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Urban Living Insights Series

Bespoke 1/2 Day events for urban innovators and investors at the cutting edge of contemporary hospitality, real estate and living


As part of the dynamic nature of the Urban Living Festival and the subject matters across the converging hospitality and real estate assets classes - we ensure to keep ahead of the trends and on the pulse to host a series of focused 1/2 day events across the year, in addition to the main festival of ideas in July.

The sessions are timely curated, bespoke sessions for urban innovators and investors at the cutting edge of contemporary hospitality, real estate and living.

Coliving/PBSA – 30 March - Mason and Fifth, Bermondsey, The Italian Bldg, 41 Dockhead, SE1 2BS, London
Short Term Rentals - 26 April - The Stratford Hotel, Olympic Park, 20 International Way, Stratford, E20 1FD, London
Shortyz Awards – 26 April - AcelorMittel, London
Serviced Apartments – 18 May - Tower Suites, Blue Orchid Hotel, 100 Minories, EC3N 1JY, London
Serviced Apartments Awards – 18 May - Leonardo Royal Hotel, London
Senior Living – 14 June - London
Work and Office - 20 September - Office Space In Town, 20 St Dunstan's Hill, Monument, EC3R 8HL, London
Hotels and Hospitality - 18 October - Sheraton Grand, Piccadilly, W1J 7BX, London
UL MEA - 28 - 29 November - Dubai


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Coliving Urban Living Insights - 30 March - London

Previously hosted sessions:


Senior Living - 17 November, London

Katten, Paternoster House, 65 St Paul's Churchyard, London, EC4M 8AB​

8.30am - 11.45am

Agenda topics include;
• Putting people at the heart of the process
Peter Robinson, European director at ProMatura, presents the latest research on UK IRC demand forecasts, what the general (age qualified) population really want and what they are prepared to pay for it.
• Panel: The investment landscape
Who is investing in the sector, what are they buying and what does the future hold?
• Panel: ESG and climate change
How will pressure from institutional investors and the need to deliver buildings resistant to extreme weather affect the way we design, build and operate senior living projects in the future?

Stewart Moore, COO, Retirement Villages 

Anne-Marie Nicholson, principal London, Life3a

Build To Rent – 10 November – 9.30am – 11am GMT – Zoom

Agenda – there will be 3 panel sessions, with a chance for the audience to interact online and ask questions, make comments throughout.

Single family and suburban BTR – the next big thing

A recent CBRE report showed that nearly a third of all UK H1 2022 BTR investment was in to suburban and single family projects, but a significant proportion of this went to private sale units bought from housebuilders. When will we see the large-scale adoption of bespoke rental suburban homes, and what will they and the developments that feature them look like? And how will the two approaches evolve in the future?

Anthony Lewis, operations director, Present Made

Samantha Kempe, chief investment officer, IMMO

ESG and climate change 

How will pressure from institutional investors and the need to deliver buildings resistant to extreme weather affect the way we design, build and operate BTR projects in the future?
Ding Li, associate director, Longevity Partners
Clint Bartman, Directors BTR Consultancy, Cortland Consult 


Addressing the housing crisis 
What is BTR’s role in addressing the housing crisis? With government and housebuilders collectively failing to deliver the number of new homes needed each year, and a proposed right-to-buy initiative for housing association tenants in the offing, how can the sector play its part to address the shortfall while remaining profitable and delivering a quality product?
Brendan Geraghty, CEO, UKAA
Matthew Ede, Senior Director, Greystar Europe

Sponsored by H+G Design Group & Scape




Hotels and hospitality - 26 October, London 

About Urban Living Insights: Hotels and Hospitality - Sailing through the storm?

We will be joining the honourable Lord Richard Harrington at the House of Lords for a breakfast discussion sponsored by AHV Associates and H and G Interior Design, hosted by IHM.

The Government, business and consumers are currently having to deal with a multitude of macro and micro economic headwinds and it remains to be seen how quickly hotels and hospitality will recover to pre-pandemic levels. How has hotels and hospitality fared over the last two years? How do industry leaders overcome the challenges faced and what is the outlook for the future?

To answer these questions, IHM has lined up 6 expert speakers to share their knowledge and expertise on what has taken place and what may happen into 2023.

