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The Future of Town Centres

The Future of Town Centres - Adapting to Change and Staying Alive

Friday, 04 October 2013 at 9:30AM - 4:00PM
Firstsite Colchester, Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1JH
£90+VAT RTPI & IED Members, £105+VAT non-members, including lunch & refreshments
RTPI East of England

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This Conference, being organised with assistance from Colchester Borough Council, will respond to the continuing changes and challenges faced by town centres.  It will look at examples of how some town centres (large and small) in the East of England and beyond are meeting these challenges, developing initiatives and striving to achieve economic growth, and maintain a cultural and social focus whilst safeguarding their vitality and viability. 

Contributions will include specialists leading by example from a range of perspectives including:

  • The National Perspective - Problems and Issues" - Martyn Chase, Director, Stanhope - Ex President of the British Council for Shopping Centres (BCSC) and on the

    Government’s ‘Future of High Streets Forum’

  • “The Changing Face of the High Street: A Review of Retail and Town Centre Issues in Historic Areas June 2013" - Antony Rifkin (Partner of Allies and Morrison Urban Practitioners), author of this recent English Heritage report, will discuss its findings and lessons learnt
  • "The Changing High Street" - Jonny Birkett, East Team Towns Adviser, Association of Town & City Management (ATCM)
  • "Key Issues: Linking Policy and Practice for Town Centres" - Chris Wade, Chief Executive, Action for Market Towns
  • "National Trends and Context, and Insights for the Future" - Diane Wehrle, Retail Insights Director, Springboard

Case studies include:

  • "Portas Pilot Award 12 Months On" - Alison Jennings, Town Centre and Regeneration Manager, Braintree District Council
  • "Reorientation of Ipswich Town Centre" - Peter Lee, Economic Development Manager, Ipswich Borough Council
  • "Better Town Centres Project"Karen Turnbull, Enterprise & Tourism Development Manager, Colchester Borough Council


The venue is Firstsite Colchester - a contemporary visual arts centre.

The discounted rate of £90+VAT is available for members of the RTPI and members of the Institute of Economic Development