This years event will examine how regeneration projects and housing transfers have changed the market for housing finance. Following the Deputy Prime Minsiters announcements on Sustainable communities project, the need for housing finance has never been greater. this conference will help delegatesexamine the options avaliable to them to deliver housing projects across UK. Using both the PFI, partnering schemes, urban regeneration and traditional funding mechanisms.

Topics being examined this year include;
Sustainable Communities: Decent Homes and Housing PFI
Affordable housing provision in high cost / high demand areas
Social housing schemes and the role of the 4P's
Understanding the changing role of developers and contractors in private finance projects
The role of private finance in regeneration sche
Formulating financial strategy for social housing

Speakers this year include;
Julie Pearce, Private Finance Team Leader Office of the Deputy Prime Minister
Steve Trueman, Executive, 4P's
Jim Coulter, Chief Executive, National Housing Federation
Ashley Blows, Head of Project Finance, Dexia Public Finance
Barry Munday, Chairman, PRP Architects
Steve Amos, Head of Social Housing, Barclays

Conference programme

9:00 Registration and Coffee

9:30 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Brian Taylor

Brian Taylor, Managing Director, BTA Consulting


Julie Pearce

Julie Pearce, Private Finance Team Leader , Office of the Deputy Prime Minister

  • What the sustainable communities action plan means for local communities
  • Decent Homes, Decent Places: The framework for social housing
  • Review of the delivery of the Decent Homes Target
  • Key recommendations: What this means for PFI now and in the future

    Steve Trueman

    Steve Trueman, Executive, 4P's

  • HRA PFI - Schemes to date and the success rate
  • Non HRA PFI - the difference
  • Working with local authorities to develop affordable housing
  • Supporting the local authorities PFI needs
  • Investing in local services and regeneration
  • Future housing initiatives to deliver the UK housing requirements
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee


    Alan Aisbett

    Alan Aisbett, Partner, Pinsent Curtis and Biddle

  • What can be achieved?
  • What are the issues?
  • How are these addressed in the housing Standardisation Guidance and supplement
  • Additional issues which have arisen from the first projects to close
  • 12:00 CASE STUDY

    Jim Coulter

    Jim Coulter, Chief Executive, National Housing Federation

  • Delivering affordable housing and key worker housing cost effectively
  • Understanding the needs for affordable housing in the urban high costs areas
  • Funding the cost of affordable houses in high cost areas
  • The future of the Local Authority Social Housing Grant
  • Using capital receipts to fund building
  • Analysing the associated risks
  • 12:40 Networking Lunch


    Barry Munday

    Barry Munday, Chairman, PRP Architects

  • Additional costs of delivering poor quality work and how this can be avoided
  • Good design to create positive environment
  • Design as a primary evaluation quality
  • Best quality vs lowest cost
  • Offering optimal value for money and demonstrating cost saving ability

    Karl Tupling

    Karl Tupling, Head of Housing Strategy, Sheffield City Council

  • The Manor Estate - From Worst Estate to private homes
  • BURA award winning regen project
  • The Scowerdons estate - Plans for regeneration - Politically sensitive proposals spanning change in political control
  • Shirecliffe Estate - Low value Low demand - Strategy demolition, investment homesteading new build extra care scheme
  • Sale of whole street to developers
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 TRANSFERS

    Peter Chapman

    Peter Chapman, Director, HACAS Chapman Hendy

  • Current transfer trends
  • New local authority strategies
  • The regeneration agenda
  • Community-based initiatives
  • Will the ODPM’s “measures to boast transfers” work in practice?

    Danny Ritchie

    Danny Ritchie, Director, Hillard Ritchie

  • Business Plan (inflation, interest rates, treasury management, costs and revenue projections, grant funding)
  • Competition (other RSLs, councils)
  • Organisational (Management and staff structures)
  • Demand (rent levels, void rates, house types, house condition –investment requirements demolition and new build)
  • Environmental (Contaminated land, warranties and insurance's)
  • Social (Crime, Anti Social Behaviour, Unemployment and Local Facilities)
    Housing benefit (Changes and pressures)
    Scale of transfer (Economies and diseconomies of scale)
    Future RTB
    Commercial property (Leases, compulsory purchase)
    General context (Other factors e.g. prudential borrowing, Almos)
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    9:00 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:30 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Amanda Niccolls

    Amanda Niccolls, Editor, PFI Intelligence Bulletin


    Steve Amos

    Steve Amos, Head of Social Housing Team, Barclays Bank

  • Evaluating the best source of finance for your project
  • What are the important issuers for borrowers
  • How do lenders get comfortable
  • Developing a financial structure to manage and control risks
  • Making best use of property collateral

    David Whipp

    David Whipp, Project Director, Laing Investments

  • The growing trend towards blending public and private sectors in all business spheres
  • Projects most likely to attract private sector investment
  • Working with financiers and the potential for consortiums
  • Delivering the results within set time frames and budgets
  • The developer/contractor’s future role in public private partnerships and PFI
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 FINANCE

    Ashley Blows

    Ashley Blows, Head of Project Finance, Dexia Public Finance

  • The role of the funder in PFI social housing
  • What makes a project bankable
  • What makes social housing different from other PFI's
  • The future of PFI Social housing
  • 12:00 CASE STUDY

    Chris Kelsall

    Chris Kelsall, Project Manager, Warrington Borough Council

  • Using PFI as a tool to regenerate the area
  • The projects needs and requirements
  • Is it effective value for money?
  • The bidding procedure for delivering the project
  • Requirements for the project
  • Why PFI route rather than traditional procurement?
  • 12:40 Networking Lunch


    Andrea Titterington

    Andrea Titterington, Chief Executive, Maritime Housing Association

  • More than housing
  • More than rented housing
  • More than clearance
  • More than masterplans
  • More than grant
  • More than develop and run

    Malcolm Kitchener

    Malcolm Kitchener, Manager, Housing Department, Nationwide

  • Assessing a flexible funding package for RSL's
  • Funding capacity and price based on valuation
  • Rent re-structuring and sustainability
  • New market diversification needs
  • Managing funding strategies and funding volumes
  • Asset and risk management in urban areas
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea


    Ian Graham

    Ian Graham, Partner, Trowers and Hamlins

  • Contract Structure
  • Nature of the PFI vehicle
  • LSVT ALMO and PFI compared
  • Complex issues thrown up by PFI
  • Right to buy
    Subcontracting housing management
  • Tenant and leaseholds rights

    Paul Fiddaman

    Paul Fiddaman, Senior Manager, PricewaterhouseCoopers

  • What is the need for housing option appraisals
  • What should be assess in the appraisal
  • Stock condition and retention
  • Appraisal the available options
  • Housing stock transfer, PFI, Arms length company
  • What the appraisal should deliver
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference


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