The upcoming BCO conference will take place next May in Birmingham,
exploring the theme: Creating
and Curating Vibrant cities.
During our time together, we’ll be considering the importance of
workspace and cities; the linkage between the two; and how we
cultivate lively, dynamic and appealing spaces to create well-rounded
and thriving urban environments fit for tomorrow.
Our host city:
It's been more
than a decade since the BCO last convened in Birmingham, and the
change in the city since then is notable, making the theme of this
year’s conference particularly appropriate.
Over the past ten years, Birmingham, renowned as the 'workshop of the
world,' has steadfastly lived up to its name, quietly ushering in a
slew of substantial new developments. Notable among these are 103
Colmore Row, Enterprise Wharf, the Paradise regeneration project, and
Snow Hill. Undoubtedly, the substantial redevelopment of New Street
Station in 2015 has been a catalyst for these transformative changes.
What to expect The conference will run from Wednesday 22 to Friday
conference will get underway with the BCO Drinks Reception at the
stunning Library of Birmingham, a unique and impressive venue to
bring everyone together.
We’ll be hosting the conference Plenary Sessions at the
International Convention Centre, centrally located with great access
and transportation links and plenty of hotels within easy reach.
During the Conference
Seminars and Panels, we’ll be hearing from a panel of
expert regional and national experts to discuss a wide range of
subjects including the power of partnership in development and
regeneration projects, the impact of social value on lending for
developers, and what today’s life science occupier looks like.
The BCO team has crafted a packed program to serve as a platform for
a diverse and stimulating few days, and I’m sure you’ll get a lot out
of the varied mix of discussions.
Tours will provide an alternative option to the
You will have the opportunity to visit and learn more about some
of Birmingham’s most recent and noteworthy developments including the
aforementioned 103 Colmore Row, Enterprise Wharf and Cornerblock.
There will be plenty of NextGen
activities for young professionals to get involved with and I’m
pleased to say the BCO
Cycle Challenge and Golf Cup will also be happening
Finally, the Conference
Party will take place at at trendy Digebth
hotspot, Lunar Springs. I think it’s safe to say you can expect
to engage in thought provoking discussion, learn new things, make new
connections and have fun in the vibrant and thriving city of
you in May!
Development Officer Bruntwood SciTech
BCO Senior Vice President & Conference Chair