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How can we build 40,000 homes in London a year?

4th February 2014


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Building 40,000 Homes a Year ? Keynote conference to find a solution to London’s Residential time bomb.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has recently reiterated his call for urgent action to help meet the increasing demand for housing and has pledged to: “increase the number of homes being built in London every year”. But how do we meet this objective?

 It is predicted that at least 40,000 additional homes need to be built every year in London by 2030. Without these homes, Londoners who work in the city will find it increasingly difficult to be able to afford to live and London’s ability to grow will reduce.

Mindful of finding alternative ways of tackling the capital’s housing challenge the London Property Forum (enabled by UK Property Forums) in partnership with the Mayor of London has created a half day conference and ideas lab on 4th February 2014 to spearhead innovation and inject some new energy into the debate.

The event will include key note speakers setting the conference themes of the planning and infrastructure challenges, modern methods of construction, finance and land and design. This will be followed by an ‘Ideas Lab’ where delegates are encouraged to put forward ideas that they feel would make a difference in 2014. Finally, the London Dragons will decide which pitched ideas should be taken forward and developed.

The morning will end with with some tours of completed schemes in London which reflect the Mayor of London’s aspirations but also show how some London Boroughs are now solving their housing shortages.




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Why Attend + Cost

A unique morning event created in partnership with  the Mayor of London’s office and those tasked with finding a solution to the housing crisis facing London.  This will be a unique opportunity to meet many of the key people driving the London residential market looking for solutions to the issue of delivering 40,000 homes for London a year. Taking place in The Grain Store Restaurant at King’s Cross, this will be an opportunity to hear about new schemes in a ‘Dragons Den’ style with four key players who all have the capacity to make or break the schemes presented.

Highlights include;

  • Be part of an event created in conjunction with the Mayor of London’s office and the GLA
  • Hear Key Notes from Richard Blakeway, Deputy Mayor of London for Housing and Yolande Barnes, Savills
  • Be part of a hosted table format created to workshop ideas with Delegates, Sponsors and invited VIP guests
  • Hear from five of London’s Dragons and presentations on future projects
  • Eat and drink at the acclaimed Grain Store restaurant located in the Granary Square, King’s Cross, London
  • Network with public and private sector clients including members from the London Borough’s


£195+VAT per person  for Private Sector attendees

£79+VAT per person for Public Sector attendees

Tickets price Includes: attendance, full English breakfast, conference, delegate programme, feedback session and opportunity to tour.

Contact info@ukpropertyforums.com for more information or click here to book.

Conference Format

The conference will address four key areas that we believe are crucial in achieving the build target;

  • Politics and Policy
  • Land & Infrastructure
  • Money & Finance
  • Skill Shortages

Proposed Sessions

Following ‘scene setting’ presentations from Richard Blakeway, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Yolande Barnes, Director Residential Research,  Savills, and Sarah Elliott Principal Design and Planning  AECOM, we will be inviting delegates to put forward their own ‘broad brush’ ideas in the Ideas Lab and under the heading “this could make a difference in 2014” .

This will be followed by  The London Residential Dragons when teams will be given the opportunity to pitch solutions to housing demand   with a chance of securing funding from one of our Residential Dragons who include Julian Barwick, Development Securities; Robert Evans, Argent; Alastair Baird, Barratt London; Cllr Andrew Johnson, LB Hammersmith & Fulham and the Editor of Estates Gazette Damian Wild.


08:00-08:30    Arrivals with breakfast
Coffee & Breakfast served
Grain Store, Granary Square, King’s Cross, London

08:30-08:35 Welcome and Introductions to the Event
How will the conference run, what will delegates expect to happen as the morning progresses and what will be the out takes from the whole event for delegates.
Matthew Battle, Director + Founder, UK Property Forums
Miff Salter, Urbancanda

08:35 09:00 Session One: The Challenge to the Room: 4 Scene Setters
Using the brief set by the Greater London Authority and working in partnership with the Mayor of London’s office, we have invited four key figures from the residential sector to set the scene for the audience. In 5 minutes, they will provide snapshots of what they believe are the three key issues within their chosen scene setter. All of the speakers are leading figures from the residential sector working across London, UK and Global markets.

