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Soft Landings Conference 2020: Culture Change to combat Climate Change

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This year’s Soft Landings conference will take place at the London South Bank University (LSBU) on 25th June. The conference will concentrate on how the Soft Landings approach can help the construction industry to deliver better and more sustainable buildings that are needed to respond to the Climate Change challenge.

      • 25 June 2020 - 9:00am1 day
      • 1st delegate: £125.00 (£100.00 for Members)Subsequent delegates: £100.00 (£75.00 for Members)
      • London South Bank University, Keyworth Centre, London SE1 6NG
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Early bird places are limited and will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Secure your place with early bird prices ending on 31st March 2020 with a saving of £50. 

Last year, the UK became the first major economy in the world to pass laws to end its contribution to global warming by 2050. The target will require the UK to bring its greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. As more than a quarter of total UK greenhouse gas emissions is generated by buildings, sustainable buildings must therefore deliver on the challenge. It is not an easy task and only by improving the quality, performance and functionality of buildings will the construction industry be able to play a vital part in the strategy to deliver net zero by 2050.

Soft Landings is a building delivery process. It has at its core a “golden thread” of data that runs through the project, from inception to completion and beyond, ensuring that all decisions made during the project are based on improving operational performance of the building and fulfilling the end users’ needs. The chair of last year’s Soft Landings conference, Stuart Thompson, emphasised that Soft Landings enables the industry to close the quality and performance gap that is much too common today.

Born as an idea about how better-defined activities can help obtain optimum performance from a building through an integrated design/construct/operate approach, the Soft Landings Core Principles and the Soft Landings Framework were developed for all stakeholders of a project to employ. 

The Framework celebrated its 10th anniversary last year. Summarising some of its greatest achievements:

“Soft Landings provides an industry standard and creates a platform for the use of common language across the whole delivery chain of buildings, from architects through construction right down to FM” said Iain Trent from Landsec, the company that started to use the framework a few years ago. Iain also emphasised that Soft Landings could help deliver green buildings and would be crucial in delivering buildings to the expectations of the new generation.

The Soft Landings conference brings together clients and construction professionals to discuss:

  • Why organisations should adopt Soft Landings 
  • How Soft Landings can deliver better and more sustainable buildings
  • How Soft Landings works in practice
  • What the barriers to a wider adoption of Soft Landings are
  • How collaboration increases among the project teams through Soft Landings

This year’s conference is focused on the importance of energy and environmental targets as success criteria from both the operational and the climate change challenge perspective.

The 2020 conference will feature a range of practical examples to show how projects benefited from Soft Landings and how to integrate the framework within the wider team. You will hear the building owners’ perspective as well as case studies from project delivery teams.

Every year, the event gathers a wide range of construction industry stakeholders and provides a great opportunity for networking.  The event will feature top range presentations but there will also be plenty of time allocated to Q&A as well as to informal discussions during the break times. 

If you are a client, an architect, designer, engineer, facilities manager or project manager, you will get benefit from the event by learning more about Soft Landings, its practical use and how it can support you in delivering more sustainable, climate change proof and user beneficial buildings.  We encourage you to book it now!

BSRIA would also like to thank London South Bank University for supporting Soft Landings by sponsoring the venue of this year’s conference. 

Morning session




Welcome: Colin Goodwin, BSRIA and Issa Chaer, LSBU


Introduction (Chair): Stephen Ward, AECOM


Keynote speaker: TBC- Foster + Partners


Soft Landings from an owner-occupier perspective: Barry Morton, University of Glasgow


How do you know if your building is performing if you’re not checking?  Christian Dimbleby, Architype


Coffee/tea break


Project team culture and Soft Landings lessons: Richard Harper, Hoare Lea


Energy performance targeting and monitoring with a Soft Landings approach: Alasdair Donn, Willmott Dixon


Panel Q&A chaired by Stephen Ward


Lunch and Networking 

Afternoon session


How to create a collaborative environment for project teams: Tim Whitehill, Project Five Consulting


Building performance in a climate emergency: Hard learning from Soft Landings - Carrie Behar, Useful Simple Trust


Soft Landings for small projects: Challenges and barriers: Rupert Perkins


Panel Q&A chaired by Stephen Ward


Soft Landings News: Michelle Agha-Hossein 


Summary: Colin Goodwin, BSRIA



Soft Landings Network

Network with industry peers and be at the forefront of Soft Landings implementation

Soft Landings guides

Soft Landings guides including Framework and Core Principles (free download for BSRIA Members)

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