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British Land CEO Chris Grigg joins CN Summit

British Land CEO Chris Grigg will take part in a conversation with BBC broadcaster Andrew Neil to start the property and housing-themed day two of this year’s CN Summit.

Mr Grigg will discuss the property market with the CN Summit chair on 22 November in a keynote session.

The British Land CEO has been at the helm of the property giant since 2009, following a career with Goldman Sachs and Barclays.

British Land’s pipeline currently includes its ongoing redevelopment at Broadgate, where it is working with Sir Robert McAlpine.

It is also pressing ahead with the 19 ha mixed-use development at Canada Water, a planning application for which is expected by the end of the year, despite seeing the value of the scheme fall by 10.8 per cent following a reassessment.

The developer’s Canada Water site includes Surrey Quays Shopping Centre and Harmsworth Quays – the former Daily Mail General Trust printing works.

Combined, the sites have the potential to include around 5.5m sq ft of office, retail, residential, leisure, educational and community space.

Among the other top industry speakers confirmed for day two are:

  • Helen Gordon, CEO, Grainger
  • Chiara Zuccon, head of PRS, Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Gregor Craig, CEO, Skanska
  • Sherin Aminossehe, chief operating officer, Government Property Unit
  • Eamonn Boylan, chief executive, Greater Manchester Combined Authority
  • John Miu, chief operating officer, ABP
  • Gavin Taylor, regional general manager, Far East Consortium Intl
  • Elaine Bailey, group chief executive, Hyde Group
  • Steve Sanham, managing director, HUB
  • Patrick Flaherty, CEO, Aecom
  • Tom Bloxham, chairman and co-founder, Urban Splash
  • Peter Elliott, head of property development, TfL
  • Matt Giles, head of development and project management, The Crown Estate
  • Mark Robinson, CEO, Scape Group
  • Grainne Gilmore, head of UK residential research, Knight Frank
  • PLUS: LIV Group, Telford Homes, Allianz Real Estate, Lendlease, Lovell, Notting Hill Housing, First Base, Essential Living, City of London, HB Reavis, Salford City Council, U+I, Harworth Group, AHMM and more.

Meanwhile the Sunday Times political editor Tim Shipman will address the Summit on day one.

Mr Shipman, the author of All Out War, will discuss Brexit and the ongoing political uncertainty in the UK and within Europe.

The CN Summit takes place over two days at the Hilton Bankside in London on 21 and 22 November.

Day one focuses on infrastructure and speakers include: Network Rail CEO Mark Carne; Heathrow Airport CEO John Holland-Kaye; Highways England CEO Jim O’Sullivan; GLA deputy mayor, transport, Val Shawcross; Education & Skills Funding Agency PSBP programme director Rachel Stephenson; Sellafield supply chain director Martin Chown; and Infrastructure Projects Authority construction director David Hancock.

Sponsors of this year’s event include IFS, B&CE, Clyde & Co (legal partner) and Topcon. Visit for full details.

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