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CPD Day, Dunblane

Conference Dunblane, 8 Mar 2018

A regional conference for Scotland

“A great event with a fantastic location beneficial to central belt.”

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.

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.

Here is a small selection of what you’ll learn:

  • Hear an economic market outlook with the latest forecasts for growth and inflation.
  • Gain legal updates on the biggest changes that will impact the market.
  • Topics have been tailored to local market, so you will take away more specialist knowledge of what is happening in your area than before.
  • Whether you are in the commercial property, QS, residential, rural there will be a session relevant to 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.

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:

“Top class venue, topics and presentations.”
“I enjoyed the day and had useful discussions with existing (and possibly new) clients, so a very successful event.”
“ Informative and worthwhile day, which offered great value for money”

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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Opening plenary

09:40 Keynote address: Regional economic update
Economic outlook for the region
Business challenges and opportunities
Key investment drivers
Emerging themes

Break-out sessions
Delegates select which session to attend from the Built environment, Property or Land options. For example, at 1015 please select 1A, 1B or 1C

Built Environment
1A – Structural movement
How to identify structural movement
Repair methods and recommendations
Neil Dely, Partner, Cundall

1B – Battery storage
Progress in the battery storage market
The future of large scale solar and genset schemes
Self-funded battery storage guide
How to maximise the chances of success
Martin Hall, Managing Director, Davidson and Robertson 

1C – Essential legal compliance for property professionals
Data-protection regulations
Anti-money laundering regulations
Bribery Act 2010
Penalties explained 

11:05 Networking refreshment break

Built Environment

2A – Energy efficiency historic buildings
How to assess and rate the historic buildings energy performance 
When to recommend upgrades or replacements

Moses Jenkins, Senior Technical Officer, Historic Scotland

2B Environmental impact assessment 2017
The new guidance explained
Best practice techniques for carrying out an assessment

2C – Commercial property management
Best practice guidance for:
Liaising with and reporting to the landlords
Collecting monies
Clients' accounts
Dealing with defaulting occupiers
Service charges
Neil McVicar, Head of Operations and Property Management, Lambert Smith Hampton 

12:20 – 13:05 

Built Environment

3A – Sustainable construction and building materials
Examining different types of sustainable building materials
Tools and techniques for selecting construction materials
Dr Francesco Pomponi, Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow, Edinburgh Napier University, Institute for Sustainable Construction

3B – Invasive species
Beyond Japanese Knotweed: should surveyors be worried about other non-native invasive plants in the UK?Identification, property risks legal issues and effective treatment
Graham Rudd, Business Manager, Invasive Weeds Agency Limited

3C Landlord and tenant legal update
Roundup of the latest case law
How to apply the principles of these cases into practice 

13:05 Lunch

14:05 – 14:45 
Afternoon keynote: Case study University of Glasgow
Hear about the current plans for the expansion
Understand the commercial opportunities from the project 
14:45 – 15:30 
Built Environment
4A – Collateral Warranties
Considering the options for third party beneficiaries
Pros and cons
Could third party rights become more popular?


4B – Agriculture rent reviews
Recommendations from the Tenant Farming Forum (TFF) Farm Rent Reviews – Introduction and Guide to Good Practice

Rent review process and recommended timescales
Davidson and Robertson

4C – Development appraisals
Key considerations and factors
Viability and planning
Matthew Spilsbury, Director, Turley  

15:30 Networking refreshment break

15:50 – 16:35 
Built Environment
5A – Project Management
Best practice project management
Building and developing your relationship with others

5B – Planning policy update
Places, People and Planning consultation
Making Places Initiative
Colin Smith, Office Director, Turley
5C – FM Service Delivery
Advantages and Disadvantages
Mixed models
Stan Mitchell, CEO, Key Facilities Management International 

16:35 – 17:20 
Built Environment
6A – Retrofit of traditional and historic buildings
Advantages and disadvantages of the different type of materials for retrofitting
What responsible retrofitting looks like

6B –  Daylight and sunlight issues
Natural light calculations
Considering common law and the planning system
Risk assessments

6C – Residential market update
Update on the build-to-rent and PRS sector
Policy developments for affordable housing
Faisal Choundry, Director – Residential Research, Savills 

17:20 Close of conference   

Price excl. VAT

£155.00 for RICS members

£209.25 for non-members

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