Agenda

Conference

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UK-GBC: Ready for the future? What’s next for sustainable housing
10:30 - 11:30
Session
Fund Manager, Legal & General Investment Management
Build to Rent
Chief Executive
UK-GBC
Managing Director
Sustainable Homes
Head of Sustainability
Levitt Bernstein
News Presenter
Channel 4 News
Chairman
Berkeley Group

How should we respond to the housing shortage and make sure new homes are sustainable, affordable, adaptable, and promote healthy lifestyles? Senior industry leaders will discuss how we can respond to these challenges by rethinking existing models and embracing emerging, innovative solutions for investment, design and delivery.

Host: Cathy Newman

Chair: Julie Hirigoyen, Chief Executive, UK-GBC

Panel:

Dan Batterton, Fund Manager, Legal & General Investment Management, Build to Rent
Tony Pidgley CBE, Chairman, Berkeley Group
Bevan Jones, Managing Director, Sustainable Homes
Clare Murray, Head of Sustainability, Levitt Bernstein

 

Homes for all: The best way forward
11:45 - 12:45 The Arena
Session
Urban Designer and former Chief Executive
The Prince’s Foundation
Managing Director
Lovell
Chair
London Housing Commission
News Presenter
Channel 4 News
Head of Housing Research
Levitt Bernstein
Partner, Head of Strategic Research and Insight
Arcadis

Ensuring everyone has a roof over their head at a price they can afford is one of the biggest challenges facing government. Government money for new homes and infrastructure is welcome but what about regenerating run down council estates and building homes for social rent? How do we deliver high quality, sustainable homes that ordinary people can afford? How do we integrate these into existing communities and bring social housing into the mix?

Host: Cathy Newman

Panel: Hank Dittmar, Jonathan Goring, Lord Kerslake, Julia Park, Simon Rawlinson

Is politics stranger than fiction? House of Cards author Michael Dobbs on life, Trump and Brexit
13:15 - 14:15 The Arena
Session
Michael Dobbs
News Presenter
Channel 4 News

Bombed in Brighton with Margaret Thatcher, then subsequently booted out of her inner circle, Michael Dobbs went on to become deputy chair of the Conservative Party under John Major before becoming a life peer in 2010. He is best known for his political thriller, the House of Cards trilogy which was turned into a BBC series in 1990. The scheming central character, Francis Urquhart has been reinvented as Frances Underwood, the President of the United States in the Netflix series of the same name. Dobbs has said the candidates fighting to become the next US president was like watching politicians auditioning for parts in series 5 which is due out later this year.

Host: Cathy Newman

Speaker: Lord Michael Dobbs

Infrastructure fit for 2050: balancing the priorities
14:30 - 15:30 The Arena
Session
Executive Director
Major Projects Association
President
Institution of Civil Engineers
Director of Policy and Engagement
National Infrastructure Commission
Chief Executive
BAM Nuttall
News Presenter
Channel 4 News
Director
Vivid Economics / First Natural Capital Committee

The ICE recently carried out its national needs assessment to identify the UK’s infrastructure needs to 2050. The National Infrastructure Commission is working on its national infrastructure assessment to answer similar questions and will publish in summer 2017. This session will debate what the UK’s infrastructure priorities should be with a view to the risks posed by Brexit and the need to ensure infrastructure solutions align with the Climate Change Act.

Host: Cathy Newman

Panel: Professor Denise Bower, Tim Broyd, Adam Cooper, Steve Fox, Robin Smale

Is the future of construction really offsite?
15:45 - 16:45 The Arena
Session
Head of Design
Lend Lease
News Presenter
Channel 4 News
Partner
Sheppard Robson
Managing Director
Sturgis Carbon Profiling LLP
Architect / Member
LSA Studio / Green Construction Board and the GCB Knowledge and Skills Group
Group Technical Director
Laing O'Rourke

With 70% of workers on the Battersea Nine Elms site from overseas and Brexit looming it’s clear the industry is heading for a serious skills crunch. We could invest in traditional construction skills as this is still cheaper and more flexible than offsite or take the plunge into factory based production and make it work for the industry. What is the best option and how do we make it work?

Host: Cathy Newman

Panel: Lucy Homer, Alan Shingler, Simon Sturgis, Lynne Sullivan, Paul Westbury

 

The big innovation pitch: A competition with Marks & Spencer
17:00 - 18:00 The Arena
Session
Engineering R&D Manager
M&S Property and Facilities
President
CIBSE
Chief Executive
UK-GBC
Innovation Lead for Infrastructure Systems
Innovate UK
News Presenter
Channel 4 News
Director
AB Group

For the third year running Ecobuild has teamed up with M&S to discover the latest product innovations that could help promote greater sustainability in a retail environment. In this session shortlisted contenders will present their innovations to an expert panel, who will scrutinise them forensically to see which is the strongest candidate. The winning company will have the opportunity to become an M&S supplier.

Host: Cathy Newman

Panel: Imogen Cust, John Field, Julie Hirigoyen, Rick Holland, Chris Vallis