SCCPS Panel Topics 2023

Panel 1

Shaping the Future of Office Spaces: Perspectives from Landlords, Investors, Occupiers, and Fitout Contractors

Key Discussion Points:

  1. Office Space Transformation: Trends and Adaptations: Explore emerging trends in office space design, layout, and functionality to accommodate evolving work styles and technologies. Discuss the impact of remote work, flexible schedules, and hybrid models on office space requirements and utilisation.
  2. Enhancing Sustainability and Wellness in Office Environments: Examine the role of sustainability practices in the design, construction, and operation of office spaces. Explore strategies to integrate wellness features, such as bioliphic design, natural lighting, and ergonomic considerations, to promote employee well-being and productivity.
  3. Balancing the Needs of Landlords, Investors, and Occupiers: Understand the different perspectives and objectives of landlords, investors, and occupiers in shaping office spaces. Discuss strategies for fostering mutually beneficial relationships and aligning interests to create successful and attractive office environments.
  4. The Role of Fitout Contractors in Office Space Innovation: Gain insights from fitout contractors on their role in implementing innovative design concepts and ensuring seamless execution. Explore how fitout contractors collaborate with landlords, investors, and occupiers to translate vision into reality while considering cost efficiency and project timelines.
  5. Future-proofing Office Spaces for Flexibility and Adaptability: Address the need for agile office spaces that can accommodate evolving business needs and market dynamics. Discuss strategies for incorporating flexible infrastructure, modular design elements, and scalable technologies to future-proof office spaces.
  6. Technology and Smart Offices: Explore the integration of technology, including IoT devices, automation, and data analytics, in optimising office spaces for productivity, efficiency, and occupant satisfaction. Discuss the challenges and opportunities of implementing smart office solutions and the potential impact on tenant experiences.


Panel 2

Unlocking the Pent-Up Demand: Exploring the Industrial Market Surge on the South Coast

Key Discussion Points:

  1. Analysing the Surge in Industrial Demand: Explore the factors contributing to the pent-up demand in the South Coast industrial market, such as regional growth, supply chain shifts, and investment opportunities. Discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic, changing consumer behaviour, and market dynamics have influenced the current surge.
  2. Challenges and Opportunities for Stakeholders: Identify the challenges faced by industrial occupiers, developers, and investors in meeting the growing demand. Discuss strategies to capitalise on the opportunities presented by the surge, including land development, infrastructure improvements, and workforce development.
  3. Impacts on Regional Economic Growth: Examine the broader economic impacts of the industrial market surge on the South Coast, including job creation, increased tax revenues, and industry diversification. Discuss the potential spillover effects on other sectors and the overall economic outlook for the region.
  4. Balancing Sustainable Growth and Industrial Expansion: Address the importance of sustainability in industrial development and its integration into the surge of the South Coast industrial market. Discuss strategies for incorporating sustainable practices in industrial design, operations, and supply chains, ensuring long-term environmental and social benefits.
  5. Collaboration and Partnerships for Sustainable Success: Explore the role of collaboration between local authorities, industry stakeholders, and sustainability organisations in managing the surge sustainably. Discuss case studies and best practices of successful partnerships that have effectively balanced industrial growth with sustainable practices


Panel 3

ESG in Real Estate: Navigating Greenwashing and Driving Genuine Environmental Impact

Key Discussion Points:

  1. Understanding ESG in Real Estate: Provide an overview of ESG principles and their relevance in the real estate sector. Discuss the potential environmental, social, and economic benefits of incorporating ESG considerations into investment and occupier decision-making.
  2. Identifying and Addressing Greenwashing: Define greenwashing and its implications in real estate. Discuss strategies to recognise greenwashing and differentiate between genuine sustainability commitments and superficial claims
  3. Enhancing Environmental Performance: Energy Performance Certificates (EPC): Explore the role of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) in evaluating the energy efficiency and environmental impact of real estate assets. Discuss the importance of EPC ratings and how they can inform investment decisions and occupier choices.
  4. Integrating ESG into Investment Strategies: Examine how ESG considerations are incorporated into investment decision-making processes. Discuss the challenges and opportunities of integrating ESG metrics and benchmarks in real estate investment strategies.
  5. Driving Real Environmental Impact: Explore innovative approaches to promote genuine environmental impact in real estate investments and occupier practices. Discuss case studies and best practices that demonstrate how real estate can contribute to sustainability goals, such as carbon reduction, resource conservation, and community engagement.


