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Conference to debate ideas on ‘good growth’ to drive Kingston forward

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Join the second Kingston Futures Conference on 27 June when Peter Murray, Chairman of the NLA, will chair a host of speakers at the town’s iconic Rose Theatre to debate the future of Kingston as one of the leading opportunity areas in London.

Kingston Council chief executive Charlie Adan said: “Kingston needs Good Growth to deliver the prosperity, jobs, homes and infrastructure required to enable the people of Kingston to lead fulfilled lives.

“Good growth involves working differently with each of our communities and we hope you will enjoy joining the debates at the Kingston Futures conference, generating ideas on how we can listen to, share intelligence with and lead our communities to be prosperous places where people thrive and reach their full potential.

“Now is the time to ask ‘What kind of Kingston do we want?’. As a local authority, we have a role in shaping local growth through our policies and plans within the broader national and regional policy context, and the conference will consider how we can do this.

“We want to ensure growth delivers a high-quality environment, allowing for vitality and change, while enhancing Kingston’s unique character which is a crucial part of its success and appeal.”
Key themes for the conference include:
• Creating the Kingston of the Future: what will ‘good growth’ look like for Kingston?
• Building homes and successful places: how can Kingston deliver a high quality environment which meets the lifestyle expectations of its ever-increasing population without destroying the town’s unique character
• Nexus Kingston: Can Kingston harness technical and physical infrastructure investment to maintain its position at the forefront of a connected SW London as well as anticipate and manage future demand.
• How to deliver balanced growth while building on Brand Kingston – its fusion of innovation, culture and heritage – which is a crucial part of the borough’s character and enduring appeal.
• Opportunity Kingston and its future in London. Learn about the Kingston Futures programme and the potential investment opportunities presented by the Local Plan, Crossrail2 and the borough’s growth programme.

Delegates can network with Kingston’s key decision makers and take part in opportunity tours of the town centre. Lunch will be held at Kingston’s prestigious Riverside complex, hosted by Canadian and Portland at Jackson + Rye and Amro Real Estate Partners are sponsoring an evening drinks reception on a Turks Thames River Cruise.

Conference speakers include:
• Tony Pidgley – CBE Chairman, Berkeley Group
• Chris Curtis – Head of Crossrail 2 for Network Rail
• Raj Kotecha – Managing Director, Amro Real Estate Partners
• Charlie Adan – Chief Executive, Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames
• Councillor Kevin Davis – Leader, Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames
• Viv Evans – Head of Planning and Regeneration, Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames
• John Barry – Head of Network Development, TfL
• Imshan Jamal – Managing Director, EQ Group
• Wahid Samady – Chairman, CNM Estates
• Lucy Owen – Assistant Director, GLA
• Kirsten Henly, Chief Executive, Kingston First

Kingston upon Thames already fuses innovation, culture and heritage to deliver a unique destination experience for businesses, workers, investors, residents and visitors alike.

For centuries, it has exceeded expectations as a place to do business, innovate, learn, shop and be entertained. Kingston town centres are amongst the best-connected in Greater London with journey times into Central London ranging from as little as 17 minutes. Kingston Town Centre is the third most successful shopping centre in London after Oxford Street and Westfield.

Kingston Council leader Kevin Davis said: “Kingston is a place of excellence. However, we are facing challenges as our population continues to grow which is why we must find modern and ambitious projects to accommodate everyone and maintain the Kingston lifestyle.

“Our population is expected to reach 200,000 by 2036, so the time for innovation and inspiration is now. The Kingston Futures conference will enable us to present and debate further ideas on how our exciting growth agenda might be accomplished.”

The Kingston Futures Conference is being delivered in partnership with the Kingston Futures partners, Berkeley, British Land USS, CNM Estates and Kingston University. It is being sponsored by Amro Real Estate Partners, Canadian and Portland, KingstonFirst, and Willmott Dixon.

To book your ticket for £345 +VAT visit https://kingstonconference.org.uk where you can also view the full programme.