KQ Liverpool & Sciontec, Hull City Council and CityCo & Manchester BID Keynotes at PUBLIC REALM & URBAN SPACES Smart Class 2023


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We’re delighted to confirm further details on our PUBLIC REALM & URBAN SPACES Smart Class 2023 keynote presentations:

“Knowledge Quarter Liverpool Innovation District: Public Realm at the Heart of Placemaking” – Knowledge Quarter Liverpool (KQ Liverpool) is a 450 acre urban innovation district which spans more than half of Liverpool City Centre. Bringing together the University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool City Council and Bruntwood SciTech, KQ Liverpool is the strategic and placeshaping organisation tasked with developing a world-leading innovation district.

Sciontec is the commercial spin-out development of KQ Liverpool, with the vision to own and operate the most innovative science and technology buildings in the World. Sciontec owns and operates Liverpool Science Park, manages Sciontec AI serviced space offices in The Spine and is developing HEMISPHERE at Paddington Village.

This keynote from KQ Liverpool’s CEO Colin Sinclair will highlight the importance of public realm to placemaking, using the landmark £1bn Paddington Village development site in KQ Liverpool as a key example. Paddington Village sits at the eastern gateway to KQ Liverpool and is an urban village that has Science, Tech, Education and Health within its DNA.Paddington began to rise from the ground back in 2017 and is now proudly home to The University of Liverpool Kaplan International College, Clatterbridge Cancer Centre’s Community Diagnostics Centre, the Novotel Liverpool Paddington Village hotel, a Multi-Storey Car Park, and The Spine. Sciontec’s £56m HEMISPHERE scheme is the next plot to be developed on Paddington Village and will be Liverpool City Region’s first operational net zero new build.

In addition, this keynote will also explore the role that public realm and urban spaces can play in delivering inclusive innovation and in the case of KQ Liverpool “Being a Better Neighbour” to surrounding communities, removing both the physical and invisible barriers to opportunities within the innovation economy.

“Hull, Culture Led Regeneration from the Built Environment to Lived Experience” – Over the past decade UK City of Culture brought in over 5 million visitors to Hull and created over 800 jobs, Siemens Gamesa’s wind turbine factory delivered in excess of 1,000 jobs, and throughout this time Hull has continued to innovate, evolve and transform.

A key driver for this seismic shift was the investment made in the built place, grounded in the place and its people and aspirational in its quality.

Now in 2023, Hull is looking at how to revive and enliven the lived experience of space, through behavioural insights intelligence and understanding of human needs, motivations and understanding to soften and create a space that works for all.

In this keynote presentation, Hull City Council’s Kath Wynne-Hague (Head of Culture, Place and City Centre) and Garry Taylor (Assistant Director for Major Projects, Culture & Place) will showcase the process, projects and methodology that have led to and continues to lead the transformation of Hull.

“The City Welcome” – CityCo, the Manchester Business Improvement District and the Accommodation Business Improvement District represent and work with 1000s of businesses across several sectors, including office occupiers, night-time economy, property development, retail, leisure, hospitality, and culture.

CityCo, The Manchester BID and the new Accommodation BID are interconnected organisations who are working towards an improved City Welcome.

The City Welcome sounds like a simple enough concept. Manchester should make you feel like you have arrived somewhere special. Business tells us Manchester should be cleaner, greener, safer and friendlier.

So, tactically, how does CityCo deliver those very basic concepts in a city where private and public spaces blend, where objectives can clash, where you have no control, and where the public purse is already under huge pressure?

What can CityCo do that is obvious, impactful and delivers a sustained improvement?

In this presentation, Partnership Director Alex King-Byatt will explore how the Operations team, which includes the Business Crime Reduction Partnership, works on the ground to develop, and deliver their approach to The City Welcome.


PUBLIC REALM & URBAN SPACES Smart Class 2023 takes place at The Shipping Office, Lloyds House, Manchester, next Tuesday 4th July (8.30am-2.00pm) and will show key stakeholders how to harness innovation, technology, data science, design and best practice to create the next generation of smarter spaces and places in our cities and regions.

In addition to our inspirational keynotes (plus Q&As), the event will also feature:

  • Rapid fire innovator presentations (followed by Q&As) delivered by leading technology experts and thought leaders from Project Centre, Brightly and Commonplace, addressing priority innovation and design topics and associated areas of application across the public realm. Click on the event website link above to see all the presentation descriptions and speakers!
  • Deeper-dive roundtable consultations with speakers and specialists to help hone delegates’ smart strategies and address some of their specific challenges.
  • Further networking opportunities with peers and pioneers over breakfast, drinks and lunch, and all at no charge!

Qualifying delegates include commissioning, procurement, trialling, partnering and policy leads, senior influencers, strategic decision makers, planners, place makers, architects, green space managers, urban designers, highways & street scene, transport & mobility and high streets & regeneration professionals from councils and local authorities (city, borough, metropolitan, district, county and combined); people and place partnerships; developers, landowners and creators of privately owned public spaces; prime contractors and city centre management companies; DfT, DEFRA, MHCLG, EA and supporting governmental bodies; transport authorities, highways agencies and public transport operators; civic organisations and community groups; and other key players from the public realm ecosystem with responsibility for managing, maintaining and operating our streets, squares, forecourts, parks, pathways, retail centres, car parks, airports, ports, travel hubs, hospitals, housing estates, campuses, communal gardens and the assets contained within these public or semi-public spaces.

Registration closes at midday on Monday (July 3rd) so REGISTER NOW if you haven’t already secured your free delegate place, or share this final opportunity to participate with an appropriate colleague or team member if you think they might like to join us for what promises to be an insightful half-day of collaboration and knowledge exchange!


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PUBLIC REALM & URBAN SPACES Smart Classes show key buyer side stakeholders how to harness innovation, technology, data science, design and best practice to create the next generation of smarter spaces and places in our cities and regions. PUBLIC REALM & URBAN SPACES Smart Class 2023 will be hosted in Manchester on July 4th.


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