RICS North West CPD Day

Organiser: RICS
Location: The Cottons Hotel, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 0SU

We are delighted to bring you the ultimate in flexible CPD – 18 great sessions on one site all on the same day. Its a simple, efficient, effective way of keeping your professional knowledge up to date

Event Overview

RICS CPD Days are a vital update event for all chartered surveyors, providing cutting edge knowledge on the latest 'hot topics' in land, property, construction and the environment. We've brought together experts on a wide range of subjects and arranged 18 sessions in one day all at one venue.

If you have time, you can choose to attend the key note address and all six sessions – a total of five and a half hours for your CPD diary – or just one or two if you haven't. The day begins with a keynote address from a guest speaker and refreshments are included and lunch for those attending the full day.



Key Note Address

  • The UK Economic and Financial Outlook
    John Young, Bank of England
    This presentation will cover the outlook for the economic growth and inflation. Including recent developments in housing, commercial property (excluding forecasts) and bank lending.

Session 1

  • Construction & Contract Law Update
    Rob Langley, Muckle LLP
    Rob will present an up to date report on all the major changes in case law of the last twelve months. He will cover contracts, professional duties, letters of intent and indemnities focussing on relevant and practical comment.
  • Commercial Landlord & Tenant Update
    Jeremy Steel & Alan Walker, Cobbetts
    This session will look at a number of topical areas. Including; 'The position of former tenants as guarantors : Good Harvest Partnership LLP -v- Centaur Services Ltd (2010)' and 'Exercising break options : The Hotgroup plc -v- The Royal Bank of Scotland plc (2010) and exstone Holdings Ltd -v- AHC Westlink Ltd (2010)'.
  • Environmental Regulations and Practice Update
    Tim Elliott, Elliott Environmental Surveyors Ltd
    Exploring recent and forthcoming developments in environmental practice and regulations and where there are opportunities for surveyors to be involved in giving added value advice. Surveyors should be at the cutting edge of environmental practice because they are close to the strategic property decisions of their clients.

Session 2

  • Restoring your past…..preserving your future
    Mark Pearson, Quadriga Concepts Ltd
    Recently, we have experienced an awakening in a need for
    conservation of our heritage. This presentation illustrates how traditional and contemporary repair solutions, can be used in conservation, restoration, preservation and repair of buildings.
  • Conflicts of Interest in Dispute Resolution
    Martin Burns, RICS Dispute Resolution Service Martin Burns provides answers to age old questions about what is a conflict of interest, and how the need for both expertise and impartiality can be reconciled.
  • Trees and Structural Damage
    Jeremy Barrell, Barrell Tree Consultancy
    Trees can cause serious damage to structures, but such occurrences are rare and often the risks are exaggerated. This presentation will explain what property managers can do to minimise their liability.

Session 3

  • Handmade Bricks – manufacturing tradition in a modern environment
    Mark Laksevics, York Handmade Bricks
    To provide you with an insight into the historical and modern processes of the manufacture of genuine handmade bricks and special shapes in the UK. This session covers technical and aesthetic aspects of handmade bricks.
  • Sustainability of the Property Life Cycle
    Martin Russell-Croucher, RICS Sustainability and Special Projects
    The impact of sustainability on RICS and the surveying profession, existing and forthcoming research, RICS and government policy initiatives and current guidance and information papers.
  • Asbestos Update on HSG 264
    Stephen Crowther, RP&P Management Ltd and Richard Symonds RP&P Asbestos Services Ltd
    The presentation will focus on the changes in the procurement and undertaking of asbestos surveys together with the ongoing management of asbestos containing materials following the introduction of HSG 264 on 29 January 2010.

Session 4

  • Dispute Avoidance and Conflict Management in Construction
    Martin Burns, RICS Dispute Resolution Service
    Martin Burns explains the principles and mechanics of conflict avoidance and management mechanisms, including some which have been used on 2012 Olympic projects. He explores the growth in Dispute Boards and involvement of chartered surveyors in delivering dispute avoidance services.
  • Rating Update
    Chris Royle, The Valuation Office Agency
    Covering the new single Valuation Tribunals for England and Wales; a walkthrough of the new Valuation Tribunal for England Practice Directions; how will the programming of rating proposals work for the 2010 Revaluation?; Adjusting and analysing rents – the difficulties of
    headline rents and recent decisions of the Lands Tribunal.
  • Trees and Planning
    Jeremy Barrell, Barrell Tree Consultancy
    As the benefits of trees are becoming better understood, their presence can significantly affect the value of land in a planning context. This presentation will review the constraints that trees can impose on development.

Session 5

  • Fire Risk Assessment
    Martin Conlon, Assent Building Control
    To provide property stewards and other interested parties with detailed information about the revision of the requirement to manage
    fire-risk in non-domestic premises contained in The Regulatory Reform
    (Fire Safety Order) 2005.
  • A CRC Case Study
    Pete Duffield, Integrated fm
    A case study of an organisations journey in the CRC scheme. The scheme, the challenges along the way and how software was used
    to control the process.
  • The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 – Just a paper exercise?
    Tom Kibblewhite, Watts Group PLC
    The presentation will refresh and develop your understanding of this area; it offers practical suggestions allowing you to provide sound
    professional advice to your clients.

Session 6

  • Steel Construction – Competent and Professional
    Walter Swann, The British Constructional Steelwork Association Ltd
    This presentation will report on the £1m research project undertaken by the steel industry – Target Zero – to deliver on the Government's target of zero carbon buildings by 2016. Including the latest progress being made to deliver steel frameworks compliant with the construction Products Directive, and the latest health and safety information available to CDM co-ordinators.
  • Reducing Operation Property costs in Business
    Helen Reed, Profit and Process Consultancy Ltd
    Cost control in the current climate is top of everyone's agenda. This session covers legislative, contractual and accounting reasons for unnecessary/excessive expenditure within the property cost centres of business.
  • Renewable Energy options for Low and Zero Carbon Housing
    John Leeson, SLR Consulting
    The presentation will describe the projected energy requirements for a low/ zero carbon house and will describe the full range of potential renewable and low energy sources that developers should consider in order to meet Code for Sustainable Homes targets. This will be informed by up to date energy options appraisals that SLR is conducting in respect of large strategic development locations.


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