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24th June 2021
Following on from our successful April webinar on Net Zero Carbon – Policy and Playbook – we thought we would take a closer look at some developments regionally; these are schemes currently delivering for a society more aware of the climate change emergency and the need to achieve Net Zero Carbon.
Hear from the project team who are working on the new St Margaret’s bus station in Leicester. Representatives from Arcadis, BDP and CPW will talk about the design proposal, the sustainability strategy implementation, and the technology that they are looking to use in order to achieve Net Zero Carbon in operation and Improve Quality of Life.
This will be followed by Alasdair Donn, Head of Building Performance, Group Sustainability from Willmott Dixon who will give an insight into the delivery of a number of their residential and non-residential developments.
22nd April 2021
Hear from John Alker, Director of Policy and Places at the UK Green Building Council who will talk about net zero carbon policy but with some technical explanations of priorities highlighted within the Playbook.
Also Wayne Bexton, Director of Carbon Reduction, Energy and Sustainability at Nottingham City Council and Anna Dodd, Energy and Sustainability Manager at Leicester City Council will talk about their respective plans and strategies for achieving net zero carbon.
18th March 2021
Hear about the British Sugar HQ Award winning building, designed by CPMG Architects.
The building, which was completed in 2018, is home to both British Sugar and its associated group businesses and provides space for some 350 people, adapting to new technologies and new ways of working.
28th January 2021
The increased emphasis on boosting social, economic and ecological value in recent years is not just about good PR – it's now firmly embedded in most tender processes.
Businesses delivering value beyond the basics of paying workers, rewarding shareholders and delivering goods and services is nothing new. But the focus on social value takes this to another level with its focus on social, economic and environmental benefits.
10th December 2020
This year has been testing for everybody in every walk of their lives. The impact of COVID-19 has been, and is still, far reaching. We have all had to adapt and yet still try to work and live our lives as best we can.
For many in the property and construction industries, work has carried on but under very different circumstances and with a considerable number of challenges to overcome.
Contracts have had to be re-negotiated, payment terms and additional costs discussed, supply chain issues overcome, new health and safety challenges to make sure the workforce is as safe as possible from COVID and customer expectations and deadlines still to be met.
17th November 2020
The city centre plays a fundamental role in enabling exchange and interaction. It is the site of exchange not only of goods and services but also information and ideas, a place where work interacts with leisure and play, and where people’s lives intersect.
But that role has been under immense and sustained pressure as new ways of conducting retail have eroded the functions of the city centre and now with COVID-19 new ways of working. So what is the future of the City Centre?
Using Leicester as an example, Louise Seymour will look at recent development trends, increased city centre living, the focus on public realm, the office market (and its critical importance to the city centre), and take us up to where we were before COVID, and where Leicester City Council are focussing their investment going forward.
Sarah Harrison will then focus on retail; where we are now, future trends, but she will also pick up on Tourism and leisure and what next in these aspects.
15th October 2020
On 20 January 2020 Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick announced new measures to improve building safety standards, described as: ‘the biggest change in building safety for a generation’.
The changes, following the Grenfell Tower fire, include:
• The immediate creation of a new Building Safety Regulator within the Health and Safety Executive.
• Clarified and consolidated advice for building owners.
• An update on fire sprinklers.
• A consultation on extending the ban on combustible materials to buildings below 18 metres.
• A response to Phase 1 of the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry.
• Naming building owners where remediation has not started to remove unsafe Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) cladding.
We have put together a panel of experts who will give an insight into these changes and the impact on the building industry.
Paul Meadows from Salus Approved Inspectors will provide an overview of current Building Regulations and highlight the proposed changes with a focus on fire regulations. Whilst Kanti Chhapi from architects, Stephen George + Partners and Darren Wallace from contractor, Stepnell will provide their insights and how the changes will impact on current and future planning and developments.
There will be a Q&A session after the presentations.
23rd September 2020
This webinar will provide an overview of some of the recent planning changes announced by the Government including changes to permitted development rights and use classes, as well as a look at the Planning White Paper: Planning For The Future, which the Prime Minister described as “Radical reform unlike anything we have seen since the Second World War”.
Paul Wakefield from Shakespeare Martineau will look at the White Paper and give some thoughts as to whether the proposed changes are as radical as the prime minister would have us believe, and together with Tony Aspbury of Aspbury Planning they will look at the changes announced to use classes and permitted development which took effect at the beginning of September and what those will mean in practice.
There will also be the opportunity to ask questions of Paul and Tony after their presentations.
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