Welcome to Birmingham and the BCO Annual Conference: Creating Vibrancy.

It’s been more than ten years since the BCO was last in Birmingham and I’m sure, like me, you’ve been struck by the remarkable change since then. 

Over the past decade, this city, famously known as the ‘workshop of the world’ has lived up to its name, quietly delivering a number of sizeable new developments, including 103 Colmore Row, Enterprise Wharf, the Paradise regeneration project, and Snow Hill; no doubt catalysed by the substantial redevelopment of New Street Station in 2015 and I’m pleased to say the conference programme will offer opportunities to tour a number of these schemes.


We’ve worked hard to ensure that our programme will provide a platform for a diverse and stimulating few days, packed with discussion and thought provoking debates. 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.

We have also expanded access to support our NextGen activity, to offer inclusive and forward thinking experiences for all, and I’m pleased to say the BCO Cycle Challenge and Golf Cup will also be happening too. Finally, the conference will also provide plenty of networking opportunities including the BCO Drinks Reception at the striking Library of Birmingham, and the Conference Party at the Luna Springs

This is an important moment for the office, where the future of the workplace continues to be a topic of debate. I encourage you to engage in the discussion, think openly and forge new connections, all against the vibrant backdrop of Birmingham. 

See you in May!

Peter Crowther - Signature