Corporate Real Estate Executives are about to enter a period of ‘significant change’ – Executive Summary of the discussions – 7th June 2018

Dear Property Directors Forum Members

We are delighted that so many of you were able to attend our Property Directors Forum on 7th June and debate on The Impact of Emerging Technologies on the Property Profession.

As promised, we have created a short Executive Summary and a 2-page Summary of Main Themes and Conclusions from the discussions and presentations for you to download. Just click on the links below:

Download Executive Summary

Download 2-page Summary of Event’s Main Themes and Conclusions

The Forum’s main conclusions are as follow:

  • Corporate Real Estate Executives (CREs) are about to enter a period of significant change
  • Basic tasks will be automated leading to job losses for those who do not upskill
  • Those that remain will take on more complex tasks that touch on multiple business functions
  • CREs will need to become skilled at defining what data is needed by the business and then using it intelligently to add value to the business

Download our executive summary to find out more and read contributions from Liberty Global, Telefonica O2 & the John Lewis Partnership. We would like to thank you again for your lively contribution on the day.

See the press release of the event here, issued by the sponsor of the event – Avison Young UK.

Kind regards,

The Property Directors Forum Team

Summary of the Round Table debates from Tables 1-6 was presented by the Forum’s attendees: Iain Rackley, Avison Young; Rory O’Connor, Liberty Global; Chris Early, Telefonica O2; David Slater, Premier Foods; Richard Saunders, John Lewis Partnership; Nick Booth, Surrey County Council; Ian Henderson, Wincanton.

 


The 11th Property Directors Forum – ‘Excellent!’

The 11th Property Directors Forum (PDF), held on 7th June at the prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry, was a great success, with one of the salient takeaways lifted from the 1990s teen flick Bill & Ted: ‘Be Excellent! To each other’.

After an introduction from host Avison Young’s UK Managing Director Jason Sibthorpe, Remit Consulting’s Andrew Waller kicked off the first keynote presentation with a discussion on how many jobs will become obsolete due to technology. His research debated whether ‘the property industry is in denial about the advances of technology’, concluding that the more we know about our property portfolio, using big data, the more we can do with it.

In the second presentation, Neil Usher, Executive Consultant at Unispace, discussed how to create a fantastic workplace in simple, practical and easy steps, based on his recent book ‘The Elemental Workplace’. Neil is a great believer that everyone should have a fantastic place in which to work. He debated whether there is a lack of talent in the workplace, or rather a lack of good management, with Bill & Ted’s motto (Excellent!) one of the key points for workplace success.

In the panel debate, Avison Young Director, Anna Main, talked about how emerging technologies are being used to improve the occupier’s experience and how her property management team are educating landlords on this issue, which was a hot point for the PDF delegates. The panel and the audience discussed the issue of the connectivity of a building and whether this should be a consideration at the very start of the marketing/leasing process.

The forum was well attended with feedback including:

“The two speakers were thought-provoking, I very much enjoyed Neil Usher’s views about the working environment”

“This worked well – lots of good interactions and discussions”

“Thank you so much for another wonderful Property Directors Forum.  The programming was excellent, I thought the speakers were fascinating, and the discussion rich. “

“Thank you for another really insightful PDF session”

The PDF executive summary and findings from the survey will be announced in due course.

The next forum will be held on 15th November 2018 – for more information please contact Gail Wickesgail.wickes@propertydirectorsforum.com


‘Emerging Technologies & their Impact on YOU!’ – Agenda Announced – 7th June

Photo by Alex Knight on UnsplashDear Property Directors Forum

PDF11 is tackling ‘Emerging Technologies & their Impact on YOU! with expert speakers and panellists guiding you through the challenges that will face you in the coming years.

In addition, all delegates will receive a complimentary copy of Neil Usher’s new book“The Elemental Workplace” outlining how to create a fantastic workplace for everyone.  There will also be the opportunity for you to debate and network with your peers.

Please contact Gail if you wish to attend this free forum.