Politics & Policy
Richard Blakeway, Deputy Mayor for Housing, Land and Property, Greater London Authority

Land & Infrastructure
Sarah Elliott, Principal Design and Planning AECOM

Money & Finance
Yolande Barnes, Head of Residential Research, Savills

Skill Shortages
Alastair Baird, Managing Director, Barratt London

09:00-10:00 Session Two: The Ideas Lab
Using the forum format, we will engage with the delegates and invited audience to generate new ideas and thoughts about how we can build more housing in London and avoid the housing time bomb from exploding. It will be a fast moving and real time experience involving engagement and a little perspiration from the audience.

10:00-11:00 Session Three: London’s  Dragons Decide
The London Dragons will be challenged with the question; what are you looking for in terms of innovation – i.e. where do you want to see new ideas? Where is there potential for stretch? What are you willing to offer in terms of money/ land to support innovation? i.e. what is on the table for winners?”  A limited number of presentations will be made to the Dragons, which will be reviewed and presented in a fast and furious format, but remember, all of the Dragons are serious and are looking for new ideas to promote and encourage.

The London Residential Dragons are

Damian Wild, Editor, Estates Gazette

Robert Evans, Partner, Kings Cross

Alistair Baird, Regional Managing Director, Barratt London

Julian Barwick. Director, Development Securities

Cllr Andrew Johnson, Cabinet Member for Housing, London Borough of Hammersmith + Fulham

11:00-11:20 Coffee break and move to Argent Services space

11:20-12:30 Session Four: Out takes and presentation of projects being built

Presentations by a small selection of successful projects which are currently being built and being developed in London with the support of the Mayor of London’s office. Also a chance to see the King’s Cross model and hear about Argent’s and others plans for the area with solutions for the rapid delivery of housing to meet London’s needs. This will be followed by a de brief of the morning presentations.

12:30 Lunch + Close + Tour (TBC)

The Dragons

As part of the event, teams will be given the opportunity to pitch solutions to housing demand  with a chance of securing funding from one of our Residential Dragons who include

Damian Wild, Editor, Estates Gazette

Robert Evans, Partner, Argent (Property Development) Services

Julian Barwick, Director, Development Securities

Alastair Baird, Regional Managing Director, Barratt London

Ric Blakeway, Deputy Mayor, Housing Land and Property

Cllr Andrew Johnson, London Borough of Hammersmith + Fulham

For an opportunity to pitch your idea contact: info@ukpropertyforums.com



Alastair Baird

Regional Managing Director, Barrratt London

Alastair Baird

Richard Blakeway

Deputy Mayor for Housing, Land and Property, Greater London Authority

Richard Blakeway

Sarah Elliott

Principal at AECOM Design + Planning

Sarah Elliott

Damian Wild

Editor, Estates Gazette

Damian Wild

Robert Evans

Partner, Argent (Property Development) Services

Robert Evans

Yolande Barnes

Director  Residential Research, Savills UK

Yolande Barnes

Cllr Andrew Johnson

Cabinet Member for Housing, London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham

Cllr Andrew Johnson

David Lunts

Executive Director for Housing and Land, Greater London Authority

David Lunts

Julian Barwick

Director, Development Securities

Julian Barwick

Matthew Battle

Director, UK Property Forums

Matthew Battle


Venue Location

Grain Store, Granary Square
1-3 Stable Street
King’s Cross

If arriving by foot from King’s Cross tube station allow 4 minutes walk time from the station. Do not buy coffee on the way as we will have better available on site!

Getting to the Grain Store Restaurant

Getting to King’s Cross

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