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The 15-minute challenge: why the time to repurpose and reawaken our urban centres is now

September 21, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Creating exciting and sustainable places where people want to live, work and play is the central challenge of the property industry; and is especially timely as we transition to a new post-pandemic world. This is the trend that underpins all the debates about the future of the office, of retail and of the role of home working. Residential has seen a renewed focus as an asset class, but new homes are not the only answer to how we revitalise the UK’s unloved assets and reawaken our urban centres.

As we look to a post-Covid bounce-back, a flood of developers and investors are changing the shape of our towns and cities, to reflect the new era of high expectations from work, home and leisure. The concept of the 15-minute city has never been closer to being fully realised.

In partnership with Eversheds Sutherland as part of their Optimism and Opportunity campaign, join React News’ residential & retail correspondent Jessica Middleton-Pugh and a panel of industry experts to explore why billions of pounds is being invested into acquisitions and regeneration strategies that will revive our urban centres.

The one-hour webinar will discuss:
• The investment potential for overseas investors in repurposing a range of buildings, from shopping centres to old offices, to match the new era of working and living trends
• How to balance the needs of the full range of residential occupiers while still reinvigorating commercial areas
• Why the private sector can lead – and reap the rewards of – the government’s levelling up agenda
• The ESG (and Human) argument for relocation of staff and offices away from traditional hubs

If you would like to discuss any of the themes in more detail, you can reach the Eversheds Sutherland real estate team directly through


Introduction from

Bruce Dear

Bruce Dear

Head of London Real Estate group at Eversheds Sutherland

Bruce Dear is Head of the London Real Estate group. He has advised on some of the UK’s biggest property deals and specialises in complex commercial structuring for property acquisitions, disposals and development, together with leasing and the full range of strategic asset management.
Over the last twenty years Bruce has published many articles on issues of real estate law, policy and politics in among others the Financial Times, The Times, Estate Gazette, Property Week, CityAM and a number of pieces in React News.


Nick Searl

Nick Searl

Joint Managing Partner at Argent

Nick is the Joint Managing Partner of Argent and a partner of Argent Related. Having spent almost
10 years working on Argent’s 8m sq ft King’s Cross development in central London, Nick is now part of the leadership team for Argent Related’s 10m sq ft Brent Cross Town development in north London.

Before joining Argent in late 2007, Nick worked with Chelsfield and European Land at Paddington
Basin in London. Prior to that he spent almost 5 years working on large developments in the Far

Nick is also the chairman of trustees for the charity Club Peloton that organises the cycle rides to Mipim, Mapic and other industry events each year.

Katie Hickman

Katie Hickman

Director of Regeneration and Connectivity at The Nichols Group

Katie is a policy and infrastructure professional, with extensive experience of working in Central Government, leading and delivering complex projects drawing on a number of disciplines, including policy development and delivery, project sponsorship, business case development and assurance reviews, programme management and stakeholder liaison. Katie is currently Director of Regeneration and Connectivity at The Nichols Group. As part of this role, she is acting as the Chief Operating Officer for the Towns Fund Delivery Partner, a consortium supporting 101 Towns in England to access the £2.4bn Towns Fund in partnership with MHCLG. She is also acting as the interim Strategy and PMO Director for The Euston Partnership, working across DfT, HS2 Ltd and Network Rail to integrate and optimise the proposals for the future Euston development.

Mukhtiar Tanda

Mukhtiar Tanda

Senior Partner at Eversheds Sutherland

Mukhtiar Tanda is a senior partner in the London office and is global head of the Governments & Infrastructure Sector. He is also head of the national Development, Regeneration & Infrastructure product group within Real Estate. Mukhtiar has many years of commercial real estate, finance and development experience from advising on major development and infrastructure led urban regeneration projects. He is lead advisor and relationship partner for a number of key public sector as well as private sector clients of the firm. He specialises in advising both private sector entities and state entities/ state sponsored bodies involved in major mixed use urban growth projects. In particular, he advises on and develops innovative delivery, funding and partnering solutions which are required to solve the complex issues that are encountered on such major schemes.

Pete Gladwell

Pete Gladwell

Group Social Impact & Investment Director at Legal & General Capital

After an erstwhile life as a Youth Worker, Pete joined Legal & General in 2007, launching a new generation of property funds focussed on liability matching and Defined Contributions pension schemes, and L&G’s joint venture with PGGM, which total over £5bn. In 2015, Pete moved to lead L&G’s investments with the Public Sector – including the Cabinet Office, Combined & Local Authorities, NHS, Housing Associations and Universities – which now total over £5bn. In his new role, Pete continues to lead on public sector investments, as part of a broader remit to identify and drive strategic initiatives through which L&G can use its resources to benefit society. This includes L&G’s partnership with Sir Michael Marmot to address health inequality. Pete holds an MA from Brasenose College, Oxford in Computation, the IMC, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and Honorary Professor at UCL.


September 21, 2021
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


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Jessica Middleton-Pugh – React News residential and retail correspondent