Resilient Housing conference

Date:Thursday 03 November 2016
Time:09:30 - 16:00

Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre, 108 Stamford Street, South Bank London SE1 9NH

CPD:4.50 hours
Price:£125.00 + VAT

This one-day conference from The Concrete Centre and the Modern Masonry Alliance will provide the latest guidance, technical expertise and explain practical developments that will influence the design and delivery of long-lasting and high performance homes.

The conference will provide delegates with:

  • Updates on the latest initiatives to potentially influence future new build housing, including the Select Committee Inquiry into the Quality of New Build Housing; the Bonfield Review on Flood Resilience; and latest proposals on defining and measuring overheating.
  • Practical guidance on design considerations that impact the resilience of our housing: fire performance, flood resilience, noise, thermal comfort and thermal bridging, health and wellbeing. 
  • An understanding of concrete and masonry solutions for housing and how these local materials deliver low maintenance, high performance, resilient homes.
  • A perspective of UK housing, where we have been, a review of exemplar projects and insights into how resilience and our changing demographic will impact on current and future housing needs.

This conference is in response to the growing need to consider resilience in the design of UK homes. The event will address the specific issues that are a risk to the long-term performance of UK housing, and will explain the latest practical developments influencing the design and delivery of durable homes. A broad range of technical expertise will be provided and guidance offered on concrete and masonry solutions.

Conference Programme


Registration, Refreshments & Exhibition 




Outcomes of 'Quality of New Build Housing' reviews
Oliver Colvile MP, chair of the APPG for Excellence in the Built Environment

Oliver Colvile MP will discuss the recommendations and expected outcomes of the Select Committee Inquiry into the quality of new build housing in England, carried out by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Excellence in the Built Environment that he chairs.


UK Property-level Flood Resilience
Neil Hornby, DEFRA (part of the DEFRA, DECC and DCLG review on flood resilience)

Neil Hornby will provide an introduction to Defra’s work in FRM and an update on an industry led Action Plan Defra facilitated on approaches and measures that will improve property resilience. The aim of the Action Plan is to identify ways to improve the uptake of property level resilience.


High Performance Housing using Concrete and Masonry
Andrew Minson, The Concrete Centre and Modern Masonry Alliance 

Andrew will provide an overview of the range of construction solutions available in concrete and masonry, for delivering housing, be it high rise or low rise, multiple units or single house development, and will demonstrate how the inherent benefits of masonry and concrete construction can meet UK housing needs and exceed performance requirements.


Break & Exhibition 


Fire: Achieving whole-life fire performance
 Richard Partington, director, Studio Partington

Richard will present the practical design and detailing considerations and simple solutions to achieving long-term fire performance and why concrete and masonry solutions are the simplest solutions to deliver excellent performance. 


Thermal Performance: Detailing considerations
Martin Taylor, commercial director, LABC

Martin will provide an understanding of the importance of construction details to improve good thermal performance and discuss the guidance and details with pre-calculated thermal bridging values available.  


Overheating: Insights and guidance
Tom de Saulles, The Concrete Centre. 

Tom will present an overview of recent research and proposals to define and assess overheating in new build housing. Guidance will be provided on how the thermal mass of concrete and masonry combined with ventilation can alleviate overheating.


Noise: Delivering acoustic comfort for occupant wellbeing
Dave Baker OBE, chairman, Robust Details Limited

John will examine the issue of noise within the home particularly that from neighbouring attached homes. The presentation provides an overview of the Robust Details scheme, looks at how performance has dramatically improved and shares insights into homeowner satisfaction reported in the NHBC Foundation report “Sound Progress”. John will also comment on how future changes in homes and the services within them could affect sound performance.


Flooding: Practical Design Considerations from BS 85500
Elaine Toogood, senior architect, The Concrete Centre.

Elaine will provide strategic and detailing guidance for improved flood resilience in new homes using concrete and masonry, with reference to latest standards.



Lunch & Exhibition


Introduction from the afternoon session chairman
Chaired by: Guy Thompson, head of architecture, housing and sustainability, The Concrete Centre


British Housing – a story of resilience
 Clive Turner, research manager, NHBC Foundation

Clive will draw on the history of UK homes over the last 150 years to examine what has contributed to resilience in the broadest sense, touching on the role of people, organisations and information. Within the presentation, and based on past and current developments, Clive will support the view that resilience, though not a term in everyday language, has its own visual ‘markers’ which are widely-recognised and appreciated, and which can play a central part in the ongoing success of new or regeneration projects.


