Date:Monday 30 October 2017
Time:09:30 - 16:00

The Building Centre, 26 Store St, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BT

CPD:4.50 hours

Building More Homes and a Long-lasting Housing Stock

This conference is a full day programme focusing on the design and delivery of long-lasting, high-performance homes, presented by The Concrete Centre and the Modern Masonry Alliance. 

Delegates will gain insights into the policy and market context for the UK housing sector from different perspectives. The conference will also present exemplar projects and solutions to meet the UK’s current and future housing needs. 

This event provides delegates with practical guidance on design considerations such as fire performance, flood resilience, noise, thermal comfort and thermal bridging, and health and wellbeing, and an understanding of concrete and masonry solutions for housing.

As part of the conference, there will also be an exhibition providing product and project guidance. 

Conference Programme


Registration & Refreshments


Welcome by Guy Thompson Head of Architecture, Housing and Sustainability


Opening Address by Andy von Bradsky, Chairman of the Housing Forum


Andy is a Chairman of the Housing Forum, a cross housing industry membership organisation and contributed to the Government’s Housing Standards Review. He participates in design review and provides expertise as a registered Design Council CABE Built Environment Expert, a member of the Design Review panel for Design South East and a member of the NHBC Foundation Expert Panel. 


Andy will provide an opening address to the conference on the key issues for UK housing including the political agenda, the need for affordable housing, the build to rent market and more.



Building to Meet UK’s Housing Needs

Speaker: Oliver Novakovic, Barratt Developments


Oliver will discuss the challenges and solutions for developers and housebuilders in meeting both public sector and private sector agendas, and the need to build more homes.


Building More Without Compromising Performance

Speaker: Andrew Minson, executive director, MPA The Concrete Centre

The drive for more homes, quickly risks a “dash for trash” that leaves homeowners with a lower quality product that will not weather economic, social and environmental challenges.


UK Housing: Role of regulations and how to ensure high performance housing stock 


Guy Thompson to chair a discussion with: 

  • Lynne Sullivan, Good Homes Alliance
  • Andy von Bradsky
  • Oliver Novakovic
  • Andrew Minson

Questions to be taken from delegates.



Coffee break




Urban Dwellings: Fast-track for high density living


Dandara are building large residential developments with a precast concrete solution. The new housing schemes in Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester are based on a successful pilot project in Aberdeen.


The whole building system comprises factory-produced walls, floors and cladding panels, with integrated services.



Social Housing: Robust homes in concrete construction


This presentation will hear from a design and build contractor regarding a recent social housing project. 


Insight will be provided on the client’s requirements and the design solution chosen. 



Building Better Building: Learning from an exemplar




Q & A Session



Lunch break




Introduction to afternoon session,

Speaker: Andrew Minson, executive director, MPA The Concrete Centre


Fire: Protecting life and property


As we strive for high performance across a wide range of criteria, it is essential that life safety is our first priority when specifying construction materials for UK housing.



Overheating and Housing presented by 

Speaker: Tom De Saulles, MPA The Concrete Centre


This presentation will provide an update on the current standards and performance requirements to address overheating in dwellings. With a changing climate, Tom will provide an insight into the likely development of design solutions.



Robust Details for Acoustics 

Speaker: John Tebbit,  Robust Details


This latest update from Robust Details will provide an overview of the range of solutions available, including new solutions for floors for mixed-use developments.



Innovations in Housing Construction

Speaker: Elaine Toogood, MPA The Concrete Centre

Elaine will provide an overview of recent developments in construction methods, products and guidance available supporting the development of new housing using concrete and masonry.



Q&A Session


Conference close


Aggregate Industries is one of the leading manufacturers of ready mixed concrete in the UK, supplying a full range of quality concrete products to satisfy the needs of the construction industry.


Aircrete Products Association represents the five manufacturers of aircrete blocks who serve the majority of the UK market: Forterra, H+H UK Ltd., Quinn Building Products, Tarmac, Thomas Armstrong. APA work with the Modern Masonry Alliance to promote masonry solutions. 

Concrete Block Association (CBA) is an independent industry trade body representing manufacturers of aggregate concrete building blocks in the United Kingdom.

The Modern Masonry Alliance is a body that seeks to ensure developers and designers, customers and occupants understand the benefits of masonry solutions. It provides guidance on the design of masonry and evidence of how masonry can contribute to a sustainable built environment.

The Precast Flooring Federation promotes the structural and commercial benefits of precast concrete flooring systems and their proven performance. PFF Members’ products are manufactured under factory controlled conditions to a high standard, giving architects, structural engineers and building contractors the assurance of an engineered floor to meet specific design criteria.

Opportunities to exhibit are available, please email for further information.