CPD Day, North West

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CPD Day, Greater Manchester


A regional conference for the North West.

The 2017 conference has now taken place. Register your interest to be the first to hear once the 2018 programme and date have been confirmed.

Explore the potential challenges and opportunities facing your business at this annual round-up of local and national hot topics. Our highly-technical sessions, delivered by chartered surveyors and other leading experts, will ensure you are working to best practice standards and enhance your skills.

“Very good content, well delivered and worthwhile learning outcomes achieved.”

If you’d like to learn the latest updates and technical guidance across built environment, land and property then this is an event to keeo an eye out for. In 2017 we packed together even more relevant training, content and speakers to provide you with the best six hours formal CPD (and you didn’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.

In 2017 key sessions included:

  • Overview of the economic performance and outlook of the North West and the UK as a whole
  • Update on planning law, landlord and tenant practice and recent regulatory change
  • Expert insight on a range of key issues including invasive plant species, flooding risk, housing, 'build to rent', and protected species
  • Review of the RICS’ work on international standards.

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

In 2017 we introduced 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:

“Event was really good way of updating my knowledgebase. I enjoyed it and felt it went very well.”
“Informative and worthwhile day”
“Interesting and good value conference.”

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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2017 Programme

08:30 Registration and refreshments

09:30 Chairman’s opening remarks
Adrienne Yarwood, Senior Consultant, The Vinden Partnership

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

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

10:15 Breakout session one: Delegates choose between three parallel breakout sessions

Breakout session 1A: Built Environment

JCT 2016 update

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

Mike Plews, Consultant, Irwin Mitchell

Breakout session 1B: Land Planning law update

  • Review of recent legal developments relating to planning

Nicola Gooch, Senior Associate, Irwin Mitchell

Breakout session 1C: Property Landlord and tenant legal update

  • Review of recent legal developments relating to landlord and tenant agreements

Christopher Perrin, Partner, Irwin Mitchell

11:00 Networking refreshment break

11:30 Breakout session two: Delegates choose between three parallel breakout sessions

Breakout session 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

Breakout session 2B: Land

Risk assessments for flooding

  • Update on Environment Agency flood data for the North West
  • Long-term risk assessments for flooding
  • The approach of insurers to risk assessments
  • Likely future developments

Breakout session 2C: Property Business rates revaluation update 2017

  • Impact of the business rate revaluation
  • Regulatory update
  • Reliefs explained
  • Case law examples and case studies
  • Explanation of the process for appealing rateable values

12:15 Breakout session three: Delegates choose between three parallel breakout sessions

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

Breakout session 3A: Built Environment

Structural movement and cracking

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

Breakout session 3B: Land Strategic land development

Strategic land development

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

Breakout session 3C: Property

Repurposing historic buildings

  • Key benefits and challenges relating to the regeneration of historic buildings
  • Determining whether the structural condition of the building is viable
  • Aspects of the site that might limit or affect suitability for regeneration, e.g. topography, hazardous materials, flooding etc.
  • Assessing the cost
  • Building a risk profile for the project and making a decision

13:00 Lunch

14:00 An update from LionHeart

Davina Goodchild, CEO, LionHeart

14:10 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: the progress so far

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

Breakout session 4A: Built Environment

Modular housing in the North West

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

Breakout session 4B: Land

  • Adverse possession
  • Factual possession and necessary intention explained
  • Limitation periods
  • Prescriptive easements

Ben Gildea, Solicitor, Irwin Mitchell

Breakout session 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

16:00 Breakout session five: Delegates choose between three parallel breakout sessions

Breakout session 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

Breakout session 5B: Land

Restrictive covenants on land

  • Common examples of restrictive covenants
  • Cases where restrictive covenants are not valid
  • Restrictive covenants on freehold land
  • Ben Gildea, Solicitor, Irwin Mitchell

    Breakout session 5C: Property

    Service charges in commercial properties

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

    16:45 Breakout session six: Delegates choose between three parallel breakout sessions

    Breakout session 6A: Built Environment

    Reinstatement cost assessments

    • Introduction to reinstatement cost assessments
    • Taking instructions and preparation for inspection
    • Collection of information and site inspection
    • Basis of assessment
    • Guidance and examples of good practice

    Breakout session 6B: Land

    Protected species

  • Identification of protected species
  • Legislation that may impact property development
  • Surveying and assessing approaches
  • Licensing requirements
  • Methods of mitigation
  • Breakout session 6C: Property

    New developments in facilities management

  • Current trends
  • Challenges and opportunities
  • The future
  • 17:30 Close of conference

    Price Excl. VAT

    TBC for RICS members

    TBC for non-members


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