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Shaping the UK’s Future Built Environment

The UK is facing major pressures on its built environment: housing a rising population, rebalancing its economy through regional development, and ensuring it has an infrastructure network capable of connecting its cities in a way that drives future growth. The huge demand this has created for construction meant that, before the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, construction output in the UK was forecast to be £20bn higher in 2019 than 2015.

The vote to leave the EU will not alter underlying need in many of these areas; however, it is set to vastly alter the political and funding frameworks within which these projects must be delivered.

The main stream of the Building Live conference will focus on the major areas of demand in the UK’s built environment, and how these are being impacted by the current economic and political climate. It will give business leaders a deeper insight into the challenges faced and opportunities on offer, and providing a platform for high level debate over how the industry can help the UK as a whole create a built environment that works for this and future generations.

This conference stream will explore:

  • How the vote to leave the European Union and new political leadership in the UK will affect demand for, and delivery of, construction projects
  • London’s development priorities and challenges under its new mayor
  • How the Northern Powerhouse can become a reality
  • How the industry can help avert a housing crisis
  • Whether the demand for school places can be met on current budgets
  • How the construction sector can increase its productivity
  • The opportunities and challenges involved in the UK’s infrastructure mega-projects
  • The latest innovative solutions to the UK’s built environment challenges
8:45 am - 9:20 am

Registration and refreshments

9:20 am - 9:30 am

Welcome

Speaker

9:30 am - 10:00 am

Keynote interview

Speaker

10:00 am - 10:45 am

LONDON: DEVELOPMENT UNDER THE NEW MAYOR

Delivering London’s construction pipeline for the next five years

London’s population is forecast to grow by 4.4 million people over the next decade, placing huge extra demand on the capital’s built environment and infrastructure. With new mayor Sadiq Kahn now in place, what are London’s priorities for growth, and what does the industry need to do to win work and help meet the challenges of delivery?

Chairperson

Panellists

  • roger-madelin-photo-150-x150Roger Madelin Head of Canada Water Development - British Land
  • Graeme Craig Photo webGraeme Craig Director of Commercial Development - Transport for London
  • mike-mcnicholas-photo-150-x150Mike McNicholas Managing Director, Infrastructure - Atkins
  • Colin Wilson Photo webColin Wilson Senior Manager, Development & Projects Team - Greater London Authority
  • Paula Hirst Prof webPaula Hirst Director of Development - Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation
  • Mike GriceMike Grice Chief Construction Officer - Battersea Power Station Development Company

Market overview from

10:45 am - 11:15 am

Refreshments

11:15 am - 12:00 pm

CITIES: REGENERATION AND GROWTH

Developing the Northern Powerhouse and regional cities

The Northern Powerhouse has become a catchphrase of the current government, but is it really possible in practice to rebalance the economy by growing regional cities, particularly in light of the vote to leave the European Union? What opportunities and challenges is the drive for regional growth presenting for the built environment?

Chairperson

Panellists

  • Sadie-MorganjpgSadie Morgan Founding Director - dRMM Architects, and chair of HS2 design panel
  • Paul BeardmorePaul Beardmore Director of Housing - Manchester City Council, and Executive Director, Manchester Place
  • janet-miller-150-x-150-from-atkinsJanet Miller Market Director, Cities & Development - Atkins
  • Ian PiperIan Piper Head of Land - Homes and Communities Agency

Market overview from

12:10 pm - 12:55 pm

CITIES: REGENERATION AND GROWTH

Breakout: School building: How can we build better schools, faster?

An extra 880,000 school places will be needed in England over the next decade, according to population projections. To meet this demand, the government and industry have been driving down the cost of building new schools, but are current programmes – including the Priority Schools Building Programme, and free schools – delivering fast enough? And where should the balance be between design quality, cost and speed of delivery? This session will look at the outlook for primary and secondary school building over the coming years, and explore innovative approaches to school design on a budget.

Chairperson

Panellists

12:10 pm - 12:55 pm

CITIES: REGENERATION AND GROWTH

Housing: Can we avert a crisis?

The housing minister has said the industry needs to build 200,000 new homes a year for the next five years to meet demand, around 70,000 more than the current average. At the same time, London in particular is facing huge pressure over affordability. Planning reform, changes to development finance, offsite construction, private rented – what’s the big idea that will avert a crisis?

Chairperson

Panellists

Market overview from

12:55 pm - 2:00 pm

Lunch

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

FUTURE BUILDING

Breakout: Building for the next generation of occupiers

The commercial sector is changing, particularly the world of office construction. What trends in demand are emerging from the occupiers of these buildings, particularly in relation to sustainability and wellbeing? And what signs can be gleaned from the experience of universities in catering for their students about what the next generation of occupiers are likely to value? This session will look at the challenges involved in designing and building with younger generations in mind, and whether the investment case can stack up now for building for the next generation of occupiers.

Chairperson

Panellists

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

FUTURE BUILDING

Creating a more productive construction sector

By 2019, total construction output is expected to be £20bn higher than in 2015, but the sector has poorer productivity growth rates than any other sector of the economy. This session will examine why the industry is lagging behind, and how it can fix its productivity problem. How can the industry reduce demand for labour in an era of skills shortages? How much demand is there really for offsite construction, and how can construction companies be persuaded to invest in offsite techniques? And how can the industry cut out waste in procurement and in its supply chains?

Chairperson

Panellists

2:55 pm - 3:40 pm

FUTURE BUILDING

Building for Brexit

The UK’s referendum vote to leave the EU has unleashed a wave of uncertainty in the economy; with both the timetable and repercussions of a Brexit the subject of intense scrutiny and debate. This panel discussion will look in detail at emerging trends in the construction market in the wake of the vote, and what construction businesses should be doing now to prepare for the UK’s exit from the European Union in light of implications for labour, trade agreements and foreign investment.

Chairperson

Panellists

3:40 pm - 4:10 pm

Refreshments

4:10 pm - 4:55 pm

INFRASTRUCTURE

Delivering the UK’s mega projects

The infrastructure sector is expected to grow by more than 50% by 2019, driven by a series of major projects across the transport and energy sectors. The sector represents a huge opportunity for work for the industry, but also presents major challenges for those running the projects as they prepare to deliver these vital schemes. Hear from the people leading some of the UK’s biggest projects on what they need from the industry, and what they believe is critical to the success of their schemes.

Chairperson

Panellists

  • Simon Adams, Head of Commercial ServicesSimon Adams Head of Commercial - Crossrail 2
  • Roger Bailey photo webRoger Bailey Asset Management Director - Thames Tideway
  • jon-baker-150-x-150Jonathan S. Baker Managing Director EMEA - Nuclear, Defence & Environmental - CH2M
  • Nathan BakerNathan Baker Director, Engineering Knowledge - Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)

Market overview from

4:55 pm - 5:25 pm

Keynote interview

The Bovis to Lendlease story, and the changing face of UK construction

Speaker

  • Neil MartinNeil Martin Managing Director, Construction, Europe - Lendlease
5:25 pm - 5:25 pm

Conference close

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Drinks reception and launch celebration for Building’s Good Employer Guide 2016

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