Claire Pearce chairs session at Western Gateway Development Conference


Claire Pearce, Director of Planning & Economic Development at Gravity, chaired the Regeneration and Investment showcase session at the recent Western Gateway Development Conference hybrid event.

Claire was joined by a diverse panel:

  • Cllr Tom Renhard, Cabinet Member for Housing Delivery and Homes, Bristol City Council;
  • Wendy Maden, Principal Urban Designer, Bath & North East Somerset Council; and
  • Michael Coe, Commercial Director, Bristol Zoological Society.

The session outlined large scale regeneration projects across the Western Gateway and wider region, drawing on the challenges, opportunities and lessons learnt from the progress so far including creating the conditions for investment, the importance of leadership, creating solutions as well as embedding culture and community considerations.

Claire reflected on the session and the wider conference, “It’s fantastic to be back in person talking about these important aspects of key transformational developments and learning from each other’s experiences. Strategic projects such as the Gravity Smart Campus near Bridgwater fall into a unique category, where its success in securing a world class advanced manufacturing facility will deliver a huge economic uplift to the region.

Watch Claire’s session here.

Watch the full conference here.

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