Agenda – plenary and seminars

Thursday 14th February 2019, QEII Centre, Westminster


09:30 – 11:00 Plenary session

Chair: Liz Peace, Chair of the Board, Government Property Agency
Chair’s welcome and opening address

Janet Young, Government Chief Property Officer, Cabinet Office
Public service transformation and the future public estate

Jonathan Gibson, Director and Head of Sustainability, Avison Young
Harnessing technology to optimise resources for a sustainable estate

Lara Newman, Chief Executive, LocatED
Using the estate to shape and support communities

The plenary session will end with Q&A, giving attendees the chance to ask questions and promote discussion on the issues which are of most importance to them.

11:00 – 11:30 Refreshments in exhibition area

Sessions ‘1’

11:30 – 12:10 delegates will choose to attend one of a selection of sessions:

1A Technology and its influence on the property industry

This work session will focus on the influence of technology on the property industry, from the skills needed within the profession to the impact of consumer technology trends, blockchain and AI.

Rupert Parker, Director, Head of Futureproofing, Avison Young

1B Selecting and preparing housing development sites – overcoming common challenges faced

With an ongoing focus on the delivery of housing, we will examine some of the common pitfalls faced by local authority landowners when selecting and preparing sites appropriate for development. This panel discussion and workshop will review the powers landowners can use to enable the clearance of sites, the wider consideration of telecoms and their inclusion within the development, an overview of the due diligence required to ensure that the correct sites are chosen for development together with an overview of new methods of delivering of the housing itself.

Alexandra Houghton, Partner, Head of Consultancy & Strategy, Carter Jonas
Jon Pinkerton, Partner, Development, Carter Jonas
Steve Faber, Managing Director, Herts Living, Hertfordshire County Council
Paul Astbury, Partner, Head of Compulsory Purchase & Compensation, Carter Jonas
Mark Talbot, Partner, Head of Telecommunications, Carter Jonas

1C Disruption in FM: How technology is transforming the future of the workplace

Look ahead to 2030 with EMCOR UK and explore how the future of facilities management and technology will be a major force for change. We will reveal how technology, AI, IoT and data science solutions will enable public sector properties to be more sustainable, with fully optimised assets. The session will cover practical examples of what is already possible and on the horizon to enhance the performance, productivity and wellbeing of workplaces and the people who occupy them. The session concludes with a Q&A to test the theory, share real-life examples and offer further debate.

Jeremy Campbell, Director of Business Development, EMCOR UK
James Dunnett, IT Director, EMCOR UK
Ian Meaden, Operations Director, EMCOR UK

Sessions ‘2’

12:20 – 13:00 delegates will choose to attend one of a selection of sessions, more details to follow soon

2A Developing a culture of innovation

Innovation is influencing all aspects of real estate (and more widely) within government. The structure of strategic real estate transactions and approach to ongoing asset management has already undertaken a shift in approach with disaggregation of work, the use of technology and smarter ways of working achieving greater efficiencies. This has combined to transform service delivery.

This session will examine the tools being used now in service delivery including a case study for the roll out of a shared estates government contract. It will also provide insight into what tools there are available and how they can be brought together to provide intelligent asset and facilities management. It will also look into the future at what’s on the horizon where artificial intelligence can become routine and where the influence of block chain is already starting to make its mark in the sector.
Following brief presentations there will then be an opportunity for a panel discussion to examine in more detail some of the issues, opportunities and challenges to innovation in real estate.

Panel Chair, Jonathan Bower, Real Estate Partner, Womble Bond Dickinson
Casey Whitehorn, Project Manager, Womble Bond Dickinson
Andy Layton, Director and Head of Legal Solutions Centre, Womble Bond Dickinson

Ian Boggis, Head of Portfolio and Change Management EMEA, Global Technology Solutions, Cushman & Wakefield
Katherine Douglas, Partner, Womble Bond Dickinson

2B Delivering the aspirations of the Digital Twin – Delivering efficiencies in asset planning and operations

UK Government have a goal to drive better outcomes from our Social and Economic infrastructure. The Dame Judith Hackitt Report, Building A Safer Future, champions the need for a ‘Golden Thread’ of asset data, there are aspirations for a National Digital Asset Twin and a Digital National Asset Register sponsored by the Cambridge University Centre for Digital Built Britain and the Government Property Agency respectively.

These aspirations and initiatives all have digital in common and build on the Level 2 BIM process. This presentation reflects on the drivers for a digital approach to asset management, presents practical examples of how this can be deployed and shares some examples of delivered projects.

Terry Stocks, UK Head of Public Sector, Faithful+Gould
Andrew Green, Director – Technical Solution SME, Atkins Digital Asset Management
Helen Thompson, BIM Manager, HM Revenue and Customs

2C Transforming the estate of a major teaching hospital: Opportunities and challenges

The session will examine the transformation of the estate at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton: an ambitious project to bring the hospital from the 19th Century to the 21st in nine years, examining the opportunities and challenges in a shifting landscape of policy with regards to estate development and maintaining an operational hospital.

