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Real Estate Cost and Energy Reduction Strategies Webinar

8th December at - 2pm

Join our free webinar to discover our Top 10 tips in reducing your real estate energy usage and operational costs.

The next year looks like it may present difficult economic headwinds for all organisations in the UK. With inflation running at historic levels and increasing forecasts of a recession, organisations need to improve the value their real estate budgets deliver and reduce operational costs. This needs to be done in a way that does not reduce staff performance, productivity, and retention.

Join our webinar to learn our Top Tips for:

  • Reducing your real estate and energy costs
  • Accelerating your Net Zero Carbon journey
  • Improving your workplace performance and productivity

Our tips will be presented by John O’Brien – Founder and MD, Rudi Du Plessis – Director of Operations, Mike Kenny – Managing Consultant and Tom Cudmore – Senior Consultant, who have over eighty years of experience between them, delivering billions of pounds of real estate, managing FM and energy budgets of tens of millions per annum. LCMB have worked with many public and private sector clients to reduce their operational costs, energy and carbon use and improve their workplace performance delivering tens of millions of savings.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Achieving Net Zero in the Construction Industry

7th July 2022 at 2pm

Join us to discuss net zero, sustainability and the future of the construction industry- from building to powering and heating them.

Joined by Director of Innovation and Sustainability, Stewart Dalgarno from Stuart Milne, we will be discussing how the future of construction and in particular, house building is changing, in this net zero world. We are also being joined by Adetunji Lawal who is the Carbon and Energy Manger for Align JV. Adetunji’s particular interest in building automation, alternative energy systems, net zero transition, renewable power, and heat pumps.

We will discuss the pathways and challenges to net zero construction on major projects.

So why is it important that the construction industry develops a net zero approach?

  • Buildings account for over half of our carbon emissions in the UK- with building, powering and heating them emitting huge amounts of CO2
  • Surprisingly, an average new build home is responsible for a huge 80 tonnes of carbon in its construction*. Concrete alone, requires heat and energy inputs resulting in about one tonne of greenhouse gas emissions for every one tonne of cement produced.

How has the construction industry already started the move to net zero?

House builders are addressing the often-overlooked embodied carbon of construction the home itself. The government’s Future Home Standard aims to ensure that all new houses from 2025 will produce 75 per cent less carbon emissions than existing new-builds.

Technologies are being added to new builds showcasing solar panels, air source heat pumps, SMART LED lighting, rainwater harvesting, EV charging points and infrared heating will help with the low carbon operation of the building.

Advanced Industrialised Methods for the Construction of Homes (AIMCH) is a pioneering approach which builds houses offsite using robotics, digital business systems and BIM which reduces the carbon impact of the construction process dramatically.

Guest speakers

As the Director of Innovation and Sustainability for Stuart Milne, Stewart Dalgarno is responsible for delivering the groups sustainability strategy. He will be giving an insight into the continuous improvement, research and development and sustainability involved in the construction industry. Stewart focuses on the introduction of new products, systems and processes, as well as lean site assembly and other important parts of the construction industry. 

Our second guest is Adetunji Lawal is the Carbon and Energy Manager for Align JV, focused on delivering a complex tunnelling and viaduct construction project. He has particular interest in building automation, alternative energy systems, net zero transition, renewable power, and heat pumps.


CO2 Monitoring in Higher Education

12th May 2022 at 2pm

Join us to learn about how air quality monitoring can help you better manage your estates and assets, as we share with you how King’s College London have used CO2 monitoring as part of their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will cover how CO2 monitoring and air quality devices can be used to better manage ventilation and ensure your estates are safe for staff & students in a post COVID-19 world.

The LCMB team will be joined by King’s College London to cover:

– The latest guidance around CO2 monitoring

– How to determine the extent of monitoring required on your estate

What the CO2 data at King’s has revealed and how this information is being used

– The operational processes required to respond to high CO2 alerts

– The benefits of air quality monitoring beyond CO2 and ventilation

– Hardware and software options

Discussion will include how investment in air quality monitoring technology can be made to best effect, determining the right level of monitoring for your institution. We will also discuss what processes need to go alongside any hardware deployment to realise the benefits from the data.

We are delighted that Paul Imber, Head of Campus Operations for King’s College London Guy’s & St Thomas’ campus will be joining us as our guest. Paul has led King’s COVID-19 ventilation works including the risk assessment of some 3000 rooms and associated deployment of CO2 monitoring.

