Conference Agenda

We are currently writing the agenda for the conference this year. Last year's agenda is below.

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8.30am Pre Conference Networking Session
  • Delegates arrive from 8:30am when an informal breakfast is provided, and a chance to network with other attendees, before the conference starts at 9:30am
9.30am Welcome and Introduction from our Chair.
  • The UK Residential Investment Market and the next stage of evolution

Speaker: Alan Collett FRICS. Chair, A2Dominion (Chair)

9.40am What can we expect for the Residential Sector in 2024?
  • What has been the effect of interest rate rises, politics and other factors on pricing and rental yields?
  • Will rents and mortgages remain affordable?
  • What does it all mean for Rental Living Products and where is the opportunity looking forward for build to rent?
  • How much of the private rented sector is now investor backed professional build to rent and where is there the biggest capacity for growth?

Speaker: Richard Donnell, Research & Insight Director, Zoopla

10.00am The Regeneration of City & Town Centres – what should happen next and where does Residential & Rental Living fit in?
  • Can urban living save the high street and what are people looking for from their local high street in 2023?
  • What lessons can we take from other Countries on urban regeneration?

Speaker: Paul Clement, Chief Executive, Locus

10.20am Have we now turned a corner for Build to Rent investment?
  • What investment volumes have we seen in BTR in 2023 and how might they look in 2024?
  • What are the predictions for rental value growth in the UK over the next 5 years?
  • Why is BTR so resilient and why Single Family has been such a big hit in 2023?
  • Buying v renting – which is more affordable?
  • Assessing the scale of BTR vs PRS across Europe - what is the growth potential for the two?
  • ESG living – why BTR is the future?

Speaker: Nick Whitten, Head of UK Living Research, JLL & Simon Scott, Lead Director - Living Capital Markets, JLL

10.50am How has single family housing emerged from the shadow of build to rent and where are we now with rents and capacity for growth in this market?
  • Why is this such a huge opportunity for traditional housebuilders to evolve their businesses?
  • What is the scale of demand & opportunity and who are the customers?

Speaker: Jacqui Daly, Director - Investment Research & Strategy, Savills

11.10am Questions for Richard, Paul, Nick, Simon & Jacqui
11.20am Networking Coffee Break
11.50am Panel Session on Residential Investment & Build to Rent
  • What is the investment case for Build to Rent as we approach 2024?
  • What are we likely to see in 2024 in terms of increases in operational costs and rental growth?
  • How are investors viewing recent increases in operational costs and what do we expect to happen next?
  • What are investors predicting for rental growth over the next 5 years?
  • What is the investor view on a potential change of Government, both for existing assets and future investment opportunities?
  • How far does ESG now lead investment decisions?
  • What kind of products and locations are we now targeting?
  • How are investors looking to split their focus between build to rent blocks, single family housing, and more affordable rental living products?
  • What is the investor view of ‘Retirement for Rent’ as a potential growth area?

Speakers: Sadie Malim, Head of ESG, Special Projects & Legal, Moorfield,
Jonathan Bayfield, Head of Real Estate Research, Aviva Investors,
Alex Greaves, Fund Manager & Head of Residential, M&G UK & Europe,
John German, Managing Director - Residential Investment, Invesco,
Alan Collett FRICS. Chair, A2Dominion (Chair)

12.30pm Where has the Rented Residential Sector now got to, and what is the next phase of the journey?
  • What is the good, the bad and ugly of the current market and what do we expect in 2024 and 2025?
  • How are operators managing current increases in operational costs on the ground and what do we expect to happen next?
  • What is the future of Rented Residential Property and how can the sector innovate to deliver it?
  • What kind of technology and innovation is now coming through in the sector?
  • How can we deliver new low carbon or zero carbon buildings, and how can the sector retrofit existing stock to meet these requirements, and reduce operational carbon footprints too?
  • What have we learnt about the wellbeing of residents and how can operators put this at the forefront of their operation?
  • How do we encourage more private and public sector collaboration?

Speakers: Martin Bellinger, Founder and Principal, Goodstone Living,
Nigel Bosworth, Director, Head of Residential Management, Savills,
Debra Yudolph, Partner, SAY Property Consulting LLP,
Alan Collett FRICS. Chair, A2Dominion (Chair)

1.10pm Networking Lunch Session
  • A chance to network with other attendees and speakers
2.15pm How can we deliver low carbon operational residential buildings using modern construction technology?
  • What can we learn from other sectors?
  • How can we calculate when to refurbish, and when to demolish?
  • How important is embodied carbon when making this decision?

Speaker: Jamie Parr, Founder & Director, Better Delivery

2.30pm Retrofit, low carbon homes and the future of energy
  • Is it really possible to reduce our energy bills to almost nothing in the long term?

Speaker: Emma Fletcher, Low Carbon Homes Director, Octopus Energy

2.45pm What have we learnt so far with BTR design and what is the next stage of the design evolution?
  • What have been the lessons from Student Housing and early Build to Rent blocks?
  • What real innovations can we expect to see over the next 5 years in terms of design and delivery?
  • How can the Residential Sector deliver sustainable, zero carbon homes?
  • How do we put ESG considerations and lifestyles and wellbeing of residents at the core of design?

Speaker: Nick Riley, Board Director, Whittam Cox Architects

3.00pm What do Build to Rent Operators need to know about Building Safety & Fire Safety?
  • What do operators and investors need to do on a practical level and what are the impacts of the new legislation?

Speakers: Katherine Metcalfe, Partner, Pinsent Masons,
Natalie Harris, Partner, Pinsent Masons

3.15pm Questions for Jamie, Emma & Nick
3.25pm How can we deliver a genuinely affordable mid-market rental product that suits all ages and markets?
  • What do single family housing, affordable rental housing and retirement for rent fit into the Operational Residential Markets and where can we expect to see growth?
  • How much private investment has there been into Affordable Housing in the UK?
  • What is the long-term investment capacity of this market and where do we see the growth areas?
  • What is really ‘affordable’ rental living to the majority of the population and how can investors make this price point worth?
  • How does retirement for rent stack up with Build to Rent and what is the growth potential of the market? What do we need to do differently for this demographic group?

Speakers: Ben Denton, Chief Executive, L&G Affordable Homes,
Ben Fry, Managing Director – Housing, Gresham House,
Helen Simons, Investment Director, Hearthstone,
Martin Brown, Managing Director – Special Projects, McCarthy Stone,
Alan Collett FRICS. Chair, A2Dominion (Chair)

4.05pm Closing Remarks from Chair
4.10pm Close & Conference Networking Drinks Session for speakers and attendees