The 2018 Inaugural SPR Research Prize was launched to encourage members to submit applied research by industry practitioners. The winners were announced at our Annual Dinner in October last year and here they will present their findings of their respective papers:
Date: Wednesday, 15 May 2019
Coffee & Registration: 08.00 am
Presentation: 08.30 am – 10.00 am – teas & coffee
Venue: Knight Frank, Presentation Room 1, 55 Baker Street, London, W1U 8AN
Open prize winner:
Skyward, Ian McGuinness & Robert Holden, Knight Frank
A short, succinct paper that sets out to demonstrate how many new residential units could be built above existing dwellings in London. Through the use of mapping techniques, Skyward attempts to quantify the size of the rooftop development market in London. The report finds that over 40,000 new homes could be built without affecting London’s sightlines, a figure it deems to be an underestimation of the market’s potential size. The unused airspace has a potential value of £51bn, much of which would be within zones 1 and 2 of the London travel card area.
The judges felt that this addressed a previously unexplored area and did so, clearly and with good quantification of the potential market.
Under 30s winner:
Spotlight: Planning new measures to increase delivery, Emily Williams & Hamish Simmie, Savills
This paper considered the proposed revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework and the challenges they pose for local authorities, ultimately concluding that the Framework would be unlikely to result in a step-change in housing delivery. In particular, the research concluded that although the planning system would have a greater focus on granting consents in areas of highest need, it would still miss the Government’s national target of 300,000 new homes per year by 11%.
The judges felt that this paper was successful in providing new information on the National Planning Policy Framework and its implications for local authorities and residential development planning policy.
Oliver Kummerfeldt, Schroders, Chair SPR Committee
Ian McGuinness and Robert Holden, Knight Frank
Emily Williams and Hamish Simmie, Savills
The event will be followed by a fireside chat between the Winners, Chair and the Audience.
This event is kindly hosted by Knight Frank.