Seminar: Repurposing Large Retail Spaces


Tuesday 10th December 2019
Seminar: Repurposing Large Retail Spaces


Gowling WLG

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Gowling WLG


Tuesday 10th December 2019


6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


£45 (+VAT) for LPF Members


Gowling WLG
4 More London Riverside, London SE1 2AU

This evening seminar qualifies as 90 minutes CPD

The Leisure Property Forum and REVO are pleased to present this event – Repurposing Large Retail Spaces


The seminar will begin with an initial overview from Brian Tracey of Leslie Jones Architecture with examples of repurposed large retail spaces from around the world. Brian’s extensive experience spans new build, masterplanning and complex refurbishment projects throughout the UK and Europe and his portfolio includes the transformation of two BCSC Gold-winning projects, Southside Shopping Centre in Wandsworth and Old Market Shopping Centre in Hereford. He has also worked on large city centre regeneration projects including The Moor in Sheffield and Friars Walk in Newport along with County Square, Ashford and the redevelopment of Houndshill Shopping Centre in Blackpool. He is currently leading the design teams on a number of large mixed use redevelopments of existing shopping destinations to reimagine the retail offer, whilst introducing complementary leisure and residential uses.

Rob Howarth, Director of Leisure at Jones Lang Lasalle (JLL) will then deliver a market view with key stats and facts on what is happening in the UK to large retail spaces, department stores and large format retail, and asking the question  – “What’s the opportunity? Is leisure is a solution?”

Our expert panel will demonstrate what can be done with large retail spaces showing examples of how they have repurposed such space in their own organisations.

Stuart Harris – Milligan Retail

Stuart is Chief Operating Officer for Milligan and responsible for the daily operation of the company. He has over 25 years’ experience in the development and delivery of retail, leisure, and mixed-use developments across the UK. He was a co-founder of Queensberry Real Estate, where during a 10-year period, he helped deliver major projects for both the public and private sectors. Stuart is MRICS qualified and a current member of the Revo Local Authority Advisory Committee. His specialisms include commercial, leasing and marketing strategies for town and city centre regeneration and repositioning of challenging or failed assets.

Emma Mackenzie – NewRiver REIT

Emma is a Director of NewRiver and sits on the Executive Committee. As Head of Asset Management, she has overarching responsibility for the financial and
operational performance of the retail portfolio throughout the UK. Emma’s responsibilities include oversight of NewRiver’s property management, rent
collection and the Company’s Environmental, Social and Governance programme and she is a qualified chartered surveyor with over 20 years’ experience in the retail property market.
In 2018 Emma was one of the eight members of the High Streets Expert Panel commissioned by the High Streets Minister Jake Berry MP and chaired by Sir John
Timpson. The Panel was responsible for providing practical solutions to the Government to help support UK high streets and town centres. The three principle
outcomes were: the instigation of the High Street Fund; a Town Centre Task Force; and a number of short-term measures including rates relief. Emma also sits on the Commercial Committee of the British Property Federation.

To complete the session we will have a panel discussion orchestrated by our Chair, Andrew Russell of Land Securities. Andrew is a Portfolio Director at Landsec in their Shopping Centre Team and was formerly Head of Asset Management at the specialist fund manager, X-Leisure. He has over 25 years’ experience in both the leisure and retail sectors.  Andrew sits on The Leisure Property Forum committee. In addition, for the panel session we will be joined by James Welch BSc MRICS of Gerald Eve. James began his career at Jones Lang LaSalle where, as an investment agent, he started a multi-disciplinary leisure group, advising developers, operators and investors in a fast growing sector. James left JLL in 2003 to set up Cortex Partners, where he continued to concentrate on the leisure investment market, until recently when he joined the leisure team at Gerald Eve as a partner.

With over 30 years experience, James has advised leading funds and investors on some of the sector’s highest-profile leisure acquisitions and disposals, including: DTZ Investors’ purchase of The Printworks in Manchester; acquisition and sale of Fiveways, Birmingham for UK & European; the sale of Star City Birmingham and acquisition of Brighton Marina, both on behalf of X-Leisure.

We will invite questions from the floor – our Slido app will be in operation and you’ll be able to submit questions as the evening progresses.




Programme for the evening:

18.00 Registration & Networking

18.30 Introduction from the Chair, Andrew Russell of Landsec

18.35 An Overview – Repurposed Large Retail Places– a presentation by Brian Tracey of Leslie Jones Architecture

18.55 Panel Presentations – Rob Howarth of JLL, Stuart Harris of Milligan Retail and Emma Mackenzie of NewRiver

19.15 Panel Discussion and Q&A from the floor

19:45 Networking

21.00 End

Please register by 6.20pm as we will start promptly at 6.30pm.

*Please note – our panelists confirm their availability in advance. If any of our panelists cancel due to unforeseen circumstances, we will use our best efforts to replace them, but cannot guarantee that all advertised panelists will always be in attendance.

Speaker Presentations

Convenience & Community – Emma Mackenzie

Repurposing Retail In To Leisure – Stuart Harris

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