2021 AGENDA

This 2 day agenda has been curated in close collaboration with our expert Advisory Board to cover the most pressing issues, including the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and what the next decade holds for the residential property landscape. 

Day 1

RESI XTRA

Join us early for our RESI XTRA programme, picking up on key developments across the wider housing sector and unpicking their impacts for your business. With the support of our partners Osborne Clarke and RealPage, we’re bringing together two sessions of sector-leading specialists to give you up-to-the-minute insights you won’t find elsewhere, plus a series of roundtables that let you in on the discussion. Don’t miss it! Launched last year, RESI XTRA attracted big audiences and ignited serious debate. It’s fast becoming the essential kick-off for your RESI experience.

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RESI XTRA - Alternative RESI

RESI XTRA: alternative residential An examination of developing trends in the residential sector. Presentations and debate hosted by Osborne Clarke and Property Week.

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Executive roundtables

Your opportunity to enter the discussion with a series of roundtables hosted by RESI partners, speakers and Property Week writers. Choose from a wide range of topics and arrive prepared to listen, lear

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Time out
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RESI XTRA - Digital Transformation

An investigation of leading-edge technologies and the benefits they’re delivering. Presentations and debate hosted by RealPage and Property Week.

RESI 2021: the age of responsibility

The premier event for residential property professionals looks to the future: recovery from crisis, the climate change agenda and the regeneration of housing in a regionally balanced Britain.

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Welcome from RESI 2021 Chair - Mark Easton, Home Editor, BBC News

Award-winning broadcaster, writer and BBC Home Editor Mark Easton sets the scene for RESI 2021’s exploration of the UK’s residential property sector as it squares up to a post-pan

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Blazing the trail: challenging the status quo

We bring together our RESI 2021 Trailblazers – innovators, disruptors and entrepreneurs – to outline their visions for the future of the residential sector and to make their recommendations for a change programme that will make our industry fit for the future. Be prepared to have your preconceptions challenged, your eyes opened and all your foundations rattled because maybe – just maybe – what worked yesterday won’t work tomorrow.

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Diversity and inclusion: why getting it right for everyone will mean getting it right for your business

Organisations across the sector have to face facts – a diverse and collaborative workforce is no longer a ‘nice to have’; it’s a commercial imperative that can’t be dodged. If your board and employee base don’t reflect the diverse make-up of your customer base, you’ll fail to anticipate its requirements or cater for its needs, leading to failing developments and financial losses. And if you can’t evidence your D&I credentials, the business partners you rely on will take their business elsewhere. A series of case studies from organisations that have made diversity and inclusivity central to their development agenda or workforce strategy will show us just how high the bar is set and how much still needs to be done. These will be followed by a challenging panel discussion that will investigate just how deep the divide is between ‘the best’ and ‘the rest’ and ask: what must we all do to raise industry-wide performance in this area?

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Enhancing resident lives and driving operational efficiencies: how technology is rising to twin challenges

Technology solutions and the data they yield allow operators to drive operational efficiencies through data-driven insights – reducing operating costs, making buildings more sustainable and improving the resident experience. So far, so good. But in today’s post-pandemic environment, residents are demanding more from their homes and the tech embedded in them – including better connectivity to enhance life and work.

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In the hot seat: Mark Easton interviews David Partridge, President of the British Property Federation (BPF) and Chairman of Argent Related

David Partridge is an industry giant who now holds the top job at the BPF. Mark Easton seeks his views on the reshaping of the residential market, from regional rebalancing to mixed-use developments, from the race to carbon zero to an appetite for technology. Finally, he’ll be asked to consider whether today’s industry has the innovative flair, talent and appetite for change needed to meet tomorrow’s challenges head-on.

Speakers
President of the British Property Federation
Chairman of Argent Related
Home Editor
BBC
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Networking drinks
RESI dinner

What have you missed most in the past 18 months? The opportunity to kick back, relax and share a drink with friends and colleagues, of course! Join us for convivial drinks and a hearty dinner. It’s the perfect time to reforge old alliances and make new ones; to look up old friends; and catch up on news.

Day 2

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Welcome from Liz Hamson, Editor, Property Week
Speaker
Editor
Property Week
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Keynote address

A senior member of government gives the lowdown on the political response to the Covid crisis and government support for the housing sector.

