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European city leaders assemble to present Waterfront ambitions


European city leaders assemble to present Waterfront ambitions


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City leaders and senior representatives from Hamburg, Rotterdam, Oslo, Liverpool and Belfast will convene at Mipim in Cannes this week to discuss how each city is leveraging the value of their respective waterfronts.

Entitled ‘Using Retail and Leisure to Unlock Waterfront Regeneration’, the panel presentation and Q&A, hosted by leading commercial real estate advisory Bilfinger GVA and Liverpool Vision will take place at 1600 on Wednesday 16 March in the Blue Room in Palais des Festivals.

The session will consider the role that retail, tourism and leisure play with waterfront development and place-making. The event will also look at ways in which these developments can be made more sustainable and what approach needs to be taken to ensure this, including addressing ways in which cities can develop this further through their collaboration with the private sector.

The panel set to represent these unique sea-facing cities will comprise: Joe Anderson OBE, Mayor of Liverpool; Professor Jürgen Bruns-Berentelg, Chief Executive at Hafen City (Hamburg); Ellen De Vibe, Chief Town Planner, Oslo; Suzanne Wylie, Chief Executive of Belfast City Council and Hans van Rossum, Chief Development Officer at City of Rotterdam.

Greg Clark CBE, Global Advisor on Cities, will introduce the event and speakers. Joe Anderson OBE, Mayor of Liverpool will also add a word of welcome to the panellists and attendees. Stephen Cowperthwaite, Liverpool Regional Senior Director at Bilfinger GVA will provide the keynote speech.

Stephen Cowperthwaite at Bilfinger GVA, comments: “We very much look forward to hosting and collaborating with our European waterfront city counterparts. We hope it will provide an effective platform from which to learn and share ideas and approaches to regeneration through retail and leisure.”

Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said: “Our waterfront is a major USP for Liverpool, so it is important that we are at the forefront of bringing together European cities to discuss waterfront regeneration. Working with Bilfinger GVA, we brought a waterfront event to Mipim last year with Hamburg, so it is fantastic that these discussions are moving forward with the event at Mipim this year. We also look forward to continuing these discussions at the International Waterfront Forum as part of the IFB in Liverpool in the summer, when once again Hamburg and Rotterdam will be joining the panel.”

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