Place PodcastJul 27, 2023
Can one piece of tech save developers weeks of toil? | Place Podcast
Accelerating the delivery of buildings of all shapes and sizes is imperative if our towns and cities are to thrive and a piece of software developed by VU.CITY is doing just that.
Claire Locke, commercial director at VU.CITY, sat down with Place North West senior reporter Dan Whelan to explain how Site Solve, the firm’s generative design tool, works.
They were joined by Dave Lee, director at Clarion Housing Group, who talked about how the tool is helping the housing association’s development arm Latimer streamline its processes.
Find out more about VU.CITY here.
Marketing best practices for the property industry | Place North Podcast
What are the dos and don'ts of crafting the perfect business development strategy? The latest Place North podcast digs into all things marketing within the built environment, with the help of Civic Engineers' Katrina Davis and our own Dino Moutsopoulos.
Hosted by Julia Hatmaker, editor of Place North West.
A snapshot of the Northern property scene | Place North Podcast
From Sheffield to Teesside, Place North’s Neil Tague and Louise Hall discuss the big projects and the big names dominating headlines in Yorkshire and the North East in this podcast episode.
How to build more homes in uncertain times | Place Podcast
Constant tinkering with the planning system and a volatile economic landscape are two of the biggest issues contributing to the housing crisis. That was the view of Winkworth Sherwood partners Colette McCormack and Lindsay Garrett, who discussed the sector’s challenges during Housing 2023.
McCormack and Garrett were joined by Jackie Sadek, director at Urban Strategy and a former government advisor, to reflect on a frank and honest discussion with industry leaders that law firm Winckworth Sherwood hosted during the Chartered Institute for Housing’s annual conference.
On this episode of the Place North West podcast, hosted by senior reporter Dan Whelan, the participants discussed the industry’s biggest gripes, why the planning system should be left alone, and what the future of housing delivery might look like.
Find out more about Winckworth Sherwood: wslaw.co.uk
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Homes of the future: how do we build sustainable communities? | Place Podcast
Place North West editor Julia Hatmaker is joined by Onward Homes executive director of property, Sandy Livingstone, and Manchester City Council executive member for housing and development, Cllr Gavin White, to discuss how best to achieve high-quality, affordable homes for all and tackle what many are calling a housing crisis.
What next for housing in Cumbria? | Place Podcast
Genesis Homes chief executive Nicky Gordon sat down with Place North West to discuss what being a housebuilder in Cumbria is really like, the potential implications of the recent local government reorganisation, and why Barrow is a place to watch.
The demand for reliable energy | Place Podcast
Place Editor Julia Hatmaker hosted this podcast with Leah Holmes, Utilities Specialist within Smart Energy and Sustainability at Hydrock, and Carol Culley, Deputy Chief Executive at Manchester City Council to discuss the demand and supply of reliable energy in Manchester.
What policy reform could mean for affordable housing | Place Podcast
Replacing Section 106 contributions with a single community infrastructure levy could severely impact the delivery of discounted homes, according to Rob Loughenbury, director of strategy at Onward Homes.
Hosted by Place North West senior reporter Dan Whelan, this podcast delves into the implications of scrapping S106, and the continued politicisation of the planning system, and offers up solutions that might better support the affordable housing sector.
Find out more about Onward Homes: onward.co.uk
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Delivering innovative smart buildings, featuring MiddleCap's Miloš Halečka | PlaceTech Podcast
Having completed one of London’s smartest office buildings in recent years, MiddleCap’s innovations director Miloš Halečka dives into how his team puts tech at the heart of development.
Southworks, MiddleCap’s first development in the UK, completed in 2021, bringing 70,000 sq ft of tech-enabled, BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ office space to the market. Now, the developer is looking ahead to its second UK project – Seal House – which aims to push the boundaries of tech even further.
Want to learn more about innovation in property? Visit placetech.net, the sister publication of Place North West.
Savills' Jeremy Hinds + applied research consultant Paul Sayers | PlaceTech Podcast
Paul Unger is joined by Savills' director Jeremy Hinds and applied research consultant Paul Sayers to discuss climate change and how the rise in water levels could affect planning and property.
Sharry + LinkedIn on workplace experience | PlaceTech podcast
Sharry's country manager for the US and Canada, Kevin Wilhelm and LinkedIn's senior director & head of global design and build, Victor Sanchez, join Paul Unger, editor of PlaceTech, to discuss... What do we mean by workplace experience?
Kevin, Victor and Paul delve into the trends, what clients want and how software can support the workplace experience.
