Date:Monday 30 October 2017
Time:09:30 - 16:00

The Building Centre, 26 Store St, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BT

CPD:4.50 hours

Resilient Housing Conference 2017: Building More Homes and a Long-lasting Housing Stock

This full day of presentations is split into three sessions:

  • Session 1 will provide an understanding of the policy and market influences on the UK housing sector, for example discussing how developers are responding to the Government's drive to build more homes.
  • Session 2 brings together designers to present case studies for high performance housing, with examples of masonry construction, in-situ concrete and precast concrete solutions. Innovative techniques and design approaches will be discussed for delivering new-build private and affordable homes. Case studies include Dertwenthorpe, York; Highpoint, Elephant & Castle and Creek Road, Greenwich.
  • Session 3 provides a focus on performance with expert speakers on flooding, acoustics, energy efficiency and avoiding overheating.

The Concrete Centre and the Modern Masonry Alliance are working together to run this event, which is free-of-charge to attend, to provide designers access to the latest guidance to enable them to design long-lasting, high-performance homes using concrete and masonry solutions. With the drivers for "more", there is a risk that performance is compromised; the aim of this event is to provide guidance to produce high performance homes that will weather economic, social and environmental challenges.

Delegates will gain: 

  • An overview of the policy and regulatory context for the provision of new homes.
  • Practical guidance for the design of resilient concrete and masonry solutions.
  • The latest updates on performance considerations including fire, energy efficiency, overheating, flooding and acoustics.
  • Insights from case studies of urban, social, low- and high- rise buildings.

As part of the conference, there will be an exhibition providing product and project guidance. 

Conference Programme


Registration and refreshments


Welcome by Guy Thompson, Head of Architecture, Housing and Sustainability, MPA The Concrete Centre


Opening Address: Exploring key issues for UK housing

Speaker: Andy von Bradsky, Chairman of the Housing Forum

The opening address to the conference will introduce the key issues for UK housing including the political agenda, the need for affordable housing and the build to rent market. Andy has over 30 years' experience in housing and regeneration for the private and public sector, with much of this time in a high-profile architectural practice. He is currently Chairman of the Housing Forum, a cross housing industry membership organisation. Andy contributed to the Government’s Housing Standards Review as a design and delivery advisor and provides expertise as a registered Design Council CABE Built Environment Expert, a member of the Design Review panel for Design South East and a member of the NHBC Foundation Expert Panel. 


Building to Meet UK’s Housing Needs

Speaker: Oliver Novakovic, Barratt Developments

Oliver will discuss the challenges and solutions for developers and housebuilders in meeting both public sector and private sector agendas, and the need to build more homes.


Building More Without Compromising Performance

Speaker: Andrew Minson, MPA The Concrete Centre

The tragedy at Grenfell is a stark reminder of the importance of fire resistance in our housing. Andrew will present the importance of high performance housing and address how to ensure that homeowners receive a high quality product that will weather economic, social and environmental challenges.


The Debate: UK housing - the role of regulation and how to ensure a high performance housing stock 

Guy Thompson to chair a discussion with the speakers from the morning session (Andy von Bradsky, Oliver Novakovic, Andrew Minson) who will also be joined by Lynne Sullivan, Good Homes Alliance.

Questions will be invited from delegates.


Coffee break


Case study of offsite concrete at Highpoint, London 
Rob Partridge, AKTII

This 45-storey tower, part of the Elephant & Castle redevelopment, will provide a mixed tenure of apartments; private rented and affordable. Rob will discuss how this project pushed the boundaries of integrated design and construction and used a number of innovative solutions to achieve a lean, material-efficient, robust design that was repetitive and fast to construct. The project uses concrete elements consisting of solid wall panels to the perimeter and twin wall panels internally over the full height of the tower.  