Panel 4

Real Estate and Supporting STEM on the South Coast: Identifying Pain Points and Building an Enabling Infrastructure

Key Discussion Points:

  1. Understanding the South Coast STEM Landscape: Provide an overview of the STEM industries and institutions on the South Coast and their contribution to the regional economy. Discuss the unique challenges and opportunities faced by the STEM community in the area.
  2. Collaborative Spaces for STEM Innovation: Explore the role of collaborative spaces, such as innovation hubs, research parks, and co-working facilities, in fostering STEM innovation and entrepreneurship. Discuss the design principles and amenities necessary to create an environment that supports collaboration, knowledge sharing, and interdisciplinary interactions.
  3. Access to Funding and Support Services: Highlight the importance of access to funding, incubation programs, and business support services in nurturing STEM startups and small enterprises. Discuss strategies for creating an ecosystem that connects STEM entrepreneurs with investors, mentors, and relevant support networks.
  4. Talent Attraction and Retention: Examine the challenges faced by STEM companies in attracting and retaining top talent on the South Coast. Discuss how real estate offerings, such as flexible workspaces, attractive amenities, and proximity to educational institutions, can enhance talent attraction and retention.
  5. Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure: Address the importance of sustainable and resilient real estate infrastructure in supporting STEM industries. Discuss the integration of energy-efficient buildings, smart technologies, and connectivity solutions to create a future-proof environment for STEM activities.


Panel 5

The South Coast Residential Market: Navigating Demand, Supply, and Affordability Challenges

Key Discussion Points:

  1. Understanding the South Coast Residential Market: Provide an overview of the South Coast residential market, including key submarkets, demographics, and recent trends. Discuss the factors driving demand, such as population growth, migration patterns, and lifestyle preferences.
  2. Meeting the Housing Supply Challenges: Explore the challenges faced by developers and local authorities in meeting the demand for housing on the South Coast.Discuss strategies for increasing the housing supply through brownfield development, urban regeneration, and innovative construction methods.
  3. Addressing Affordability Issues: Examine the affordability challenges faced by residents and prospective homebuyers on the South Coast.Discuss policies, incentives, and initiatives to promote affordable housing, such as inclusionary zoning, shared ownership schemes, and social housing provisions.
  4. Balancing Growth and Infrastructure: Highlight the importance of infrastructure development and urban planning in supporting residential growth on the South Coast.Discuss strategies for aligning housing development with transportation networks, amenities, and community services.
  5. Collaboration and Partnerships for Sustainable Housing: Explore the role of collaboration between developers, local authorities, housing associations, and community stakeholders in addressing the challenges of the residential market.Discuss successful case studies of public-private partnerships that have delivered sustainable and affordable housing solutions.


Council Update

Why the South Coast is the Place to Invest and Exploring Available Opportunities

Key Discussion Points:

  1. Overview of the South Coast Investment Landscape: Provide an overview of the investment potential and economic opportunities available on the South Coast. Highlight key sectors, infrastructure developments, and growth strategies that make the region attractive to investors.
  2. Council Vision and Strategies: Hear from each council representative about their vision for economic growth and development within their respective areas. Discuss the strategies and initiatives implemented by each council to support investment, stimulate job creation, and enhance the quality of life for residents.
  3. Infrastructure and Regeneration Projects: Explore major infrastructure and regeneration projects underway or planned within the councils’ jurisdictions. Discuss how these projects contribute to the region’s economic vitality, sustainability, and attractiveness as an investment destination.
  4. Investment Incentives and Support: Learn about the investment incentives, grants, and financial support programs offered by the councils to attract businesses and investors. Discuss how these incentives can facilitate growth, innovation, and job creation within the region.
  5. Sector Opportunities and Collaboration: Highlight specific sector opportunities within each council’s area, such as technology, healthcare, tourism, or renewable energy. Discuss the collaborative efforts between councils, businesses, and academic institutions to foster innovation, research, and sector-specific growth.
  6. Investor Experiences and Success Stories: Hear from successful investors and developers who have already invested in the South Coast region. Learn about their experiences, challenges faced, and the support received from the councils in realizing their investment projects.

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