For more information, visit: sharry.tech
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ESG comms advice from the experts at Social | PlaceTech Podcast
A comms masterclass this week with three directors of Social, a leading ESG and tech PR agency – join Sara Donnelly, Andy Cameron-Smith and Luke Cross sharing their wisdom with PlaceTech editor Paul Unger.Questions answered
- Why does ESG matter in corporate communications?
- How can tech enable businesses to meet green targets?
- How can companies cut through the noise and be heard on climate messages?
- What role does technology play in the decarbonisation of the property sector?
- Given the growth of the Greentech sector, how can communications enable tech companies to compete?
- How to approach ESG reporting and narrative development
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Savills’ Jeremy Hinds + applied futurist Tom Cheesewright | PlaceTech Podcast
Paul Unger is joined by Jeremy Hinds, planning director at Savills, and Tom Cheesewright to explore the reasons holding back real estate from taking the radical steps needed to challenge climate change.Takeaways
- There is a lack of a consensus framework in which to discuss the problems and how to address them
- Without sufficient policy responses individuals will increasingly put forward radical ideas which prompt counter responses and only delay the forming of a consensus
- Requirements to do something about climate change are very challenging – this puts people off
- As timeframes to act become shorter, the responses needed become more radical
- Short-term outlooks of voter-obsessed politicians obstruct the consensus and avoid difficult solutions
- Climate policy should be outsourced and made independent and objective in same way as countries’ central banks often are
In conversation with Gecina’s Antoine Geoffroy, head of R&D and innovation | PlaceTech Podcast
Gecina is a French real estate company which owns and operates €20bn of real estate assets, 97% of which are located in the Paris region.
- ‘When we are at the beginning of the journey the most difficult part is spreading the innovation mindset, framework, and skills across the organisation’
- ‘The challenge is to deploy innovation at scale through our portfolio in operation where it makes sense’
- ‘Data management is the next big revolution for real estate. If you look at other industries and benchmarks you can easily realise that real estate is quite behind on this transformation’
- ‘The problem is not about technology, which is already available. The difficulty is the upskilling we have to do to be able to produce value with data’
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Innovative ways to maximise asset potential | Place Podcast
Ever thought about growing leafy greens in your basement? On this episode of the Place North West podcast, Chris Bowie-Hill of Hydrock and Chris Lloyd of Glenbrook discuss new and interesting ways to generate income from retail assets.
From dark kitchens and last mile logistics to battery storage and EV charging, there are countless ways in which surplus space in a single building or entire shopping park can be used to increase a property’s money-making potential.
As retail declines and the high street continues to change, landlords are looking at how they can maximise their assets in a way that responds to societal and environmental shifts.
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Time to lead, not to follow - NAR talks proptech investing | PlaceTech Podcast
Get inside the US National Association of Realtors’s property tech ventures with Dan Weisman, director of emerging tech trends; Natasha Terinova, director of accelerator programme Reach UK; and Tyler Thompson, managing partner of its investment fund Second Century Ventures.
With 1.3m members, the NAR is the largest trade organisation in the US. On this episode you can hear how a 100-year-old organisation got into digital transformation and its significant progress to date.Takeaways
- NAR venture fund Second Century Ventures was an early investor in DocuSign
- SCV and its accelerator arm Reach are fully funded from returns on past investments
- Cream will rise to top as economic downturn bites over next 18-24 months
- Priority areas to watch
- Tyler wants SDCV to help tackles affordability, how can tech solve the global housing crisis and help renters move towards owning property
- Property companies can take advantage of AI, using data and today’s sizable computer power to produce clear data points that are critical to success
- Dan says NAR wants to lead and not be reactive when it comes t spottinbg tech efficiencies in real estate
- Natasha’s companies to watch include Fyma – ‘unlocking data from video feeds’ – and Mökki – ‘logistics hubs for the circular economy’
Reasons to be optimistic about property + climate | PlaceTech Podcast
One of the leading players in ESG data for real estate globally, Matt Ellis was a sustainability adviser at CBRE before he set up Measurabl in 2013.
He is also a fine writer and his ‘From Green to ESG’ book sets a compelling argument for transparency in markets and casts doubt on the objectivity of green building certificates.
Mike sat down with Paul Unger to look beyond the doom and gloom that often surrounds climate crisis conversations and to focus instead on reasons to be cheerful.
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Grosvenor Innovation Director, Craig O'Donnell | PlaceTech Podcast
Exploring the approach to backing the right tech solutions, ft. Hazelview | PlaceTech podcast
Hear invaluable insight from directors Michael Tsourounis and Roger Poirier of Toronto-headquartered Hazelview Investments, exploring their dual approach to backing the right tech solutions and embedding them across the group’s portfolio.
