes Developments, has recently received planning permission for a £75 million project to transform the derelict Friar Gate Goods Yard site into a mixed-use scheme, featuring 274 homes.

Also taking part in the panel debate will be Paul Morris, director at St James Securities, the company which is delivering the £200 million Becketwell regeneration scheme.

Phase one of the scheme, which consists of The Condor – a building belonging to Grainger Plc, which is made up of 259 build-to-rent apartments – and a new public square.

Phase two, which involves the creation of a new 3,500 capacity performance venue, to be operated by ASM Global and being constructed by Bowmer + Kirkland, is due to be completed in early 2025.

Also joining the panel will be Graham Lambert, managing director at VINCI UK Developments and Steve Parry, managing director at ION Developments.

Earlier this year, the two companies were announced as Derby City Council’s preferred strategic development partner.

They are now working with the council, businesses and community stakeholders to develop their vision and designs for the regeneration of the city centre.

Atish Parmar, managing director of Cavendish & London Property Group, will also be sharing his thoughts on the city’s regeneration.

An independent property developer, his firm focuses on creating inspiring and innovative spaces for residential and commercial properties.

Rounding off the panel will be Danielle Upton, partner in commercial property at law firm Smith Partnership, which is a firm supporter of Derby and based in the city centre.

The Derby Property Summit will also showcase the work of architecture students at the University of Derby, who will share their visions for the North Riverside area of the city.

This year’s Derby Property Summit is backed by headline partner Smith Partnership, along with associate partner AtkinsRéalis and brand partners Compendium Living, Willmott Dixon, ION Developments and Vinci Developments UK.

For more information about the Derby Property Summit visit .

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