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Future trends in residential development

What a difference a year makes. Lawrence Bowles, Director of Residential Research for Savills, brings us up to date with the market drivers and dynamics shaping the delivery of housing in the UK – and how they’ve been changed by a year and more of pandemic chaos.

Speaker
Director of Residential Research
Savills
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CEO panel discussion: we survived it. What next?

One year ago, we invited a panel of CEOs to discuss how Covid might affect the residential sector. One year on, we ask more holders of the top jobs to assess how we move forward from the crisis. We survived. But can we thrive?

What demands from residents? Working from home means working from anywhere. Can we expect an exodus from our big cities? And how must living spaces be reshaped to accommodate life and work? Industry responsibilities? From driving towards net zero carbon emissions to facing up to consumer crises such as the cladding debacle, how can the industry live responsibly, protect its interests and do the right thing for residents and the environment?

What role for the government? From furloughs to stamp duty holidays, government incentives have eased the pain, but when they run out, what next?

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Networking break & visit to Partner Showcase

Your opportunity to explore innovative products and services, and to connect with the leading organisations helping the sector forge a positive future beyond today’s business uncertainties.

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Decarbonising the housing sector: the big shift from rhetoric to action

The climate change agenda has had a lot of lip service paid to it in recent years but now it’s time to get serious. At the UN’s Climate Change Conference (COP26) in November, the nations of the world will update their carbon reduction plans. Our industry will, no doubt, be challenged to do more. According to Property Week’s recent Climate Perceptions survey (part of its Climate Crisis Challenge), 60% of residential industry leaders feel their businesses are ready to take on the challenge and 50% say the pandemic will accelerate positive change. This is good news. Our environment needs an industry that can build efficient buildings so that people can live efficient lives, while capital investment will only be available to those who can prove their environmental credentials. A series of case studies from agenda-busting housebuilders and developers will give us a guide to environmental best practice and the business benefits it brings.

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Panel discussion: surviving the cost increase spiral

Housebuilders and developers face a perfect storm as the cost of land, materials and labour rise inexorably in the wake of Brexit, and as the introduction of Future Home Standards ups the ante further still. Our expert panel discusses the immediate cashflow challenges that result from current high land prices, mid-term pressures on margins and returns, and long-term threats to business viability and housing supply in a nation desperate for new homes.

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Lunch & visit to Partner Showcase

Your opportunity to explore innovative products and services, and to connect with the leading organisations helping the sector forge a positive future beyond today’s business uncertainties.

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Levelling up: how regional and city leaders plan to unlock economic growth through housing

We’ve invited local government leaders from across the UK to share their housing strategy, their needs and aspirations, their appetite to build and their plans to overcome disparities between supply and demand. Housing is key to unlocking economic success, so who will be the winners? And will growth in the regions mean inevitable decline for London and the South East?

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Keynote: the economic impact of Covid-19

The full economic repercussions of the pandemic are still playing out. The economic future feels uncertain as government support initiatives come to an end and the country faces up to a debt that’s topped £2trn and rising. At this watershed moment, we’ve invited Kitty Ussher – Chief Economic Adviser to the cross-party think tank Demos – to read the runes for us.

Speaker
Chief Economic Advisor
Demos
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Panel discussion: show me the money – mapping the property financing landscape post pandemic

Mark Easton chairs a panel of lenders and investment specialists to investigate how the money markets for residential property are likely to shape up post pandemic. Residential property has come through the pandemic in reasonable health but, when government subsidies end, will it take a turn for the worse? The answer to this question could determine how ready investors will be to put their hands in their pockets and dig deep. We’ll demand honesty, a realistic assessment of their appetite for risk, their perception of value and what developers must do to secure their support.

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Afternoon refreshment break
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A world of experience: international best practice and what the UK can learn from it

Case studies from around the world highlight innovation and excellence in new housebuilding and the regeneration of older stock. We look at the steps our international counterparts are taking to promote energy efficiency and accelerate the drive towards zero carbon targets.

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Looking in from the outside

We ask a celebrity with strong opinions about houses and how we live in them to share their observations about what’s wrong and right with today’s provision. They’ll be speaking from personal experience and with on-the-ground insight. Prepare to hear some home truths from someone who has something to say about what they think you need to hear.

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A view from the chair

Mark Easton summarises the day’s debates and gives his personal take on the future of the UK’s residential property market.

Speaker
Home Editor
BBC
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Farewell drinks reception

*Programme and speakers subject to change