Infrastructure Expansion: the key theme of Thames Valley Property Forum 2015
- Published: 15 October 2015
Idox recently attended the Thames Valley Property Forum which focused on the implications of infrastructure expansion on the Thames Valley business community.
In keeping with the infrastructure theme, Idox showcased FusionLive, an end-to-end, cloud-based construction project collaboration and document management solution, and CAFM Explorer, Idox’s leading facilities management software solution.
A summary of the key topics discussed and their effects on the local business community is included below.
John Holland-Kaye, CEO of Heathrow Holdings, informed delegates that the delay in building a new runway at Heathrow Airport is costing the UK economy £1billion every month. He went on to say that the future prosperity of many Thames Valley businesses rested upon the Heathrow expansion and that emerging international markets were all far away.
Holland-Kaye commented: “You can only get to those growing markets by air and via a national hub airport such as Heathrow. Equally, inward investors need good UK connectivity.”
Connectivity formed the basis of Lord Adonis’ keynote speech, commenting: “Connections are so important in the infrastructure world,” and went on to highlight the need to ensure improved future Thames Valley connectivity through the proposed Western Rail Access to Heathrow (WRaTH), and linkage to the north-south High Speed 2 line from the planned London junction at Old Oak Common.
Lord Adonis further added: “Great things have happened. Infrastructure affecting Reading and the Thames Valley is improving, but there’s no place for complacency. There’s still a lot more to do.”
Other topics covered during the day included demand for workforce housing, and the need for the Thames Valley to be perceived as a ‘cool, smart’ place to live, with cutting-edge technology required to support this trend.