The Kingston Future’s Conference 2017 was held on 27th June at The Rose Theatre in Kingston. Delegates from many different industries, all with a vested interest in Kingston, met to discuss the future of the borough. Amro Real Estate Partners were delighted to support the conference.
Charlie Adnan, Chief Executive of the Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames introduced the conference, asking delegates to focus their thoughts on delivering “good growth” to Kingston to bring the prosperity, jobs, homes, and infrastructure required for the borough’s residents to lead fulfilled lives. She also asked delegates to consider the unique opportunities available in Kingston and its unique place as a “crossroads between capital and countryside.”
Amro Real Estate Partners Managing Director Raj Kotecha was invited to sit on the panel Building Homes & Successful Places. The panel session looked at how we can deliver a high-quality environment which meets the ever-increasing population of Kingston without losing any of the borough’s unique character.
The subject of affordable housing took centre stage during the discussion, with panellists largely in agreement that so called “affordable housing” is not actually affordable at all. Raj Kotecha agreed and stated that there needed to be an “open and honest discussion between policy makers and developers” regarding solving the issue.
Following on was the panel titled Keeping a Connected Kingston at the Core of SW London. Discussion of Crossrail 2 dominated this panel session. Chris Curtis of Crossrail 2 described how the new rail ink would transform Kingston’s connectivity, bringing the borough closer to the core of London’s economy and opening countless avenues of opportunity. The panel also discussed Kingston’s digital connectivity and how it could be improved.
The following panel session named Growing Brand Kingston, focused on how best to use and promote Kingston’s unique character to stimulate good growth in the borough.
After the conclusion of the keynote panel sessions, and a short coffee break, delegates were treated to a presentation on Kingston and its future in London.
Lunch followed at Jackson & Rye, a restaurant situated right on the riverfront. Delegates were also treated to superb walking tours courtesy of KingstonFirst, on which they were shown Kingston’s historic sites and landmarks, as well as the sites either already under development or earmarked for future development.
In the afternoon two workstreams were on offer: “Start-Ups & Strategy, a focus on Kingston’s economic growth & development,” and “Hardwiring Culture into Kingston’s growth.”
A Balanced Economy was the next discussion which included a debate on Kingston’s business strategies and the tactics needed to provide a healthy mix of commerce, attract occupiers, and create new jobs.
The last of the afternoon’s panels involved Attracting and Keeping High Fliers discussion of strategies that could be implemented in Kingston to both attract and keep high value, fast-growing, digital and creative businesses in the borough.
Following the last panel discussion Amro Real Estate Partners were delighted to host a River Cruise Networking Drinks Reception.
During the river cruise, we were honoured to have guest speakers including Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames Mayor Councillor Julie Pickering, The Leader of Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames Councillor Kevin Davis and Amro Real Estate Partners Managing Director Raj Kotecha.
Laughter and lively debate followed, which made for a perfect end to what was a both an important and successful day.