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The Camargue Podcast

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A word in your ear. We talk to businesspeople, commentators and industry experts across a range of sectors about the latest trends and developments, challenges emerging and the opportunities and solutions that are out there.

Stay up to date with episodes via www.camargue.uk . If you’d like to join us in a conversation, get in touch at podcast@camargue.uk.
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Active Buildings: changing construction practices to meet the climate challenge

The Camargue PodcastSep 16, 2021

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Winning the war for talent with greater diversity

Winning the war for talent with greater diversity

What do refugees, prison leavers and the neuro-diverse have in common? Could they hold the key to winning the war for talent?

Paul Thornton, Talent Acquisition Director at Kier Group and Siyanda Mngaza, project co-ordinator for Kier’s inclusive recruitment team, and a prison leaver herself, join Camargue Director Isabel Stanley to explore the answer.


Jun 26, 202325:27
Cities, urbanism and ‘Designing for the Future’ – with The Academy of Urbanism

Cities, urbanism and ‘Designing for the Future’ – with The Academy of Urbanism

What’s The Academy of Urbanism all about, what happens at its annual Congress and why should you care? Listen to Chair Jas Atwal and Congress lead Shane Quinn in conversation with Ben Copithorne and you’ll find the answers.

Cities need solutions across everything from accessibility to inclusivity and sustainability to affordability.  The Academy is at the forefront of learning, sharing, and leading and is a great place for anyone involved in design, development, planning and any aspect of placemaking to grow their knowledge.

  

Jun 12, 202325:45
Five quick takeaways from UKREiiF

Five quick takeaways from UKREiiF

Last week a Camargue contingent attended the latest edition of UKREiiF, now in its second year. Covering a range of topics from Net Zero through to housing and universities, hear from members of the team on some of their key takeaways on themes arising from this year's gathering of the UK real estate industry.


Hear from Matt Sutton on conversations around Net Zero (01:00), Richard Pia on the logistics sector (02:10), Holly Bryden discussing universities attending this year's conference (04:00), Jenny Marshall's assessment of some of the housing discussion across the three days (05:15) and James Snowdon covering the devolution agenda (08:20).





May 26, 202312:14
Local elections: For local policy, or against national politics?

Local elections: For local policy, or against national politics?

As the dust settles on the results of local elections, the Camargue team sits down to discuss some of the key local and national dynamics emerging across the country - including housing, sustainability, and the cost of living - as well as the impact of new voter ID requirements, and what this might mean for the upcoming general election.

Host Roxy Blake is joined by director Will Scawn, who stood as candidate in Windsor and Maidenhead, and Hugh Deery, who acted as a poll clerk at his local polling station.


May 12, 202323:32
What is the future for hydrogen?

What is the future for hydrogen?

There is so much going on in the hydrogen sector at the moment both in the UK and around the world. New projects are springing up around the country and last month we saw the UK’s first official Hydrogen Week.  So what better time for Tim Read to sit down and talk through all things hydrogen with Kerry-Ann Adamson, global strategic adviser for hydrogen at Worley.

Mar 31, 202318:56
Sustainable real estate: hitting the target but missing the point?

Sustainable real estate: hitting the target but missing the point?

As real estate grapples with ambitious environmental goals, we talk with BNP Paribas Real Estate’s sustainability transformation manager Josh Spencer about the operational and asset management challenges facing the industry and how a more holistic mindset when delivering decarbonisation and biodiversity measures could benefit us all.

Mar 28, 202323:47
Water wise: can the water sector work smarter to keep the taps flowing?

Water wise: can the water sector work smarter to keep the taps flowing?

With massive investment planned to meet growing demand and achieve net zero targets, how can the water sector work smarter to mobilise the supply chain in delivering these aims? Rachel Lewis and Shaun Stevens from British Water discuss the role of structural reform and greater collaboration in unlocking innovation for the benefit of the water sector and the UK as a whole.

Dec 05, 202225:14
Is your office working? The changing workplace and trends for 2023 with LOM architecture and design
Nov 08, 202223:38
Till shock: how grocery inflation is changing the way we shop

Till shock: how grocery inflation is changing the way we shop

As prices rise across the supermarket shelves, we speak to shopper behaviour expert, Fraser McKevitt, Kantar's head of retail and consumer insight, about how our habits are evolving, what we can learn from past periods of inflation and where we might be heading next.