After a brief welcome by Piers Brown, IHM and introductions by Andrew Harrington, AHV Associates and Alex Stewart, H and G Design, you’ll join the short 10 mins ‘power conversations’ on the state of the market and future outlook hosted by George Sell, Editor, URBAN LIVING NEWS with:

Debt Finance: Louise Gillon, Head of hotel finance, Leumi Bank

Equity Investor Sentiment: James Hart, Asset manager, European Living and Hospitality, LaSalle Investment Management

Valuations: Will Kirkpatrick, Head of hotels and extended stay, Gerald Eve LLP

Operations: Kerian Barnes, Commercial and operations director, Starboard Hotels

Brands: Brenda Collin, EVP Europe Preferred Hotels and Resorts

Distribution: Tara Colpitts, Senior Director, Market Management, Expedia Group

Venue host: House of Lords

Houses of Parliament, Parliament Sq, London SW1A 0PW, United Kingdom

Dress code: Smart business dress



29 September 2022 ULI - The evolution of the office and
the future of work

25 EP, 25 Eccleston Place, London


08.30hrs Networking coffee and breakfast light bites

09.15hrs Welcome to Urban Living Insights: The evolution of the office and the future of work – Piers Brown, IHM and Grant Powell, The Arterial Group

09.25hrs Introduction from your host, George Sell, Editor-in-chief, Urban Living News

09.30hrs Making hybrid work – creating a better workplace. 

The way we work was already changing - the pandemic turbocharged that change. How can investors, developers and operators of office space embrace flexibility to retain existing clients and attract new ones?


Ola Akinyemi, COO and Co founder, Arterial Group

Erin McGee, Community manager, Alpha Works

Wybo Wijnbergen, Co-founder & CEO, infinitSpace

10.10hrs Sustainability and wellness in the workplace

We may not be spending as many hours in the office as we used to, but the quality of that environment has never been more important. With businesses across numerous sectors struggling to fill vacancies, what does the workplace need to do to cater for the physical and mental wellbeing of employees, aiding recruitment and retention in the process, as well as meeting obligations to the environment?


Olga Turner Baker, Managing Director, Ekkist

David O'Coimin, Founder Director, Nook

Divya Rao, Arhitect & Workplace Strategist

1040hrs Investment opportunities and future office valuations.

The harbingers of doom may have been generating column inches, but those at the coalface of the office market are relatively upbeat about the sector’s prospects, with the central London office market seeing £8.2 billion of investment transactions over H1 2022, the highest half-year total since 2007*. But with economic headwinds strengthening, what is the investment outlook for the rest of the year and beyond?


Luv Shah, Co-Founder, Best Star Real Estate

Joanna Turner, Head of Property Research, Canada Life Asset Management

11.15hrs Networking coffee and optional tour of 25 EP

11.45hrs Close

Sponsored by H+G Design Group

Venue host: 25 EP

25 EP is home to independent businesses, innovative entrepreneurs and leading talent, managed by a passionate team who are driven by the art of service.
Set on the border of Victoria and Belgravia, 25 EP is designed to suit all your business needs. Our all inclusivememberships include private offices, open plan co-working, meeting rooms and event facilities.
Offering eight beautifully designed private meeting rooms, 25 EP can also accommodate interviews, board meetings or theatre space requirements, ranging from 3 to 70 in capacity.
Where coworking space comes together with meeting rooms in London, 25 EP also offers both private shared office spaces.


May 18 2022

Short Term Rentals - Urban Living Insights & Shortyz Awards, Tower Suites, Blue Orchid Hotels

8.30 – 09.05 Tea, coffee and pastries: Reach out to somebody you don't know and learn something new

9.05 – 09.25 Welcome + sponsor introduction: What makes short term rentals today's most exciting hospitality and real-estate asset class.



10:00 - 10.30 NEW INVESTMENT MODELS: FLEX RENTALS AND BTR: Hear from leading investors and developers on the intersection of the vacation rental and BTR sectors. 


10.30 - 11.00 WHAT’S NEXT FOR DATA, TECH AND AI? ENABLING SMART SHORT-TERM RENTAL DECISIONS FOR ENHANCED PROFITABILITY: A look at innovative property, channel management and distribution solutions to maximise efficiency, productivity and demand. what’s next?


11.00 - 11.30 Tea, coffee and light bites: Time to network and connect.