The session will be led by Tom Cudmore, Senior Consultant at LCMB. Tom has been working on indoor environment monitoring with LCMB since 2016 and led the ground-breaking WLP+ Project, which proved real-world productivity improvements when office CO2 concentrations were reduced. At the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic Tom was acting programme manager for the Royal Berkshire Hospital estates response to the virus and went on to manage ventilation improvement works at the hospital and satellite sites. Tom has led the King’s work for LCMB and is passionate about using technology in a way that offers long-term benefits to organisations and maximises return on investments.

The webinar will offer guidance and insights for Directors of Estates, Operations Managers and those responsible for ensuring safe spaces for staff, students, and visitors to inhabit.

The trends that will impact our workplaces and buildings in 2022

28th October 2021 at 11am ​

Join us  to explore the megatrends which will impact your workplaces, buildings, and estates in 2022.

Together with a panel of guest experts LCMB will share with you:

• What you should be preparing for
• How to get ahead of the curve
• How to make your real estate work better and harder in 2022

Discussion will include how to prepare your post-pandemic workplaces, recruiting from the ever declining talent pool, maintaining the health and wellbeing of your people; achieving net zero faster in the wake of ever worsening climate change; and lots more.

We are delighted that Steve KellettSustainability Manager for the highly respected property developer Argent will be joining us as our guest. Steve works in property development as Argent’s Sustainability Manager. Argent – known for the regeneration of King’s Cross. He is responsible for driving environmental sustainability across Argent’s activities at a corporate and project level, Prior to this he has had experience across the built environment working in sustainability role with MACE and CBRE. He sits on the UK Green Building Council’s Member Advisory Group and lectures at the University of Westminister.

Also joining us is Rob Harris, the current chair of the British Council for Offices (BCO) Technical Committee.  Rob is principal of Ramidus Consulting Limited, which he established in 2003 as a specialist, independent built environment research and advisory business. He has over 30 years’ experience specialising in real estate research and consulting.

Rob works with property investors, developers, advisors and policy makers, providing insights into property market dynamics resulting from social, economic, technological and business trends, and the changing needs of occupiers. Rob also advises corporate occupiers directly, preparing corporate workplace strategies.

This webinar will offer guidance and insight for Directors of Real Estate, Property, HR and their teams to help them prepare for the year ahead. 

Want a sneak preview of some of our 2022 predictions, then read our blog “Megatrends that will impact your workplace, buildings and estates in 2022″

How net zero is changing the way we do business

16th September 2021 at 11am

Climate change and the race to achieve net zero is headline news again. Admittedly it is welcome relief from Coronavirus and Brexit, however, scientists are attributing the deadly heatwaves and flash floods in Turkey, Greece and America to climate change.

The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), has said human activity is damaging the world at an alarming rate. It warns how climate change is already affecting every region across the globe and that without urgent action, heatwaves, heavy storms, droughts and loss of Arctic Sea ice will all increase.

The report is hoped to trigger a “turning point” in the run-up to the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow in November. Member states are now taking climate change seriously, our own government has imposed a legally binding pledge to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Boris has even put his money where his mouth is and given over £1 billion in grants for the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme as well as grants to homeowners to install heat pump technology replacing the humble but polluting gas-fired boiler that is in 90% of our homes.

Commercial organisations are jumping on this green bandwagon in an effort to gain more customers. Amazon is pioneering the ‘Climate Pledge’, Tesla is fast becoming a major automotive force and Aldi have adopted a turtle to advertise their green credentials.

This webinar will examine how net zero is changing the way we do business and how it can be used to attract and retain customers.

This is not just one person’s job to meet the net zero target, it is a challenge that we all need to take responsibility for. This is an opportunity to help make a real difference by reducing the climate change impact of our businesses. Having advised many private and public sector clients on their route to net zero, LCMB are well placed to help you make that journey as effortlessly as possible. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch to register for the webinar or simply have a chat about how we can help.

We are delighted to announce Alison Foster, Programme Director at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust for their “Building Berkshire Together Programme” will be joining us as a guest speaker. “Building Berkshire Together” is the name of the redesign and development of the Trust’s facilities to provide the very best health and wellbeing services for their population. Ali says “This is an opportunity to modernise the built environment in partnership with the local community, business and academia and be a leader in the growth of a greener more sustainable local economy”. Ali has worked with the NHS for almost 30 years as a mental health nurse and service manager, she has also worked in commissioning as a director of nursing and quality and has led numerous large scale transformation programmes.

