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CPD Day, Newcastle


A regional conference for the North East

Our 2017 event has now taken place. Register your interest to be the first to hear once the next event's programme and date are finalised.

This conference offers essential solutions that you will be able to implement into your daily practice and will provide you with a selection of break-out sessions that have been tailored to meet your specific learning requirements.

The programme offers an annual round up of local and national updates, allowing you to explore the potential challenges and opportunities facing your business. Our highly-technical sessions will ensure you are working to best practice standards to enhance your skills. The sessions are delivered by RICS practitioners, industry experts and practising surveyors.

Key highlights:

  • Regional economic update, with a focus on investment drivers, business challenges and opportunities
  • Hear essential legal updates on landlord and tenant litigation, the Housing and Planning Act and more
  • Gain in-depth insights into the RICS international standards work, business, and a high-profile local regeneration project
  • Ensure you are working to best practice standards with technical sessions relating to EPCs and modern building defects, fracking and legislative changes in PRS
  • Six hours of formal 6 CPD learning.


RICS member full day rate
£150 + VAT
RICS member half day rate* £95 + VAT
Non-member full day rate £202.50 + VAT
Non-member half day rate* £128.25 + VAT

*If you wish to book a half day, please select either three morning sessions or three afternoon sessions and enter voucher code: VHR0000461 to obtain the correct rate. This voucher code is to be used on half day bookings only.

Group discounts

RICS recognises the value of learning in teams. Groups of three or more booking at the same time from the same company receive a 10% discount. Five or more receive a 15% discount. Seven or more receive a 20% discount. Only one discount available per person. This cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer from RICS conferences.

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08:30 Registration and refreshments

09:30 Chair’s opening remarks

09:40 Opening keynote address: Regional economic update

  • Economic outlook for the region
  • Business challenges and opportunities
  • Key investment drivers
  • Emerging themes

Ross Smith, Director of Policy, North East England Chamber of Commerce

Break-out sessions

Delegates select which session to attend from the Built environment, Property or Land options. For example, at 10:15 please select 1A, 1B or 1C.

10:15 - 11:00 Built Environment
A - Risk management in construction

  • How to minimize potential threats
  • Quantifying cost and performance
  • Applying an effective risk management process in any construction project

Rebecca Gabriel, Director of Programme Advisory, Hill International

1B - Developments in planning

  • Section 106 and CIL in the region
  • Utilising s. 106 in developments not fundable through CIL
  • Issues of prescription, compensation and impact mitigation
  • Introduction of CIL by Gateshead and Newcastle councils

Neil Robson, Partner, Property Department, Ward Hadaway

1C – Commercial property asset trends: Leisure and retail in focus

  • Latest asset trends in the market

Nick Robinson, Associate Director, BNP Paribas 

11:00 Networking refreshment break

11:30 – 12:15 Built Environment
2A – Proptech: Mobile surveying applications and report writing and other relevant applications

  •  Commercial aerial drones
  • UK legislative environment
  • Practical applications for surveyors
  • Infrared thermography for building defects

Mike Edwards, Director, Ocuair Ltd

2B – Viability in planning

  • What does policy compliant mean in terms of affordable housing requirements?
  • Site wide versus area wide challenges
  • Current policy and variations in current practice
  • Maintaining viability and the current political landscape

Atam Verdi, Director, Aspinall Verdi

2C - Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) in relation to Commercial Properties

  • Which transactions MEES will apply to
  • What works landlords will be required to undertake
  • Exemptions
  • Enforcement and penalties
  • Practical implications
  • Lease renewals – what landlords and tenants need to do to prepare

Mat Lown, Partner, Tuffin Ferraby Taylor LLP

12:15 – 13:00 Built Environment
3A – Modern building defects

  • Common areas for defects
  • Uncontrolled movement and cracking
  • Cladding systems and timber frame
  • Moisture issues

John Blomeley, Director - Head of Leeds Office, Watts Group Limited

3B – Fracking

  • How is fracking regulated
  • The hydrocarbon licensing regime
  • Is trespass law still an issue?
  • Risks and rewards for the landowner
  • Kirby Misperton case study

Craig Burman, Director, Schofield Sweeney

3C – Legislation changes in PRS

  • Update to the recent RICS publication
  • Summary of the legislative changes
  • How will this impact landlords and tenants?

Bruce Haagensen, Area representative – Newcastle and the North East, National Landlords Association

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Afternoon keynote: RICS international standards work
Building on our reputation as the world's leading professional body for qualifications and standards in land, property and construction

  • Why is this important to members?
  • A summary of work undertaken to produce a truly international suite of standards
  • International Property Measurement Standards – progress so far

David Coulson, Registered RICS Valuer, Addisons Chartered Surveyors

14:35 – 15:20 Built Environment
4A – Liquidated damages in construction contracts

  • Damages and penalties
  • Commercial practice
  • Practical examples and case studies

Keith Bishop, Partner and Head of the Construction and Engineering Team, Muckle LLP

4B – Land disposal – How much public sector land can be delivered?

  • HCA land disposal and development plan 2016 – 2017 detailed

Martin Wilks, Senior Specialist, Homes and Communities Agency

4C – Landlord and tenant litigation update

  • Recent developments in the law of Landlord and Tenant
  • Changes in the law as well as judgements and leading cases
  • Expert witness in litigation will also be explored

Danny Revitt, Partner, Irwin Mitchell

15:20 Networking refreshment break

15:35 – 16:20 Built Environment
5A – Conservation of Historic and listed buildings – a case study

  • Defect diagnosis, assessment, maintenance and repair
  • Reinstating traditional features

Hugh Garratt, Director, Smith & Garratt

5B – Contaminated land

  • Buying contaminated land
  • ‘Special sites’
  • Costs of remedy

Richard Lawless, Unit Director – Geo-Environmental, Delta Simmonds

5C – Housing and Planning Act 2016 – what you need to know

  • Updates to the House and Planning Act
  • Changes to starter homes/Help to buy

Michael Hepburn, Senior Director, Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners

16:20 – 17:00 Built Environment
6A – An update on BIM

  • BIM Level 2 – What, Why & How
  • Building a Digital Industry, Level 3 & the future
  • BIM in practice, a local case study

George Mokhtar, Associate Director and Head of BIM, Turner and Townsend

6B – Making regeneration happen: A case study

  • Introducing the case study: Straiths South Bank, Gateshead
  • Identifying and accessing developable land
  • Detailing challenges and their solutions
  • Transferrable learning for future projects

Mark Massey, Senior Partner, IDPartnership-Northern

6C – 2017 Revaluation of business rates

  •  How do the assessments affect rates bills, both immediately and in future years?
  • How to navigate your way through a completely new appeals process
  • Additional policy developments on the way

Andrew Finfer, Partner, Ward Hadaway

17:00 Close of conference

Price incl. VAT

TBC for RICS members

TBC for non-members


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