Policy Forum for London

Infrastructure in London and the South East - planning, investment and future-proofing

Morning, Thursday, 6th February 2020

Royal Over-Seas League, Over-Seas House, Park Place, St James’s Street, London SW1A 1LR


This conference will discuss the priorities for developing major infrastructure projects across London and the wider South East.

Areas for discussion include:

  • Expanding capacity;
  • Addressing planning challenges; and
  • Ensuring infrastructure is fit for long-term use and population growth.


Keynote contributions from:

  • Jeremy Skinner, Greater London Authority; and
  • Alex Williams, Transport for London.

Further speakers include: Gordon Adams, Battersea Power Station Development Company; Rob Gray, Heathrow Airport; John Morrison, BAM Nuttall; Malcolm Orford, Lower Thames Crossing; and Peter Ward, Port of Tilbury London - as well as Dr David Lutton, London First; Kevin McGinley, Network Rail Property; Susannah Stock, Aviva Investors; Tonia Secker, Trowers & Hamlins and Mark Baigent, Housing and Regeneration Consultant.

The agenda

  • Current infrastructure needs and development going forward;
  • Large-scale projects, and what London needs in the 2020-2024 mayoral term:
    • London’s water system - modernising infrastructure for delivery and waste, managing multi-site completion, and minimising disruption;
    • Port capacity - expansion, digitisation, connectivity, and facilities for business; and
    • Large-scale redevelopment projects - and realising potential benefits for housing, commerce and public spaces.
  • Engagement with partners and stakeholders - business cases, project consent, and the potential role of land-value capture;
  • Major projects for the future: development, delivery and ensuring infrastructure capacity is fit for an expanding London:
    • Funding - priorities for London projects, and getting them beyond the approval stage;
    • Housing infrastructure - delivery priorities for London;
    • Lower Thames Crossing - the business case, and wider benefits for London;
    • Airport capacity in the South East - growth, and the physical impact and stakeholder engagement challenges for Heathrow expansion; and
    • Road connectivity - in Central London and working with local authorities to overcome delivery barriers.
  • Expanding transport infrastructure across London.

Keynote Speaker

Alex Williams

Director, City Planning, Transport for London

Keynote Speakers

Jeremy Skinner

Assistant Director, Strategy, Intelligence and Analysis, Greater London Authority

Alex Williams

Director, City Planning, Transport for London


Tony Devenish AM

Chairman, Regeneration Committee and Member of the Planning Committee and Housing Committee


Rob Gray

Director - Community & Stakeholder Relations, Heathrow Airport

Peter Ward

Commercial Director, Port of Tilbury London

Tonia Secker

Partner, Head of Affordable Housing, Trowers & Hamlins

Susannah Stock

Fund Manager, Aviva Investors

Tim Harman

Engineering Lead, Tideway Central

Malcolm Orford

Deputy Development Director, Lower Thames Crossing

George Lock

Head of Preconstruction, Major Projects Division, BAM Nuttall

Kevin McGinley

Principal Development Manager, Network Rail Property

Gordon Adams

Head, Planning and Public Affairs, Battersea Power Station Development Company

Dr David Lutton

Director, Connectivity and Competitiveness, London First

Mark Baigent

Housing and Regeneration Consultant