Oct 04, 202225:11
The price cap, the energy market and the cost of living crisis

The price cap, the energy market and the cost of living crisis

The energy price cap is due to rise by record levels in April 2022. In the new edition of the Camargue Podcast we speak exclusively to Ofgem about the price cap, the supplier market and what the cost of living crisis means for consumers. 

Mar 15, 202232:11
Between sea and land: climate change challenges for coastline development
Nov 10, 202125:35
Active Buildings: changing construction practices to meet the climate challenge
Sep 16, 202129:19
The Transition to Net Zero

The Transition to Net Zero

A transition to net zero can prevent climate change, save lives and generate profits for those who invest in the technology to make it possible. But will market opportunities drive the changes or should government intervene? And what role does COP26 play in this?

In this edition of the Camargue Podcast, scientist and financial analyst Dr Mathew Hampshire-Waugh discusses the research and recommendations in his new best-selling book, Climate Change and the Road to Net Zero.

Aug 19, 202137:52
Concrete and the circular economy
Aug 05, 202126:47
Offshore wind: past, present, future
Jul 26, 202123:48
New homes in the Oxford-Cambridge Arc: how should we do it and what’s the recipe for success?

New homes in the Oxford-Cambridge Arc: how should we do it and what’s the recipe for success?

This episode investigates the question how do we have the new homes and create the new communities that we want and need in the Oxford-Cambridge Arc? Joining Camargue Director Ben Copithorne are guests Annabel Le Lohe from Storey Homes, James Cochrane of Grosvenor and Joe Marshall from Catalyst. Considering sustainability to affordability, innovation to placemaking, and design to deliverability, the conversation takes in everyone’s ‘vital ingredient’ in the recipe for success. Enjoy!

Jun 07, 202131:04
Social Sector Economics

Social Sector Economics

The social sector generates £200bn of value to the economy each year, but funding imbalances and fundraising shortages during the pandemic mean that it is approaching a crisis. In this episode, Nicole Sykes of Pro Bono Economics provides expert insight into the importance of thriving communities, the opportunities available to government, and the benefits which businesses can unlock from supporting voluntary organisations.

May 27, 202126:05
Mayoral election: brand vs policy

Mayoral election: brand vs policy

As part of our in-depth look at the May elections, today’s @CamargueUK podcast examines the impact of personal brand in the race for mayor. Sadiq Khan, Andy Burnham and Andy Street have all made the most of their strong regional profiles. But after their first term in office, how will they use that to defend their seats, records and political affiliations?

We discuss the candidates’ positioning of themselves and each other, the interplay of local issues and party politics and the celebritizing effect of the office.

May 04, 202122:43
Mayoral election: #LevellingUp
Apr 28, 202126:19
Rolls-Royce and Small Modular Reactors (SMRs)
Apr 26, 202119:55
Everything Sustainable: A New Goal for Football
Mar 25, 202125:24
Can chemistry clean our city air?

Can chemistry clean our city air?

Local authorities and cities are expanding clean air zones and congestion charges in the fight to protect our city air, but these changes will take time. Does science offer a speedier solution?

Professor Anthony J Ryan OBE, Director of The Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures & Professor of Physical Chemistry at The University of Sheffield and James Pack , of Sentinel RPI, An Energy, Carbon & Sustainability Consultancy for the Built Environment & PureTi join Mike Conway, Director at Camargue, to explore possible solutions to the question of cleaning our city air.

Mar 04, 202121:36
Bitesize Budget podcast: Energy

Bitesize Budget podcast: Energy

How will Wednesday’s Budget tackle the UK’s energy challenge? Toby Barker gives us his predictions in just a few minutes in our final bitesize Budget forecast.

Mar 01, 202106:32
Bitesize Budget podcast: Business

Bitesize Budget podcast: Business

It’s Rishi Sunak’s much-anticipated Spring Budget this Wednesday. Camargue MD Jo Lloyd gives her thoughts on what we might expect and how the Budget will back British business, in our latest bitesize podcast special.

Mar 01, 202104:39
Bitesize Budget podcast: Transport
Feb 26, 202106:20
Bitesize Budget podcast: Housebuilding
Feb 25, 202106:08
What’s the point in high streets?

What’s the point in high streets?

It’s been a tough decade for high streets.  The financial crisis fallout, rise of internet shopping and topped off with a pandemic.  How do we make sure this isn’t a killer cocktail and help town centres thrive into the future?

