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Capita Enters Ecobuild Debate

3rd March 2014

Richard McCarthy, executive director for central government and housing, Capita, will be speaking at this week’s Ecobuild conference.

Richard will be taking part in a debate titled Better homes for less – can custom build, crowd-funding and mutual home ownership solve the housing crisis? which will be hosted by news presenter Naga Munchetty and includes speakers such as Kevin McCloud, Channel 4 presenter, writer, designer and founder of Hab Housing, and Kathryn Adedeji, head of housing investment and development, Thurrock Council.

The session takes place at 13.30 on Wednesday. For full details see below.

Capita’s land planning director, Martin Kelly, will also be taking part in the conference. Martin will be taking part in a debate entitled ‘Delivering integrated, resilient green and grey infrastructure - strategies for success’.

The session takes place at 16.30 on Wednesday. For full details see below.

Richard McCarthy
Date:
   Wednesday 5 March 2014
Time:  13.30 – 14.30
Title: Better homes for less – can custom build, crowd-funding and mutual home ownership solve the housing crisis?

Synopsis: Since the government’s Help to Buy scheme was launched last year house prices, which were already unaffordable for most have risen even further. Those able to afford to buy are generally faced with a choice between a leaky second hand or identikit new home. This housing crisis has prompted alternative forms of funding and delivery. Custom and self build housing combined with alternative financing methods including crowd funding and mutual home ownership can bring home ownership within the reach of people on low incomes. Close involvement with the design and build process also means homes are better designed and more sustainable. The government is backing custom build with a £30m fund and housebuilder HAB is using crowd funding to finance its custom built schemes. Does this mark the beginning of a new housing revolution?

Speakers: 

  • Naga Munchetty, News Presenter (host)
  • Kevin McCloud, Channel 4 presenter, writer, designer and founder of Hab Housing
  • Kathryn Adedeji, head of housing investment & development, Thurrock Council
  • Dr Paul Chatterton, reader in cities and social change, school of geography, University of Leeds
  • Richard McCarthy, executive director, central government and housing, Capita

 

Martin Kelly
Date:
   Wednesday 5 March 2014
Time:  16.30 – 18.00
Title: Delivering integrated, resilient green and grey infrastructure - strategies for success

Synopsis: Most people only think about infrastructure when it fails. This ranges from the mild inconvenience of being stuck on a train, loss of business because of power cuts to the misery of flooding. On a positive note infrastructure is much more effective when integrated with other forms of service. Conventional infrastructure should also be integrated with green infrastructure to make using roads and railways more pleasant and in some instances replacing it with a green walk for example; green infrastructure can also make a positive contribution to storm water management, air quality and urban cooling. This session looks at strategies for successfully delivering resilient, integrated green and grey infrastructure.

Speakers: 

  • Chris Rogers, Professor of Geotechnical Engineering, University of Birmingham
  • Tom Butterworth, Natural England
  • Martin Kelly, Capita and Chair, Trees and Design Action Group
  • Jon Sadler, Professor of Biogeography, University of Birmingham

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