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Leeds welcomes delegates for Real Estate Investment and Infrastructure Forum

Leeds recently welcomed over 4,000 delegates at the Royal Armouries for the Real Estate Investment and Infrastructure Forum (UKREiiF). 

The inaugural event, which took place from 17-19 May, has already chosen Leeds as the host city for next years conference.

The event was created by Built Environment Networking after recognising there was a need to connect people, places and businesses to help accelerate the Levelling Up Agenda, the government's policy that aims to spread opportunity more equally in the UK. 

The UKREiiF also aims to unlock sustainable, inclusive and transformational investment across the UK. 

Event agenda

The 3-day event brought the public and private sector together and included representation from all of the UK’s core cities, with over 300 speakers, including Government Ministers, Mayors, key influencers and policy shapers contributing to the event across 15 stages. 

The conference began with a delegate breakfast in the Social Value Pavilion and was followed by a welcome session on the Levelling Up Stage. Other sessions included How to Measure Climate Risk for Real Estate Portfolios in the Investor Centre and Delivering Next Generation Green Infrastructure: Ideas For Creating Greener Buildings and Places. 

Some keynote speakers included Tracy Brabin, the Mayor of West Yorkshire; Andy Williams, VP (UK strategy) at AstraZeneca; Peter Freeman, chair at Homes England and Robin Dobson, group property director at Network Rail.

The event discussed a number of key themes, including the UK’s net zero target, social value and inclusive growth, the future of real estate, building better communities and inclusive inward investment. 

The UKREiiF annual event also comprised 50 fringe events where delegates had the opportunity to explore other unique venues across the city, network with other delegates and industry leaders, and broaden their knowledge. Some of the events included: Diversity in Placemaking – Why It Matters and What More We Need To Do; Working on Net Zero; a Transport Led Growth Roundtable and a Sustainable Hotels Lunch.

Commenting on the event, Councillor Jonathan Pryor, deputy leader of Leeds City Council and executive member for Economy, Culture and Education, commented: “Leeds has transformed over the last decade and continues to go from strength to strength as a city to invest and do business in.  The overwhelming success of UKREiiF not only demonstrates the city’s capabilities but  further confirms Leeds’ reputation as a key driver for economic growth across the whole of Leeds City Region and the North of England.”