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Commercial Property Conference, Scotland


The RICS Commercial Property Conference returned to Scotland to strengthen your understanding of the current economic outlook, growth opportunities and risks to the commercial property sector.

2017 conference has now taken place. Register your interest to be the first to hear once next event's date and programme have been confirmed.

The RICS Commercial Property Conference, Scotland 2017 provided an economic update on current market conditions looking at industrial, retail, leisure and office sectors’ performance. In addition, the event looked beyond the traditional forms of investment and analysed future investment opportunities in emerging asset classes. Our experts came together to debate how Scottish cities can attract investment and compete on a global scale.

The role of technology, data and digital will have a significant impact the future of real estate in particular the role of the office. The conference helped attendees to understand how to utilise new technologies to future proof their workplace.

This is a must attend event for anyone involved in commercial property who wants to be at the forefront of their profession.

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2017 Conference Programme

08:30 Registration and refreshments

09:30 Chair’s opening comments
Neil Anderson, Lead Manager Planning and Performance, Location and Property Strategy, RBS

09:40 Ministerial address
Derek Mackay, MSP Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution

 10:15 Commercial property asset trends

  • Overview of current market conditions
  • Demands, stock and rental expectations
  • Latest occupier demands

Grant Lonsdale, Real Estate Analyst, CoStar Group UK

10:45 Networking refreshment break

11:15 Emerging asset classes: where to invest next

  • Are alternatives becoming the norm?
  • Established “alternative” areas, such as student accommodation and senior & assisted living residences
  • Emerging alternatives - infrastructure and the private rented sector

Nigel Chapman, Fund Manager, Standard Life Investments

12:00 Panel – Attracting investment to Scottish cities

  • What must Scotland do to attract city investment?
  • City deals: where and when
  • The rise of start-ups and technology firms

Chair - Stephen Bibby, Partner, Cushman and Wakefield 
Toby Withall, Partner, Knight Frank
Sarah Stewart, Investment Banking Professional, Cushman and Wakefield 
Nick White, Director, CuthbertWhite

12:30 Networking lunch

13:30 – 16:30 Break-out session 1: Delegates choose between two parallel break-out sessions

Breakout 1A: Future of commercial property 

13:30 Impact of technology, data and digital disruption on work spaces and real estate

  • How technology is defining the way we work?
  • Impact on corporate real estate
  • Impact on facilities management 

Andrew Waller, Partner, Remit Consulting LLP

Panel debate – Workplace: retaining talent through agile working & wellbeing 
The Workplace and how a Facilities Management approach will directly influence:

  • Rentability
  • Flexibility
  • Sustainability
  • Wellbeing

How the future of office space will be influenced by:

  • Energy 
  • Population Growth
  • Workspace
  • Impact of Technology and the 'Internet of Things’
  • Recognise the barriers to agile working and overcoming them
  • Discover what is effective co-working

Chair - Tony Kopsch, Head of Facilities, University of Stirling
Claire Carpenter, Director, The Melting Pot
Greig Scott, Director of Global CRE, Teradata Corporation
Jourdan McCombe, Portfolio Strategy Manager, RBS
Stan Mitchell, CEO, Key Facilities Management International

15:00 Networking refreshment break 

15:15 Attracting future talent to the profession

  • How to recruit young talent?
  • Steps and initiatives companies can put in place
  • Alternative Routes to Membership/ApprenticeshipsFM specifically – attracting towards FM look at both
  • Apprenticeships: getting early buy in from students and firms 
  • What are the RICS doing?

Alison Andrews, Lecturer Real Estate Valuation & Investment, Edinburgh Napier University

15:45 Planning Bill – Future of planning in Scotland

  • How do we ensure the public is more engaged?
  • How can planning be resourced better
  • Third party right to appeal
  • Review of Section 75

John McNairney, Chief Planner, Scottish Government

16:15 How large infrastructure projects can enhance your organisation

  • How infrastructure projects are improving the local economy and enhancing communities
  • The role of Chartered Surveyors in these projects
  • Case studies showing how infrastructure projects are helping to drive change

Donald Meldrum, Business Engagement Partner, Network Rail 

Breakout 1B: Rating

13:30 Keynote Rates Revaluation

  • Unpick what is changing
  • How the rating revlauation will impact on small businesses e.g. shops and trades
  • How the changes can be mitigated through transitional relief 
  • What are the major implications from the revaluation

    Tom Davidson, Director, Business Rates, GVA

    14:00 Ratings appeal in the Supreme Court
    Geoff Clarke QC, Compass Chambers

14:30 Business rates impact on small businesses
How the revaluation will impact on small businesses e.g. shops and trades
Stuart Mackinnon, External Affairs Manager – Scotland, Federation of Small Businesses 

14:50 The Lands Tribunal for Scotland
What is the function, purpose, scope of the LTS?
Ralph Smith QC, Legal Member, Lands Tribunal for Scotland

15:15 Networking refreshment break

15:30 Case law update

  • Update on the law
  • Overview of what’s changing

Alistair Drummond, Partner, DLA Piper

16:00 Valuation of Hospitality properties

  • What is being proposed for hospitality sector?
  • How will hotels, pubs be impacted by revaluation?

Douglas Lambie, Associate, Ryden
16:40 Future of rating

  • How does Scotland compare with the rest of the UK?
  • What will be the impact on commercial property transactions?
  • How will this impact the future development pipeline?

    David Melhuish, Director, Scottish Property Federation

17:00 Chair’s closing remarks

Price incl. VAT

N/A for RICS members

N/A for non-members


Full day