Placemaking Summit

Placemaking Summit - 17 June 2015

08:40 - Registration

09:25 - Editorial Welcome From PlacemakingResource And Chair’s Opening Remarks

Richard Garlick, Editor, Planning & PlacemakingResource

09:30 - Opening Keynote Address

Sir Edward Lister, Chief of Staff and Deputy Mayor, Policy and Planning, Greater London Authority

09:50 - Keynote Address

Lord Kerslake, Chair, Peabody ; Chair, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 


10:10 - Keynote Address: Place Is The Client

• Citymaking: Top of the agenda in the 21st century
• The challenge of Retrofitting cities and urban areas
• Key to success: Placemaking as a process and a way of thinking

Peter Barbalov, Partner, Farrells

10:20 - Dual Panel Discussion: How to Deliver Well Designed New Places


Chris Lamb, Director, Design South East
Jane Briginshaw, Head of Design and Sustainability, Homes And Communities Agency

10:40 - Networking Break And Morning Refreshments

11:00 - Panel Discussion: The Future Of Town Centres Beyond Retail-Led Regeneration

• How to make a town centre more attractive in the context of changing consumer demands
• Who will invest in town centres in the future and what will they be looking for?
• What other uses can replace retail while retaining a genuine community centre?

This session will explore what will make town centres more attractive in the future: starting off with the case study of the regeneration of Kingston Market Place – Winner (London High Streets Category) of the Great British High Street Awards 2014 run by the Future High Street Forum, the debate will be extended to include the different viewpoints of our distinguished panellists:

Neil McCourt, Consultant, Former Retail Managing Director at Tesco and member of the Future High Street Forum
Ros Morgan, Chief Executive, Kingstonfirst
Ali Pretty, Artistic Director, Kinetika

Chaired by: Dr Julie Grail, Chief Executive, British BIDs

11:40 - The Importance Of The Paved Surface In Achieving A Welcoming Space

Michael Heap, Chairman, CED Ltd

11:50 - Embedding Urban Design In Transport Projects

• How to bring urban design into transport projects
• The role of urban designers in place shaping
• Humanising roads: How to design roads as places, and not just highways
• Identifying the appropriate place and movement functions of roads and streets
• Maximising the benefits of transport infrastructure via good urban design

Robin Buckle, Head of Urban Design, Transport For London

12:10 - Dual Perspective: Creating A Sense Of Place In Urban Environments - Building Places That Successfully Meet The Needs Of Communities

Building Successful Places For People
• How to maintain the quality of the public realm and create inclusive environments which engender health and wellbeing
• Crafting open spaces to cater for a range of needs and providing the mixed tenure that communities need
• How to integrate the heritage and character of a place
• What is the importance of social infrastructure?
• Defining continuity and enclosure between public and private spaces

Thomas Bender, Lead Advisor for Design Review, Cabe Design Council

Masterplanning For Urban Schemes
• Maintaining and reintroducing street patterns
• Providing high density homes that are suitable for families
• Creating places in a high density environment where parks cannot be introduced
• How to introduce services and active frontages in the context of a declining retail economy
• How to introduce affordable green spaces in high density areas
• How to achieve good landscape and high density schemes

David Rudlin, Director, URBED

12:45 - Networking Lunch

13:25 - Lunchtime Session: How Well Connected Is Your Plan? How Much Activity Is Likely On The Streets? An interactive Demonstration Of The Latest Urban Analysis Tool Presented By PLACE LOGIC

This session will explore the software application and will show how it can be used to analyse masterplans, planning frameworks and commercial strategies. Results of the software analysis will explain the two measures of urban layouts – Street Activity and Place Connectivity – and outline the three-stage process of delivery. A selection of case studies will demonstrate the available applications across a variety of scales and scenarios.

Robert Adam, Director, PLACE LOGIC

14:00 - Keynote Address: Empowering Local Authorities To Create Great Places

Steve Quartermain will discuss the role of LPAs in creating better places and how they are supported on delivery, while covering examples of good practice.

Steve Quartermain, Chief Planner, Department for Communities and Local Government


The following two sessions will focus on best practice for achieving long-term placemaking. Our speakers will share their experience while offering case study examples and expert advice.

14:20 - How To Maintain Quality Throughout A Long-Term Placemaking Process

Case Study: Battersea Power Station
• What are the challenges in delivering place strategies?
• How developers are affecting by placemaking?
• Preparing a master plan to ensure the quality is maintained at every stage of the project

Miranda Kimball, Design and Placemaking Manager, Battersea Power Station Development Company

14:45 - How To Build And Maintain Relationships With Investors, Local Communities And Other Stakeholders Throughout A Long-Term Placemaking Project

Case Study: King’s Cross
• How to keep investors on board during a long development process
• How to get the infrastructure in place upfront to provide certainty and confidence
• Best practice for handling relationships with the local community

Anna Strongman, Senior Projects Director, Argent

15:10 - Networking Break And Afternoon Refreshments

15:30 - Improving the Compulsory Purchase Regime: What Does That Mean For You

At Budget 2015, the government brought forward proposals to make compulsory purchase ‘clearer, faster and fairer’. What has it proposed, and what are the implications for planning authorities and landowners?

Tony Thompson, Deputy Head – Development Management Division, Department for Communities and Local Government


15:50 - Panel Discussion: Working In Partnership And Funding Infrastructure: The Role Of Public And Private Sector In Shaping Placemaking

• Coordinating land uses and land ownership in order to produce good quality places
• How to engage with different stakeholders and ensure all land owners have an input
• Encouraging land owners to become involved in making regeneration happen
• How to identify and obtain available funding and grants?
• Tapping into innovative infrastructure funding methods

The case study of the West End Public Realm project will be followed by an interactive debate with place-shapers within both the public and private sector:
Sam Monck, Assistant Director Environment & Transport, London Borough of Camden
David Hills, DSDHA
David Roberts, Deputy Chief Executive, Igloo Regeneration

16:30 - How To Create Places We Need And Tackle The Affordability Challenge

• How to ensure a mix of housing tenures, including affordable housing, are incorporated in to placemaking schemes
• A look at the Affordable Homes Programme’s key findings
• Working in partnership with investment partners to deliver on affordability
• An in-depth focus on Cornwall’s development initiatives for solving legal, funding and site issues

Lindsey Richards, Head of Midlands South, Homes and Communities Agency
Phil Mason, Head of Planning and Regeneration, Cornwall Council

17:10 - Chair’s Closing Remarks

17:20 - Close Of Summit