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London Study Tour

8-14 September 2024

London has transformed from an unplanned, organic and ungovernable city to one that is now the model that all emerging global cities now look to.

As Australian cities grapple with their own growth challenges, London has already blazed the trail.

This study tour will witness first-hand the catalysts for London’s transformation; its innovation, its flexibility and its entrepreneurial zeal. 

Attendees from Australia’s most influential property companies will meet with the city shapers that have guided London’s to its incredible success.  

With briefings, keynotes, site tours and local experiences, this week long tour will deliver a professional development experience like no other. 

Our curated program ensures the projects visited capture opportunities and learnings that can be applied in the Australian property industry, spark conversation and inspire members.

A professional development opportunity like no other

Every site tour and briefing has been carefully curated to deliver a holistic program of professional development learnings for members, all centred around urban renewal, innovation and design excellence.

Participation in our London Study Tour will give delegates the opportunity to learn:

  • How to leverage innovations in workplace design to attract global companies
  • How to fully integrate work, life and play in true mixed-use precincts
  • How to leverage infrastructure developments to develop integrated urban renewal
  • How governance arrangements can facilitate the dramatic transformation of London’s commercial precincts
  • How to innovate in housing design, density and diversity.

Conveniently situated on the South Bank of the Thames and overlooking the Houses of Parliament, Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London is an iconic hotel featuring contemporary design, stylish rooms, and an array of restaurants and bars.

Six nights’ accommodation at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London is included for delegates on the tour.

At its peak, Battersea Power Station was supplying a fifth of London’s electricity. After decades of sitting derelict, it is now open to the public as one of London’s most exciting and innovative new destinations. The very building which once produced the energy that enabled people to eat, drink, shop and play in the City, now provides the venue for a new generation to do the same.

Following a briefing with Honor Fishburn we will tour the heritage listed Battersea Power Station and surrounding precincts, touring the mixed-use residential and community development spanning 42 acres of central riverside land. Delegates will learn about the master planning of the site, the complex transformation of the power station, the cultural offerings, the transport orientated infrastructure and the many exciting tenants who now call Battersea Power Station home.

Delegates will also take in an aerial view of the site through Lift 109, an immersive heritage experience climbing 109 metres to the top of the north-west chimney where they will take in the stunning 360-degree view of London’s skyline. 

Speaker:

Honor Fishburn, Director, UK & Europe, MurrayTwohig

Honor Fishburn is the Director of UK & Europe for MurrayTwohig who are developers, designers and advisors to some of the world’s most iconic developments.

Honor is a specialist in delivering place strategy and experience and was Director of Placemaking at Battersea Power Station.  Working for seven years on this groundbreaking project Honor oversaw the delivery of the Placemaking vision across the first three phases. This covered the full spectrum of development from paper to established place.

Her experience includes the delivery of planning strategies, architectural competitions, meanwhile and opening strategies, operational strategies, cultural partnerships, community consultation and engagement, public art commissions, events programming and heritage interpretation. As well as development managing core cultural offers such as The Turbine Theatre and The Chimney Lift Experience.

Morgan Parker OAM 

Morgan’s career spans more than 25 years, working within the global investment banking and property industries. He is a full-time non-executive Director with a current portfolio of six boards spanning the real estate, education, entertainment and technology sectors. Morgan is currently based in London and is working closely on the Neom projects. He will provide an update on everything that is happening currently in Saudi with its massive development pipeline and the broader ramifications of those investments globally.

Liam Proberts, Managing & Creative Director, Bureau Proberts

Liam has been at the forefront of innovative solutions for cultural, housing and development projects spanning Australia, Asia and the Middle East for 30 years. He is also a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects. Liam will talk to the successes of winning international design competitions and how that resulted in opening a London office.

Ruth Palmer, NT Executive Director, Property Council of Australia

As the Northern Territory (NT) Executive Director of the Property Council of Australia, Ruth Palmer has established herself as a leading figure within the property sector, bringing together a unique combination of executive leadership and board expertise. Holding a Master of Business degree and qualification in Public Policy, Ruth has been instrumental in driving strategic growth and establishing meaningful relationships with all levels of government.

Recognised within the Northern Territory’s business community as a transformative leader, Ruth’s extensive board roles underscore her commitment to the community, policy, advocacy, and sustainable development.

