BPF Annual Conference 2017

Through the Looking Glass: The future for real estate

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15 Jun 2017

12:30 - 18:30

RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London W1B 1AD

We are delighted to invite you to join chief executives and senior figures in real estate to discuss the future of our industry and how to plan for it, at our flagship Annual Conference 2017.

Described as a "must-go" by Patrizia Chief Executive Wolfgang Egger, our annual conference attracts decision-makers across the breadth of the UK real estate industry. This year's conference, 'Through the Looking Glass', will offer practical ideas from senior figures and renowned futurologists on how to plan your business in order to respond to future trends.

Our first keynote speaker has been confirmed as William Higham, Founder of the Next Big Thing, and a global authority on how to monetise emerging consumer behaviours.

Emma Birchall, Head of Insight and Forecasting for the Hot Spots Movement, will be one of our speakers on a panel about how customers' demands will change and impact property. And we have also confirmed three speakers for our second panel session, which will explore the industry's perspective of how real estate businesses can and should adapt to future trends:

  • Roger Madelin CBE, Head of Canada Water Development for British Land
  • Ray O'Rourke, Chairman and Chief Executive, Laing O’Rourke
  • Guy Grainger, EMEA Chief Executive, JLL

Topics for discussion will include:

  • What will customers demand of real estate in the future?
  • How will changing consumer demands affect requirements for investing in and developing all forms of real estate?
  • What are real estate businesses doing to adapt to to these future trends?
  • How could changes to UK policy help the industry respond to these changes?

What to expect

The BPF Annual Conference attracts some of the most senior executives in real estate investment and development, and promises thought provoking insights from some of the most sought-after speakers in global real estate investment. Feedback from previous conferences included:

  • "I have to say the speakers you had here, the people I met here, is amazing."
  • "The calibre of this audience is truly spectacular."
  • "The quality of the delegates at the conference today is incredible, and it's the people who can really influence and change things."
  • "I genuinely can't remember ever attending a conference where I've so attentively listened to every minute of every session – and I really didn't want the event to end."
  • "I thought it was one of the most thought provoking and engaging conferences I have been to for a long time."

Watch a three minute video from last year’s conference, featuring interviews with the chief executives of British Land, SEGRO, Hermes REIM, Patrizia and more about their perceptions of the event:

Book tickets

Bookings for this conference are now open at the following prices:

BPF members:

  • One ticket: £380 +VAT
  • Three tickets: £1,000 + VAT
  • Four tickets: £1,300 + VAT


  • One ticket: £480 + VAT

There are still sponsorship opportunities available if you want to raise your organisation’s profile with our membership. Please contact Laura Kozasvili (lkozasvili@bpf.org.uk) for more information.

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