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National Conference 2020
'A Quality Home for All'


Tuesday 20 October 2020 

Amba Hotel Marble Arch Bryanston St, Marylebone, London W1H 7EH, United Kingdom


Our fast expanding flagship event is the premier cross-sector housing event in the UK.


Originally scheduled for May 6, our national conference has a new date and venue. The health and welfare of members, speakers, delegates and exhibitors is our main priority. Following government guidance and given the evolving context, rescheduling the conference was the best course of action.


The event attendance has grown by 30% over the last two years and in 2020 we will be welcoming some 300 delegates to the Amba Hotel Marble Arch in central London on October 20.


Your delegate bookings from May 6 have been automatically transferred to the new date. 


The 2020 one day conference will still have a whole day devoted to plenary debate and ground-breaking break-out sessions. We will make it a priority to cover the housing market at that point.


At a high level, the conference will review the political and policy framework for housing and the impact of The Housing Forum manifesto which aims to achieve a more focussed and long term cross-party strategy for housing.


The Housing Forum seeks to increase both the supply and quality of new homes. It is focused on delivery through partnership working across the supply chain. The break out streams will review all the key issues across the supply chain which impact on these core objectives.


The conference will also reprise the findings from the many reports which we produce and the findings from our various working groups.

Outline agenda

Plenary session: The Future of Housing

Key figures in housing policy will open the conference with an overview on plans for housing and how they will be delivered. The impact of the Housing Forum manifesto and how its key objectives are being followed through will also be discussed.


Break out streams

Speakers will address these important issues throughout the day:


Local Council Delivery

The new opportunities for local councils to build for their communities will be examined, together with ways planning guidance should support these ambitions. Case studies will demonstrate approaches of "new" entrant county and unitary councils and evaluate how large local authority stock holding councils put housing at the heart of town centre regeneration, combining new commercialisation with an aspirational tenure balance to serve their local community


Advancing the Quality Agenda

Building a Safer Future urges the need for systemic reforms of the construction sector from start to finish through the Golden Thread. This stream will examine how the reform of safety in buildings is being implemented and what are the realistic timescales. Practical solutions incorporating improved standards will be a key element which speakers will explore and there will be debate on the merits of competency, licensing and other approaches.


Procurement Paradigm Shift

Public sector procurement obligations typically result in delays and numerous obligations to be satisfied before start on-site, yet private sector organisations can come to site much faster. The pursuit of "best value" through least-initial cost procurement has failed the industry in quality and resulted in high profile failures.

How must this mindset move to reform this process and see construction as a value-added service with improved supply chain resilience.


The Home of 2030

After the initial stages of the Home of 2030 completion - we will examine progress in advanced proposals for individual homes, neighbourhood and community schemes that will meet the needs of all demographics in a changing society.

Innovation in products and components will be a key feature. Speakers will also examine how MMC integrates with this through the range of approaches that encompass off-site, near-site and on-site pre-manufacturing, process improvements and technology applications.

Older and Wiser

There is a serious lack of housing for older persons yet we expect the numbers aged 85+ to grow rapidly from now and to double by 2040. While new housebuilding is achieving 200,000 homes a year just 7,000 of these homes are for the retirement population. Housing for older people carries risks that general housing does not, especially if care is offered. Drawing on The Housing Forum's 2020 Guide to Older Persons Housing, how can we understand risk and then supply homes for older generations?


Adding capacity through the circular economy

Skills are in short supply and natural resources must be used in sustainable ways. Technology can be used to achieve cost reduction whilst uplifting quality. What does the future look like with machine learning and other developments and what does digital transformation look like across the sector? What can digitalisation and integrated real-time solutions offer to construction and housing?
Could the adoption of circular business models see a move towards the leasing of building services and components within our homes?



The conference will include a large exhibition hall where delegates can interact with organisations supporting quality and supply improvements across the housing sector.


Sponsorship opportunities



Look out for more detailed updates on this agenda which will continue to develop to give up to date topics and coverage


Book your space at the National Conference 2020




National Conference 2019
'The Challenge of Change'


Thursday 9 May 2019 

Hilton London Wembley, Lakeside Way, London HA9 0BU


In 2019, our conference attracted leaders from housing providers, builders, landlords, local authorities, contractors, developers, architects, consultants, manufacturers and suppliers. 


High profile speakers in 2019 included:

  • Lord Richard Best, OBE, DL, Chair, The Affordable Housing Commission

  • Helen Evans, Chief Executive, Network Homes and Chair, Designate, G15

  • Hakeen Osinaike, Operations Director, Housing, Brent Council

  • Julian Tollast, Head of Masterplanning and Design, Quintain.


You can watch the video below for highlights of our conference in 2019.