Develop Croydon Conference - 21st November 2017


Day 1
21 Nov 2017


Registration, networking and refreshments.

Introduction by Chair

Chair, Lucy Hockings, will open the Develop Croydon Conference 2017.
Lucy Hockings

Welcome to Croydon

Shifa Mustafa
Cllr Tony Newman

Keynote Introduction

Fiona Fletcher-Smith

Croydon, London Borough of Culture

Paula Murray, Creative Director, London Borough of Croydon details the borough’s submission for the title of the London Mayor’s ‘Borough of Culture’.
Paula Murray

Between the Buildings

Investing in the arts and the return on investment of meanwhile use for the property sector. Croydon’s cultural renaissance is in full swing championing the diverse urban character of the...
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Keith Blundell
Jonathan Gardiner
Richard Upton
Paula Murray

Building Blocks – Homes for all Croydoners

Croydon is driving a change in the way that people live, with compact homes, the progression of Build to Rent sites, off-site construction and taller tower blocks. Is this the...
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Simon Bayliss
Helen Gray
Nick Cuff
Piers Gough
Cllr Alison Butler


Enjoy lunch at Croydon Park Hotel and take the opportunity to have a tour of the Fairfield Halls as it moves into its next stage of reconstruction (subject to availability).

Croydon’s Commercial Value

Croydon has grown its reputation of providing affordable premium office space outside of central London with rapid accessibility, encouraging new occupiers such as HMRC, Bodyshop and Superdrug to move their...
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Nigel Duxbury
Ben Burston
Will Foster
Neil Meredith
Vanessa Clark
Paul Norman

Smart City Space

Could Croydon become a ‘smart city’ using technology, AI and data streams to enable the town to run more efficiently both in time and cost? What would the town look...
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Mick Robins
Ian Mulcahey
Tom Redmayne
Graham Cadle
Liz Hamson

Next Stop Croydon

With Gatwick Airport on the doorstep and impressive links into London and down to Brighton, Croydon has a strong transport hub to attract international trade and investment in its commercial...
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Ben Craig
Stephen King
Craig Marks
David Slater
Paul Norman

Smart Retail

Croydon has long been a retail destination, and this reputation is set to be renewed, but the industry is changing as it adapts to technological advances. What impact has this...
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Alex Gale
Sophie Ross
Myf Ryan
Andrew Phipps
Liz Hamson

Meanwhile in Croydon

Interactive debate on the key topics of the day, chaired by Lucy Hockings, that will reflect on the last five years in Croydon as well as the challenges and opportunities...
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Cllr Paul Scott
Cllr Jason Perry
Cllr Tony Newman
Cllr Steve O’Connell

Chair Round Up

Lucy Hockings

Drinks Reception

Join the conference’s networking drinks reception at Croydon Park Hotel, sponsored by the Croydon Partnership responsible for the new retail regeneration of Croydon.
Richard Plant
Steve Yewman