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RICS Building Surveying Conference 2019

The UK’s leading Building Surveying Conference returns to central London to provide you with the latest developments impacting the built environment sector and the surveying profession.

Meeting future demands and key challenges in an evolving profession.

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Thu 2 May 2019
08:45 AM - 05:00 PM
The Royal Lancaster Hotel, Lancaster Terrace, London, W2 2TY
5.5 hours formal CPD

Book before 21 Feb for Early Bird discount.

£215 + VAT


The annual flagship Building Surveying Conference returns again this year to provide you with the latest developments impacting the built environment and your role as a building surveyor.  As external influences continue to drive the profession to evolve, it has never been more important to come together at this annual event and discuss new approaches to meet changes in client demand and face upcoming challenges.

As well as the usual breakout sessions offering up-to-date technical information and the latest guidance on key topics, this year’s plenary sessions will examine the renewed focus on fire safety issues, following the tragedies of recent major fire incidents and the impact for the design, build and operation of our built assets.  We close the day with our annual economic forecast and finally our inspirational closing keynote, which this year is delivered by Mandy Hickson, former Royal Air Force fast jet pilot and one of the first female pilots on her frontline Tornado GR4 squadron.


Benefits of attending

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.  This year’s breakout topics will include a building regulations and enforcement update, a focus on due diligence, an examination of recent contracts case law, a look at offsite modular construction and discussion around the importance of biophilic design and wellbeing.  Plus don’t miss our proptech vendor showcase, where delegates will have the opportunity to see some examples of the latest disruptive technology in action.
This conference includes a growing exhibition and a post-event networking drinks reception.  Join over 500+ like-minded professionals and gain those valuable formal CPD hours.

Key Sessions

  • An update on fire safety post-Grenfell
    Recent major fire incidences have resulted in renewed focus on the fire safety agenda and potentially widespread changes in the way buildings are designed, built and operated.  During this session Gary Strong, Global Building Standards Director at RICS will address the most recent developments following The Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety and will provide an update on the development of International Fire Safety Standards.

  • Building regulations and enforcement update
    David McCullogh, Fire Compliance Manager at Balfour Beatty will examine recent changes to the building regulations enforcement regime and the role of the Joint Competent Authority.  Benefit from the latest updates on changes to building regulations, including Regulation 38, BS8414 test regimes, desktop assessments and the use of sprinkler systems.

  • An update on building contracts
    Rob Langley of Muckle LLP joins us once again to deliver the annual update on developments in the use and application of building contracts, including an examination of recent case law.

  • Examining M&E defects for building surveyors
    M&E plays a critical role in the delivery of building services throughout the whole life cycle of a property and as such they are often an area with which surveyors often come into contact.  This session will focus on common defects and how building surveyors and M&E teams can work together to provide a more integrated service to their clients.



To present the sessions, we have invited industry leading speakers, including: 

  • Professor Mike Riley, Professor of Building Surveying, Liverpool John Moores University and Co-Chair, CHOBE (Council of the Heads of the Built Environment)
  • Gary Strong, Global Building Standards Director, RICS
  • Stephanie McMahon, Head of Research, BNP Paribas Real Estate
  • Niall Rowan, Chief Executive Officer, Association for Specialist Fire Protection
  • Robert Langley, Partner, Muckle LLP
  • David McCullogh, Fire Compliance Manager, Balfour Beatty
  • Matt Jeeves, Director, Watts Group
  • David Mann, Partner, TFT
  • Chris Gibbons, Partner, TFT
  • Flavie Lowres, Associate Director, Research and Strategic Advisory Group, BRE
  • Jim Ashley-Down, Managing Director, Waldmann
  • David Balmforth, Executive Technical Director, Stantec

And this year’s closing keynote will be delivered by:

  • Mandy Hickson, Former Royal Air Force Fast Jet Pilot

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Key Sessions

  • Examining growing trends in offsite modular construction
    As developments in modern methods of construction continue to gain pace, it is imperative that the surveying profession remain at the forefront of key trends in offside and modular approaches and are aware of the implications for their role.
  • Improving health, wellbeing and efficiency through biophilic design
    We spend 90% of our lives in buildings, which means our health and wellbeing is influenced significantly by the built environment.  The Biophilic Office is a long-term research and demonstration project from BRE.  Attend this session to hear a case study on how application of biophilic design is having a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of a building’s occupants and why this may be the new trend in client demand.

  • Disruption vendor showcase
    Don’t miss your opportunity to see live demonstrations of the latest technology being applied in your role.  This session will demonstrate opportunities for greater efficiencies and improvements in the services offered to your clients.

Build your surveying network

You’ve told us that networking is an important part of your conference experience. So, we’ve set aside times in the day to give you a chance to network with like-minded professionals, including your peers and our expert panel of speakers. One of these is a two-course hot lunch while you connect with colleagues old and new.

As part of our conference exhibition, sector-specific exhibitors will introduce the latest products and services to you to add value to your business.


Book before 21 February 2019 to benefit from the Early Bird discount.

Group discounts

  • Book three or more places and get 10% off
  • Book five or more places and get 15% off
  • Book seven or more places and get 20% off

Only one discount available per booking. This cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer from RICS.


  • RICS Professional Early Bird £215 + VAT
  • Non-RICS Professional Early Bird £290.25 + VAT
  • RICS Professional Standard £240 + VAT
  • Non-RICS Professional Standard £324 + VAT
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