King’s Cross is one of the largest and most successful redevelopments in London. Over the past 20 years, what was an underused industrial site has been transformed and rejuvenated with new streets, squares and parks, homes, shops, offices, galleries, bars, restaurants, schools, and even a university. 

The location, the connections, the canal-side setting, the heritage, an exciting cultural scene, a thriving business community, and a strong sense of local community. All these things come together at King’s Cross to make it unique and quite special.

Explore Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as you experience a guided tour, taking you behind the scenes of one of the world’s leading sport and entertainment destinations.

During this tour, you’ll hear from Populous who were the architects involved in the stadium’s redevelopment. You’ll learn about the history and evolution of the stadium and its surrounding area, the social issues and benefits associated with the stadium, its various facilities, the sliding pitch and the commercial advantages gained since the redevelopment.

Elephant Park is a new residential and retail area for South London located in the historic area of Elephant & Castle.

Offering the convenience of living in Zone 1 and centred around a new park, the development unites creative independents, inventive local food traders from the far corners of the world, and high street gems alongside a spirit of fun and adventure.

Elephant Park will offer 3,000 new homes when completed in 2025, with space for over 50 new shops, restaurants and cafés and planting over 1,200 new trees.

The new residential area will breathe life into this historic area by creating thousands of high-quality new homes, jobs, business opportunities and green space for Londoners.

The tour will be hosted by:

Angela Brennan, Project Lead, Elephant Park

Angela has been part of the Elephant Park project for five years, previously holding the roles of Development Director and Senior Development Manager.  During her 22 years at Lendlease, she has worked across Australia and the UK on range of projects including Stratford Cross, Overgate Shopping Centre in Dundee and Bluewater, and corporate roles within HR, marketing, and operations.

Stephanie Barbabosa, Head of Build to Rent, International Operations, Lendlease        

Stephanie Barbabosa was appointed Head of Build to Rent in August 2017, bringing more than 25 years’ experience in the multi-family sector to the role.

As a Real Estate executive and an accomplished leader, she has overseen diverse portfolios and large teams in multiple markets across the US. Since crossing the pond and joining Lendlease, she has launched the operating platform Living by Lendlease which will oversee a £1bn pipeline of rental communities throughout the UK. The first two assets, Park Central West and Park Central East, opened in central London in 2021 with a third launched in 2023. The communities have already received numerous accolades, including being shortlisted for a Civic Trust Award and Development of the Year at the British Homes Awards. The Living by Lendlease platform was award the number 2 operator in the UK in 2024 by HearSay.

Enjoy special access to Buckingham Palace with a guided tour of its magnificent State Rooms.  Buckingham Palace is one of the few working royal palaces remaining in the world today. The State Rooms at Buckingham Palace provide the setting for ceremonial occasions and official entertaining by The King and members of the Royal Family. Highlights include the Throne Room, Ballroom, Picture Gallery, and White Drawing Room.  

Meet and greet with Sir Stuart Lipton, Co-founder of Lipton Rogers to talk about his successful career, lessons learnt, his philanthropic work and the Lipton Rogers story followed by a site tour of the iconic 22 Bishopsgate building.

22 Bishopsgate is a people-led smart building, designed to meet the changing needs of the modern occupier and inspire a new way of working. The London building embodies the structural and cultural shifts in how people work and live, prioritising their health and wellbeing.

The 1.275 million sq ft building was created to champion better business through company collaboration by providing 150,000 sq ft of shared spaces and amenities throughout. Its purpose is to grow a thriving community, bringing together a diverse range of occupiers across numerous sectors.

22 Bishopsgate has been designed to meet the highest ESG standards and the 22 Management team is committed to ensuring sustainable practices are met in every aspect of how the building is run.

The 278-metre building is managed by JLL and owned on behalf of clients by AXA IM Alts. The building was developed by AXA IM Alts in partnership with Lipton Rogers Developments, designed by Karen Cook of PLP Architecture and constructed by Multiplex.

More sessions to be announced. Locations and speakers are subject to change at any time.

Study Tours are open to Property Council of Australia members only. If you would like to become a Property Council member, submit an enquiry here

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Are you eligible for a discount?

If you are an employee of a local, state/territory and/or federal government organisation, you are eligible for a 10 per cent discount on the ticket price.

Contact our Study Tour Concierge to have this discount applied.