A Place at the Table

The menu

We like a meeting, but sometimes the most enlightening conversations happen at a dinner table. Especially when discussing big societal issues. So, what happens if we put the screens to one side, and host a different kind of meeting?

A Place at the Table is an informal setting where questions, ideas and good food are shared by influential shapers of the built environment. The overarching theme is modern placemaking, with each meal split down into three topics – one for each menu course. With around 15 guests, there’s space for everyone to contribute, speak freely and to be heard.

The result is lively, candid and cooperative conversations that bring us closer to challenging conventions and countering the issues we face across the built environment.


Understanding the broad and diverse interests involved throughout the life of a place.


Responding to the many layers of complexities that underpin the success of a place.


Weaving the needs of people as well as the planet into very essence of a place.


Ensuring the aspirations for a place can be realistically delivered.

Previous events in 2022

A Place at the Table at MIPIM

Invest Bristol and Bath Stand, Cannes

In partnership with Invest Bristol and Bath, we hosted a breakfast conversation around the question What does ‘quality of place’ mean in one of the UK’s most progressive regions? Discussion flowed around the fifteen-minute city model and we sought answers to the question: “how we can shape sustainable, inclusive and authentic urban centres?”

A Place at the Table at UKREiiF

Crafthouse, Leeds

On the eve of the UK Real Estate Investment and Infrastructure Forum, we gathered placemaking experts in Leeds to focus on three pillars of placemaking; community wealth building; connection; and quality conversation.

A Place at the Table at LREF

Oliviera Kitchen, London

Our dinner discussion ahead of the London Real Estate Forum was themed around long-term stewardship of places, addressing the questions: How can we design sustainable and resilient places? and How can we develop models of stewardship that will better prepare us for the challenges of the future?

Upcoming Events

March 2023

May 2023

June 2023

ESG Conference
October 2023


Built environment leaders working at the following organisations have attended A Place at the Table:

  • Gleeds
  • Arcadis
  • Socius
  • New London Architecture,
  • Urban & Civic
  • Bibo
  • Fourth Street
  • Ekkist
  • DWGA
  • Concept Culture
  • Western Gateway
  • Trowers & Hamlins
  • WECA
  • Future of London
  • Arup
  • RLB
  • Hydrock
  • Bouygues
  • 31ten Consulting
  • North Somerset Council
  • Cardiff Capital Region
  • LandAid and North Somerset Council

Want to join? Contact Rachel Bell for more information