Conference: Delivering Estate Renewal

In the face of reduced grant, escalating land values and increased pressure on assets, estate renewal and redevelopment have become  increasingly important options for meeting housing need across London. However, this kind of regeneration must be economically viable, socially and politically attractive, deliverable and sustainable, or it risks perpetuating a cycle of inward-facing estates and increasingly segregated communities that don’t deliver on their potential.

Co-sponsored by Lend Lease, GVACountryside, London Communications Agency and Pollard Thomas Edwards with support from Lovell and Lewis Silkin, Future of London’s Nov 6th conference took a two-pronged approach to identifying effective ways forward: the event and ensuing report focus partly on strategic issues such as funding, delivery models and planning; and partly on front-line issues such as transport and neighbourhood integration, process issues such as decanting and Compulsory Purchase Orders, space and density standards, and community consultation.

Both themes – and associated visits coming in the new year – highlight where and how estate renewal is working; where the pitfalls are; and how this renewal and infill approach can be maximised to provide quality housing for Londoners – urgently and into the future.


Date: Thursday, 6th November 2014
Venue: Hilton Tower Bridge, 5 More London Place, Tooley Street, London SE1 2BY (map)

Now more than ever, partnerships are critical to successful estate renewal. Innovative thinking and a practical, multi-stakeholder approach have become vital to the functionality and longevity of London’s housing estates, especially given reduced public funding. Other elements such as renewed local authority development programmes, the changing nature of housing associations, the growing appetite of private and institutional investors and an increasing number of partnerships with estate-savvy developers and builders suggest that this is a good time for a pan-London and cross-sector look ahead. This topic underpinned both plenary sessions.

Morning: Strategic issues

09:00 - 10:00Keynote: David Lunts, Executive Director of Housing and Land, GLA

Plenary & moderated discussion
Chair: David Lunts
  • Jennie Coombs, Regeneration Manager, Major Projects, LB Barking & Dagenham
  • Michael Hill, New Business Director, Countryside
  • Gerry Hughes, Senior Director, Planning, Development and Regeneration, GVA
  • Neal Hunt, Director of Development, Poplar HARCA
10.30 – 11.15Breakout sessions:

Session A – Planning
Chair: Lizzie Clifford, Head of Housing & Planning, London Councils
  • Stewart Murray, Assistant Director of Planning, GLA
  • Julia Moulder, Development Director, Catalyst
  • Marco Torquati, Senior Consultation Manager, Housing Renewal, City of Westminster

Session B – Funding
Chair: Lucy Owen, Head of Area (South), GLA
  • Yinka Bolaji, Director, Portfolio Management, Genesis
  • Jonathan Clarke, Partner, Centrus Advisors
  • Andrew Sivess, Group Manager, Innovation & Funding, LB Barking & Dagenham

Session C – Delivery Models
Chair: Jane Groom, Board Director, London Communications Agency
  • David Lunts, Executive Director of Housing and Land, GLA
  • Pat Hayes, Executive Director, Regeneration & Housing, LB Ealing
  • John Hughes, Group Development Director, Notting Hill Housing Group
  • Chris Brown, Chief Executive, Igloo Regeneration
11.30 – 12.30 Report back including commentary from Lord Andrew Adonis, summary, Q+A

Afternoon: Front-line issues

13.30 – 14:15Plenary & moderated discussion
Chair: Lisa Taylor, Director, Future of London
  • Richard Cook, Head of Residential Development, Lend Lease
  • Stephen Platts, Director of Regeneration, LB Southwark
  • Andrew Beharrell, Executive Director, Pollard Thomas Edwards architects
  • Kate Davies, Chief Executive, Notting Hill Housing Group
14.30 – 15:30Breakout sessions:

Session A – Homes
Chair: John Lumley, Assistant Director, Housing & Regeneration, LB Hackney
  • Alison Murray, Senior Area Manager (South), GLA
  • Brian Quinn, Design Advisor, Cabe at the Design Council
  • Dhruv Sookhoo, Head of Design, Home Group

Session B – Integration
Chair: Esther Kurland, Director, Urban Design London
  • Ken Baikie, Director of Thamesmead Regeneration, Peabody
  • Sue Foster, OBE, Strategic Director for Delivery, LB Lambeth
  • David Jowsey, Principal Policy Advisor, Transport Strategy & Planning, Transport for London
  • Neal Hunt, Development Director, Poplar HARCA

Session C – Process
Chair: Katherine Hibbert, Director, Dotdotdot
  • Judith Damerell, Partner and Head of Planning, Lewis Silkin
  • Mark Baigent, Project Director, RB Greenwich
  • Peter Quinn, Business Development Director, Lovell
  • Tom Titherington, Director of Business Development & Market Intelligence, Catalyst
16.00 – 17:00Report back, including commentary from Richard Blakeway, Deputy Mayor for Housing, GLA
Q+A, summary and next steps

Registration and follow-up report

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Key Presentations

Opening presentations from David Lunts, Executive Director, Housing & Land, GLA

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Funding presentations from the above panellists (Yinka Bolaji, Genesis; Jonathan Clarke, Centrus Advisors; Andrew Sivess, LB Barking & Dagenham)

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Press release 28th October 2014: Partnerships critical to effective estate renewal, says Future of London

For press enquiries, please contact Lisa Taylor (Future of London) or Edward Dewar (GVA).

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  1. Thanks for putting on a really interesting conference. Great for networking too.