Client: Mace, Realstar Group
Architect: Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Axis Architects
Structural Engineer: AKTII 


Case study of fast track construction at Creek Road, Greenwich

Speaker: Justin Kelly, bptw architecture

The design and build scheme is a mixed use development that will provide 83 dwellings, of private and affordable housing, in the centre of Greenwich. The constrained site and historical setting required a creative solution for both design and construction. Justin will explain how this was resolved with a fast-stack, in-situ concrete, walling system that enabled the project to save time and reduce the wall thickness, compared to a frame and infill solution.

Client: Family Mosaic
Design & Build: Bouygues UK
Architect: bptw architecture


Building Better Buildings: Exploring Derwenthorpe, York

Speaker: Richard Partington, Studio Partington

Countering fuel poverty by reducing heating demand and closing the performance gap were key objectives of this housing development for Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust. A ‘fabric first’ approach using masonry was adopted with material selection and detailing influenced by early prototype assessments with a focus on energy efficiency. Research by York University over the last three years has monitored the real performance and overall carbon footprint of 64 phase one households. This award winning development is a case study “Better Buildings – learning from buildings in use” a recent RIBA publication co-authored by Richard.

Client: Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust
Masterplanners: Studio Partington
Development Partner: David Wilson Homes


Q&A Opportunity for delegates to ask questions of Rob Partridge, Justin Kelly and Richard Partington.


Lunch Delegates can access product and project advice from exhibitors, speakers and delegates. It is also the last opportunity to enjoy the 70 years of Concrete Quarterly exhibition in the lower gallery at The Building Centre.


Introduction to the afternoon session by Andrew Minson, MPA The Concrete Centre


Property Flood Resilience - A new code of practice

Speaker: Eleanor Blundell, Environment Agency

Eleanor will provide the latest on the UK Property Flood Resilience Action Plan and report progress on the new code of practice being developed to provide guidance for property flood resilience. The presentation will also discuss opportunities to address flood resilience in new build housing.  


Overheating and Housing

Speaker: Tom De Saulles, MPA The Concrete Centre

This presentation will provide an update on the current standards and performance requirements to address overheating in dwellings. Tom will provide an insight into the likely development of design solutions to address a changing climate.


Robust Details for Acoustics 

Speaker: John Tebbit, Robust Details

Design for sound insulation is an essential part of designing for residential developments, especially high-density, urban projects. This latest update from Robust Details will provide an overview of the range of solutions available for concrete, particularly for apartment developments including new separating floor and wall types and external wall treatment options for use with a concrete frame.


Innovations in Housing Construction

Speaker: Elaine Toogood, MPA The Concrete Centre

Elaine will provide an overview of recent developments in construction methods, products and guidance available supporting the development of new housing using concrete and masonry. The presentation includes offsite housing solutions, innovative products in masonry construction and useful design tools.


Q&A Opportunity for delegates to ask questions of Eleanor Blundell, Elaine Toogood, John Tebbit and Tom De Saulles.


Closing summary and conference close


Aggregate Industries is one of the leading manufacturers of ready mixed concrete in the UK, supplying a full range of quality concrete products to satisfy the needs of the construction industry.

Aircrete Products Association represents the five manufacturers of aircrete blocks who serve the majority of the UK market: Forterra, H+H UK Ltd., Quinn Building Products, Tarmac, Thomas Armstrong. APA work with the Modern Masonry Alliance to promote masonry solutions. 


Concrete Block Association (CBA) is an independent industry trade body representing manufacturers of aggregate concrete building blocks in the United Kingdom.

The Modern Masonry Alliance is a body that seeks to ensure developers and designers, customers and occupants understand the benefits of masonry solutions. It provides guidance on the design of masonry and evidence of how masonry can contribute to a sustainable built environment.

British Precast Flooring Federation

The Precast Flooring Federation promotes the structural and commercial benefits of precast concrete flooring systems and their proven performance. PFF Members’ products are manufactured under factory controlled conditions to a high standard, giving architects, structural engineers and building contractors the assurance of an engineered floor to meet specific design criteria.

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