Iroko Housing at Coin Street: 12 Years On
Toby Johnson, managing director, Haworth Tompkins

Toby of Haworth Tompkins, architects of the Coin St Neighbourhood centre and adjacent housing, will reflect upon the project’s design development, implementation and occupation and the practice’s current residential design.


Changing Demographics and Housing Needs
 Paul Teverson, communications director, McCarthy and Stone

McCarthy & Stone is the UK’s leading retirement housebuilder, providing a range of retirement living and assisted living solutions. Paul will provide some insight into this market, including the design features recommended by the Government’s HAPPI Panel (Housing our Ageing Population: Panel for Innovation).


An additional speaker to discuss how urbanisation is changing our housing needs will be confirmed shortly.


Panel discussion: UK Housing and Resilient Homes
Guy Thompson, The Concrete Centre; Lynne Sullivan OBE, LSA Studio and more to be confirmed. 




Andrew Minson - British Precast & MPA The Concrete Centre

Andrew is Executive Director at MPA responsible for The Concrete Centre and British Precast. He currently is chair of the IStructE sustainability panel and is responsible for the concrete industry Sustainability Strategy. He joined The Concrete Centre in 2004 following 10 years with Arup in building engineering where he worked in multi-disciplinary teams developing integrated solutions. Andrew is co-author of the Wiley publication Sustainable Concrete Solutions, published in 2014.

Clive Turner - NHBC Foundation

Clive Turner has been associated with research on house building for over 30 years. His work has followed a number of threads during that time related to housing quality and performance. He has published widely on good practice, and managed information dissemination programmes while working for BRE, the Construction Best Practice Programme and the Zero Carbon Hub.  

In 2012 he moved to his current position as Research Manager with the NHBC Foundation, where he supports the programme of research and its outputs. His enduring interest has been in the development and design of practical guidance and information, and how to improve information transfer and retention within construction and house building in particular.


Dave Baker OBE - Robust Details Limited

Chairman and co-founder of Robust Details Ltd, Dave was formerly Director of Technical Services at The Home Builders Federation and, prior to that, Chief Building Surveyor for the London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames. During his time with Local Authorities, in building control, he spent ten years as a visiting lecturer at the School of Construction, Housing and Surveying at the University of Westminster. Dave was awarded an OBE for services to the construction industry in 2013.

Elaine Toogood - The Concrete Centre

Elaine has nearly 20 years’ experience of working in the construction industry, principally within private architectural practice. She is also a long serving member of the Lewisham Planning Authority Design Panel. Elaine currently works in the Sustainability, Architecture and Housing Team, at The Concrete Centre and provides decision-makers in the construction industry with advice and design guidance related to the use of concrete. As well as providing project advice, Elaine also contributes to Concrete Quarterly and authors technical guidance.

Guy Thompson - The Concrete Centre

Guy is an architect with nearly 40 years practical experience, the last 9 of which have been in his current role following a private practice career at principal level. His role is to join up both technical and aspirational drivers with a focus on housing and sustainability in order to inform the specifier professions. This involves making a bridge between industry achievement (e.g. Concrete Industry Sustainable Construction Strategy) and specifier action (e.g. Thermal mass in housing).

Lynne Sullivan - sustainableBYdesign

Lynne Sullivan is a practising Architect and was founding Partner of sustainableBYdesign, finalists in all three 2010-2012 BRE UK Passivhaus Housing Competitions, specialising in low-energy new and retrofit projects in a range of sectors, including a European funded demonstration project at Thamesmead to Passivhaus Enerphit standard.  Previously Lynne was Sustainability Director for 9 years at Broadway Malyan, and for 10 years Associate Director at ECD Architects, where she was co-author and winner of the UKs first government-sponsored Zero CO2 housing competition.


Lynne now acts as a design consultant and collaborator, sits on local and national design review panels, and has authored and chairs a number of policy review and research projects for UK governments and others, including the Expert Panel for the Scottish Government whose report “A Low Carbon Building Standards Strategy for Scotland”, first published in 2007, was updated in 2013.  

She was awarded an OBE for services to Architecture in 2011, chairs the Good Homes Alliance, and is a member of the UK Government’s Green Construction Board.

Martin Taylor - LABC

Martin has worked in the Building Control profession in varying capacities over the last 25 years. At LABC Martin transformed the former Type Approval System into LABC Registered Details, a process that is now widely recognised and well established for certifying construction systems for national compliance with English, Welsh and Scottish Building Regulations.


