Briefing sessions at Sitematch London

Wed 14th February 2018, 2:56 pm

Delegates at Sitematch London attended three "briefing sessions" to learn about the build to rent (BTR) sector, housing associations and council-owned housing companies.

The first session was hosted by Peter Wyatt, partner at real estate consultant Knight Frank, and included contributions from Michela Hancock, senior director of development at build-to-rent developer Greystar; Ed Ellerington, national acquisitions director at landlord Grainger and Chris Duggan, associate at Knight Frank.

Delegates attending this session could learn about the benefits of BTR, and how developers can realise places that are attractive for tenants.

The second session was chaired by Paul Harvey, of consultation firm Curtin & Co.

Other panelists were Mike De'Ath, partner at architect HTA; Graham Kauders, senior development manager at Transport for London; and Mark Miles-Lea, executive director development and sales at housing association Optivo.

The panel discussed how and when homes are 'truly affordable', and how government, local authorities and housing associations can ensure delivery of enough affordable houses.

The third session of the day covered the topic of council-owned housing companies.

Chaired by development consultant Brendon Walsh, panelists Pat Hayes (managing director at Barking and Dagenham Council's regeneration company, Be First), Dr Janice Morphet (visiting professor at University College London), Rob Beiley (partner at law firm Trowers & Hamlins) and housing specialist Mark Baigent, discussed best practices for local authorities who want to deliver homes through their own housing companies.


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