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

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

CPD:4.50 hours

Building More Homes and a Long-lasting Housing Stock

This conference is a full day programme focusing on the design and delivery of long-lasting, high-performance homes, presented by The Concrete Centre and Modern Masonry Alliance. 

Delegates will gain insights into the policy and market context for the UK housing sector from different perspectives. The conference will also present exemplar projects and solutions to meet the UK’s current and future housing needs. 

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, overheating, flood and acoustics.
  • Insights from exemplars 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 by Andy von Bradsky, Chairman of the Housing Forum

Andy is a Chairman of the Housing Forum, a cross housing industry membership organisation and contributed to the Government’s Housing Standards Review. He participates in design review 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. 

Andy will provide an opening address to the conference on the key issues for UK housing including the political agenda, the need for affordable housing, the build to rent market and more.


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, executive director, MPA The Concrete Centre

The drive for more homes, quickly risks a “dash for trash” that leaves homeowners with a lower quality product that will not weather economic, social and environmental challenges.


UK Housing: Role of regulations and how to ensure high performance housing stock 

Guy Thompson to chair a discussion with: 

  • Lynne Sullivan, Good Homes Alliance
  • Andy von Bradsky
  • Oliver Novakovic
  • Andrew Minson

Questions to be taken from delegates.



Coffee break




Urban Dwellings: Fast-track for high density living

This presentation will feature a case study of a residential developments using a precast concrete solution. A precast building system can comprise factory-produced walls, floors and cladding panels and some with integrated services.



Social Housing: Robust homes in concrete construction

This presentation will hear from a design and build contractor regarding a recent social housing project. 

Insight will be provided on the client’s requirements and the design solution chosen. 


Building Better Building: Learning from an exemplar

Speaker: Richard Partington, Partington Studios

The recent housing development at Derwenthorpe, York was based the performance evaluation of prototype solutions. The result is the award-winning masonry homes for client Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust.
Richard is author of a new book “Building Better Buildings” which focusses on lessons learnt from existing buildings.




Q & A Session



Lunch break and networking with exhibitors and delegates




Introduction to afternoon session

Speaker: Andrew Minson, executive director, MPA The Concrete Centre


Fire: Protecting life and property

As we strive for high performance across a wide range of criteria, it is essential that life safety is our first priority when specifying construction materials for UK 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

This latest update from Robust Details will provide an overview of the range of solutions available, including new solutions for floors for mixed-use developments.



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.



Q&A Session


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.