Soapbox Debate: Can Garden Cities Solve the Housing Crisis

Date: January 14, 2015

Venue: Paper Dress Vintage, 114 – 116 Curtain Place, London EC2A 3AH

Costs: £4




Nicholas Falk, the co-creator of the winning Wolfson Economic Prize entry and co-director of URBED, will be presenting on behalf of garden cities and Adrian Jones, transport planner/writer/author/professor, will be speaking on how garden cities help fuel the housing crisis.


This debate follows the award of the £250,000 Wolfson Economic Prize  on the topic of “How would you deliver a new Garden City which is visionary, economically viable, and popular”?  David Cameron and Nick Clegg have both been cited as saying garden cities are credible responses to the UK’s housing shortage and many architects and urbanists, notably Richard Rogers, claim that the award is encouraging a proposal that aims to “empty out existing cities and that is a ridiculous idea.” Additionally something in the vicinity of £140M was allocated to the infrastructure of a new planned garden city in Bicester in the Augumn Statement .

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PPC/TPC Conference:  Delivering Social Value through Collaborative Construction – making the money go further


Date: Monday 3 November

Venue: Royal College of Surgeons, 35 – 43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London. WC2A 3PE

Costs: Conference rate : £195 + VAT for ACAmembers

Awards Dinner : £65 + VAT for ACA members

We are delighted to announce the conference speakers for this year’s conference. This year we are mixing up our format to encompass both keynote sessions and also interactive panel sessions. Our venue is the stunning Edward Lumley Hall at the Royal College of Surgeons on the ground floor and our confirmed keynote speakers include Peter Hansford, Government Chief Construction Adviser; Dr Nelson Ogunshakin OBE, Chief Executive ACE and, Richard Harrison, President ACA

Key themes this year include:

• What is social value and why is it important?

• Can social value can be combined with financial savings?

• What does this mean for local government and housing associations?

• Have social benefits been achieved through new procurement models?

• How is added value being generated on the largest prison project in Europe?

• Do social value initiatives fit with BIM and EU procurement?

• What new opportunities can be created for SMEs?

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Breakfast Seminar Successful Project Delivery Models

Date: 18 September 2014

Venue: Alan Baxter Gallery, 75 Cowcross Street, London. EC1M 6EL

Time: 08.00 – 09.30

City Academy, Hackney PPC2000 was the contract of choice used to deliver on time and within budget, one of the most striking academy buildings of the last five years.

This £30m project was completed in August 2009 with a partnering team made up of the City of London Surveyor’s Department, Studio E Architects and Willmott Dixon.

Learn more about the delivery issues facing the team with a tight timetable, tricky site and the issues involved with a conservation area.


Andrzej Kuszell –  Studio E Architects, Partner

Peter Snowdon – Formerly City of London Surveyors Department



Non Members £25.00 + VAT


William Morris Gallery: Discussions with the Architect, Client and Collections Consultants and tour of the new Galleries

Date: 29 July 2014 Venue: Venue:William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park, Forest Road, Walthamstow. E17 4PP Time: 17.00 - 20.00 We are delighted to invite you to the William Morris Gallery on the 29th July. Lorna Lee, Head of Cultural and Community Services, London Borough of Waltham Forest and Karsten Weiss project architect of Pringle Richards Sharratt will discuss the new extension and will also discuss the recent Conservation Management Plan with Collections Consultant Frances Halahan, Halahan Associates. Full event information can be found at:  William Morris Gallery tour and discussion 2014 The event will be followed by the AGM and then a networking buffet.

ACA AGM: July 2014

Date: 29 July 2014 Venue: Venue:William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park, Forest Road, Walthamstow. E17 4PP Time: 6.15 for 6.30pm. Please see news for more information on this event.

BASE London Conference – 26 June 2014, Guildhall, London. PLANNING UPDATE

BASE LONDON ACA ad     BOOK NOW with Steve Quartermain of DCLG and Neil Bennett of Farrells Organised by the London Planning & Development Forum and the Association of Consultant Architects. Event chaired by Brian Waters, chairman of the LP&DF and moderated by Andy Rogers, chairman of the ACA’s Planning Action Group. Steve Quartermain, the Government’s Chief Planning Officer, will report on the progress of current Government planning initiatives and what may be in the pipeline. Neil Bennett will outline the planning proposals in the Farrell Review and report responses and reactions. To obtain your ACA discount go to: BASE LONDON ACA adBASE LONDON ACA ad

Soapbox Debate: Do Politics Work for Or Against Architecture?

