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Welcome to the Building the Future Conference

18 September | Church House, London, SW1P 3NZ

Building is pleased to announce the return of the Building the Future Conference

In its second year, the Building the Future Conference is set to return to central London on 18 September, bringing together leading industry experts to unpack the biggest issues facing the built environment.

On top of a trio of in-person panel sessions, high-profile keynote speakers and networking opportunities during the afternoon, this year the morning will include housing sessions from our sister title Housing Today.

All our panel sessions will be fully interactive, allowing you the chance to have your say, and put your questions to any of our panels.

Then, in the evening, join those who have been shortlisted for the 2024 Building Awards and Architect of the Year Awards to network with more than 300 of the industry's shining stars.

Tickets will be on sale shortly.

Morning agenda


Guests to sign in via registration desk prior to pre-conference refreshments.



Speaker to be announced


Addressing the social housing crisis: Strategies for boosting affordable housing supply in the UK

The issue of affordable housing remains a pressing concern in the UK, with a growing gap between supply and demand. As we navigate through this crisis, it is imperative to explore innovative solutions and strategies to accelerate the delivery of affordable housing. Join us for an insightful panel discussion where industry experts, policymakers, and stakeholders dissect the challenges, review current funding frameworks, and propose actionable steps towards a more sustainable housing future.

Key discussion points include:
  • Tackling the affordable housing crisis:
    • Analysis of the current state of affordable housing in the UK
    • Identifying key barriers to affordable housing delivery
    • Exploring the social and economic impact of the housing crisis

  • Review of the rent and funding settlements:
    • Evaluation of existing funding models for affordable housing projects
    • Assessing the effectiveness of government initiatives and funding allocations
    • Exploring opportunities for public-private partnerships to enhance funding streams
    • Examining rent affordability and its implications for tenants
    • Strategies for balancing rent affordability with sustainable housing finance

  • The role of government:
    • Role of government intervention in supporting affordable housing initiatives
    • Exploring mechanisms for government underwriting and risk-sharing
    • Policy recommendations for leveraging government support effectively

  • Financing:
    • Innovative financing solutions to bridge the gap in affordable housing funding
    • Role of institutional investors, impact funds, and other stakeholders in financing affordable housing projects
    • Overcoming challenges in securing financing for affordable housing developments


Coffee, tea and light refreshments


Unlocking private housing development: Strategies for accelerating delivery

Private housing development plays a pivotal role in meeting the ever-growing demand for housing in the UK. However, various challenges often hinder its pace and scale. Join us for an illuminating panel discussion where industry leaders, policymakers, and experts converge to explore innovative strategies and policies aimed at unlocking private housing development and accelerating delivery.

Key discussion points include:
  • Policy levers to accelerate delivery:
    • Evaluation of existing policies impacting private housing development
    • Proposing policy reforms to streamline planning processes and approvals
    • Case studies showcasing successful policy interventions in expediting housing delivery

  • Unlocking financing:
    • Challenges in accessing financing for private housing projects
    • Exploring alternative financing models and sources of capital
    • Strategies for de-risking investments and attracting private financing to the housing sector

  • Delivery models:
    • Examining different delivery models for private housing development
    • Assessing the scalability and sustainability of various delivery models
    • Best practices and lessons learned from successful delivery models

  • Planning:
    • Addressing planning constraints and bottlenecks in private housing development
    • Strategies for optimising land use and maximising development potential
    • Collaborative approaches between developers, local authorities, and communities to enhance the planning process

  • Levers for boosting SME housebuilding:
    • Analysis of the current landscape for SME housebuilders
    • Identifying barriers and challenges faced by SMEs in housing development
    • Exploring incentives and support mechanisms to empower SMEs and stimulate housebuilding


Speaker to be announced


Full day conference attendees to be provided with lunch



Afternoon agenda


Guests to sign in via registration desk prior to pre-conference refreshments.



Speaker to be announced


Breaking barriers: Accelerating the net zero agenda

The urgency to combat climate change has put a spotlight on the built environment industries, which are significant contributors to carbon emissions. As we strive to achieve ambitious net zero targets, it's imperative to explore the needs, challenges, and opportunities for these industries to drive forward the net zero agenda. Join us for an enlightening panel discussion where thought leaders, policy makers, innovators, and stakeholders converge to chart a path towards a sustainable future.

