Day 2

Networking Breakfast

Join us for a light continental breakfast in the Gold Lounge.

Morning sessions commence

Location: The Caernarfon Suite

Welcome from RESI 2019 chair
Welcome & address on housing in Wales
Keynote: Exclusive first housing industry address
Keynote interview: From starter to dessert: how to have everything on the housing menu

Grand Designs presenter and author Kevin McCloud dishes up a delicious vision of the future that blends great design and architecture with low-carbon, community place-making to create residential schemes of beauty and joy.

Research Presentation: Future trends in residential development

Savills’ research team is the largest of its kind in the UK. In this session, associate director Lawrence Bowles will deliver business-critical insight on market drivers, dynamics and other variables shaping the delivery of housing in the UK.

Panel: It’s all in the mix – but how mixed-use can we go?

The housing sector has been hailed as the solution to the retail crisis and vice versa. But housebuilders and residential developers are not just working with retail landlords, they are increasingly partnering with office and industrial players as well as local authorities to deliver the truly mixed-use, community-focused schemes people are demanding. Hear some the biggest names from across the property spectrum and beyond debate the challenges and opportunities presented by mixed-use.

Morning networking and refreshments break

Location: The Marketplace

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Alternative RESI, brought to you by Osborne Clarke

Location: The Marketplace, Speakers Corner

Mid-market delivery of Senior Living solutions

This session will discuss how the industry can challenge misconceptions around senior living, including a belief that renting is for ‘poor people’ and that a move to a dedicated development is akin to ‘stepping off’ the housing ladder. In a market that has plentiful options for the wealthiest people, the focus will be on how affordable solutions can be created to cater for a wider demographic. Among the challenges that need addressing, many councils’ feasibility models currently rely on ‘sale’ rather than ‘rent’ metrics, while ‘downsizing versus right-sizing’ is a key talking point.

Watch the video to find out more about Alternative RESI >

Sessions continue

Location: The Caernarfon Suite

Keynote: Brave new mixed-up world: Technological and economic singularities (and how to survive them)

Calum will  look beyond property to the wider world we all inhabit, and how it’s changing. Within the next three decades, AI powered machines will take over most human tasks, challenging how we as individuals earn our living and achieve self-worth. This is a change so radical that many pundits fear our economic systems won’t survive it and our societies will collapse. Calum takes the opposite view. His inspiring talk describes how we might reshape our economies, transform our businesses and learn to live better lives in a technologically enriched world.

Turning Japanese - I really think so

Sekisui House UK, Urban Splash and Homes England outline their vision for their bold new modular housing venture.

Question time panel: Has affordable modular’s time finally come?

There has been much talk about modular, but to date, it has not been delivered at scale in the UK, cost and quality concerns being among the main prohibitors, alongside a far from conducive planning regime. But with recent deals such as the £100m JV between Places for People and Ilke and the £90m tie-up between leading Japanese modular company, Sekisui House, Urban Splash and Homes England, could we finally have reached a tipping point? Has the door been opened to more modular and therefore more affordable modular? Are we about to see the return of the council prefab? We pit modular’s pioneers against its doubters.

Question Time: How can we create more civil partnerships?

Mixed-use, multi-tenure and intergenerational schemes are complex to design, finance and deliver. Their success depends on strong public private partnerships, often not just between two but between multiple entities – entities that might have very different aspirations, especially when it comes to the thorny issue of affordable housing. What does a good partnership look like? How can the aspirations of developers, investors, local authorities and housing associations be aligned? How can partnerships engage more effectively with the communities at the heart of these complex new schemes? What needs to be done to deliver the required level of affordable housing?

Networking lunch

Location: The Marketplace

Visit our RESI Convention partners and exhibitors to find the latest products and services and make new connections. View more >

Alternative RESI, brought to you by Osborne Clarke

Location: The Marketplace, Speakers Corner

Sheds & Beds

While most private residential developers are unlikely to find the option of ‘sheds and beds’ attractive, there are some types of resi – such as student accommodation – that may be more suited to having logistics bedfellows. This session will explore which types of logistics operations may be more acceptable to residents, perhaps including fully electric businesses with low noise levels, those with restricted hours, companies handling dry and/or non-hazardous goods and those engaged in last-mile logistics involving smaller deliveries. It will also examine what incentives might need to be considered – for occupiers, developers and town planners alike – to ensure developments are successful. Finally, it will consider how such schemes will be configured.

Operational residential: managing the practicalities of a mixed resi/mixed tenure site

Focusing on the practicalities for managers and operators, this session will give delegates important guidance around managing a site that features a mix of residential uses. It will explore what those uses might be and what a mixed-resi site might look like. It will also explore the development of markets outside the UK.

Watch the video to find out more about Alternative RESI >

14:00                             Afternoon sessions commence

                                            Location: The Caernarfon Suite

Concurrent In Focus sessions:

Panel: Is the pricing right?

As more BTR comes on stream, notional pricing can finally be compared with reality. So do the numbers stack up? Having started out as a high-end product, will BTR now evolve to include more affordable options? Experts debate the lessons learned from the BTR schemes that are now up and running.

Ask the experts: BTR Vs other asset classes

BTR returns are notoriously low – developers struggle to compete against housebuilders for sites and income yields are low. How do investors make BTR work?

Panel: How do we get co-living to live up to expectations?

On paper, it’s much more lucrative than BTR. But is it the amazing goldmine it is made out to be? How much demand really is there? More importantly, is it actually buildable? Without a use class, how do we get co-living schemes past planning and investment committees and turn them into reality?

