The residential sector is asking questions after the Grenfell Tower tragedy - and Property Week will try to deliver some of the answers at this September’s RESI Conference at Celtic Manor in Wales.
We have lined up the biggest names in property and politics to analyse what went wrong and what the industry can do to prevent another disaster. We will also be assessing the political landscape in light of the shock outcome of the general election and replacement of Gavin Barwell by Alok Sharma as housing minister - and what it all means for the housing white paper.
New ideas and new people will be needed to navigate the chaotic landscape, which is why this year’s theme of Modern Methods of Disruption is so apt - and why we will be running a stream of content dedicated to proptech for the first time. The BTR sector will also be high on the agenda, as will stamp duty and the international arena.
Never has there been a greater need for the sector to come together to debate the challenges we face - here’s more on why:
2 Grenfell, politics & planning
We will be asking how building standards and fire safety regulations need to be improved in light of the Grenfell Tower fire and what lessons the property industry needs to learn, particularly with regard to buildings that have been converted under PDR.
We will also examine what the appointment of Alok Sharma as housing minister means for the housing white paper and debate stamp duty, the growing role of local authorities, the burgeoning build-to-rent sector and how planning can be unlocked to help rather than hinder housing delivery.
3 The proptech revolution
The theme of this year’s conference is Modern Methods of Disruption and we will be hearing from some of the biggest disruptors around in Speakers’ Corner, sponsored by Osborne Clarke.
For the first time at RESI, we will be running a parallel stream of content, which will be dedicated to all things proptech. That means that a whole new crowd of speakers and delegates will be attending the event. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to hear what the rising stars of proptech have to say and to network with them.
4 The international dimension
The sector has embraced modern methods of construction (MMC) over the past couple of years and it is arguably driving the growth of BTR.
But there are also lessons to be learned from overseas. We will be showcasing the best-in-class initiatives of leading international players as well as assessing how MMC is evolving in the UK. It is also set to be a key talking point at an exclusive developer round table, which will be attended by some of the UK’s biggest housing developers - who you will be able to meet and network with afterwards.