Find out more, at placetech.net
What makes a property company get into tech investing? With JLL Spark and Proptech1 | PlaceTech Podcast
In this PlaceTech podcast, Tanguy Quero, investment principal at JLL, and Kingma Ma, head of UK at venture capital firm Proptech1, join Paul Unger to delve into the relationships between venture capital firms and their property investment partners.
Find out more about PlaceTech: placetech.net
MASTERCLASS | How to retrofit – think more, use less
Retrofitting is a necessity as the UK forges ahead with its plan to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050. So how should we approach retrofitting to produce the best possible results? Civic Engineers director James Bruce divulges his three top tips for retrofits and delves into several case studies to show what his tips look like in practice. If you are considering breathing new life into a beloved building, this is an episode you will not want to miss.
Find out more about Civic Engineers: civicengineers.com
Super-charging connectivity across the Liverpool City Region | Place Podcast
In the latest Place North West podcast, ITS’s Dave Ferry and Liverpool City Region’s Lorna Rodgers break down what ‘full-fibre’ means, why it is important and what is being done to futureproof the region.
Philippe Boyer of Covivio talks to Blandine Laffargue | PlaceTech Podcast
Innovation director Philippe Boyer is responsible for the tech solutions in a portfolio worth €27bn across France, Germany and Italy, specialising in offices, hospitality and residential. He spoke to Paris-based journalist Blandine Laffargue to get behind the buzzwords in corporate real estate.
MASTERCLASS | How to conduct a public consultation
In this episode, Copper Consultancy director Annabel John and strategic director Tom Morrison break down the intricacies of effective public consultation. They share key mistakes to avoid and outline best practices.
The episode even looks at a consultation in practice – examining Copper Consultancy’s work with HyNet and how the company has turned a complex topic into something the public can easily engage with.
To find out more about Copper Consultancy visit: copperconsultancy.com
MASTERCLASS | How to design a commercial space for science
The rise of life sciences and biotech has put a premium on laboratory space. In this episode, Fairhursts Design Group managing director Mark Adey and director Laura Sherliker walk us through the ins and outs of crafting commercial science spaces, breaking down key things you’ll need to know as well as sharing lessons learned from past projects – including the award-winning GlaxoSmithKline Centre for Sustainable Chemistry in Nottingham.
Find out more about Fairhursts Design Group: fairhursts.com
How do you create smart buildings the right way? | PlaceTech Podcast
David Hodges, director of eco-i, Phil Marsden, director of project management at Muse and James Thomas, head of smart buildings and technologies at Wates, join PlaceTech deputy editor, Karl Tomusk, to share experience and advice on getting a building ready for smart-status.
Find out more about eco-i: eco-igroup.com
MASTERCLASS | How to convert a listed building
Understanding conservation deficit and the importance of consulting with the local community were some of the key messages Buttress Architects’ director Stephen Anderson was keen to hammer home in this first episode of our masterclass podcast series.
In this episode, Anderson talks us through the dos and don’ts of bringing a heritage asset back into use before providing insights into the process gleaned from recent North West projects.
Building safety bill summary | Place Podcast
Alan Robson and Max Meadows of Project Four Construction Safety joined Julia Hatmaker, deputy editor at Place North West, to discuss, in depth, the latest on the building safety bill.
To find out more about project four, visit: projectfoursafety.com
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In conversation with Marcus Ginn, founder & CEO of Edozo | PlaceTech Podcast
Marcus Ginn, founder and CEO of Edozo, joins Paul Unger, editor of PlaceTech, to discuss the problems Edozo sets out to solve within the property industry, trends within the market, Edozo's product roadmap, why they have joined the Reach UK Accelerator Programme, and much more.
Find out more about Edozo: edozo.com
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What are the mega trends in property technology? | PlaceTech Podcast
What are the implications of changing weather patterns for planning and property? | PlaceTech Podcast
In this special PlaceTech podcast episode, Jeremy Hinds, planning director at Savills, joins Paul Unger, editor of PlaceTech, to talk about how predicted weather patterns and changes in climate will shape how we plan and design our future cities.
Find out more about Savills: savills.co.uk
PlaceTech is the sister publication to Place North West, focussing on tech, innovation and trends within the proptech environment. To find out more, visit: placetech.net
The great Rochdale comeback | Place Podcast
Like many places, Rochdale was hard hit by the financial crash of 2008. In this podcast, senior reporter Dan Whelan chatted to Neil Eccles, head of innovation at Rochdale Development Agency, and Steve Rumbelow, chief executive of Rochdale Council, about how the council and private sector went about reinventing the town and how it plans to supercharge its growth going forward.
