In August GHA Director, Dav Bansal, took part in Insider’s latest round table debate, “Overcoming Barriers to Growth in the West Midlands” with senior business leaders and key representatives from Birmingham City Council, City of Wolverhampton Council, WM Canal and Rivers Trust, Worcestershire LEP Board and Transport West Midlands.
The group looked at the likely barriers to growth in the West Midlands and called for more public-private sector collaboration on land development, skills and transport infrastructure. The debate also focused on devolution and how the region could keep the momentum going to ensure it doesn’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Dav said: ‘With the limited land supply we have, the question must be how do we intensify development? We need a comprehensive strategy which allows for place-making and establishes areas with good transport links to be intensified. At the moment, the region is a very low density area. Density isn’t necessarily about tall buildings, compromising environmental conditions and overcrowding but is about good quality design and we need to learn from cities like London and Chicago.”
Read more about the round table debate here.
Full list of participants:
- Rupert Young, Development Director, Nurton Developments
- Waheed Nazir, Director of Economy, Birmingham City Council
- Ian Mercer, Partner, Bruton Knowles
- Dav Bansal, Director, Glenn Howells
- Steve McAleavy, Interim Director of Transport Services, Transport for West Midlands
- Rob Valentine, Director for Birmingham, Bruntwood
- Richard Fielding, Area Director, Morgan Sindall
- Tim Johnson, Strategic Director for Place, City of Wolverhampton Council
- David Jobling, Associate, Arcadis
- Mark Martin, Chair, Worcestershire LEP Business Board
- Ian Lane, Manager, West Midlands Canal & Rivers Trust
- Mark Williams, Business Development Consultant, Rider Levett Bucknall
- Melanie Williams, Partner, DWF
- Paul Brown, Government & Public Sector Director, EY