BRE Cities Convention

Digital technologies can help rural economies, towns and cities deliver services more cost effectively, improving the planning, design and delivery of transport, infrastructure and buildings to create healthier, sustainable, resilient and prosperous places.

Local authorities are critical for commissioning and delivering these solutions but despite significant success stories, there remains a widespread lack of knowledge, leadership and funding. Supported by real-world case studies and drawing upon the insights of experts, the conference will examine key concepts around a more data-driven built environment, public-private partnerships and cyber security.

Two back-to-back one-day conferences will explore two key areas: Cities Regeneration and Cities Infrastructure.

In addition to the conference programme BRE will be showing Smart technologies on the Innovation Park including the BIM interactive digital estate 

Day 1 – Cities Regeneration

This one day conference will explore masterplanning, social impact and transport-led regeneration, as well as the effective use of data and mapping. It will also seek to create the case for developing more sustainable and connected communities supported by effective infrastructure.

Day 2 – Cities Infrastructure

This one day conference will assess the key challenges facing urban infrastructure and explore how collaboration can better deliver projects. It will showcase digitising planning & construction, citizen engagement, connected infrastructure and managing the built environment.


Day 1 Cities Regeneration - Tuesday 27 November 

Day 2 Cities Infrastructure - Wednesday 28 November 

Where: BRE Bucknalls Lane, Watford WD25 9BA


Who should attend?

  • Local Authorities (including departments responsible for IT infrastructure, economic development, planning and regeneration and core services) 
  • Local Enterprise Partnerships
  • Engineering and infrastructure consultants
  • Developers
  • Masterplanners
  • Smart solutions providers
  • Development Corporations (incl. LAs, landowners, developers)
  • Public/Private Landowners
  • Main contractor
  • Planning Consultants
  • Urban Designers
  • Local Enterprise Partnerships
  • Civil engineer


 Why attend?

  • Understand the role of better data management to deliver better services and plan for better cities
  • Learn about public private partnerships for delivering smart projects
  • Discover how developers are embedding smart solutions at the start of projects
  • Learn about the collaboration and data sharing in  the world of construction
  • Find out about the latest government policy and infrastructure priorities
  • Learn about the key risks for city infrastructure
  • Discover the key benefits of collaborative working, including latest information about ISO 4001
  • Understand how clients are using technologies to improve collaboration
  • 6 hour per day CPD conference





 Day 1: Cities Regeneration


Session 1: Masterplanning

Major regeneration schemes are facing up to the digital challenge, embedding social and environmental outcomes and delivering better places to live, work and learn through masterplanning. This session deep dives into what’s behind the headlines and the tech, looking at the planning decisions that have to be made in order to make change happen.


Session 2: Mapping

Mapping and scanning to create objects and place them within a pre-existing environment such as a landscape or townscape are now must-haves for developers and planners, enabling projects to evolve through design stages and into pre-construction, reducing time and cost and improving outcomes. This session explores the leading edge of digitisation of assets, spaces and places, and how this information is being used to save vital resources.


Session 3: Transport

Major transport schemes are often at the centre of regeneration schemes, revitalising former brownfield sites or providing critical access to planned new garden town settlements. Transport is a key infrastructure requirement of regeneration projects in ensuring access to town and city centres for employees and employers alike. At the same time, Autonomous Vehicles have the potential to fundamentally change town and city centres as well as rural transport services, all explored in this session.


Session 4: Social impact

One of the major benefits of regeneration schemes - and most, if not all major developments - is the social impact delivered as a result of the investment. Benefits are not all monetary; impacts include health, environmental and wellbeing through reducing pollution, improving air quality, reduced congestion and travel time, access to employment, education or skills and in terms of community investment. These impacts and benefits should be more widely discussed with affected communities and are explored in this session.


Day 2: Cities Infrastructure


Session 1: digital planning and construction

Digitising the planning process is now widely considered to be an essential step on the road to improving the planning process and provision of infrastructure. Capturing and utilising data is critical to efficient and effective services, and more sustainable and liveable towns and cities. The challenge in rural communities to ensure access to services is even more tangible. All this and more is explored in this session.


Session 2: citizen engagement

Ensuring infrastructure is done for people, not to people, is essential in creating a sense of awareness and ownership by local affected communities and those served by or benefiting from projects. For this to be successful, citizens need to be engaged early on in the planning and development process. Done well, this can lead to better and quicker decisions which embed many more beneficial and positive outcomes. Our speakers will provide practical examples of the value of early and meaningful engagement.


Session 3: connected infrastructure

It’s not all about sensors and IT standards (although these are really important!). It’s about knowing what data you’ve got, what data you need and what you’re going to do with it. Connecting people and places is growing - as is the challenge of extracting, analysing, storing and using the data. Giving buildings a personality is one way of building trust and providing a purpose to collecting data in order to improve outcomes such as energy efficiency and comfort, as is improving the efficiency and effectiveness of journey planning.


Session 4: managing the built environment

We plan for it, we build it, we use it - infrastructure is almost invisible when it works as intended. We tend to notice things when they go wrong. So what does it take to manage the modern built environment, which innovations are already making an impact and what R&D is in the pipeline for future infrastructure projects? Speakers in this session cast an eye over the future of our built environments