Also joining us is Kevin Boniface, Senior Energy Engineer from Bouygues E&S UK Ltd . Kevin is a mechanical engineer who has worked within the energy sector for over 20 years providing consultancy, design and engineering support to carbon reduction projects across all sectors. Prior to that he worked within the refrigeration and air con industry before he had a bit of an epiphany and decided to swap focus from specifying energy consuming HVAC to identifying and implementing energy reduction. He is passionate about the decarbonisation of heat and heat networks, and focuses on developing business development opportunities whilst also delivering project engineering support to the energy and FM teams at Bouygues E&S.

Managing a Safe and Productive Return To Your Workplace Webinar

22nd July 2021 at 11am

With the goverment set to release us all from COVID-19 restrictions on 19th July 2021 our July webinar, 11am Thursday 22nd July 2021, will return to this topic offering
practical advice, insights and guidance on how you can manage a safe return to your workplaces for your employees, customers and other stakeholders.

Over the last 15 months we have all been implementing and managing COVID secure workplaces as we grew to better understand the nature of the pandemic and how to keep our workplace safe.

We are now moving into the beginning of the end phase of the COVID pandemic in the UK and our July webinar will highlight and address the following issues: 

  • How was and will the guidance and best practice for workplace change based on the 19 July changes      
  • Practical tips on how to stay safe and COVID secure as you reoccupy your workplaces
  • Insights into how to improve  the health, wellbeing, performance and productivity of your workplaces
  • How to future proof your workplace and organisation over the coming 12 to 18 months for working changes as we emerge from the pandemic.
      Our special guests joining us are Pete Moores, Chief Problem Solver, PBM Consulting Ltd, Tom Peronnet, Director of Property Services, Universal Music Group and Joe Nettleton, Head of Facilities, Havas 

How to reduce the carbon footprint of your organisation Webinar

27th May 2021 at 11am

How to prepare for, benefit from and speed up carbon emission reductions for your organisation”.

Radical new climate change commitments will set the UK on course to cut carbon emissions by 78% by 2035, Boris Johnson has announced.

The prime minister’s commitments, which will become law, bring forward the current target for reducing carbon emissions by 15 years.  This would be a world-leading position and will force us all to reimagine and reconfigure how we do things in our businesses and private lies. The changes to law and policy will impact all organisations in the UK.  

In our webinar, at 11am on Thursday 27th May, we will discuss with a panel of private and public sector experts what these changes will look like and how you can prepare for, get ahead of, and benefit from, carbon emission reduction in your organisation. Joining us will be Ahmed Goga, Director of Strategy and Programmes at OxLEP. He is a brilliant communicator and business leader with a proven track record in strategy development, service delivery and operational management in the public and private sectors. With over 20 years leadership experience in various Senior Management Team and Board level roles up and down the country he is now helping drive Oxfordshire forward. 

Also joining us is Michael Still, Energy Contracts Director at Bouygues E&S Solutions.  Michael provides technical and commercial management within Bouygues E&S’s Energy Performance Contracting team and has been working on the delivery of energy saving and carbon reduction projects since 2009 including large scale renewables. Prior to 2009 Michael was a consulting engineer for over 12 years most notably with Mott MacDonald leading engineering design teams on large scale commercial construction projects with a focus on sustainable low carbon design solutions.

Our third guest is Steve Kellett, Sustainability Manager for the highly respected property developer Argent. Steve works in property development as Argent’s Sustainability Manager. Argent – known for the regeneration of King’s Cross. He is responsible for driving environmental sustainability across Argent’s activities at a corporate and project level, Prior to this he has had experience across the built environment working in sustainability role with MACE and CBRE. He sits on the UK Green Building Council’s Member Advisory Group and lectures at the University of Westminister.


Delivering a better employee experience in a post pandemic world Webinar

29th April 2021 at 11am

Join us and our special guests for a Q&A session where we look at how the nature of work will change as a consequence of the pandemic. Our guests are Emma Heal, MD of Lucky Saint, Rob Robson, Director of People Science, The People Experience Hub and Bev Hamlet Bowers, HR Director of Nominet.

Emma is Managing Director of Lucky Saint, the multi-award winning 0.5% superior unfiltered lager listed in +2000 bars/pubs and restaurants across the UK in bottle and on draught.  Emma has worked in consumer goods for nearly 20 years across Europe and Africa: in the global blue chips of Tesco and Diageo, and grown fledgling brands into household names such as innocent and Graze.  It’s the gritty challenging world of scaling start-ups that Emma loves and the reason she joined founder of Lucky Saint Luke Boase as MD in February 2020. Emma has 2 young girls and is a passionate advocate of championing women in industry: as an Ambassador for Retail Week’s Be Inspired programme and Steering Group Member for The Grocery Girls.  

