City Conversations: Rebalancing UK Cities – is infrastructure enough?
Wednesday 11 October 2017, 6.00 – 8.00pm
The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London WC1E 7BT
Chairing: Jim Coleman, Global Head of Economics Buro Happold Engineering (Chairing)
Panellists: Andrew Carter, Chief Executive, Centre for Cities
Bridget Rosewell, National Infrastructure Commission & Volterra Economics,
Victoria Hills, Chief Executive, Old Oak & Park Royal Development Corporation
Other panellists to be announced soon
This Conversation will explore economic and infrastructure issues beyond London and the South East. Post-Brexit, the UK’s economic and international competitiveness will depend on all cities being able to reach their full potential. Furthermore, our major cities need to be able to have the right relationship with each other in both economic and infrastructure terms, to aid the flow of people, ideas and capital. Cities such as Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds have, arguably, not enjoyed the same investment and growth as the capital. Can we correct our regional imbalances through infrastructure investment alone? How can London respond better to disparities between the regions? And how can UK cities become even more specialised in the creation of high-value, technology-based products and services?