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Day 1November 30, 2021
8:30 am - 9:10 am
Registration, Breakfast and Networking
9:10 am - 9:20 am
Chair’s Opening Remarks


Chris Moriarty
Director of Insight
Institute of Workplace & Facilities Management
9:20 am - 9:55 am
In Conversation Keynote Session– Transforming the Public Estate for a Greener and Smarter Future
  • Reflections on the last 18 months and looking ahead at how recovery plans are going and what shape the public estate will be like
  • Transforming the government estate to meet net zero and sustainability targets, and contributing to the UK’s net zero 2050 target
  • Using technology to make better decisions, construct better projects, and achieve better outcomes
  • How are estates teams driving modernisation, supporting more sustainable places and highlighting the environmental improvements across the Civil Service.
  • Fulfilling our mission to continue to create great places to work for civil servants to enable them to deliver excellent public services


Dr Janet Young
Government Chief Property Officer
Office for Government Property
Steven Boyd
Chief Executive Officer
Government Property Agency
9:55 am - 10:30 am
Panel Discussion: Building back better and greener – Decarbonising the £500bn public estate

While the built environment is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and environmental impact, that also means there is huge potential for the changes we make to be a force for good – building back better and greener.

With the government being clear that tackling climate change is a top priority this panel will discuss and debate how the UK public estate will play a significant role in the country’s journey towards net zero and enhancing the sustainability of our built environment.

Areas for discussion:

  • Retrofitting and decarbonising existing buildings.
  • Meeting net zero and balancing that with the overall asset management strategy
  • The importance of the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme to drive down emissions from public buildings such as schools, hospitals and council buildings.
  • Modern Energy Partners programme with Energy Systems Catapult – establishing new pathways to retrofitting and decarbonising parts of the public estate, making it easier for others to adopt similar measures.
  • How do we adopt sustainable construction principles and to design, build and buy properties which are sustainable, durable and easy to maintain.
  • Discuss what support and products are around aimed at supporting retrofit and new build activities to help drive progress to net zero across the public estate.


Senior Representative
UK Green Building Council
Stuart Burrows
Programme Director, Sustainability & Asset Performance
Office of Government Property
Katherine Wright
Deputy Director, Public Sector and Local Energy
Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
10:30 am - 10:50 am
Platinum Sponsor Session
10:50 am - 11:20 am
Morning Break, Networking & Exhibition
11:20 am - 11:40 am
How a data driven future is set to drive better decisions
  • The role of data in creating more effective estates.
  • The growing need to combine traditional property data with people metrics
  • Smarter property planning and design through virtual and augmented reality technologies
  • How real-time analytics can amplify estate teams’ impact
  • Using digital technology to increase control to end user experiences
11:20 am - 11:40 am
Case Study – Rethinking the Workplace: Creating accessible and inclusive environments
  • Transforming buildings into collaborative work environments designed for any organisation to flourish in
  • The road to “Inclusive Environments Recognition” by the Construction Industry Council (CIC) – Creating accessible and inclusive environments.
  • Using new technology to manage the entire estate, optimise the use of space and reduce costs
  • Incorporating technology into all offices in order to increase collaboration, motivation and create a great place to work
  • Using Smart internet of things (IoT)-based technology for systems to interact with each other.


Stuart Horne
User Experience and Design
11:40 am - 12:00 pm
Gold Sponsor Session
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Thought Leadership Sessions
  • Using strategic asset management to optimise the estate.
  • Delivering efficiencies in asset planning and operations
  • The role of hydrogen in carbon capture, usage and storage capabilities, and decarbonising energy-intensive facilities
  • Delivering innovative-fit properties for a net carbon future
  • Taking Stock – Asset Management in Times of Crisis
  • Efficiency in your Estates
  • Using Smart internet of things (IoT)-based technology for systems to interact with each other
  • Office Redesign in a post-COVID workplace
  • Planning for the digital workplace, today: Practical steps for your project and programmes
  • Using new technology to manage the entire estate, optimise the use of space and reduce costs
  • Using digital data to produce better building performance.
  • Smarter property planning and design through virtual and augmented reality technologies
12:45 pm - 1:40 pm
Lunch and Networking
1:40 pm - 2:10 pm
Thought Leadership Sessions
2:10 pm - 2:45 pm
Local Authority Panel Discussion: Approaches to low-energy housing and retrofitting – how can we ensure we deliver innovative-fit properties for a net carbon future?

In this discussion we will discuss:

  • The innovative approaches to low-energy housing and retrofitting from the experience of different local authorities.
  • Design approaches to develop a low carbon housing
  • Practical learning and successful case studies from across the UK.
  • The role of innovation and delivering innovation- fit properties
  • Learn from local examples of successful innovations from across the UK
  • How can we collaborate in achieving better outcomes together?


