Top-drawer del­e­gates at con­fer­ence

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - UK&WORLD UPDATE -

PETER­BOR­OUGH was put on the global map at yes­ter­day’s Growth Con­fer­ence, with ex­ec­u­tives from na­tional and in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ers in at­ten­dance.

With £1bil­lion-plus needed to get the re­gen­er­a­tion of the city off the ground, the coun­cil was keen to ap­peal to com­pa­nies with strong links to in­vestors.

Among those present was Ben Wrighton, part­ner at global real es­tate agents Cush­man and Wake­field, which has a track record of prop­erty in­vest­ments in New York, Singapore and Los An­ge­les.

Also at­tend­ing was Bill McLeod, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Tor­rin As­set Man­age­ment, who has in­vested in ma­jor de­vel­op­ments on be­half of com­pa­nies such as Rolls Royce, Tesco and Asda.

Trans­port com­pa­nies were well rep­re­sented too, with East Coast’s sta­tion project devel­op­ment man­ager Mar­garet Drinkwa­ter, along with a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Net­work Rail, in­ter­ested in the coun­cil’s plans for the Sta­tion Quar­ter.

Na­tional prop­erty de­vel­op­ers in­clud­ing the Kier Group were present, with Kier in pole po­si­tion to de­liver an £80mil­lion in­vest­ment in city schools.

King Sturge, would-be de­vel­op­ers of the Peter­bor­ough District Hos­pi­tal site, sent part­ner John Foddy, while busi­ness park de­vel­op­ers Wren­bridge were rep­re­sented by MD Peter Jar­man.

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