Key discussion points include:
  • Policy and regulatory frameworks:
    • Evaluating the role of government policies and regulations in promoting sustainability
    • Identifying gaps and opportunities for policy reform to support the net zero agenda
    • Case studies highlighting successful implementation of sustainable policies in the built environment sector

  • Innovation and technology:
    • Leveraging innovative technologies and solutions to reduce carbon footprint
    • Building partnerships to accelerate the adoption of sustainable practices and technologies
    • Showcasing successful examples of collaborative initiatives driving the net zero agenda forward

  • Collaboration and partnerships:
    • Importance of collaboration between industry, government, and communities
    • Building partnerships to accelerate the adoption of sustainable practices and technologies
    • Collaborative approaches between developers, local authorities, and communities to enhance the planning process

  • Skills and education:
    • Addressing the need for upskilling and reskilling the workforce for a sustainable future
    • Incorporating sustainability principles into built environment education and training programs
    • Strategies for promoting a culture of sustainability within the industry workforce


Coffee, tea and light refreshments


Expediting progress: How can industry and government speed up the building safety agenda

In the wake of building safety concerns and policy reform, there is no question that the impetus to enhance safety standards within the construction industry has never been greater. However, navigating the complexities of building safety regulations and compliance processes often presents significant challenges. In this session, our industry leaders and policy experts will come together to explore the essential requirements and strategies needed to simplify and accelerate the building safety agenda.

Key discussion points include:
  • Understanding the building safety landscape:
    • Analysis of current building safety regulations and standards
    • Identifying key challenges and bottlenecks in the compliance process

  • Policy and regulatory reforms:
    • Evaluating the effectiveness of existing policies and regulations in ensuring building safety
    • Proposing reforms to streamline regulatory frameworks and approval processes

  • Industry and governmental collaboration and best practice:
    • Unpacking the importance of collaboration between industry stakeholders, regulators, and policymakers
    • Sharing best practices and lessons learned from successful building safety initiatives
    • Strategies for fostering a culture of safety within the construction industry

  • Training and education:
    • Understanding and ensuring the application of building competency requirements
    • Addressing the need for enhanced training and education on building safety standards and practices
    • Exploring how best to embed building safety competency into traditional training

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Coffee, tea and light refreshments


Modernising the built environment: Collaborative strategies for creating the construction industry of the future

In an era of rapid technological advancement and evolving societal needs, the built environment industries face the ongoing challenge of modernisation to meet current challenges and future demands. To do this, collaboration between industry and government is essential, if transformation is to be driven effectively. The panel discussion will ask industry leaders and policymakers to explore innovative strategies and collaborative approaches for ensuring built environment industries are fit-for-purpose moving into the future.

Key discussion points include:
  • Aligning vision and objectives:
    • Understanding the shared goals and priorities between industry and government
    • Identifying opportunities for collaboration in driving modernisation efforts
    • Ensuring alignment with broader economic, environmental, and social objectives

  • Policy and regulatory frameworks:
    • Evaluating existing policies and regulations impacting the built environment industries
    • Proposing reforms to encourage innovation, sustainability, and resilience
    • Balancing regulatory oversight with a culture of innovation and growth

  • Innovation and technology adoption:
    • Harnessing emerging technologies to drive efficiency and innovation in construction and infrastructure development
    • Supporting research and development initiatives to spur technological advancements in the built environment

  • Workforce development and skills training:
    • Addressing skill gaps and training needs in the built environment industries
    • Collaborating on workforce development programs to equip workers with modern skills and competencies
    • Promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workforce to foster innovation and creativity


Speaker to be announced


All conference attendees are invited to join those who have been shortlisted for the 2024 Building Awards and Architect of the Year Awards to network with more than 300 of the industry's shining stars.

Interested in partnering with us on the Building the Future Conference?

Contact Cameron Marshall, commercial director, Assemble Media Group cameron.marshall@assemblemediagroup.co.uk

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23 October: Building the Future Think Tank Wales roundtable (invite only)