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Committee member Chris Shephard attended and spoke at the inaugural Built Environment South Coast Development Conference on Tuesday 28th January in Brighton. The conference was created by Built Environment Networking who have run similar conferences in Bournemouth over the years and was an opportunity for the South Coast development industry to get together to promote the region and discuss opportunities and challenges.

Chris was presenting some of the projects and infrastructure investments BCP Council is involved with, demonstrating how investment in infrastructure can help unlock developments, increase jobs and economic growth. It provided a good opportunity for Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole to be on the same stage as Southampton, Portsmouth and Brighton, and to ensure that the development and investment community are familiar with what is happening here as much as other parts of the South Coast. There were 4 panel sessions with a broad range of speakers covering infrastructure, place making and destination marketing.

During the panel sessions, the audience were invited to take part in a number of polls. Some of the headlines included most people feeling “hot” or at least “lukewarm” about prospects for 2020. The most important challenge ahead was considered to be tacking climate change, and the thing that needed the most investment was the road infrastructure…so a bit contradictory!

Overall it was great to represent our area at the event. Many other familiar faces were in attendance such as Morgan Sindall Construction, City Fibre and WSP to name a few.

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