PUBLIC REALM & URBAN SPACES Smart Class 2023 Retrospectives Round-Up


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Missed any of the “Retrospectives” from PUBLIC REALM & URBAN SPACES Smart Class 2023? Here’s another chance to gain valuable insights from our Keynote Supporters (Knowledge Quarter Liverpool/KQ Liverpool and Sciontec Developments, Hull City Council, CityCo and Manchester BID) and Innovation Sponsors (Project Centre, part of Marston Holdings; Brightly, a Siemens Company; and Commonplace)!

If you meet our regular delegate qualification criteria* for a Public Realm and Urban Spaces Smart Class but were unable to join us in Manchester (at The Shipping Office, Lloyds House) for the live in-person event on July 4th, CLICK HERE and complete the short “Download form” at the bottom of the post to receive a unique link giving free of charge access to all of the presentation videos, recordings and slides. Alternatively, click on your preferred presentation title from below to re-visit an individual retrospective: 

  1. “Public Realm at the Heart of Placemaking – Creating a World Leading Innovation District for Liverpool”
  2. “Designing Healthy Places”
  3. “Destination Hull – Culture Led Regeneration from the Built Environment to Lived Experience”
  4. “Bright and Connected Public Spaces”
  5. “The City Centre Welcome”
  6. “Building Better Places Together – How Early Community Engagement Accelerates Positive Change”

*Those qualifying to receive the presentation videos and rich media content from this event 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.


Here’s some of the feedback we’ve received from PUBLIC REALM & URBAN SPACES Smart Class 2023 delegates and stakeholders:

“Really enjoyed the day and thought it was very well run – thank you! Really interesting to see how things are done differently in different regions and great insight into engagement possibilities and improvement” – Infrastructure Project Manager, West Yorkshire Combined Authority • “Thank you for organising this fruitful session. All sections were informative” – Transport Planner, West Yorkshire Combined Authority • “Many thanks for an engaging and thought-provoking session” – Assistant Director of Regeneration, Ashfield District Council “All of the roundtable discussions were valuable”  – Executive Director Place, Ashfield District Council “Thanks for the invite, it was a very interesting session with great speakers” – Regeneration Officer, Bury Council “Many thanks for the invite. It was a fascinating class and I hope to see you again soon in Coventry”Urban Design Officer, Coventry City Council “Today, I was part of Smart Classes’ Public Realm & Urban Spaces event where I was invited to present obo Hull. There were insightful and thought provoking speakers and interesting debates in the roundtable break out sessions. Lots to learn and share” Head of Culture, Place and City Centre, Hull City Council “Organisation of the event was excellent”Planning Officer, Preston City Council “Helpful programme content and targeted at the right level”Urban Design Officer, St Helens Borough Council • “I thoroughly enjoyed the session, it was very informative”Senior Planning Officer, Sunderland City Council “An overall excellent event experience”Project Development Manager for Major Projects, Wigan Council “It was a pleasure to talk about the way we work together in Manchester” Partnership Director, CityCo Manchester

“Great to be a part of the event. It was an excellent opportunity to connect with like-minded colleagues working in urban development and place-based innovation” – Project Specialist, Urban Foresight “Excellent opportunities to network” – Landscape Architect, Arcadis “Always a valuable source for new insights and contacts” – Director, Association of Transport Coordinating Officers “Excellent event. Liverpool (Innovation District) was most relevant and interesting” Strategic Development Manager and Travel Hubs Lead, Transport for Greater Manchester “Informative presentations and engaging roundtable discussions”Transport Strategy Officer, Transport for Greater Manchester “Thank you for an excellent event! I really loved it and found it very beneficial. Really hope we can get involved in more Smart Classes in the future!” – Business Development Manager, Commonplace (Innovation Sponsor) • “Thank you to everyone who engaged with our presentation” – Commonplace Marketing Team (Innovation Sponsor) • “Always a pleasure to attend and present at the Smart Classes events” – Solutions Manager, Brightly, a Siemens company (Innovation Sponsor) • “Great to be back in Manchester yesterday for the Smart Classes’ Public Realm & Urban Spaces event as expert innovators at Brightly. Talking all things asset management, IoT and carbon capture, and how councils are able to create connected systems and enable smarter assets which deliver better outcomes for the communities they serve. Thanks for having us Mark and team!” – Account Director, Brightly, a Siemens company (Innovation Sponsor) • “I really enjoyed today’s Smart Class – as always, a great selection of speakers” – Technical Director (North Region), Project Centre, part of Marston Holdings (Innovation Sponsor)


Smart Classes for 2023 and Beyond:


Like to learn more about our Smart Class events and how you can potentially participate? Click here to discover the market context of Smart Classes and for a general overview of our Transport, Emissions & Air Quality, Public Realm & Urban Spaces, Water Management, Waste Management, Energy and Health & Assisted Living editions.

Buyer side stakeholders (e.g. councils/local authorities, transport authorities, transport operators, highways authorities, waste collection authorities, developers, utilities, public service providers, critical infrastructure operators, government agencies, prime contractors etc) meeting the qualification criteria described on the individual event page (click selected Smart Class from the schedule above) can apply for a free delegate place by completing the “Registration form” located at the bottom of that page.

Up to 5 innovators/solution vendors can be accommodated at each Smart Class in an “Innovation Sponsor” capacity: Peruse the Event Sponsorship page for full details on “Smart Class Innovation Sponsorship Packages”. Check out our Testimonials page (or the individual Smart Class event pages) for feedback from previous delegates, sponsors and supporters.

Stay Safe, Feel Safe: The number of delegates at a Smart Class is usually capped at 50 and, despite the government’s lifting of restrictions, venues selected to host a Smart Class are required to operate a ‘Covid-Secure Standards Charter’ and to remain vigilant. We ask all delegates to ensure that they are fully vaccinated or have had a negative covid test within 48 hours of the event. Bottles of hand sanitiser are included on all tables and, if you prefer to wear a face covering, full face-visor shields are available.

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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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