Event Details:
Date: Thursday, 7th June 2018
Time: 9.30am – 1.00pm
Location: The Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, Piccadilly W1J 0BA

Agenda

09.30   Registration, Networking & Coffee
10.00   Welcome & Introduction to the Property Directors Forum –
Jason Sibthorpe, UK Managing Director, Avison Young
10.05   Andrew Waller, Partner, Remit Consulting, presenting
“The Impact of Emerging Technologies on the Property Profession”
10.40   Neil Usher, Executive Consultant, Unispace, presenting
 “Creating the Elemental Workplace”
11.15   Jason Sibthorpe (Chair) to introduce panellists
 Andrew Waller, Partner, Remit Consulting
– Neil Usher, Executive Consultant, Unispace
 Anna Main, Director, Avison Young
11.20   Panel Discussion, Audience Q&A, Summary
11.50   Round Table Debates
12.20   Round Table Presentations
12.50   Summary – Jason Sibthorpe
13.00   Networking & Lunch

Book your free place by emailing Gail at gail.wickes@propertydirectorsforum.com


Panellist Line-Up Confirmed for the Property Directors Forum, London, Thursday 7th June

Dear Property Directors,

We are delighted to announce the final member of our panel of experts for the Panel Session at the Property Directors Forum.

Anna Main of Avison Young will be talking about how emerging technologies are being used to improve the Occupier’s experience.  Anna is a Director in Avison Young’s Asset & Property Management Team.

Anna joins our Keynote Speakers – Neil Usher and Andrew Waller.

Neil Usher will bring his experience as an Occupier and leading projects at Sky, Rio Tinto, Warner Bros. and Polygram.  Neil’s blog www.workessence.com offers an insight into his unique view of the Workplace.

Remit Consulting’s, Andrew Wallerhas worked across 20 countries and has seen how companies can be transformed by the use of data and regularly speaks about how we all are adapting to changes in technology and the availability of data.

The panel is chaired by Jason Sibthorpe, Avison Young’s UK Managing Director, ensuring that delegates gain practical advice and ideas from the Forum’s event.

To book your place contact Gail at gail.wickes@propertydirectorsforum.com or call 020 7041 9991.  If you have a topical question for the panel please send it through to Gail in advance.


Stellar line up for the next Property Directors Forum event – 7th June 2018

The next Property Directors Forum (PDF) event will be held on the 7th June 2018 at the prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry at Burlington House, London.

Avison Young’s Principal and UK Managing Director, Jason Sibthorpe, will be chairing the event which brings together Corporate Real Estate (CRE) executives from across the UK.

Jason comments: “Our PDF members are consistently asking for our views on the effect on emerging technologies on the real estate industry. For this, our eleventh Forum, we have a stellar line up to answers those questions, including two well-respected real estate specialists who will guide us through the issues facing the CRE community in dealing with changes in technologies and workplaces.

“A feature of the PDF programme is the focus on providing solutions to real problems facing the membership. PDF delegates will leave with information and practical tips to use in their workplace, including how to succeed in the face of potential threat from artificial intelligence (AI).”

The PDF’s keynote speaker for the Summer event is Andrew Waller, Partner, Remit Consulting. Andrew is a chartered surveyor and strategic management consultant, with a background in property management, agency and property litigation. He is a published author of the book “IT for Property People” and co-author of the 2017 RICS sponsored report The impact of Emerging Technologies on the Surveying Profession’.

Andrew works closely with individuals and companies finding innovative ways to improve their performance and reduce costs. Over his career he has advised numerous UK and international construction and real estate companies on business and technology strategies and improvement.

Neil Usher, Executive Consultant at Unispace, will also be presenting at the Forum. Neil is author of the recently published book ‘The Elemental Workplace’ – a manifesto to create a fantastic workplace in simple, practical and easy steps.

Neil’s project ‘Sky Central’, a 37,000m2 NIA new-build agile workplace facility for 3,500 people won a BCO ‘Best-of-the-Best’ award in 2017. The amenity-rich environment and leading-edge change programme challenged much industry practice and set a new benchmark for space people want to work in.

Prior to his time at Sky, he was General Manager of Group Property at Rio Tinto, and he has also held roles at Honeywell, Warner Bros. and Polygram. Neil’s blog workessence.com includes his thoughts on the future of property and the workplace.

Jason adds: “As with all our Forum’s our speakers will set the scene and provide clear, pragmatic advice to successfully exploit market trends. Whether you are a regular or a first-timer, we look forward to seeing you on 7th June for an insightful session.”

To book your place contact Gail Wickes 020 7041 9991 gail.wickes@propertydirectorsforum.com

 


Property Directors Forum Delivers Great Insights

At each PDF, our speakers provide insights into leading edge thinking.

Our brief to PDF speakers is always to provide delegates with practical advice to boost the productivity of their property portfolios.

The PDF on 7th June will be no different.

Book your free place by emailing Gail at gail.wickes@propertydirectorsforum.com.


Neil Usher, author of the ‘The Elemental Workplace’, to present at the 7th June Forum

Dear Property Directors

We are delighted to announce that Neil Usher, Executive Consultant at Unispace, is presenting at the 7th June Forum.

