Developing the South West: Challenges and Opportunities

Join RPS for an evening of drinks and networking as we get together to put a spotlight on development in the South West, considering the future challenges and opportunities.

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Key details Speakers Venue information

In support of Land Aid the evening will include a series of short presentations to spark discussion and will provide excellent networking opportunities with development professionals from across the region.

Wednesday 16th October 2019

18:30 - 21:00

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
Queens Road


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Welcome and RPS' role in a changing landscape

Presented by John Chubb - CEO, Consulting UK & Ireland, RPS

Developing Bristol: ambitious growth plans and the introduction of Modern Methods of Construction to increase delivery capacity

Presented by Colin Molton - Executive Director of Growth and Regeneration, Bristol City Council

Opportunity for quality: Bristol and the South West

Presented by Nick Cunningham - Regional Director South West, NHBC

Speaker bios

John Chubb - CEO, Consulting UK & Ireland, RPS

Leading RPS' Consulting UK & Ireland business, John has over 30 years’ experience in a broad range of engineering management roles and is a Fellow of the IET. For the past ten years he has held leadership positions, including with Grontmij UK and Sweco Denmark - also serving on their Executive Committees - whilst concurrently holding roles of Executive Chairman for Grontmij Sweden and Grontmij UK. 


Colin Molton - Executive Director of Growth and Regeneration, Bristol City Council

Colin is presently Interim Executive Director of Growth and Regeneration for Bristol City Council with responsibility for Housing, Land and Property, Major Projects, Culture and Economic Development across the city. This includes the development of a new business district and residential quarter in the heart of Bristol, centred around one of the largest rail interchanges in the UK. A Chartered Surveyor by profession, Colin was previously Deputy Chief Executive of the South West Regional Development Agency before joining the Homes and Communities Agency in 2008; firstly as Executive Director for the South and South West, and most recently as Deputy Chief Executive/Chief Operations Officer, leading HCA’s work nationally as the agency responsible for the disposal of surplus public sector land. 


Nick Cunningham - Regional Director South West, NHBC

Nick is NHBC’s Regional Director for the South West. He has been in this role for the last 2 ½ years, having held similar positions previously in West and Wales during the expansion of Cardiff Bay and London during significant re-development of the East End and Olympic Village. Originally from a Local Authority surveying background he has been involved in both commercial and housing schemes in Leicester & Northampton before joining NHBC where he has held a wide range of commercial and construction roles. More recently his work involves spearheading NHBC’s Building for Tomorrow Seminars which help support the industry’s changing and challenging regulatory and quality agenda.

Getting there

On foot
Located on Queens Road just off Park Street, only a five to ten minute walk from the city centre.

By bus
Bus numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9 and 72 all travel past the museum up Park Street and from the Clifton Triangle.

By train
Bristol Temple Meads train station is a 25 minute walk away. Clifton Down train station is a 15 minute walk away, but both are served by the 1, 8 and 9 bus services which would take you to the museum.

By car

The museum is around two miles from the M32 on Queens Rd (BS8 1RL). You can park in any of the city car parks but the closest two are West End (BS8 1EH) and Trenchard Street (BS1 5AN), both about a five minute walk away.

For more information view the venue's website.

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