Sir Richard Leese on the IRA bomb, devolution and the Northern Powerhouse | Place Podcast
Sir Richard Leese reflects on key moments from the past 25 years in this one-on-one interview with Place North West's deputy editor, Julia Hatmaker.
COP26 | Examining the sustainability of brick
As we push for sustainable development, more and more attention is being paid to building materials. Stephanie Palmer, head of sustainability at Wienerberger UK joins Place North West to talk about brick's green credentials as well as what the company is doing to mitigate its carbon footprint.
To find out more, visit wienerberger.co.uk
Is heritage the enemy of regeneration? | Place Podcast
Do heritage properties help or hinder efforts to revitalise a community? In the latest Place North West podcast, we zoom in on Rochdale to see how history is shaping the future.
Rochdale Development Agency heritage director Emma Birkett and Donald Insall Associates director Simon Malam share how they’re tackling the challenges of heritage-led regeneration and the rewards such projects bring.
Visit investinrochdale.co.uk to find out more.
COP26 | How Britain’s ageing infrastructure could defeat its green ambitions
The UK’s electrical grid infrastructure is in dire need of an dire upgrade if the country is going to meet its renewable energy goals by 2035, says Pegasus Group in the latest Place North West podcast episode.
Building more wind and solar farms can only go so far when it comes to transforming the nation’s energy system. Without the proper infrastructure in place, we cannot truly maximise the potential of clean energy. So how bad is the issue?
We recruited experts from Pegasus Group, senior director Simon Tarr and senior acquisition surveyor Ben Thompson, to find out.
COP26 | Why is the market pushing for net zero faster than legislation?
On this episode of Place North West’s COP26 podcast series, HBD and Cundall discuss why some developers are taking it upon themselves to get ahead of the curve in terms of sustainability, while government legislation on the issue lags behind.
Lee Treanor, director at HDB, and Paul Kenyon, partner at multi-disciplinary practice Cundall, also explore how the term ‘net zero’ is being used and misused and what more can be done to help people tell fact from fiction when claims about a building’s carbon credentials are made.
Could a single, formalised framework like Nabers provide the development community a clearer, more defined path towards net zero? Will brown discounts and green premiums become a reality in the future as many predict?
To find out more, visit hbd.co.uk
COP26 | How to deliver net zero buildings for the NHS
Healthcare developer Assura delves into the challenges it faces in creating sustainable medical facilities, and how it's overcoming them, in this episode of our COP26 podcast series.
By their nature, healthcare properties are energy-hungry with their need to support specialist equipment at all times. So how can we construct new facilities in a way that helps the UK meet its net zero carbon goals?
We recruited Assura chief executive officer Jonathan Murphy and senior development manager Ashley Seymour to share what they’re doing to craft sustainable buildings.
To find out more, visit assuraplc.com
COP26 | Retrofitting in action: lessons learned from ForHousing
As part of the COP26 podcast series, we've talked about retrofitting quite a lot - from a general overview of the issue to best practices. But what's it like on the ground level? ForHousing has embarked on an assertive course of action to retrofit its properties, with all its properties set to be EPC band C by 2030. It's also working with the University of Southampton to research the best ways to retrofit going forward. With that in mind, we recruited ForHousing group chief executive Colette McKune to share the lessons learned from putting retrofitting best practices into action.
To find out more, visit forhousing.co.uk
COP26 | The two questions you need to ask about EV charging stations
Electric vehicles are on the rise as the UK pushes for net zero, which means more and more EV charging stations are needed. But before you add an EV charging unit to your scheme you need to answer two very important questions:
- How will it be powered?
- Where will it go?
Pegasus executive director and environmental planner Andrew Cook delves into each question to propose solutions that will help your scheme maximise its sustainability credentials.
To find out more, visit pegasusgroup.co.uk
COP26 | Back to basics: Cutting through the net-zero noise
When it comes to minimising carbon footprints, companies should keep things simple and take steps to measure, monitor, and manage energy consumption before considering investing heavily in largely untested technologies, according to energy provider Unify.
Sarah Bateman, chief executive of Unify Energy, explains why spending money on solar panels, so-called green energy and EV charging points might not be the wisest thing for businesses looking to reduce their environmental impact to do right now.
To find out more, email: email@example.com
COP26 | Retrofitting 101: the dos and don’ts of making old buildings sustainable
Engineering consulting firm WSP delves into the ins and outs of retrofitting beyond just housing, tackling how commercial projects need to get on board to help the UK meet its net zero ambitions in this episode of Place North West’s COP26 podcast series.
