Building Homes- The Bigger Picture : Conference Highlights14 July 2015
How to build more homes? This was the first question raised and responded to by Tim Wates – who urged that infrastructure in towns had to be improved when new homes are planned.
Tim Wates- Chairman- Wates Developments
David Lunts raised issues of the challenges for affordable homes in London where capital values are ten times higher than in Birmingham.
David Lunts, Executive Director of Housing and Land, GLA
Paul Beardmore, Robin Butler and Chris Lacey covered the Manchester and London markets and newer major settlements including Alconbury. We heard the The latest from URBED and Shelter following their success in the 2014 Wolfson prize.
Chris Lacey, Executive Director, Head of Residential Investment and Funding, CBRE
The Housing Forum launched 3 new reports on the day from our Working Groups, which can be downloaded below:
- Building homes at scale: nine vital ingredients
- The future of investment in housing assets: flexibility not prescription
- More Homes through Manufacture
Kings Cross is one of the largest urban regeneration programmes in Europe and our retro bus tour took us to see new homes at Maiden Lane and ArtHouse.
Over our splendid dinner, we heard Lord Andrew Adonis and Mark Vlessing set out a vision for city villages where small and varied sites can create housing opportunities for city residents.
Lord Andrew Adonis
Well done to our determined membership– we had a full house at the conference despite the tube strike!