Proposer: Nick Raynsford MP vs Max Farrell Date: to be confirmed More details to be confirmed nearer the event

ACA Visit to Royal Academy: Sensing Spaces

Date: Friday 28th March, 2014 The ACA will be visiting the RA Sensing Spaces exhibition on Friday 28th March at 7pm. If you would like to join our group, please get in touch.

November 25th, 2013: ACAPAG Planning Update Seminar

Topics covered included: Revised 1APP and appeal procedures: Red Tape Challenge; Changes to CIL: implemented and proposed; Neighbourhood Planning: emerging Forums; The NPPF and its new technical/ policy advice; CIL, viability and the future of section 106; Pre-app. fees/ validation/ information requests; Permitted Development: an ongoing review; Assets of Community Value and Listed Buildings; The end of Regional Spatial Strategies?

October 24th, 2013: ACA Talk: Are Architects ready for a Low Carbon Industry?

Venue: Hoare Lea Ofices, Kings Cross, London  Paddy Conaghan, consultant and former director of Hoare Lea, Gave a very engaging talk which turned out not to have a great deal to do with the low carbon issue. The main thrust of Paddy’s talk was the changing role and status of the architect over the last 50 years or so. With a quite telling analysis, had a set out to convince us that we need to look very carefully at architectural education if we are to survive as a viable profession in the 21st-century. Is talk that led to lively debate and added to our continuing attempts to chart a course for the architectural profession. Those who attended the talk valued the opportunity to hear the views of a voice from outside the architectural profession but one who had great sympathy for our cause.

October 7th and 8th, 2013: PPC/TPC Annual Conference and Innovation in Partnering Awards 2013

Venue: Savill Court Hotel and Spa, Great Windsor Park, Surrey The title and theme of this conference was ‘Stimulating Recovery: Combining Savings with Added Value’ The conference Keynote Speaker was Peter Hansford, Chief Construction Adviser and there were many valuable and stimulating talks and workshops as ever, including contributions from Andrew Butt of the Cabinet Office and partnering Godfather David Mosey.

January 9th, 2013: ACA Spoapbox: The RIBA Plan of Work: if it ain’t broke why fix it?

Venue: The Duchess of Cambridge, 320 Goldhawk Road, London W6 0XF Speaking for the new RIBA plan of work – Dale Sinclair BArch MArch RIBA RIAS, Director of Dyer Speaking against the new RIBA Plan of Work – Alfred Munkenbeck RIBA ACArch, Partner of Munkenbeck + Partners The RIBA Plan of Work has become a recognised and respected road map for design, procurement and construction, both in the UK and abroad and with all its peculiarities has provided a model defining how architects should operate for generations. It has evolved subtly over the years, and the RIBA is now replacing its hallowed alphabetical stages with new numerical ones that are supposed to support the new government initiative of BIM and make the multiplicity of other service providers feel equally warm and wanted. A very livey debate took place at his ACA Soapbox over mulled cider. Dale Sinclair, who has been instrumental in the development of the new Plan of Work, defended the RIBA’s proposal. On the other hand, Alfred Munkenbeck, a highly respected practising architect who is passionate about his art,  eloquently promoted the motion explaining his concerns about the loss of crucial work stages.

December 6th, 2012: ACA Planning Seminar: Planning, localism and Pickles

Venue: Alan Baxter Gallery 75 Cowcross Street, London. EC1M 6EL The highly successful ACAPAG seminars returned with an essential update focussing on topical issues including Localism and CIL, Neighbourhood Planning, NPPF and PPG/PPS and CIL. Developments in Use Classes were reviewed and discussion took place on the upgrading of 1APP and other online changes including Listed Building Consents and self certification. The session included comments on and discussion of Eric Pickles’ plans to free up permitted development.

