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Ideas floated as conference goes across the sea.

A two-day conference on urban regeneration begins in the North-East today - and finishes in Amsterdam tomorrow.

Organised by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the first part of the conference takes place on board the DFDS Seaways cruise ferry Queen of Scandinavia while it is in port at North Shields on North Tyneside.

Around 80 delegates from all walks of property business life will hear from a number of leading speakers in regeneration in the region.

The list includes John Rundle, director of Europe at Government Office for the North East, Malcolm Bowes, assistant director of the North-East Assembly and Kirsteen Thomson, head of renaissance at ONE NorthEast.

Half the group will then sail overnight on the ferry to Holland where they will attend a conference in Amsterdam hosted by the International Institute for the Urban Environment (IIUE).

The IIUE is a leading organisation in the promotion of sustainable development throughout Europe. The second conference will highlight exciting work being carried out in the formerly abandoned docklands, Oostelijk Havengebied or Eastern Harbour Area, which delegates will see first hand.

RICS North-East chairman Simon Murray, said: "Urban regeneration will be central to the future success of our region and we believe it is important to consider the experience of others throughout Europe."

The group returns to the UK on Friday morning.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 8, 2003
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