Given that 80% of the buildings that will exist in 2050 are already built, retrofitting is no longer an option but a necessity. Kate Dougherty, WSP’s head of net zero and sustainability for building services, gives a crash course on best practices for retrofitting.
To find out more, visit wsp.com
Best practices for developing around transit hubs | Place Podcast
Regenerating brownfield sites surrounding transport infrastructure is the key topic in this podcast with Rochdale Council and Broadway Malyan.
As we push for more brownfield developments, creating communities around areas like train stations seems like a no-brainer. Using the Rochdale Rail Corridor as a jumping-off point, Broadway Malyan’s Danny Crump and Rochdale Council’s cabinet member for economy Cllr John Blundell give a crash course on maximising the potential of these transport infrastructure hotspots.
For more information, visit investinrochdale.co.uk.
COP26 | What is the public sector doing to meet net zero targets?
In this episode, we explore the ways in which public authorities are working towards Greater Manchester’s net-zero carbon target of 2038 and hear about the drivers and the challenges involved.
To discuss this our host Paul Unger was joined by Sarah Holland, programme and policy lead for energy at Greater Manchester Combined Authority; Dmitri Korolenko, lead sustainability & physics engineer at SI Sealy; and by Matt Pickford, technical director at SI Sealy.
To find out more, visit sisealy.co.uk
COP26 | How can green infrastructure combat climate change?
Environmental consultancy LUC shares its expertise on how smart landscape design and ecology-minded planning can help the UK reach its net zero goal in this episode of Place North West’s COP26 podcast series.
Green infrastructure is the phrase of the moment and one of the key ways that developers and local authorities can make schemes environmentally friendly. Together with LUC’s senior planner Lucy Wallwork and landscape architect Alex Burton, we look at how green infrastructure can be used from a site level to a regional one.
COP26 | How can engineers maximise sustainability in development?
As the impacts of climate change worsen, it’s more important than ever that we try and build in a sustainable fashion. Civic Engineers directors Paul Morris and James Bruce share how engineers can help projects boost biodiversity and reduce carbon footprints.
Civic Engineers is a civil, structural and transport engineering practice focused on having a positive impact on the environment and enabling people to lead happier and healthier lives. Its 135-strong team delivers projects that help to create and transform buildings, neighbourhoods, and cities, bringing significant economic, social, and environmental benefits to those places for all that live, work, and visit there.
To find out more, visit civicengineers.com
COP26 | How can we retrofit the country’s housing stock?
There are concerns within the social housing sector about how they will afford technologies such as air source heat pumps and if tenants will accept them.
And while housing associations go about putting plans together for retrofitting programmes that could cost hundreds of millions of pounds, private homeowners need to be encouraged to do more to make their homes fit for the future.
In this episode, Laura Dunlop, founder of GLD Technical Consulting, and Sandy Livingstone, executive director of property at Onward Homes, discuss what solutions are available to housing associations and private homeowners alike, and the financial implications of such interventions.
Visit gldtechnicalconsulting.co.uk to find out more
COP26 | How do you create a net zero, new-build office?
Bruntwood Works is aiming to create the first carbon neutral commercial building in the country. In this latest episode of Place North West’s Cop26 podcast series, we ask how it can be done and, more importantly, if it can be replicated at scale.
The UK Green Building Council is pushing for all buildings to be net-zero by 2050. If the development community is going to achieve that, a blueprint on how to create truly sustainable new-build offices needs to be worked up.
As one of the country’s largest landlord/developers, Bruntwood is hoping to play a key role in creating that blueprint, and sharing its knowledge.
In this episode, Aisling McNulty, development director at Bruntwood Works, and Sophie West, policy and strategic project manager at Bruntwood, discuss assembling the right project team, selecting the correct materials, and what it is like to play a leading role in the pursuit of net-zero.
Visit bruntwood.co.uk/works to find out more
COP26 | How can the UK harness wind energy to fight climate change?
Wind energy is the future of sustainable power, so how can we maximise its potential? Pegasus Group executive planning director Chris Calvert and environment director Dale Turner join Julia Hatmaker to weigh in on the opportunities and obstacles surrounding wind energy in this episode of Place North West’s COP26 podcast series.
To find out more, visit pegasusgroup.co.uk
COP26 | How is the drive for net-zero impacting landlord and tenant relationships?
In this latest episode of Place North West’s COP26 podcast series, TLT legal director Joseph Meredith takes us through the nuanced world of landlord/tenant relationships in the net-zero era.
The drive for net-zero is not going away and there are thousands of commercial buildings across the country that need to be brought in line with changing legislation and expectations.
But who should foot the bill for this work, those who own the buildings or those who use them?
Visit TLT to find out more about its services.