Duane Passman, Director of 3Ts, Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

13:00 – 13:40 Lunch & refreshments in exhibition area

Sessions ‘3’

13:40 – 14:20 delegates will choose to attend one of a selection of sessions, more details to follow soon

3A The future of work and how this will reshape the workplace

The notion of work has undergone a process of perpetual change as a consequence of innovations in technology, efficiency, and communication that continually challenge the way we consider and define our work environment and practices. The very future of work is itself being shaped by powerful forces: What changes could be in store for the workplace, the workforce, and the nature of work itself? What do we need to do to prepare for them, and how can the public and private sector work together to harness these changes for the benefit of our organisations and employees? This session will explore these questions, as well as discuss the Government’s own Smarter Working programme as Departments embrace this transition to new ways of working.

Martin Sellar, Programmes Director, Government Property Agency (Chair)
Richard Graham, Strategic Lead: A Great Place to Work, Office of Government Property
Natasha Stern, Partner, McKinsey & Company
Jane Clay, Principal, Gensler

Jon Himoff, Managing Director, Unwork Labs, Unwork

3B The future of Town Centres/High Streets

Town Centres and their High Street’s purpose have been evolving for decades as shopping habits have changed. However, the change currently occurring is perhaps the most fundamental for generations. The vitality and vibrancy of our town centres is however much more than sales strength of some retailers, but about the ability for a community to have ownership of the strategy, for housing and employment growth to be supported, for each location to develop its own USP’s and for it to be less about shops and more about place. The Public Sector have numerous roles in the delivery of this agenda and without collaboration, leadership and the implementation of a plan then the evolution may well come forward in a way that impacts on the sustainability of a town for many decades to come.

In this panel session, Alan Harris will be discussing collaboration between the community, public and private sectors. How place making, event management and the curation of places are a fundamental component to any plan and that leadership must come from local government who can be clear on the vision of the location, through their understanding of what their community needs.

The Future High Streets fund will also be discussed and the aims for infrastructure investment, land assembly, circulation around and through the town, housing delivery and the part technology has to play.

Alan Harris, Head of Public Sector, Montagu Evans
Matthew Hopkinson, Director and Co-Founder, Didobi
Polly Barnfield OBE, CEO and Founder, Maybe*
Rachel Campbell, Head of Regeneration, Cities and Local Growth Unit, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

Sessions ‘4’

14:30 – 15:10 delegates will choose to attend one of a selection of sessions, more details to follow soon

4A The future of housing and placemaking

This work session will explore what will make a successful community in 2030 and beyond, how we can innovate and collaborate across the public sector and industry, and the role design and methods of construction can play in enabling better living.

We will discuss some of the key policy challenges of today and how we might address those in designing communities of tomorrow. This will include designing in face-to-face interactions to address an increasingly digital world, supporting independent living in an ageing but more mobile elderly population; and creating healthy communities. We will also explore how award-winning off-site architects ShedKM are offering homebuyers more choice, responding to the trend towards personalisation and flexibility.

Angela Harrowing, Deputy Director Disposals, Housing and Public Estate, Cabinet Office
Ellen Vernon, Programme Director, One Public Estate, Local Government Association
Hazel Rounding, Managing Director, shedkm
Peter Murray, Chair, New London Architecture

4B Planning for the digital workplace, today: Practical steps for your project and programmes

For many, technology features prominently in visions of the Public Estate in 2030 and beyond. Yet whilst the digital workplace and its benefits are beginning to be understood, there remains a gap between this vision and what needs to be done here and now.

In this session, we will outline a number of practical considerations to help Government Estates Professionals who want to align their imminent projects and programmes to this long-term vision from a technology perspective. Drawing upon experience across the Private and Public Sector, we will offer clear guidance on how to turn ideas around Intelligent Buildings, Smart Working and the Internet of Things, into tangible outputs for your strategies, masterplans and building designs.

Gareth Johns, Group CTO, PTS Consulting

15:10 – 15:40 Refreshments in exhibition area


15:40 – 16:20 Closing Panel and Q&A

Chair of Panel – Mike Parsons, Director General, Government Property and Chief Operating Officer at the Cabinet Office
Gillian Charlesworth, Director of Regulatory and Corporate Affairs, RICS
Angela Harrowing, Deputy Director Disposals, Housing and Public Estate, Cabinet Office
Professor Duane Passman, Director of 3Ts, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust
Rupert Parker, Director, Head of Futureproofing, Avison Young
Lynda Rawsthorne, Director of Project Delivery, Estates Directorate, Ministry of Justice