How Not to Build a White Elephant

– in Partnership with Halton Borough Council

Catch Up Video View Session

Hosted by Paul Kallee-Grover MBE – founder and Managing Director, Ki Partnerships Lt

Matthew Golton – Managing Director, TransPennine Express

David Parr OBE – CEO, Halton Borough Council

Mairi Johnson – Director of Major Projects, National Museum Liverpool

Jo Harrop – Director of PLACED


  • Transport

Big infrastructure projects are complicated, expensive and take up lots of political capital. 

They also almost always seem to go wrong. 

From failed ideas such as the London Garden Bridge to the empty Olympic Stadiums in cities from Montreal to Rio, there is concrete testament to ambition over planning across the world. 

When done badly, these projects can drain vital resources, create acres of bad headlines and often create the opposite of the regenerative effect which they are set out to achieve. 

When done well however, big infrastructure projects can have a catalytic effect to the economic and social benefit of their location. They can become more than the building themselves and represent a future beyond pure infrastructure. 

This session brings together people who have been at the heart of major developments to ask the simple question – how do you get big builds right?


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