Dr David Glew
Head of Energy Efficiency
Leeds Sustainability Institute (LSI)
2:10 pm - 2:45 pm
Panel Discussion – Government Property Procurement, Disposals and Estate Rationalisation

In this session delegates will hear from leaders across various government departments about future approaches to procuring work, disposing of sites and modernising existing estate.


Lara Newman
Chief Executive
2:10 pm - 2:45 pm
Panel Discussion: Smarter Working in Modern Civil Service
  • Discussing and debate how the role of the office has changed as a result of Covid-19 and the impact on the future of the office
  • Outlining how employers can support their employees to return to the office safely
  • Assessing how estates and facilities can be adapted to support these new ways of working
  • Evaluating how employers can rethink design and space strategies to facilitate the mixed team of the future
  • How do we run our offices post COVID-19? The use of occupancy management
  • Using data and technology to ensure your workplace and office is designed and fit for the return to the office
2:45 pm - 3:05 pm
Stream Sponsor Session
2:45 pm - 3:05 pm
Unlocking surplus land for housing and regeneration through the One Public Estate Programme?
  • How can the Land Release Fund best support local authorities to release land at pace for housebuilding purposes?
  • What should local government do as place-leaders to shape housing opportunities in their area?
  • And how should central government departments consider their estate needs to best support local renewal, with an eye to place and market dynamics?
3:05 pm - 3:25 pm
Case Study: Building back a safer and greener prison system
  • Prisons going green – Delivering all jails to be ‘net zero’ in future
  • New Innovation Designs – Stopping 280,000 tonnes of CO2 and cut energy demand by half
  • Savings of £100m expected cut in energy costs
  • The use of heat pumps, efficient lighting systems and thousands of solar panels, to reduce energy demand by half and cut carbon emissions by at least 85% compared to prisons already under construction
  • Using new green technologies and modern methods of construction to ensure our prisons cut carbon emissions as well as reoffending.
  • Using an all-electric design that eliminates the need for gas boilers, meaning they will produce net-zero emissions when the National Grid decarbonises


Suky Atwal
Director of Prison Infrastructure
Ministry of Justice
3:05 pm - 3:25 pm
Local government Case Study

Session TBC

3:50 pm - 4:10 pm
Case Study – The journey to embedding sustainability in the Department for Work & Pensions estate

DWP is one of the largest government departments and accounts for 20% of the government estate.  In this case study session we will explore and hear about their journey and how they are taking action with regards to sustainability against the government’s green commitments and continuing expansion of their property portfolio.

3:50 pm - 4:10 pm
Driving Growth across the UK and Addressing the Regional Imbalance – Redistributing the civil service
  • Creating hubs in order to boost local growth, increase social mobility and make the civil service more reflective of communities across the country
  • Relocating up to a thousand public sector posts and clustering around skills and job role to all of the nations and regions of the UK by 2022
  • Employing smart working practices and considering the needs of the employees in order to minimise the disruption associated with relocation and create an estate that works for everyone
  • Creating new, multi-departmental office spaces allows civil servants to develop their careers in a single location
3:50 pm - 4:10 pm
Procuring sustainable technologies that drive transformation in the government estate

Procuring sustainable technologies that drive transformation – CCS procurement frameworks have long been providing a trusted and value for money purchasing platform used extensively throughout the public sector. In this session we will explore how access to sustainable technology providers can help organisations deliver on their zero carbon commitments

4:10 pm - 4:30 pm
Delivering Sustainable Places through Good Design and Good Place Making
  • The National Model Design Codes – Shaping England’s three-dimensional character and appearance and influence the way towns and cities will look like.
  • How good design and good place making contribute to a sustainable future and contribute to zero carbon agenda
  • Moving towards buildings that are renewable
  • Work collaboratively to the shift towards zero carbon in the construction industry.
4:10 pm - 4:30 pm
Local Government Case Study: Co-locating Public Services, Delivering New Communities – Brownfield Land Release Fund
  • Co-locating Public Services to Consolidate Estates
  • Release Land & Transforming Council-Owned Brownfield Sites
  • Using public assets to drive innovative delivery, through support, bespoke delivery models, high-quality design and modern methods of construction
4:10 pm - 4:30 pm
Case Study: Rationalising NHS office space to co-locate services and deliver savings – West Offices, York
  • Rationalising the NHS office portfolio, providing right sized and fit for purpose office facilities for our occupiers.
  • Enabling greater collaboration between NHSE&I, the CCG and the local authority teams
  • Supporting smarter working, with flexible spaces spanning break out areas, meeting pods, phone booths and informal meeting/collaboration spaces.
  • Consolidating services within one location – saving the NHS £620,000, and wider public sector savings of £1 million
4:30 pm
Close of Conference