Property investment and development specialist, Helmsley Group, has announced its support of the Big Tent Ideas Festival in York.
Taking place on Saturday 17th June, the Big Tent Ideas Festival invites political representatives and prominent names in media, business and academia to take part in a wide range of discussions on subjects including devolution, social equality and sustainability.
Helmsley Group is one of the event sponsors, alongside the likes of City of York Council, York Minster and the York BID, and its involvement will include Ed Harrowsmith, Helmsley’s investment director, taking part in a panel discussion entitled: “How can we revive our flagging high streets?”.
Helmsley Group has already made a commitment to regenerating York’s high streets through its Coney Street Riverside masterplan, with a planning application set to be determined later this year.
If approved, it will offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to restore Coney Street and its adjoining riverfront to its former glory through enhanced connectivity, increased public realm and the establishment of a riverside walkway.
As part of the Big Tent festival, representatives from Helmsley will be taking policy makers and influencers on a walking tour of Coney Street, showcasing their ambitious development plans as a template for reviving high streets elsewhere in the country.
Ed Harrowsmith, investment director at Helmsley Group, said: “The Big Tent Ideas Festival is committed to improving inequality within society and better understanding how we can work together to create lasting change, regeneration and renewal. It perfectly aligns with our vision for Coney Street Riverside, which seeks to create a vibrant, welcoming community that offers opportunities for all.
“We’re really excited to be taking part in the festival and share ideas with a number of leading industry figures as to how we can create societies that work to empower those most in need, both in York and across the UK.”
Ben Rich, CEO of Radix, which organises the Big Tent Festival, added: “Big Tent is all about providing a platform for innovators and original thinkers in York to influence national public policy for the better. Helmsley’s plans for York’s riverside are an excellent example of the creative thinking that has the potential to revive not just Coney Street, but other high streets up and down the country. We are proud to have their support.”
The Big Tent Ideas Festival is free to attend. You can register for tickets by visiting: www.bigtent.org.uk.
To find out more about Coney Street Riverside, visit: https://coneystreetriverside.co.uk/.
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