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RICS Building Surveying Conference 2017

Conference London, 27 Apr 2017

Driving the profession forward

The annual flagship Building Surveying Conference returns again in 2017 to provide you with the latest developments impacting the market and the profession.  

As well as the usual breakout sessions offering up-to-date technical information and the latest guidance on key topics, plenary sessions will focus on the theme of  ‘driving the profession forward’, by addressing some of the main challenges and opportunities facing building surveyors in the coming years.

Attending this conference gives you the opportunity to benefit from the knowledge of our expert speakers, ensuring you remain at the forefront of your profession and are equipped to provide the best advice to your clients in common areas of practice.  The topics covered will include dilapidations, building regulations, rights of light and building defects.

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This conference includes a growing exhibition and a post-event networking drinks reception.  Join over 600 like-minded professionals and gain those valuable formal CPD hours.

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A content map will be produced for each conference session and emailed to delegates after the conference. These visual records will capture the key information from the speakers’ presentation and any subsequent discussion.

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Conference Programme

A content map will be produced for each conference session and emailed to delegates after the conference.  These visual records will capture the key information from the speakers’ presentation and any subsequent discussion.

08:30 Registration and refreshments

09:30 Chair’s opening remarks
Helen Gough, Lead Director, Building Consultancy, JLL TBC

09:40 RICS Building Surveying Professional Group Board update
Alex Charlesworth, Head of London Building Consultancy, Cushman & Wakefield and Chair, RICS Building Surveying Professional Group Board

10:00 Legal update

  • An in-depth insight into relevant case law
    Rob Langley, Partner, Muckle

10:40 Implementing International Standards

10:10 Networking refreshment break

11:40 – 12:30 Break-out session 1

Delegates choose between four parallel break-out sessions

1A Update on changes to construction contracts

  • New payment procedures
  • Revised insurance provisions
  • Changes to the provisions for contractor security and third party rights

Chair: Daniel Cooper, Technical Partner, TFT Consultants

1B Dilapidations

  • Body language and the art of dilapidations negotiations
  • Update on the latest RICS guidance note

Chair: Kevin Thomas, Faculty Head of International Development, Northumbria University
Paul Spaven, Partner, TFT Consultants & Chair, RICS Dilapidations Forum
Jon Rowling, Director, Goodrow Building Consultancy

1C CDM regulations: Improving understanding of codes of practice
24 months on from the publication of CDM 2015, this seminar will review the guidance and assess improved approaches to health and safety in the construction industry.

  • Co-operation and co-ordination between project workers
  • The role of the principal designer
  • Duty holders’ responsibilities
  • Including workers in risk management strategies
  • Alleviating confusion around the guidelines

Chair: Anthony Walker, Director, Trident Building Consultancy

1D Building defects
Chair: Brad Hook, Strategic Development Director (Urban Development and Regeneration), National Energy Foundation

12:40 – 13:30 Break-out session 2: Delegates choose between four parallel break-out sessions

2A Update on changes to construction contracts

  • New payment procedures
  • Revised insurance provisions
  • Changes to the provisions for contractor security and third party rights

Chair: Daniel Cooper, Technical Partner, TFT Consultants

1B Dilapidations

  • Body language and the art of dilapidations negotiations
  • Update on the latest RICS guidance note

Chair: Kevin Thomas, Faculty Head of International Development, Northumbria University
Paul Spaven, Partner, TFT Consultants & Chair, RICS Dilapidations Forum
Jon Rowling, Director, Goodrow Building Consultancy

2C CDM regulations: Improving understanding of codes of practice
24 months on from the publication of CDM 2015, this session will review the guidance and assess improved approaches to health and safety in the construction industry.

  • Co-operation and co-ordination between project workers
  • The role of the principal designer
  • Duty holders’ responsibilities
  • Including workers in risk management strategies
  • Alleviating confusion around the guidelines

Chair: Anthony Walker, Director, Trident Building Consultancy

2D Building defects
Chair: Brad Hook, Strategic Development Director (Urban Development and Regeneration), National Energy Foundation

13:30 Networking lunch

14:30 – 15:20 Break-out session 3: Delegates choose between four parallel break-out sessions

3A Rights of light

  • The importance of legal due diligence, why we need to work alongside lawyers from an early stage
  • The pros and cons of the rights of light surveyor producing a massing model to build within.
  • The importance of research, working surveys and accurate info
  • Tactical options for the developer, including insurance
  • Rights of light reform, potentially new methods of calculation
  • Current case law

Chair: Dean Catlow, Building Surveyor, Trident Building Consultancy
Lance Harris, Director, Anstey Horne

3B Guidance on surveying historic and listed buildings

  • Unauthorised alterations and enforcement action
  • Defect diagnosis and building pathology
  • Care and repair options
  • The role of the building surveyor and when to call on an expert
  • Latest developments related to Listed Building Consents

Chair: Daniel Cooper, Technical Partner, TFT Consultants
Lynda Jubb, Director, Jubb & Jubb Ltd and Chair, RICS Building Conservation Forum

3C Building regulations update
Chair: Alan Cripps, Associate Director, UK Markets, RICS
Martin Conlon, Director, Assent Building Control

3D The role of building surveyors in asset management
Chair: Anthony Walker, Director, Trident Building Consultancy
Vicky Green, Chartered Senior Surveyor, Trident Building Consultancy
Ed Bartlett, CEO, Kykloud

15:20 Networking refreshment break

15:40 Panel discussion: Driving diversity in the profession

16:20 Closing keynote: Economic outlook   
Justin Urquhart-Stewart, Head of Corporate Development & Co-founder, Seven Investment Management

17.00 Chair’s closing remarks

17:10 Close of conference and Networking Drinks Reception


Price excl. VAT

£230.00 for RICS members

£310.50 for non-members

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Conference Programme