Jonathan Werran, chief executive of neo-localist thinktank Localis, and Nicole Roe, Planning Associate at Barton Willmore and a member of the High Streets Task Force, join James Snowdon.  They consider how the planning system and local governance can create sustainable and viable town and city centres.

Dec 21, 202027:20
Estate regeneration: transforming homes, lives and communities

Estate regeneration: transforming homes, lives and communities

Often controversial.  Always sensitive.  Not to be taken lightly.  At the heart of estate regeneration are real people and existing communities.  It’s about their homes, their lives and their futures.

Paul Quinn, director of regeneration at social landlord Clarion Housing Group, joins associate director Daniel Knight to talk about the human and emotional focus of his work, the many obstacles to overcome, and why the rewards make estate regeneration so worthwhile.

Nov 18, 202043:17
Nuclear Fusion and the STEP programme

Nuclear Fusion and the STEP programme

This episode looks at the current state and the future of nuclear fusion in the UK. For over 60 years we’ve relied on nuclear fission to power our homes and businesses. With recent exciting technological advancements,  Verity Barr, Senior Consultant at Camargue speaks to Saranne Postans from the UK Atomic Energy Authority on how the STEP (Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production) programme is working towards delivery of nuclear fusion energy and how that could change the landscape of energy production here in the UK and around the world.

Oct 22, 202015:57
Solving Britain's housing crisis

Solving Britain's housing crisis

Former Estates Gazette and Building editor Peter Bill on his new book, 'Broken Homes: Britain’s Housing Crisis, Faults, Factoids and Fixes'.  

Among topics covered, he talks to Mike Conway about why the Planning for the Future White Paper and proposed planning reforms won’t be the key to unlocking more homes getting built.

Oct 16, 202031:45
Social value in construction
Oct 08, 202028:38
The Oxford-Cambridge Arc: ambitions and actions for good growth
Sep 21, 202033:49
What next for new nuclear?

What next for new nuclear?

Time is running out for decisions to be made on UK energy policy. Does new nuclear generation form a vital part of reaching Net Zero by 2050? And if it does, how can we find a funding model that embraces the significant upfront costs?

For this episode of #StrictlyInfrastructure, Camargue’s Toby Barker speaks to Kirsty Gogan, managing partner at the international consultancy Lucid Catalyst and global director of Energy for Humanity, a non-profit organisation focused on solving climate change and enabling universal access to modern energy services and Leon Flexman, corporate affairs director at Horizon Nuclear Power. Together they explore the lessons that can be learned from the offshore renewables sector and explain why building new nuclear power plants is a little bit like assembling flat pack furniture.

Sep 10, 202048:04
On your bike

On your bike

There’s no denying the increased shift towards cycling in recent months, although it is hard to say whether this new appreciation for non-motorised transport is in response to Covid-19 or whether it has been a long time coming.

As we slowly return to workplaces many are now reluctant to step back on to trains and buses and instead are looking for an independent way to travel. Added to  the governments £2billion package to create alternative ways to travel and the cycle Infrastructure Design Guidance Note issued in July, there’s a clear appetite for the UK population to get on their bikes.

Camargue Director Mike Conway is joined by Ed Watson, Director at Ed Watson & Associates, Phil Jones, Director at PJA transport planners, and Irene McAleese, Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer at See.Sense, to find out what this all means. 

Aug 21, 202038:23
UK ports – Brexit, Freeports and levelling up coastal communities

UK ports – Brexit, Freeports and levelling up coastal communities

This episode looks at the future of the UK port industry, from the impact of Brexit and the importance of frictionless trade with Europe and the world to Freeports, digital innovation and progress towards net zero.

Mike Conway, Director at Camargue, is joined by Tim Morris, CEO of UK Major Ports Group, for a wide ranging discussion of the challenges and opportunities the sector faces moving forward.

Jul 30, 202020:48
Public consultation – how to adapt to a new world without public events

Public consultation – how to adapt to a new world without public events

This first episode looks at how the planning and consultation processes have shifted in the current lockdown situation from a variety of perspectives. While some projects have been put on hold, for those that are going ahead it brings a whole host of challenges, but also offers opportunities.

Aled Rowlands, External Affairs Manager at National Grid, Tracey Crews, Director Planning at Cheltenham Borough Council, and Mike Conway, Director at Camargue, discuss how organisations are innovating and increasingly using digital tools to keep projects moving.

May 20, 202040:20