November 1st, 2012: President’s Reception and ACA Members Private View: Gerald Stamp “Spirits in Stone”

Venue: Menier Gallery, 51 Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU A very enjoyable evening for ACA members and guests included an excellent talk by Gerald Stamp about cathedrals and churches in English art. Steps to the Chapter House, Wells

June 19th and July 12th, 2012: Breakfast ‘kickstart’ PPC2000 and TPC2005 training seminars

Venue: Alan Baxter Gallery 75 Cowcross Street, London. EC1M 6EL These seminars offered the opportunity to learn from the author why PPC2000, TPC2005 and the other documents in the ACA Suite of Partnering Contracts have been adopted as part of the new Government Procurement Strategy. The seminars were offered as bite sized training sessions.

April 16th, 2012: ACA Talk and Debate: The Role of the Architect

Venue: Alan Baxter Gallery 75 Cowcross Street, London. EC1M 6EL Brian Waters gave an eloquent and challenging view of the architect’s role, asking what is the role of the Architect in today’s challenging climate? Do Architects provide a professional service? Do Architects command the respect and ear of their clients or are they just subcontractors carrying out a task for payment? Should Architects seek to regain control from planning consultants, project managers and builders? Is BIM the vehicle of opportunity for Architects to take the lead at the design stage? Brian’s thesis was debated with an invited panel of construction professionals, including John Assael, Director, Assael Architecture Ltd, Amanda Bailieu, Editor, BD, Angela Brady, President, RIBA, Beatrice Fraenkel, ARB, Andy von Bradsky, Director, PRP Architects. Terry Brown, ACA President, chaired the debate.

February 14th, 2012: ACAPAG Planning Update: Planning and Localism – A Love-in for St Valentines Day

Venue: Alan Baxter Gallery 75 Cowcross Street, London. EC1M 6EL This ACAPAG seminar aimed to demystify Planning and Localism and dealing with issues raised by the Localism Act, Neighbourhood Planning and the New Homes Bonus. Other essential topics discussed included the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and developments regarding PPG/PPS, Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and Section 106 Agreements, Use Classes and other topical areas of concern for architects and planners.

January 31st, 2012: ACA Talk by Paul Morrell, Integration: Abdication or Adaptation?

Venue: Alan Baxter Gallery 75 Cowcross Street, London. EC1M 6EL Paul set out his proposition as follows: It is a well-worn argument that no industry separates the conception, design, manufacture and operation of its product in so structural a way as construction. The consequence is a series of fractures in the way that value should be pulled through the process, with design too often under-informed by the practicalities of construction and by the intended use of the asset over its life. That much is reasonably common ground; but whenever change is proposed in the way the industry goes about its business, it is perceived as a power struggle – and the response is motivated more by an attack/defence of the status quo (with the accent on status) than by a genuine consideration of the long-term interests of the industry’s customers. Architects are at the heart of this, and the choices they make, as a profession, a  business or an individual, will define their future and the shape of the industry for years to come. So, is integration a mortal threat to the influence of the architect, or an opportunity to adapt to thrive?  Paul Morrell’s talk was debated by a panel including Dr David Mosey, Professor Will Hughes, Alan Eyre, Alan Baxter, Amanda Baillieu, Brian Waters, Trevor Sutters and Alison Coutinho. The debate was chaired by ACA President, Terry Brown.

November 30th, 2011: ACA Soapbox : PLAN/NON-PLAN: The Dilemma of Development Control

Venue: The Duchess of Cambridge, 320 Goldhawk Road, Ravenscourt Park, London W6 0XF The first of the ACA informal evenings of debate and beer tasting at the Duchess of Cambridge. ACA hosted a planning debate on the issues relating to the new NPPF which some see as opening the doors to planning mayhem and others think do not go far enough. The speakers were: ‘FOR PLAN’: Mr David Warden MSc MRTPI, Chartered Town Planner, Principal Planner London Borough of Enfield, Director DGW Planning. ‘AGAINST PLAN’: Mr Alfred Munkenbeck, RIBA, ARB,  Principal of Munkenbeck and Partners and ACA Council member.  

October 10th and 11th, 2011: PPC/TPC Annual Conference

Venue: Tortworth Four Pillars Hotel, Bristol The annual conference staged by the PPC User Group included a host of talks  and workshops all of which went to show the great enthusiasm and commitment of partnering devotees.

June 7th, 2011: Setting up and Sustaining a Practice: Practice Essentials

This seminar aimed to set out the essentials of running a practice from a variety of speakers discussing topics including bookkeeping and VAT basics; Insurance essentials; Marketing and social media