Show preview: Housing 2018

Show preview: Housing 2018

Housing 2018 provides a place to meet a diverse audience of sector professionals and discuss political and economic challenges. LABM previews this year’s show.

Beginning with an awards ceremony for over 800 people, followed by 10 streams of learning and great networking opportunities, Housing 2018 will be bursting with relevant, innovative content. Supported by the Chartered Institute of Housing, the show will include: a free leadership programme, over 150 seminars, over 60 fringe events, an award-winning fringe, the largest housing procurement event, an offsite demonstration village and a business transformation and technology event.

What’s on?
Key benefits of the show include:

  1. Europe’s largest gathering of housing professionals: join 11,000 attendees over three days.
  2. Be where your suppliers are: meet over 300 of the leading exhibitors/suppliers, ranging from housebuilders, contractors, repair & maintenance, energy, technology, tenant services, legal, IT, software and more.
  3. Gain knowledge: Free learning sessions are located across the exhibition and offer the chance to update knowledge, build skills and gain practical tips to take back to the office and implement straight away.
  4. Be part of the evolution: Launching at this year’s Housing 2018, TECH@Housing is a new event where visitors can discover the latest innovative business transformation and future proofing technologies.
  5. Offsite 2018: working with Homes England, GLA, MHCLG, NHBC, BRE, Greater Manchester Combined Authority and other leading organisations, Housing 2018 will provide an Offsite Village.
  6. The Fringe: expect cutting edge sessions that will explore leadership, ending homelessness and managing change.

 New for 2018
This year’s show will provide some new events. Offsite homes will be built as part of the main event to showcase a variety of solutions that could help fix the broken housing market. CHIC and ilke Homes will both be building two semi-detached offsite homes over two days in time for Housing 2018. In partnership with BRE, attendees will have the opportunity to walk around some of the non-traditional build solutions that can help address the Government’s 300,000 homes target.

Additionally, TECH@Housing is a new event for 2018 that will put a spotlight on how technology can help housing providers deliver a better customer and tenant experience and internal business transformation. In a recent survey of 200 senior leaders at housing providers, 95% said IT systems were the priority at their organisation. Future IT investment is set to be c. £4m and 100% of respondents said IT systems are pivotal to driving efficiencies moving forward. According to PwC, the ‘Connected Home’ and Internet of Things market is estimated to be worth £4.5bn in the UK by 2020. TECH@Housing will take place over the three days in two theatres, bringing solutions from leading suppliers together with clients, drinks receptions and expert speakers.

UK delivery stream
UK Delivery stream looks at best practice and innovations in construction, examining the quality and safety of housing stock and exploring the future of the industry and funding. This stream is targeted at delegates, local authority housing companies, housing association development directors, housebuilders, architects and consultants.

The main topics of the event will include:

  • In conversation with the disrupters
  • The ingredients of place
  • Construction skills: The future of the industry post Brexit
  • Quality at the heart of all we build
  • Building better faster
  • Shared ownership: Funding the fourth tenure
  • Mixed tenure development: the perfect mix
  • We love Build to Rent
  • Building out homelessness

Think Tanks
Four Think Tanks will be running throughout the show. The Mears Group sessions will include delivering mixed-tenure communities via a joint venture model. The Nationwide sessions will look at what the Homelessness Reduction Act means for councils and housing associations, and the case for equity investment in affordable housing will be addressed in the Trowers & Hamlins sessions. Additionally, the Laing O’Rourke sessions will include topics such as delivering high quality homes for the future.

Key industry figures
The event aims to represent figures from across the sector to discuss the most pressing issues facing public sector housing. Speaking on behalf of the Government will be Andy von Bradsky, Design and Delivery Advisor at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and Nick Walkley, Chief Executive of Homes England. There will also be councillors speaking, such as Cllr Clare Coghill, Leader of the London Borough of Waltham Forest; Kate Kennally, Chief Executive at Cornwall Council; and Paul Smith, Cabinet Member for Homes and Communities at Bristol City Council.

Other speakers include David Cowans, Group Chief Executive at Places for People; Jacqui Daly, Director of Residential Research and Investment at Savills; Mark Farmer, Founding Director and Chief Executive of Cast; and Peter Murray, Chairman at New London Architecture.

The event sponsors are: H+H, Capita Real Estate, Galliford Try Partnerships, Willmott Dixon, Seddon, NHBC, Lovell, Equity Housing Group, and Winckworth Sherwood.

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