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15 & 16 May 2024

15 May

Reviving neighborhoods: Designing and delivering spaces that contribute to the community

In an era where community wellbeing is paramount, this webinar explores the essential elements of creating spaces that not only serve their primary functions but actively contribute to the prosperity and vitality of the communities they inhabit.

The session will delve into how re-engaging high streets, the creation of communal greenspaces and the optimisation of publicly accessible buildings can improve the lives of who those who use them

Key highlights:

Community-centric design: Learn about the principles of community-centric design that go beyond aesthetics, focusing on functionality and inclusivity to ensure that public spaces cater to the diverse needs and aspirations of the people they serve.

Engaging stakeholders: Understand the importance of engaging community members, local businesses, and other stakeholders in the design and development process. Explore successful strategies for fostering collaboration and ensuring the genuine representation of community voices.

Sustainable urban planning: Delve into sustainable urban planning practices that prioritise environmental stewardship, resource efficiency, and the creation of resilient and livable spaces. Discover how thoughtful planning can positively impact both the environment and the well-being of residents.

Innovative public spaces: Explore case studies of innovative public spaces around the world that have successfully revitalised communities. From urban parks and recreational areas to mixed-use developments, uncover the strategies behind their success.

Economic empowerment: Examine how community-focused developments can stimulate economic growth and empower local businesses. Discover ways in which strategic planning and design can contribute to job creation, entrepreneurship, and overall economic upliftment.

Social impact metrics: Learn about measuring the social impact of community revitalisation projects. Understand the importance of establishing key performance indicators to assess the success of initiatives and ensure sustained positive outcomes.

Chair: Ben Flatman
Architectural editor
Assemble Media Group
Gavin Hale-Brown
Henley Halebrown
Lucille Watkins-Brazier
Head of social impact, Europe

How do we deliver social value through the housing sector?

The pivotal role the housing industry plays in shaping the well-being and resilience of people and communities. It is therefore important that those designing, developing and delivering new homes is considering the wider impact they can have through the projects.

In this session, we delve into strategies, innovations, and best practices aimed at maximising the delivery of social value through housing projects.

Key points for discussion include:

Community-centric housing: Uncover approaches to design and develop housing projects that go beyond mere structures, placing a strong emphasis on community wellbeing, inclusivity, and fostering a sense of belonging.

Affordable housing solutions: Explore innovative models and strategies for delivering affordable housing without compromising on quality, ensuring that diverse socio-economic groups have access to secure and comfortable living environments.

Social impact metrics: Understand how to measure the social value created by housing initiatives, incorporating metrics that assess economic empowerment, improved living conditions, and enhanced community connections.

Collaborative stakeholder engagement: Explore the importance of engaging stakeholders, including local communities, governmental bodies, and private enterprises, to ensure that housing projects are aligned with the needs and aspirations of the people they serve.

Ethical considerations in housing delivery: Discuss the ethical considerations associated with housing development, emphasising fair housing practices, equitable access, and culturally sensitive approaches that prioritise the wellbeing of diverse communities.

Chair: Carl Brown
Head of content
Assemble Media Group
Matthew Corbertt
L&Q Foundation

16 May

Material matters: Navigating the human impact of materials in construction

We spend 90% of our time indoors and yet many have little understanding of how the material specifications in our environments are impacting our health and wellbeing. The link between the spaces we occupy and human health is crucial, from the healing power of nature and the need for natural light to the impact specification has on the air we breathe. 

This session will look to explore the compelling call for human-centred design, hearing from experts in the industry as they share research and case studies that exemplify unrivalled inclusivity and put humans back at the heart of design.

With mould still making UK headlines, there is no doubt that the products, systems and materials we specify have the most significant impact when creating healthy homes. This webinar is a unique opportunity to hear from industry leaders who are actively shaping the discourse on health-centric design and construction.

The panel will look to explore the following aspects: 

  • How the design of our built environment and material choices impact human health, wellbeing and safety
  • Why it’s crucial to shift towards human-centric design principles and how this approach fosters inclusivity 
  • The role of nature in design and construction and its impact on human wellbeing
  • Interior specification choices and the implications on indoor air quality
Chair: Hollie Tye
Specification Editor
Assemble Media Group
Rachel Basha-Franklin
Founder and Principal Director
Paul Bulkeley
Design director
Snug Architects

Building impact: Measuring social value and crafting enduring legacies in construction projects

At a time when construction firms are increasingly being judged, both through procurement and delivery, for the role they play in shaping communities, it is now more important than ever that social value impacts are measurable and long lasting.

This session aims to explore the essential strategies and methodologies for effectively measuring social value and leaving a lasting legacy from built environment projects.

Key discussion points include:

Strategic social impact metrics in construction: Explore specialised metrics and methodologies tailored for construction projects that go beyond traditional measures. Understand how to quantify and qualify the social impact of construction initiatives, ensuring a comprehensive evaluation.

Community-centric construction practices: Learn how to align construction objectives with the needs and aspirations of local communities. Discover strategies to engage stakeholders, foster inclusivity, and build projects that contribute meaningfully to the social fabric of the areas they serve.

Sustainable construction legacies: Uncover the principles of sustainable construction that extend beyond the physical structures. Explore how thoughtful planning, resource management, and community engagement can contribute to a construction legacy that stands as a testament to long-term positive change.

Stakeholder collaboration in construction: Delve into effective stakeholder engagement strategies within the construction context. Understand how collaborative partnerships with local communities, businesses, and authorities can enhance the social value of construction projects and create a collective force for transformative impact.

Approaches to measuring social value: Explore an array of methodologies, including quantitative metrics such as economic contributions and infrastructure enhancements with qualitative assessments to provide a comprehensive understanding of the broader societal impact and transformative effects of projects.

Chair: Jordan Marshall
Special projects editor
Assemble Media Group
Mark Rintoul
Senior Associate
Gill Roberts
Senior Social Value Manager
Morgan Sindall