Our vision is thriving high streets for all, and our mission is to create an open platform for knowledge exchange, a diverse network of high street champions, and a bright future for London’s high streets.
Who we are
Property X-Change forms part of the London Recovery Programme, led by the Mayor of London and London Councils through the High Streets for All mission, and was jointly developed by the Greater London Authority, Confederation of British Industry, Cross River Partnership, Federation of Small Businesses, British Property Federation, London Councils, London First, Guardians of the Arches, the Mayor of London, and Transport for London Property, with support from the Bloomberg Foundation.
The founding partners have commissioned Hassell, with support from Gort Scott and an expert sounding board, who will be curating the platform as it develops over the coming year.
The initiative will launch on July 13 2022 and run for an initial 9-12 month pilot period.
Property X-Change is for any person or organisation with a vested interest in the fair recovery and bright future of London’s high streets. Our inspiring programme of stories and activities is co-created together with a diverse network of contributors.
The values of Property X-Change are:
Equality, diversity & inclusion
Innovation & experimentation
Collaboration & co-creation
Social, environmental, and economic sustainability
We ask that all contributors respect these values when they engage with our platform and network across all online and in-person channels.
Camilla Siggaard Andersen Hassell
Camilla is the programme and content manager for Property X-Change, a role she has taken on in her capacity as urban research lead in global architecture and design studio Hassell. Prior to this role, Camilla was a design lead in Arup’s Digital Studio and an urban designer with Gehl in Copenhagen and New York. Camilla has extensive experience delivering urban research and strategy projects with a focus on liveability, sustainability, and innovation. She is also currently the chair of New London Architecture’s Built Environment Technology Expert Panel.
Susie Hyden Gort Scott
Susie joined Gort Scott in 2013 and while working on a wide variety of projects has developed expertise in strategic masterplans and research, delivery of mixed-use and commercial buildings, adaptive reuse of listed buildings, and public realm and market design. She passionately believes that innovative design enriches people’s lives and grows out of its particular context and a positive, collaborative design process.
Adam Scott Freestate
Adam is the creative force and founder of FreeState, the pioneering experience masterplanning agency. Based in London and Melbourne, and working globally, Adam advises some of the world’s most innovative brand builders and city makers – including Sony, Nike, Virgin Atlantic, Google, The University of Melbourne, Lendlease, The Crown Estate, The Greater London Authority, Network Rail, Transport for London and Melbourne Airport. Adam is co-author of ‘ReThink Design Guide: Architecture for the Post-Pandemic World’ (RIBA Books) and The Experience Book, published this September by Black Dog Press.
Andrea Carpenter Diversity Talks Real Estate
Andrea Carpenter is a Director of Diversity Talks Real Estate, and a writer and communications consultant in the property industry. As a Director of Diversity Talks Real Estate, Andrea helps raise the visibility of under-represented groups in the industry through the stage and media.
Andrea began her career as a journalist at Property Week before moving on to be editor of EuroProperty for seven years. She has also worked for Urban Land Institute, INREV in Amsterdam, and ANREV in Hong Kong.
Oli Whittington NESTA
Oli Whittington is a senior researcher and leading democratic innovation in Nesta’s Centre for Collective Intelligence Design. With a background in participatory design, Oli’s career has focused on amplifying voices of communities in the design of public spaces and services, and is now leading research on mainstreaming digital participatory democracy.
Lucie Murray ING Media
Lucie has over a decade of experience collaborating with built environment businesses on projects that bring people together, ignite debate and drive change for the future of cities. Having spent just under eight years at New London Architecture, London’s centre for the built environment, where she was Programme Director and more recently, Head of Research, Lucie been a part of the development and production of the year-round programme of events, exhibitions, and research programme, working with a variety of stakeholders to formulate ideas and new thinking.
Kat Hanna Avison Young
Kat Hanna has worked in London politics, policy and development for the past decade, and regularly appears as a commentator on cities and urban affairs across a range of publications, media, and events. Her interests include urban economies, planning, transport, and the relationship between technology and the built environment. Kat recently joined global real estate advisor Avison Young as Director of Strategic Advisory and Place Strategy.
Fiona Scott Gort Scott
Fiona co-founded Gort Scott in 2007. She places great value on strategic design thinking from the earliest stages of a project. She is known for her pioneering research involving high streets and town centres and the geography of London’s economy. Her directorial role is in the integration of wider architectural, societal, cultural, environmental and policy influences in the focus and trajectory of the practice, as well as accountability. She also oversees research and development, and special projects.
London Councils represents London’s 32 borough councils and the City of London. It is a cross-party organisation that works on behalf of all of its member authorities regardless of political persuasion. London Councils makes the case to government, the Mayor and others to get the best deal for London and to ensure that our member authorities have the resources, freedoms and powers to do the best possible job for their residents and local businesses.
Cross River Partnership (CRP) is a partnership delivering environmental, economic and community-focused projects. We support public, private and voluntary organisations to address creatively challenges around Air Quality, Transport, Placemaking and Wellbeing. CRP’s vision is to address sustainability challenges collaboratively in London and beyond. As a testbed for exciting projects in towns and cities, we will share knowledge, evidence, and best practice for the people who live, work and visit these places.
At BusinessLDN, our mission is to make London the best city in the world in which to do business, working with and for the whole UK. We campaign to tackle today’s challenges and harness the power of our cross-sector membership to shape the future of the capital. We support business to succeed — locally, nationally, globally.
Established over 45 years ago to help our members succeed in business, we are a non-profit making and non-party political organisation that’s led by our members, for our members. As experts in business, we offer our members a wide range of vital business services including advice, financial expertise, support and a powerful voice in government. Our mission is to help smaller businesses survive through these difficult times and achieve their ambitions.
Across the UK, the CBI speaks on behalf of 190,000 businesses of all sizes and sectors. The CBI’s corporate members together employ nearly 7 million people, about one third of private sector-employees. Membership includes firms and trade associations, coming together with common priorities and a shared vision. With offices in the UK as well as representation in Brussels, Washington, Beijing and Delhi, the CBI communicates the British business voice around the world.
Guardians of the Arches started as a collective of arches tenants in Hackney, London. Today, the organisation connects hundreds of small business owners, working to secure the rights of these vital commercial communities.
The Mayor of London is responsible for making London a better place for all. He has worked with London Councils to convene the London Recovery Board, to restore confidence, minimise impact on communities and build back better the city’s economy and society. To meet this challenge, a set of nine missions have been agreed, including ‘High Streets for All’ – to deliver enhanced public spaces and exciting new uses for underused high street buildings in every Borough by 2025, working with London’s diverse communities.
TfL owns a 5,700-acre estate that includes land and properties with huge potential for creating the homes and jobs that the Capital needs. Our landholdings can play a vital role in meeting the Mayor’s priorities to build affordable homes, while generating revenue to re-invest in improving our transport network.
The British Property Federation is the voice of the real estate industry in the UK. Our membership reflects the diverse nature of our industry – owners, developers, funders, agents and advisers. We are committed to building a more diverse and inclusive real estate industry.