Developers and planners meet at property event

CONFERENCE Gunwharf Quays
CONFERENCE Gunwharf Quays
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THE people who will be in charge of developing Portsmouth for the future are to hold a first-of-its-kind conference tomorrow.

Around 100 business people interested in all aspects of property development in the city will be at Gunwharf Quays for Coastal Connections.

It is being organised by the Shaping the Future of Portsmouth initiative’s development group, with sponsorship from Warings developers and Land Securities, which owns and runs the Gunwharf Quays complex.

Sam Menage, of Shaping the Future of Portsmouth, said the event is designed for property professionals to come together and network with a view to help redevelop the city.

‘What we want to do is open up the lines of communication, and provide a more united approach to developments in the city,’ she said.

The event was originally scheduled to take place in May, but had to be postponed because of the bad weather.

Sam said: ‘We want this event to really showcase the city.

‘We had originally planned this event, as it’s the first one, to be an intimate thing, with our target of getting 30 or 40 delegates together, but we have had more than 100 delegates apply for a place on the first round of invitations.

‘That shows how popular the idea is and that there’s a real need for something like this in Portsmouth.’

It’s not too late to register to attend the event.

Any developers, architects, property agents, city planners, land owners and property professionals who wish to explore land and building opportunities that will benefit Portsmouth can email Sam at sam.menage@shapingportsmouth.co.uk to find out more and attend.

Gunwharf’s director, Peter Emery, is encouraging people to attend.

He added: ‘I’m delighted we’ve been chosen as the first venue to host the event.

‘It’s designed to promote the opportunities in Portsmouth and to showcase what it has to offer.’

With the opening of a newly built Mary Rose Museum due later this year, the contractors responsible for building it say they recognise the value of networking.

Warings’ commercial director, Allan Gordon, said: ‘This is making sure that Portsmouth is taking the best advantages possible.

‘We’re really excited to be part of the future growth of Portsmouth, which we have been a part of since the 1930s.’

It is anticipated that tomorrow’s event will be the first of many similar Coastal Connection events.