Third Councils Building Homes event successful

Thu 4 July 2019, 2:01 pm

Senior officers and councillors from local authorities in and around London attended the third Councils Building Homes event at the offices of the Local Government Association this week.

A series of events are being delivered through a partnership between publishing and events company 3Fox International, and development consultancy Airey Miller. They aim to provide a platform for local authorities to share knowledge and best practice to speed up the delivery of affordable homes.

The keynote speaker at the event was James Murray, London's deputy mayor for housing and residential development. He shared his views that construction of affordable homes can be increased, and took questions from the audience.

Following James Murray's introduction - partner at Devonshires law firm Mark London discussed some of the fire hazards that have been found in tall buildings, and provided an overview of the new proposed regulatory framework to increase fire safety.

This was followed by presentations from Bill Flood, managing director of Wokingham Housing, Serena Simon, programme director - Church Street regeneration at Westminster City Council, and Vikki Everett, lead - Ebury Bridge renewal project at Westminster City Council. All three discussed what it means to be a good client within the context of regeneration and housebuilding projects.

After the presentations, the speakers joined in an audience Q&A session, which included questions on funding and legal liabilities.

The final part of the session invited delegates to engage in smaller round table discussions on topics including procurement, financial models, joint ventures and how to be a good client.

During these discussions, delegates were able to discuss the challenges of their boroughs with their peers and experts from Airey Miller.

The next event in the series is scheduled for the first week of November. For more information, contact Lottie Gregory on lottie@3foxinternational.com.

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