Cross-cutting collaboration a key theme at UK REiiF

Cross-cutting collaboration was the key theme at a public-sector-led York Central session at the UK REiiF property and infrastructure conference in Leeds.

With 12,000 people in attendance at UK REiiF and a packed audience in the Government Property Pavilion, experts from City of York Council, Homes England, Network Rail, the Government Property Agency and the Office of Government Property outlined their vision for York Central.

Councillor Peter Kilbane, Deputy Leader, City of York Council, said: “This is an amazing opportunity for York…we need people to see the opportunities at York Central for good jobs and secure homes.”

Hailing the 2,500 homes, one million square feet of retail and office, innovation and biotech plans for York Central, Councillor Kilbane said he has been keen to see the regeneration of York Central for the 36 years he has lived in the city – and it’s time is now.

Network Rail Regional Property Director Gaynor Carpenter said all parties involved have a “shared vision” for York Central, and that “this is one of our flagship sites.”

“Our strategic plan is focused on creating mixed use communities, and this is a fantastic opportunity to build in a fabulous city”, said Homes England National Development Director Jon Irvine.

UKREiiF, is the UK Real Estate, Infrastructure and Investment Forum. It connects people, places, and businesses to accelerate and unlock sustainable, inclusive, and transformational investment. York Central was also represented by McLaren Property with an exhibition stand and 3D model demonstrating the aspirations for the development in the next pahse. Delegates from the Invest  York and North Yorkshire also showcased the opportunities for investment across the wider region.

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