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Addressing the most current and pressing subjects through our CPD-certified seminars.


Speakers at the housebuilding and management forum 2021

Chairing the housebuilding & management forum 2021

Victoria Hills MRTPI, FICE, Chief Executive, Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)

Victoria joined the RTPI in April 2018 and utilises her 21 years’ experience and expertise in the fields of planning, transport and organisational leadership and development to drive forward the vision and strategic priorities for the 25,000 member strong RTPI. At a time when the profile of town planning and placemaking has never been higher, Victoria is enjoyed to playing her part in making the case for investing in planning and planners, to deliver and preserve quality places and the environment for future generations to come, putting planning centre stage. Victoria is passionate about planning great ‘liveable’ places for people, with an unrivalled insight into London’s governance; having worked for all three Mayors of London. 

‘Our Homes Within A Park’- Proactive Delivery of the Health and Wellbeing Agenda in Partnership with Alder Hey Children’s NHS FT

Paul Holt MCIOB, MBA, Director (Healthcare/Public Sector), MAC Construction Consultants

We present a dynamic investment strategy on behalf of our Client Step Places and their partners Alder Hey hospital. We explain how third party investment offers modern staff/patient accommodation/homes complimenting the Trusts ‘Hospital in the Park’ concept.

We will then expand on how we are developing similar projects that are at concept design, connecting the public sector with private sector partners.

‘Passion for Passivhaus?’

Mike Webb, Managing Director & Certified Passivhaus Consultant, Seaton Beach Developments Ltd

With the robust targets for carbon emission set for 2050 we have to take action NOW for our building sector that produces 40% of our emissions.

A “fabric first’ Passivhaus methodology as devised by the Germans over 30 years ago will achieve this. Internationally recognised, this tried & tested process provides low energy homes with high comfort levels. Passivhaus also prevents overheating, which is an issue that our building stock will soon find to be of high importance with ever increasing global warming.

‘Regenerating Birmingham’

Maria Dunn, Head of Development Policy, Birmingham City Council

This presentation will look at the regeneration of Birmingham to date; the challenges faced and the successes achieved.  It will consider the future challenges facing Birmingham as the City continues to evolve and adapt to challenges including the Covid-19 pandemic and becoming a net zero carbon City.  The presentation will focus on housing needs and demands in the context of these challenges.

‘How data can help us to decarbonise right-first-time’

Alan Wilson, Business Development Director, NetZero Collective

Alan will discuss how the NetZero Collective are using data and research, in partnership with the University of Southampton, to guide landlords and councils across the country to make right-first-time asset management decisions aimed at portfolio decarbonisation, and on the different paths to net-zero.

Alan will outline the challenges faced for property decarbonisation, from skills gaps to supply chain constraints, and discuss ways we can all work together to overcome these barriers.

In addition, Alan will discuss the outcomes of the first research to be completed, showcasing what the research is telling us and how it’s guiding the plans to deliver the first NetZero Collective retrofits.

‘How structural change and the pandemic will reshape our towns and cities’

Sarah Elliott, UK&I Town Planning Lead – Buildings + Places, AECOM Limited

2020 brought us a pandemic, 11,000 lost shops on our high-streets, 60% of the adult population working at home, a 50% increase in online shopping, a greater focus of health and wellbeing and more appreciation of private gardens and accessible parks and open spaces. These disruptive shocks accelerate change that we would usually plan for over 15-year local plan cycles or 1-2 political cycles. As we move into the next phase of the pandemic, while we still need to plan to meet the housing crisis, we also need to plan for the different ways in which we will choose to live, work and play as a result of the last 18 months and in the context of COP26 later this year. As practitioners in housing, and all the myriad of spaces in which housing sits, we need to ask how does this affect us and should we be doing anything different?

‘Housebuilding – where does MMC fit?’

Stephen Wightman, Regional Director – MMC Lead, Faithful+Gould

‘Modern Methods of Construction’ (MMC) is a wide term, embracing a range of offsite manufacturing and onsite techniques that provide alternatives to the traditional building approach. From bathroom pods and flat panel systems through to 3D modular units, and encompassing all types of materials, an MMC approach brings a myriad of benefits so it is no surprise that uptake has increased significantly over the last few years. The critical question in housebuilding is… where does it fit? Taking into account the various tenures, we will be exploring the MMC typologies, showing you examples of how and where we are delivering these schemes, and the benefits that an MMC approach is delivering.

‘National Housing Group: Creating sustainable tenancies in social housing.’

Stephen Wasserman, CEO, National Housing Group Ltd

National Housing Group: Creating sustainable tenancies in social housing seminar will discuss the solutions taken to generate long term tenancies for the 200,000 men, women and children who are currently experiencing homelessness in the UK. The seminar will explain the issues that those experience including, the lack of housing available, short term frequency of social housing, unaffordable rents and isolation. NHG will discuss the benefits of the housing first model, where housing is the first step required to improve the quality of their life. How creating environmentally sustainable solutions means people remain in properties for longer. Solutions that can be implemented to tackle the issues, including focussing on private and larger rooms accompanied by individual amenities as well as shared areas to give the privacy, comfort and social aspect that vulnerable groups need in order to integrate back into society. NHG will also discuss how to go above and beyond to provide support for the homeless.

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