In partnership with AJL Atelier

May 10 2022

Serviced Apartments Montcalm Hotel, Royal London House, London

08.30 – 09.15 Tea, coffee and pastries - reach out to somebody you don’t know and learn something new

09.15 - 9.30 Welcome and sponsor introductions

09.30 – 10.15 Investor sentiment: How serviced apartments and extended stay became the stars in the hospitality firmament, and is the asset light model on the rise?

• Robert Miles, director, Fortress Investment Group

• Ragnar Jongen, investment manager at DN Capital

10.15 – 10.45 Green finance, social purpose and the role of ESG in the serviced apartment space

• Presentation by Andrew Harrington, partner, AHV Associates

10.45 – 11.15 Business travel has changed forever. How can serviced accommodation providers adapt to the new landscape?

Panel discussion featuring:

• MJ Paschall, senior vice president, AKA Hotel Residences

• Shabina Awan, head of partner development, SilverDoor

• Carol Fergus, director - global travel, meetings and ground transportation at Fidelity International

11.15 – 11.45 Tea, coffee and light bites – more time to connect and do business



In 2021, we hosted a week long series of online webinar sessions [March 2021] sponsored by Yardi. 

To view the whole playlist click HERE

Monday 1/3/2021, 10:00 - 1100hrs GMT:

Understanding urban living markets: how are hospitality and real estate asset classes performing and what’s the outlook? 

Host: George Sell, Editor-in-chief, IHM

Quickfire presentations from:

Alex Robinson, Senior Manager - Industry Partners, STR (Hotels and Serviced Apartments)

Fred Lerche-Lerchenborg, CEO, Lavanda (Student Housing)

Sarah DuPre, Sales Director, AirDNA (Airbnb and Short Term Rentals)

Susan Tjarksen, Managing Director, Cushman and Wakefield (Co-Living)

Watch the replay HERE

Monday 1/3/2021, 14:00 - 15:00hrs GMT: Investment strategies of the future.

Discussing the unique opportunities investors expect to see in 2021 and beyond.

As the UK transitions outside of the EU, and the crisis passes, how are real estate investors adapting to the accelerated trends and structural changes affecting a range of asset classes. How is this affecting liquidity and pricing and will we see more distressed opportunities on the horizon? What will the risk / reward spectrum look like and how will investors drive forward capital allocations and adjust risk strategies.

Host: Piers Brown, CEO, International Hospitality Media

Nick Barker, Director, Gravis Capital

Jonathon Ivory, Managing Director, Packaged Living

Patrick Smith, Investment Director, Frogmore

Freddie Wonnacott, Associate Director, M and G

Watch the replay HERE

Tuesday 2/3/2021, 10:00 - 1100hrs GMT: Battle of the assets classes (Hybrid accommodation vs Hotels vs Serviced Apartments vs BTR vs Student Housing vs Senior Living) - who will be the 'winners' post-crisis

Light-hearted but with a serious message, each speaker has 5 mins max to convince the audience the hospitality asset they represent will be the most favoured investment class post-crisis. Each member of the audience has an imaginery £100 million GBP to allocate, who will be the winner?

Host: Neal Gemassmer, VP International Yardi

Philip Camble, Director, Whitebridge Hospitality (Hotels)

Harry Douglass, Associate Director - Hospitality, HVS (Hybrid accommodation)

Jo Winchester, Executive Director, CBRE (Co-living)

Honor Barratt, Managing Director, Birchgrove (Retirement Living)

Ben Davis, Co-founder, Saxbury (Serviced Apartments / Extended Stay)

James Pargeter, GAA (Build To Rent)

Paddy Allen, Head of operational capital markets, Colliers International (Student Housing)

Watch the replay HERE

Tuesday 2/3/2021, 14:00 - 15:00hrs GMT: How technology is powering Build to Rent (BTR)

What role can technology play in helping manage the relationship between landlords, operators and residents and is the BTR sector wholeheartedly embracing the use of technology?

