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PlaceTech Trend Talk Birmingham: Summary, slides + gallery

The Q1 Trend Talk brought us to Birmingham, where PlaceTech welcomed around 100 property and tech professionals from the all over the UK to explore the latest trends and issues within proptech.

Guests included professionals from Arcadis, JLL, Deetu, Broadway Malyan, Freeths, GL Hearn, Iceni Projects, Malcolm Hollis, Lambert Smith Hampton, Pegasus Group, Reed Midem, Spica Technologies, Tech Nation, Trowers & Hamlins, Wardell Armstrong, Essensys, Buttress and more.

PlaceTech Trend Talk Birmingham was organised in association with Node, Mills & Reeve and FUTURE:PropTech.

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Watch the video below to find out the top takeaways from the event from the speakers.

See below for gallery, videos of the presentations + slides


Ken Norton, head of sales at LandInsight, and Grace Manning-Marsh, managing director of LandEnhance, shared the stage to talk about the two planning platforms, how they work, how far the planning system has to go, and gave advice on the mistakes to avoid when implementing proptech. Watch their presentation

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Ken Norton, head of sales at LandInsight

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Grace Manning-Marsh, managing director of LandEnhance

Tom McClellan, director of business development at connectivity certification company, WiredScore, talked about how important it is to ensure that buildings are future-ready, including the impending arrival of 5G. Watch Tom McClellan’s presentation

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Tom McClellan, director of business development at WiredScore

Sheraz Dar, CEO of rent reporting service CreditLadder, talked about the importance of using rent, which for most is their biggest outgoing, to build a credit score, and announced the company’s intentions to partner with one of the UK’s biggest lenders to help users of CreditLadder to get mortgages. Watch Sheraz Dar’s presentation

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Sheraz Dar, CEO of CreditLadder

Nigel Atkinson, chief operating officer of internet connectivity solution Node, shared that 90% of building stock was built pre-internet, and therefore the infrastructure of many buildings are insufficient, and how Node can change that. Watch Nigel Atkinson’s presentation

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Nigel Atkinson, chief operating officer of Node

Jill Guthrie, digital manager at construction firm Willmott Dixon, shared how the company is beginning to digitise the industry, the problems that they’re facing, and how there needs to be a shift in people’s mind-sets to move construction forward. Watch Jill Guthrie’s presentation

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Jill Guthrie on stage with Chris Johnston, who’s wearing a robotic vest which Willmott Dixon is trialling

Graeme Scott, director and UK sector lead of intelligence at IBI, explored the future of transport, what the cities of tomorrow will look like and the challenges that transport infrastructure faces. Watch Graeme Scott’s presentation

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Graeme Scott, director and UK lead, intelligence, IBI Group

Jonathan Carthy, head of IT at Glenn Howells Architects, explained how the firm is using tech to ensure that the architects have enough time to do what they’re paid for, designing. He added that architects in the future are going to look nothing like what they have in the past and are going to be like filmmakers. Watch Jonathan Carthy’s presentation

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Jonathan Carthy, head of IT at Glenn Howells Architects


Nigel Atkinson of Node, Sheraz Dar of CreditLadder, Tom McClellan of WiredScore, Grace Manning-Marsh of LandEnhance and Ken Norton of LandInsight joined a panel to discuss if we already have all the proptech we need, how the perception across the table with real estate clients is changing, and how the proptech companies turn excitement into business reality.

For the second panel, Jill Guthrie of Willmott Dixon, Graeme Scott of IBI, Jonathan Carthy of Glenn Howells Architects, Kathryn Malloch of Hammerson and Robbie Turner of Mills & Reeve, discussed how much they’re spending on tech, whether the line between B2B and B2C is blurring, and results of ongoing trials in the companies.

View the slides from the presentations on our SlideShare page. Videos of all the presentations and discussions can be viewed on our YouTube channel.

PlaceTech Trend Talk Warsaw is due to be held on Tuesday 25 March – click here for more information and to book. 

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