Event Programme

WALKS

Meet Point for the Walks

Reading Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH

10:45 – 12:30

Walk One - Reading Walking Tour – Reading Grows Up

Reading is experiencing an unprecedented series of planning applications and proposals for new tall buildings which will challenge the topography of Reading’s sky line. This walk will take delegates around the changing landscape of the Reading CBD including Station Hill, The Bakery, Thames Quarter and conclude at the Broad Street & Fountain House scheme being developed by Moorgarth.

Note all tours subject to demand and liable to change at short notice.

Walk Two - The Business Parks Tour – Home of the Business Communities

Reading is home to some of the most successful and enterprising business environments in the UK. Originally inspired as locations for major corporates, these locations now offer a place for communities to live, work and play.  This tour is designed for delegates to see at first hand the changing landscape of the business park including the inspiring spaces being developed by the University of Reading at Thames Valley Science Park, Theale and the business parks around Reading.

Note all tours subject to demand and liable to change at short notice.

TALKS

Location

Reading Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH

12:30 – 14:00

Lunch and Networking opportunities

Opportunity to meet fellow delegates (we are expecting between 150-200 to attend) and an opportunity to visit the various exhibition stands which will be displaying the key projects and services unique to the Thames Valley property market.

 

14:00 – 15:00

Session One Reading - Future Imperfect

As the capital of the Thames Valley, Reading is in a period of transition. With high expectations from the market as the Elizabeth Line arrives and a plethora of new developments are planned, Reading is at a crossroads. What can Reading learn from the changing landscape of the high street happening across the UK and ensure Reading’s CBD remains relevant?

Chair

Matthew Battle, Managing Director, UK Property Forums

KeyNote

Victor Nicholls, Hadley Nicholls & Visiting Fellow, Henley Business School, University of Reading

Panel

Tim Vaughan, Chief Executive, Moorgarth

Cllr Jason Brock, Leader of the Council, Reading Borough Council

Nigel Horton-Baker, Executive Director, Reading UK

Steve Woodford, Managing Director, Haslams Estate Agents

15:00 – 15:50

Session Two - Reading Grows Up

A plethora of tall buildings are planned across the skyline of Reading which will change the topography of the towns’ CBD. What does this mean for the town of Reading? Which projects are on the drawing board and how will this change this destination as the Elizabeth Line creeps ever closer? 

Speaker & Chair

Representative from Barton Willmore

Panel

Hugo Haig, Managing Director, Lochailort Investments

Simon Perkins, Managing Director, McKay Securities (Invited)

Professor Chris Harty, Head of School of the Built Environment, University of Reading

Special Presentation

Alex Aitchinson, Director of Development, Lincoln Property Company (Invited)

15:50 – 16:20

Tea & Coffee Break

Opportunity to see the TvPropFest exhibition space.

16:20 – 17:00

Session Three - The Thames Valley BID Fest

New Business Improvement Districts (BiD) are agreed or planned across the Thames Valley – Bracknell, Slough, Reading Central and the Abbey Quarter. What do they mean for the property sector in these towns? Does it add value and help to re-generate the CBD? How can the property sector help to support and promote the success of the various BID being promoted across the Thames Valley? 

Chair 

Charlie Nicholson, Partner, Vail Williams

Speaker & Panellists

 Andy Smith, Partner & Senior Manager (Partnership HQ Facilities) Waitrose & Partners (Invited)

Maria Sabey, Head of Property UK&I (EMEA Property & Shared Services HQ) Fujitsu

Andy Briggs, General Manager, The Oracle  

Josie Wragg, CEO, Slough Borough Council (Invited)

17:00 – 17:50

Session Four - Station Life

Reading boasts one of the most effective transport hubs in the UK. When will the Elizabeth Line (Crossrail) open? What impact will WRLH (Western Rail Link to Heathrow) bring to Reading and the Thames Valley? And how close are we to Heathrow getting the green light and the first sod being dug?  

Chair

Scott Witchalls, Director, Peter Brett Associates now part of Stantec

Speaker & Panellists

Rob Gray, Director – Community & Stakeholder Relations, Heathrow Airport (invited)

Gareth Osborn, Business Unit Director – Thames Valley, SEGRO

Ruth Bagley, Chair, Western Rail Link and Director, Ardent Consulting

Tim Smith, CEO, Thames Valley Berkshire LEP

AWARDS

18:15 – 19:00

TvPropFest Champagne Reception

After a short break and following on from the afternoon Talks, delegates with tickets are invited to join us for the start of the Champagne Reception to be held in the Waterhouse Chamber and followed by a dinner in the Concert Hall, one of Reading’s historic and landmark locations. Join us for the beginning of a night remember and continue the networking with many of Reading’s and the Thames Valley’s key players from the property, design and construction community.    

Dress – Business Smart

 

19:00 – 22:30

The Berkshire Prop Awards Dinner

Join us to celebrate six brand new awards and find out who are the Berkshire’s Prop Stars. Awards will cover Best Interior Space, Best Consultant, Project Vision, Networker of the Year, Future Start of the Year and of course Leader of the Year. Helping to host the awards dinner will be the Sky Sports and ex-Blue Peter presenter, Simon Thomas, who of course is a Reading man, and lives in Caversham.

With a maximum capacity of 250, we already have several confirmed bookings and intend to make this a regular event in the Thames Valley calendar.  Additional speakers and hosts – more information to follow.

Dress – Business Smart

 

MUSIC

More information to follow, however we are developing an opportunity for a hosted after the awards in Reading to celebrate with the winners.

Ready to join us?