In June 2018, BRE and Jericho Chambers hosted the first of a series of industry round-table discussions on the topic: “What kind of Britain are we building?”
Its aim was to explore and identify the issues that will shape Britain’s built environment in the future and to address the challenges that are presented by the growing homes shortage, an ageing population, planning complexities… and Grenfell.
Use the links below to listen to the following from BRE who took part in the event:
- Niall Trafford, CEO (Host)
- Dr. Julie Bregulla, Director of Fire and Building Technology
- Dr. Shamir Ghumra, Director of BREEAM
- Paul Morrell, Chartered Surveyor and former construction tsar (Provocateur)
- Robert Phillips, Jericho Chambers (Chair)
- Dr. Debbie Smith OBE, Managing Director, BRE Global
- Matthew Gwyther, Jericho Chambers
- Stephen Hill, Director, C20 Futureplanners
- Mike Hood, Group Director of Development, Capital & Counties Properties PLC
- Ruth London, Fuel Poverty Action
- Kersten Muller, Head of UK Real Estate and Construction, Grant Thornton
- Lucy Musgrave, Founder, Publica
- Maria Palmieri, Head of Government Relations, Tech Nation
- Ben Plowden, Director of Surface Planning and Strategy, TfL
- Ben Rogers, Director, Centre for London
- Ed Watson, Consultant, Integrated City Planning, Arup
Opening the event, BRE CEO Niall Trafford said “Our motto is ‘building a better world together’ and that is our prime purpose. To improve those places where we live, work and are at leisure. Grenfell threw us into a state of sharp relief. It has occupied a group of our experts intensely in the last twelve months and will continue to do so.
“As an organisation of many specialities, we’re conscious of a number of concerning factors: the presence of fewer technically capable people working on the built environment in local government, the whole procurement process and the questions of testing and certification.
“We have opinions – and these are rooted in our world of science and data – but we are not opinionated. Traditionally, we haven’t put our heads above the parapet. But we need now to find our voice and find the courage to be heard. We can and must contribute to the debate, but we cannot provide answers alone, which is why we have asked you here today. We’re here not just to contribute, but to listen.”
See and hear more from the event from the Jericho Chambers’ website