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CPD Day, Newcastle

Conference Newcastle, 22 Feb 2018

A regional conference for the North East

Please note: this year the event is taking place at a new venue - Hilton Hotel in Newcastle.

“An excellent day and good value, good variety of speakers and session options”

If you’d like to learn the latest updates and technical guidance across built environment, land and property then this is a date to put in your diary. This year we’ve packed together even more relevant training, content and speakers to provide you with the best six hours formal CPD (and you don’t have to travel to London to get it).

Always popular, the conference gives you essential solutions you can apply to your daily practice. To make sure you get exactly what you need, your day is structured around six breakout sessions.

The idea of the breakout sessions is to let you tailor your day to best meet your particular requirements in terms of your own professional development.

Everyone has different areas they are particularly interested in, so whether your focus is built environment, land or property there is a varied selection of topics designed specifically to help you.

    As well as breakout sessions, your day also covers an essential round up of key developments in your region. This will help you to explore the potential challenges and opportunities facing your business in the next 12 months.

Here is a small selection of what you can expect on the day:

  • An economic update for the North East, providing essential market insight for the region as well as benchmarking against the UK as a whole.
  • An update on the Northumberland Local Plan – addressing future housing and economic needs in the region.
  • Essential insights and technical guidance around dealing with invasive plant species, structural movement, flood risk and its impact on valuation, block management, strategic land development, CDM regulations and new developments in FM.
  • Expert legal advice on a range of key issues, including an update on JCT2016, manorial rights, tenant default and insolvency in commercial property, adverse possession, restrictive covenants and service charges.
  • Keynote presentations providing market insight, economic updates and regional policy developments specific to the North East.

Not just a day of CPD


As well as bringing industry leading speakers to your doorstep to help enhance your career, your day also provides you with some dedicated time to network.

We all know networking is a vital part of working in our sector, but as a busy professional we can find it struggle to find the time to do this effectively.

With this in mind, we have set aside time to give you a chance to catch up with your peers in your region. One of these is a two-course hot lunch (which is included free for anyone attending the whole day) while you connect with colleagues old and new

Conference app

This year we are introducing RICS conference app to all CPD Days to enhance your event experience.

With it you can:

  • Interact with the speakers via polling and live Q&A sessions to ensure your burning questions as answered.
  • Get access to all the speaker presentations and save these to your desktop for future reference. This means you’ll miss nothing important on the day.
  • View up-to-the-minute session details, including full speaker bios.
  • Add your own notes while the session is being delivered.
  • Use the advanced networking feature to interact and engage with fellow attendees. The app provides a great way to catch up and follow up if you miss them during the networking sessions.
  • Use it on any device. It’s built to work on laptops, tablets and smartphones so no matter how you choose to interact you can be certain it will work for you.

Is this right for me?

We have put a lot of work into creating a day we are confident will add great value to your career and business, but we’re not expecting you to just take our word for it.

Every year we ask attendees to let us know what they thought of the day. Here are a few of their comments:

“Very good content, well delivered and worthwhile learning outcomes achieved.”
“Event was really good way of updating my knowledgebase. I enjoyed it and felt it went very well.”
“Informative and worthwhile day”

Here's what to do next

The price for this value packed day is:

RICS member full day rate
£155 + VAT
RICS member half day rate* £100 + VAT
Non-member full day rate £209.25 + VAT
Non-member half day rate* £135 + VAT

*If you wish to book a half day, please select either three morning sessions or three afternoon sessions and enter voucher code: VHR0000628 to obtain the correct rate. This voucher code is to be used on half day bookings only.

Group Discounts

We’ve also got some great group discounts when you book your seats together with your colleagues:

  • Book 3 or more places and get 10% off
  • Book 5 or more places and get 15% off
  • Book 7 or more places and get 20% off

We can only offer one discount per person. This cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer from RICS Conferences.

Make sure you don’t miss out on what promises to be a great CPD day.