Martin now leads the LABC Commercial Team with responsibility for business development and consult services which includes registered construction details and the day to day development of the LABC Registered Detail scheme.

Neil Hornby - DEFRA

Neil Hornby is currently Deputy Director, Flood Risk and Coastal Erosion at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. 
Neil is responsible for floods policy development including oversight of Government investment in flood risk management, flood defence maintenance policy, flood insurance, local flood risk partnerships, Internal Drainage Boards and coastal erosion. Prior to this role he has worked in a range of posts in Defra and other Whitehall departments including most recently on EU fisheries policy and on nuclear energy.

Oliver Colvile MP - chair of the APPG for Excellence in the Built Environment

Oliver has represented the constituency of Plymouth Sutton & Devonport since 2010. Following his success in the last election he has been appointed a PPS to the MOD Ministers for the Navy. Oliver has spoken in over 80 Parliamentary debates, asked over 60 Parliamentary Questions and voted in 84% of all Parliamentary Votes. He sits on many All Party Parliamentary Groups including Maritime and Ports, and was previously Vice Chair APPG Armed Forces with responsibility for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines.

Paul Teverson - McCarthy and Stone

Paul Teverson is Director of Communications for McCarthy & Stone, the UK’s leading retirement housebuilder. Prior to joining the Company, he worked as an adviser to a senior MP and Government Minister in Parliament between 2001 and 2004, and then provided communications support for a number of UK housebuilders and large-scale national infrastructure projects. Paul was appointed to McCarthy & Stone’s Senior Management Team in 2014, having joined the business in 2011.  

Richard Partington - Studio Partington

Richard is founder of Studio Partington and has expertise in low-energy design through research projects, urban planning and architecture. Recent work includes the widely-published and multi-award winning Derwenthorpe project in York for the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust; a headquarters and housing centre for newly formed Greenfields Community Housing; and a series of best practice guides for the NHBC Foundation. Richard is architect advisor to the Zero Carbon Hub and notably co-chaired the Hub's 'Design vs As-Built' steering group, set up to investigate the performance gap.

Toby Johnson - Haworth Tompkins

Toby is a director of Haworth Tompkins and has worked with Graham Haworth and Steve Tompkins for over 10 years on a range of high profile projects including the Stirling Prize winning Liverpool Everyman, and Stirling Prize shortlisted Young Vic Theatre. Before joining Haworth Tompkins Toby was a director at MacCormac Jamieson Prichard, leading the Stirling Prize shortlisted Coventry Phoenix Initiative, the Dana Centre for the Science Museum and the Ruskin Archive at Lancaster University.


Toby has gained a wide range of experience in cultural, educational, housing, mixed use and regeneration projects and is interested in how contemporary architecture can embrace and respond to the layered complexities of the modern city.Toby studied at Cambridge University, has been a chair of the London Borough of Southwark design review panel for eight years, and a member of the London Borough of Newham design review panel since 2013.



Aggregate Industries quarries, manufactures and supplies a wide range of heavy building materials to the construction industry. Through continued innovation and investment we have been certified The Responsible SourceTM offering a diverse portfolio of sustainable solutions to complement our traditional product offering.


A chemicals specialist at the service of construction materials, CHRYSO has tripled its turnover over the past decade to become an international leader active in more than 70 countries by means of its 19 subsidiaries around the world. CHRYSO provides its customers cement manufacturers, concrete plants, precast manufacturers, and construction companies - with its formulation expertise and knowledge of construction materials.


FP McCann is the UK’s market leader in the manufacture, supply and delivery of precast concrete solutions. FP McCann manage projects from conception to completion and handover by providing facilities and general management throughout the build programme.


The Modern Masonry Alliance is a body that seeks to ensure developers and designers, customers and occupants understand the benefits of masonry solutions. It is supported by the Aircrete Products Association, Concrete Block Association and Mortar Industry Alliance.


Tarmac is one of the UK’s largest producers of construction materials. With a unique product range that includes 1,000’s of different formulations for virtually any application. From self compacting and fibre reinforced mixes to decorative or permeable concrete, we combine innovative technology with enhanced workability to create your bespoke solution.


The Concrete Centre provides material, design and construction guidance. Our aim is to enable all those involved in the design, use and performance of concrete and masonry to realise the potential of the material. Our vision is to make concrete the material of choice.


Opportunities to exhibit are available, please email for further information.