Beyond MMC .....
May 12th 2021
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Tom Bloxham MBE
The company is responsible for development projects across the country, including Manchester, Liverpool, Cambridge, Milton Keynes, Birmingham, Leeds, Bradford Sheffield, Bristol, Plymouth, North Shields and Morecambe. In 1999 Tom was awarded an MBE for Services to Architecture and Urban Regeneration.
Tom also upholds a number of other positions including;Chairman of Manchester International Festival, and trustee of Tate, the Manchester United Foundation and The Bloxham Charitable Trust.
In 2016, Tom and Urban Splash co-founder Jonathan launched House by Urban Splash – their modular housing concept which is being rolled out across the country. House is created using modern methods of construction allowing for customer specification. The first homes are completed, fully sold and occupied at sites in Manchester, Salford and North Shields, with other modular homes on sale in Manchester, Birmingham and soon to launch in Cambridge, Walsall, the Wirral and Milton Keynes.
Head of Development Transformation
Deborah is an Architect and Project Manager who has worked on a wide range of public and private sector projects. In recent years she has been responsible for the commercial solutions utilized by Homes England and around 150 other public sector bodies to accelerate development of homes. She is passionate about developing processes that enable the public and private sector to work together effectively..
She has also worked in value and risk management consultancy and has developed approaches for stakeholder management in construction projects, all of which have provided her with a broad view of the sheer complexity and number of people involved in any built environment project and of what does and does not work.
She is currently busy finalising Homes England’s new Delivery Partner Dynamic Purchasing system, a flexible and long term procurement solution valued at £20bn, which will open for applications at the end of the month.
Director & Founder
Jamie founded BD Solutions in 2017 after spotting a gap in the market for impartial, honest and agnostic advice on Offsite & Modern Methods of Construction. With the drive to do things ‘better’, he draws on his experience and lateral thinking skills to unlock complex issues and simplify them for his clients. With over 14 years of construction sector experience in a technical & commercial capacity for built environment focused organizations, including an Offsite manufacturer and Architectural Practice.
Jamie also operates in an interim capacity as Project and Research Lead for Buildoffsite, the leading membership association for the Offsite sector with over 150 member organizations from across the construction sector, including major players, client and government bodies.
He is regularly invited to speak at industry events & webinars as a leading commentator on the sector and is involved in several MMC working groups. He was a credited contributor to the Housing Forum, MMC Affordable Housing report and is the founder of ‘The Offsite Collective’ an innovative multi-disciplinary hub set up to share knowledge, resources and develop new working practices.
Gbolade Design Studio
Tara Gbolade is co-director of award-winning Gbolade Design Studio which specialises in residential and mixed-use developments for public and private sector clients through insight-led place-making. She sits on a few Design Review Panels including RBKC, Merton, and Lambeth where she advises the council on major planning applications.
With her expertise in sustainability, Tara works with Local Authorities including the Harlow & Gilston Garden Town where she leads the development of their Sustainability Guidance; setting the ambition and standards for Environmental & Socio-Economic sustainability; ensuring that high quality sustainable design is embedded within new developments, and, in the regeneration of existing communities.
Head of Digital Engineering, Integrated Solutions, Europe
Senior Investments Manager
Edward is a Chartered Surveyor and finance professional with a background in real estate equity investment, agency and finance. Edward is passionate about the digital transformation of housing and construction; he is currently supporting Homes England’s productivity strategy and the industry’s adoption of MMC. Recently at Homes England, Edward has structured and deployed £150m of housing infrastructure loans, development finance, equity investments and lending alliances, leveraging a further £600m of private capital into housing.