What we do


The City Property Association is a not-for-profit body representing the major owners, occupiers, developers, investors and advisers to real estate in the City of London, with more than 150 member companies and an associated network of nearly 1500 professionals.

It represents the property industry as a collective voice to inform policy and help drive the economic prosperity of the City. The CPA commissions research, hosts seminars and receptions, shares best practice and showcases the property industry’s contribution to the City.

As well as its annual joint research with the City of London Corporation launched at MIPIM, it has recently led on the creation of a new digital platform, OneCity, to help promote the City’s increasingly diverse leisure, retail and cultural offer to a younger generation of workers, so critical to the area’s future appeal to business and its ongoing success.

Alongside its sister association, the Westminster Property Association, the CPA represents central London’s property sector under the joint banner of London Property Alliance, engaging with politicians, civic leaders and policy makers at local, London and national level.

The activities of both associations are led and managed by a single Executive team, but retain their individual membership bases and board and committee structures. The CPA President serves a two year term, and is elected by the Board.

A breakdown of our activity can be found below:


EVENTS

Each year the Association delivers a range of insight seminars, showcase receptions and building visits. These events bring together our membership to forge new business partnerships and are an opportunity to hear directly from business leaders, senior politicians and policy makers.


PLANNING

As part of their subscription members receive a weekly newsletter covering all major planning decisions across 11 central London boroughs, with an additional City newsletter and updates following Corporation Planning & Transportation Committee meetings. We also fund the London Planning News website, which features all the latest planning decisions from across the 11 central London boroughs.


POLICY

Our principal focus continues to be planning and economic development policy in the City and we maintain excellent working relationships with members and officers in the City of London Corporation. We also take an active interest across other various government departments as well as national and regional organisations that impact upon the built environment in Central London.


INDUSTRY REPRESENTATION

CPA works closely with sister organisation WPA to champion real estate in central London property. We promote the interests of our members, representing their views to the City of London policy makers along with key London bodies, the Mayor’s Office and the media.

We work closely with other key bodies including the British Property Federation and London First . Our aim is to maximise the quality of the built environment by working together to target best practice and deliver the best real estate in the world.


RESEARCH

CPA work closely with the City of London Corporation each year to create research papers that help inform and educate decision makers throughout the real estate industry.


CITY PROMOTION

CPA have campaigned hard behind the scenes for the City of London to support efforts to address the perception of the area among key audiences vital for attracting occupiers – millennials and younger City workers. This initiative is called ONECITY and is a long term project to attract and maintain City workers in the Square Mile so they see it as a destination for leisure as well as work.


CITY SUPPORT

We help support the City of London Corporation’s at MIPIM Cannes and MIPIM UK to demonstrate the strength of our partnership. We also hold regular meetings with the City Property Advisory Team, in addition to City liaison meetings with senior Corporation officers.


If you would like to apply for membership, please fill in an application form.