How to develop small sites – an Archiboo/Rare Space conference

Thursday 19th April, 2018 | 8.45am-1pm

100 Union Street,


Archiboo together with Rare Space is holding a half-day conference how architects can develop their own schemes. Topics will cover finding land, buying land, case studies and marketing and selling your development.

The conference coincides with the release of the first 10 sites to come forward under the GLA’s Small Sites, Small Builders programme, part of a capital-wide push by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan for small housing developments to play a much greater role in helping to deliver the capital’s housing needs.

The conference will be opened by Darren Richards, Strategic Planning Manager at the GLA and responsible for the London Plan.


Conference registration 8.45am

Session 1

The Challenge – finding land

Architects are often best placed to spot the potential of awkward, compact sites but how do you go about finding a site and what are the obstacles that need to be overcome ?

Speakers are: Levent Kerimol, GLA, James Armstrong, a specialist land acquisition and sourcing agent and Rachel Bagenal, Naked House

Chair- Amanda Baillieu, Archiboo

Session 2

Being a developer – the risks and rewards

For architects, understanding the development process opens up new opportunities but as well as the rewards, development carries risks and this session looks at some of the market knowledge architect developers need before they start.

Speakers are: Colm Lacey, CEO and Managing Director of Brick by Brick, Duncan Blackmore, Arrant Land and Carl Turner, CTA.

Chair- Gus Zogolovitch, Rare Space

Session 3

Funding the development

Being a first-time developer limits the number of lenders willing to give you finance. This session will look at some of the funding options available including government and GLA loans.

Speakers are Jon Tuck, Homes England, Janine Lewis, InvestSure and Russell Curtis, RCKa

Chair – to be announced

Session 4 

How to sell to your customers – marketing and selling

Generating sales takes more than beautiful renders or photography. You also need to inspire interesting conversations about your projects and embrace social platforms such as Instagram and Twitter.

Speakers are Aly de Souza, Rare Space, Claire Curtice, Claire Curtice Publicists and Kate Brown, branding expert

Chair – to be announced

Session 5

Lessons Learned 

There is nothing like hands-on experience when it comes to learning new skills. In this final session, we hear from three speakers who have set out to speculate and have also squeezed innovation into unpromising spaces.

Speakers are: Martin MacElreavy, Unboxed Homes, David Mikhail, Mikhail Riches and Catherine Burd, Burd Haward

Chair – Vicky Richardson, London School of Architecture

Please note the programme is subject to change and may be updated prior to the conference.

Coffee and pastries will be available from 8.30am.

Please note because of ticket demand the venue has now changed and we will be at 100 Union Street, London, SE1 ONL.

This is a new development by Solidspace designed by AHMM –

There is an Early Bird ticket price of £50 + VAT. Normal rate after April 1st will be £75 + VAT.