Chair closing remarks

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Panel: Financing emerging residential sectors

Debt availability has improved significantly for BTR, but what about newer, less established sectors like co-living and retirement living? Are there additional considerations for lenders?

Ask the experts: How to access finance if you're an SME

What are the burning questions you have on access to finance? In this session, we bring together a panel of experts to address the questions, conundrums and issues that keep you awake at night.

Panel: London's stalling

How are lenders and borrowers coping in the London market, where sales rates have slowed and values have fallen? How has the slowdown affected the availability of debt? Is the rise of BTR providing developers with a way to sell remaining units and pay back lenders?

Chair closing remarks
Afternoon refreshments and networking

Location: The Marketplace

Visit our RESI Convention partners and exhibitors to find the latest products and services and make new connections. View more >

Alternative RESI, brought to you by Osborne Clarke

Location: The Marketplace, Speakers Corner

Amenities and experience (design perspective) 

Where once the sector was all about securing the greatest amount of space, now the focus is on having the best amenities. This session will examine key talking points, including the optimal number of amenities in a scheme, what those amenities should be and how much personal space occupiers are willing to give up for them. It will also explore lessons for the design phase, plus wider issues such as the impact of amenities on wellness.

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Brought to you in collaboration with Osborne Clarke, this series of sessions will explore the emerging blends of asset classes in mixed developments, that are required to meet the needs of the next generation.

Concurrent In Focus sessions:

Panel: Above and beyond

Necessity is the mother of invention and the combination of a housing crisis and limited development land has prompted a wave of innovation in the past year. Airspace development; beds & sheds; beds, meds & sheds; modular units in shopping centres; modular above carparks – you name it, it’s being tried. We take a look at the latest innovations in residential development and ask if they have the power to truly disrupt.

Panel: Highly rated at last

The commercial property world is used to certification and rating schemes. Until recently, the residential sector has largely flown under the radar. Not anymore. This year, WiredScore launched a new certification aimed at the residential sector. Meanwhile, HomeViews, which badges itself as a TripAdvisor for the residential sector, raised £1m to take its residential review site to the masses, and BRE announced the extension of BREEAM in-Use to cover all types of residential. We look at the proliferating certification and ratings schemes and assess how they will help professionalise the residential sector.

In Conversation: Building a Safer Future

The Grenfell tragedy shone the spotlight on property management and health & safety and exposed serious weaknesses not just in social housing but in the private sector, and this has only been exacerbated by the Barking blaze in June. The government is introducing a new regulatory framework to improve fire safety in high-rise blocks following the Hackitt Review last year. How prepared is the private sector?

In Conversation: Accelerating land assembly: to CPO or not to CPO?

Compulsory purchase orders are a controversial way of assembling land. Some experts argue they are essential to unlock challenging sites, others that they divide and ostracise the very communities they are being used to regenerate. Are they a necessary evil or can they be avoided through a partnership approach and proper community engagement?

Can we really build better by building beautiful?

This summer, the controversial Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission published its interim report calling for new standards of beauty to be imposed on new housing development through the planning system. The commission, co-chaired by Nicholas Boys Smith and the reinstated Sir Roger Scruton, is due to publish its full report in November. But are its proposals to redevelop abandoned retail parks into mixed-use communities, place greater emphasis on beauty in the planning system and give the public a greater say in their area’s housing plans realistic? Hear the case for and against.

Panel: PDR: a double-edged sword

Many local authorities sought exemptions from office to resi permitted development rights. What impact will the latest extension of PDR have now retail and takeaways can also be converted to housing?

Concurrent In Focus Sessions:

The #RESIHackathon big pitch: Later-living solutions that benefit the whole community

Join us as the #RESIHackathon teams pitch their ‘later-life solutions that benefit the whole community’ to our expert panel of judges. Hear the judges quiz the participants and deliberate over their concepts. And have your say: don’t pass up the opportunity to put your questions to the teams and vote for your favourite.

Find out more about this year's challenge >

Judging panel:

RESI's rising stars: How to blaze a trail in resi

This year’s RESI Trailblazers are a truly inspirational group of almost 60 innovators, disruptors and entrepreneurs who are ripping up the rule book and making the residential sector fit for the future.

So what exactly does it take to be a RESI Trailblazer? Prepare to be inspired by our panel of past and present Trailblazers as they reveal how they are disrupting, innovating and raising the bar in the residential sector.

The RESI Gala Dinner Drinks Reception

Location: The Marketplace 

Network, network, network as you enjoy pre-dinner canapes and drinks

The RESI Gala Dinner

Location: Caernarfon Suite

The RESI Gala Dinner aims to inspire and delight. Hear social enterprise founder Simon Boyle discuss how the industry can help tackle homelessness; experience the culmination of the 24hr #RESIHackathon with the winner’s announcement, and be amazed by our special guest entertainment. Hosted by astute compere and weather presenter Emma Jesson - this is an evening not to be missed.

Dress code: Business attire

Dinner welcome

Simon is the visionary behind the Beyond Food Foundation, this year’s Resi Convention chosen charity. People whose lives are damaged by homelessness are given the opportunity to repair them, with skills-training and support that open up genuine chances for new careers in the hospitality industry. Simon has worked tirelessly since 2004 to help homeless people across London rebuild their lives. He’ll tell us how the money you raise tonight will be used to turn lives around and give people something even more valuable than hope – the skills to succeed and the opportunity to prove themselves.

Networking into the night with the 2019 RESI Fest

Location: BBQ Terrace

Please note: Information correct at time of publishing. Programme and speakers subject to change.