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Line up of leading housing innovators to speak at Bristol Housing Festival conference 


News release 26th September 2019.

High profile housing innovators are set to speak at a Bristol Housing Festival conference on inclusive housing growth next month.

The industry conference, ‘Enabling Housing Innovation for Inclusive Growth’, will feature industry experts who are involved with innovative and inclusive housing projects. The line-up includes:

  • Nick Walkley, Chief Executive, Homes England

  • Jonas Spangenberg, CEO, BoKlok (the joint housing venture from IKEA and Skanska)

  • Mark Farmer, Founding Director and CEO, Cast, and author of the Farmer Review

  • Craig Liddell, Partnerships Director, Ilke Homes

  • Zoe Metcalfe, Director, Arup

  • Frazer Osment, Director, LDA Design

  • Nick Towe, Director, Metro Homes, and

  • Cllr Paul Smith at Bristol City Council.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, and Tim Bowles, Mayor of the West of England, will also speak.

The event, on 22nd October at We The Curious in Bristol, will cover timely topics such as people-centred development as well taking a practical approach to learning with case studies on new modular housing solutions.

Jez Sweetland, the festival’s project director who will also speak, said: “We have a fantastic line up of speakers for this conference who are actively engaged in the challenge of enabling housing innovation in the UK for inclusive growth. They are local and national representatives in the housing arena.”

The conference is one of several events running over a Bristol Housing Festival showcase fortnight that runs from Monday 21st October to Sunday 3rd November. The showcase is designed to include events for anyone interested in housing.

The festival is celebrating its first year’s achievements, a year on from its launch. The festival runs over five years and is working with multiple stakeholders to deliver housing across the city on sites made available by Bristol City Council. 

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