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2018 Programme

08:30   Registration and refreshments

09:30   Chairman’s opening remarks         

09:40   Opening address: An economic update for the North East

  • Economic outlook for the region
  • Business challenges and opportunities
  • Fallout from the general election
  • Brexit update
  • Emerging themes

Breakout sessions. Delegates choose between three parallel breakout sessions.

10:15 1A: Built Environment

JCT 2016 update

  • Timeline of changes to contracts
  • New payment legislation
  • BIM
  • Other amendments

1B: Land

Manorial rights explained

  • What are manorial rights?
  • The 2013 legislation and registration
  • Consequences for landowners and buyers
  • Frequently encountered issues

1C: Property

Dealing with tenant default and insolvency

  • Options open to the landlord
  • Dispute resolution
  • Review of recent legal developments

11:00   Networking refreshment break

11:30   2A: Built Environment

Dealing with invasive plant species

  • Identifying Japanese and Himalayan knotweed and other invasive weed species
  • Selecting the appropriate remedy
  • Key signs of damage to property
  • Prevention

2B: Land

Flooding, valuation and property

  • The Red Book 2017 and environmental considerations
  • What capital market clients expect
  • The approach of insurers to flood risk for residential and commercial property
  • How does this affect property and professional standards in the North East?
  • Likely future developments

2C: Property

Best practice in block management

  • Effective routes to improved tenant engagement
  • Meeting tenant demands
  • Key legal considerations

3A: Built Environment

Structural movement and cracking

  • Causes
  • Visual indicators and diagnosis
  • Choosing the right remedy

3B: Land

Strategic land development

  • Identifying suitable land
  • Planning and development
  • Option, promotion and hybrid agreements
  • The role of the surveyor
  • The future

3C: Property

Risk management in valuation

  • Current market challenges
  • Update on the latest case law for PI valuation claims
  • The steps you can take to mitigate your risks

13:00   Lunch

14:00   An update from LionHeart

Davina Goodchild, CEO, LionHeart

14:10   The Northumberland County Council Local Plan

  • Overview of developments over the past six to twelve months
  • Examination of the revised plan and the changes made
  • What will be the impact on housing development in Northumberland?
  • Planning for the future

14:45   Breakout session four: Delegates choose between three parallel breakout sessions

4A: Built Environment

Modular housing in the North East

  • A local case study of an initiative to build modular homes

4B: Land

Adverse possession

  • Factual possession and necessary intention explained
  • Applications for adverse possession (the criteria and procedure)
  • Unregistered and registered land
  • Limitation periods

4C: Property

Build to Rent schemes

  • Overview of existing schemes
  • The Government’s consultation and current policy
  • Drawbacks
  • Obstacles to future schemes
  • Are Build to Rent schemes the way forward?

15:30   Networking refreshment break

15:45   Breakout session five: Delegates choose between three parallel breakout sessions

5A: Built Environment

CDM Regulations

  • Reviewing the impact of the changes, two years on
  • Guidance on the new roles, responsibilities and requirements of project stakeholders
  • Understanding the codes of practice
  • Compliance for duty holders
  • Client responsibilities explained

5B: Land

Restrictive covenants on land

  • Common examples of restrictive covenants
  • Enforceability of restrictive covenants
  • Discharging or modifying restrictive covenants
  • Possible reforms

5C: Property

Service charges in commercial properties

  • Landlords’ objectives
  • Tenants’ objectives
  • Main problem areas

16:30   Breakout session six: Delegates choose between three parallel breakout sessions

6A: Built Environment

The NEC4 ECC 2017

  • What's new and what’s different?
  • Insurance
  • Compensation
  • Assessing price changes
  • Unintended consequences

6B: Land

Protected species

  • Identification of protected species
  • Legislation that may impact property development
  • Surveying and assessing approaches
  • Licensing requirements
  • Methods of mitigation

6C: Property

New developments in facilities management

  • Current trends
  • Challenges and opportunities
  • The future

17:15   Close of conference

Price excl. VAT

£155.00 for RICS members

£209.25 for non-members

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