Neil Usher, Unispace

Neil is the author of the recently published book The Elemental Workplace – a manifesto to create a fantastic workplace in simple, practical and easy steps.

Like all PDFs, Neil and Andrew Waller, our keynote speaker, will set the scene and provide clear, pragmatic advice as to how to successfully exploit market trends.

To book your free place call or email Gail on 020 7041 9991  gail.wickes@propertydirectorsforum.com.

 

 


The Impact of Emerging Technologies on the Surveying Profession – Keynote presentation for 7th June event announced

We are delighted to announce that Andrew Waller, Partner, Remit Consulting will be the keynote speaker at our Thursday, 7 June Forum.

Andrew is a Charterd Surveyor and strategic management consultant who is co-author for the 2017 RICS sponsored report ‘The Impact of Emerging Technologies on the Surveying Profession.

Previously, he worked as a Chartered Surveyor and then moved into consultancy at Ernst & Young. At Remit, Andrew has advised numerous UK and international construction and real estate companies on business and technology strategies and improvements.

Please call, or email, Gail on 020 7041 9991 / gail.wickes@propertydirectorsforum.com to BOOK YOUR PLACE an our next Property Directors Forum on Thursday, 7th June 2018.


Save The Date – Join us at the next Property Directors Forum on 7th June 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Property Directors Forum has just announced the dates of its 2018/19 programme.

  • Thursday, 7th June 2018
  • Thursday, 15th November 2018
  • Thursday, 13th June 2019

In the Works…

We are working on forum presentations on the following topics:-

  • Spend less time in the office – co-working trends, the Office 4.0
  • Emerging Technologies – impact on employment; real estate; corporate culture
  • Space utilisation – giving people what they want or what they need!!
  • Property update – what’s happening in law and accounting that will hit your business’s performance.

The Property Directors Forum is YOURS and we wish to ensure your VOICE is heard, so please share with us your thoughts on topics for future forums.

Please call, or email, Gail on 020 7041 9991 / gail.wickes@propertydirectorsforum.com to BOOK YOUR PLACE an our next Property Directors Forum on Thursday, 7th June 2018. 


Property Directors concerned over Landlords’ lack of property innovation

Lack of proactivity from landlords could be holding back UK productivity

The UK’s productivity is lagging behind other G7 countries and property directors are concerned that landlord’s lack of proactivity around property innovation may hamper efforts to move the UK up the productivity league table, according to a survey carried out at the Property Directors Forum, hosted by Avison Young.

Attendees at the event held at The Royal Society of Chemistry, Piccadilly, were asked to provide their thoughts on property innovation and the role that landlords have in leading the way.

The survey revealed that not one of the property directors have been approached by their landlord(s), proactively, to discuss property innovation and, in fact, 40% of directors reported their landlord as being reluctant to innovate.

Results from the survey also suggest that property directors could do more to lead innovation, as over half (53%) of property directors have not yet approached their landlord to discuss property innovation, and one in 33 (3%) are not looking to innovate at all.

Only 7% of property directors believe innovation is one of the company’s core objectives, two in ten organisations do not have a property innovation strategy and 27% of organisations have not yet secured a budget for innovation.

With innovation considered essential to growth and increased productivity, 77% of the respondents confirmed they will be investing in property innovation in the next 12 months and over eight in ten property directors have carried out innovation initiatives in the last 12 months.

The survey also revealed that 62% of the respondents have invested in energy efficiency improvements and 17% in renewable energy. Sustainable initiatives took priority in property innovation efforts, and this is likely to continue to be the case. Property Directors discussed rental growth in 2018 and predict an increasing pressure on cash and the need to have more flexible space, with 80% in agreement that the space per person will decrease.

Jason Sibthorpe, Avison Young’s Principal and UK Managing Director, said: “What is prevalent from this survey is the importance of innovation and collaboration in moving the UK up the productivity league table. Property Directors are in agreement that property innovation must be prioritized in order to move the industry forward, as property will be expected to deliver more from less as the market toughens.

“Many Property Directors have implemented innovation initiatives in the last year, with sustainability and energy efficiency as a core focus. The innovation challenges exist in energy management, lighting and emergency lighting and metering and monitoring – these should be the focus of the following year’s innovation strategies.

“In order to move property innovation up the strategy list the benefits needs to be sold to boards, alongside cross-industry collaboration. Sharing best practice is key among the occupier community, to identify the best innovation and to access its benefits at a much quicker pace.”

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You can download the results of the survey in a pdf Infographic format here.

Or to download the full Survey Report please click here.