You will learn:

How technology continues to develop, not only to meet current needs, but the future requirements of both operators and residents in a rapidly evolving, service-driven space.
Tips and challenges on defining requirements and implementation
Cost v reward conundrum
How important tech-enabled properties are from an investors' perspective

Host: Dave Butler, CEO, UKAA

Jo Vandebergh, Chief Enabling Officer, Bringme

Justin Harley, Regional Director, Yardi

Martin Zdravkov, Head of Residential and Impact Investments, LaSalle Investment Management

Sibel Osman, Head of PRS, Rendall & Rittner

Watch the replay HERE

Wednesday 03/03/2021,  10:00 - 11:00hrs GMT: The outlook on the flex economy and future of the workspace

How the flexible workplace evolves and what the new way of working will be over the next few months is a fascinating employee / employer and hospitality / real estate debate.

You will learn:

What lies ahead for the future of the modern office space.
How design and functionality is going to change post-pandemic.
How operations and AI is changing the way buildings are managed


Space-as-a-service v productivity-as-a-service.
Working from office v Working from home conundrum.
Flexible v long term leases - what's changing?
How operators are helping businesses 'back to work'

Host: Piers Brown, CEO, International Hospitality Media

Ted Orf, Co-founder, Revolt Ventures

Divya Rao, Workplace Strategist, KKS Savills

Robert Ryan, Property Director, Techspace

Antony Slumbers, Co-founder, Real Innovation Academy

Neil Usher, Chief Workplace and Change Strategist, GoSpace AI

 Watch the replay HERE



Wednesday 3/3/2021, 14:00 - 15:00hrs GMT: Mixed-use utopia - work, rest and play

With the shift in working and living patterns, mixed use development continues to be a trend in real estate, and most projects combine a residential and commercial component. The pandemic has prompted many developers and investors to look to diversify across a range of asset classes within individual projects, offering greater resilience across market cycles and evolving political, demographic and economic scenarios.

You will learn:

What to consider when evaluating the feasibility of a mixed use development.
How to leverage the synergies of each real estate component.
Tips on selecting your best partners and placemaking.
Potential challenges and pitfalls.
The key factors when designing the development to ensure it is attractive to tenants, and will stay desirable in the long term.
Future-proofing your development.

  Host: Piers Brown, CEO, International Hospitality Media

Richard Berridge, Head of strategy and enterprise, Howsy

Eoin Conroy, Investment/Development Director, YOO Group

Neil Davies, Founding Director, Neil Davies Architects LLP

Marloes Knippenberg, CEO, Kerten Hospitality

Holly Mitchell, Director, Simply Planning

Watch the replay HERE

Thursday 4/3/2021, 10:00 - 11:00hrs GMT:  Re-purposing redundant real-estate into new forms.

Real estate is increasingly being repurposed to revitalise struggling towns and cities to better meet the changing needs and preferences of city dwellers, workers, travellers and local communities. People are already readying themselves for the 'future different'. How will people stay, live and work in urban centres, and what will be the hospitality offerings of the future. Topics covered to include: planning, architecture and design, conversion, repositioning and future customer preferences.

Host: George Sell, Editor-in-chief IHM

Dexter Moren, Director, Dexter Moren Associates

Jonathan Humphries, Chairman, HoCoSo

Simon Wallis, Director, Planning, Savills

Johannes Kangas, CEO, Forenom

Watch the replay HERE

Thursday 4/3/2021, 14:00 - 15:00hrs GMT: Sustainability in Urban Development 

Host: Katharine Le Quesne, Managing Director, HOCOSO

Ufi Ibrahim, CEO, Energy & Environment Alliance

Matt Aspiotis Morley, Biofilico Wellness Interiors

Dr. Stefan Plesser, CEO, Synavision

Peter Sharratt, Managing Director, Fhoras Consulting

Sophie Carruth, Head of Sustainability Europe, LaSalle Investment Management

Watch the replay HERE

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any additional questions please contact marketing@internationalhospitality.media

What if I can't join the live events?

For each webinar you have registered you will receive a on-demand recording within 48 hours of the live event.

How do I join the event?

You will receive a unique joining link for each session you have selected, which will arrive in separate emails closer to the event. A reminder email with the unique link will arrive one hour before the event. To join the event click the link in the email.

Do I need any software?

No, we use zoom to run our webinars. You can access the event on any platform that supports zoom either in your browser or the zoom application on computer, smartphone or tablet.

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"We were a founder sponsor of the Urban Living Festival in 2021 and have found it a great way for us to generate new leads which we have continued to convert into profitable business. What more can a business ask for?"

Alex Stewart, CEO, H+G