Rob is a Chartered Psychologist and Director of People Science for The People Experience Hub. His role involves helping clients to measure and improve the employee experience, thereby maximising the value of employee feedback. Rob has over 20 years of experience in ‘people’ roles including change, organisational development and HR leadership.

Bev is currently Director of HR at Nominet  – a profit with a purpose organisation who are the proud guardians of the .UK domain name registry and providers of cyber security capabilities that protect the UK government and global enterprises.  She has over 20 years experience working across a range of HR roles in retail, distribution, electronics and technology. A FCIPD HR Leader with broad experience across all HR disciplines including specialist programme delivery within Organisation Development, Employee Experience and Change. Bev is an HR leader who loves to collaborate with multi-cultural and diverse teams to deliver real change and effective results within global business environments.

Emma is kindly offering our guests a discount if you would like try their multi-award winning 0.5% superior, unfiltered lager use our code LCMB10 to get £10 off a 12 case at Lucky Saint. We have tried it and would recommend it

Route to Net Zero Carbon Webinar

25 March 2021 at 11am

Theresa May’s final legacy as Prime Minster was to pass legislation and make a commitment for the UK to reach net zero emissions by 2050. This made us the first member of the G7 group of industrialised nations to set this challenging goal. And this legally binding target is a challenge. She said that “Reaching net zero by 2050 is an ambitious target but it is crucial that we achieve it to ensure we protect our planet for future generations.”

Now we are all working out how we can get there. Many organisations have declared a ‘Climate Emergency’ and are taking this very seriously. Despite the pandemic almost two thirds of people around the world now view climate change as a global emergency according to 1.2m respondents to the recent Peoples’ Climate Vote with almost half the participants aged between 14 and 18.

Our webinar will look at the “Route to net zero carbon” – giving you insight, learning and practical tips to take away. We’ll look at the different ideas, technologies and policies we need to put in place to tackle climate change. This will be followed by a Q&A session with a guest panel.

Joining us will be:

Sam Thomas, Climate Action Officer at Cherwell District Council.

Over the past 10 years Sam has worked on sustainability issues for a variety of councils, including the award winning Eco town and garden town developments in Bicester and more recently the Climate Emergency agenda. He has wide ranging and extensive experience on a portfolio of projects covering domestic and commercial energy generation, energy efficiency, heat networks, retrofitting, zero carbon developments, electric vehicles, hydrogen, fuel cells, renewables and energy strategies.

Keeran Jugdoyal, Public Sector Decarbonisation

Keeran is currently a policy lead at the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy with a particular focus on supporting the public sector to decarbonise their estate. He is a mechanical engineer with over 20 years of experience working in the low carbon sector and has worked in consultancy as well as government. He has supported a range of organisations to understand and manage their carbon emissions, and has been at the forefront of research to reduce the performance gap in buildings. For several years he was the lead external technical advisor to the Salix Energy Efficiency Loan Scheme. Most recently Keeran has supported the design of the government’s £1bn Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme. 

Dr Barbara Hammond, MBE, CEO of Low Carbon Hub

Barbara is CEO of the Low Carbon Hub, a Executive Director on the Board and sits on the Investment Committee.

From 2000 until 2010, Dr Barbara Hammond was in Government, heading up the UK’s renewable energy programme. During this time she set up the first capital grants programmes to support renewable energy technologies. Prior to this she worked with Sir David King to help influence international partners on climate change in the run up to the UK presidency of the G8 and the EU in 2005.

Since 2008 Barbara has been involved in community energy groups in her own neighbourhood, helping to bring projects like Osney Lock Hydro and Matthew Arnold School’s solar PV project to fruition. In 2010, Oxford City Council asked Barbara to explore the potential for growing community-led energy through social enterprise. This became the Low Carbon Hub which was launched in December 2011.

She was awarded an MBE in the 2015 New Year’s Honours List for services to community energy development, particularly in Oxfordshire.


How To Make Your Workplaces & Buildings Safer & Healthier in 2021

25 February 2021 at 11am

Overview: The global pandemic has driven much more interest in the impact of our workplaces and building on our health and wellbeing. This is coinciding with a global move from green sustainable building to more emphasis on driving healthier building which improve our health and wellbeing as well as that of the environment. LCMB’s webinar will discuss with sector leading experts and practitioners what is a healthy building, how you can make existing buildings healthier and what you need to know abut this global trend. It will be of relevance to those that are managing people, workplaces, real estate and sustainability etc. within businesses.

Our guests will include Asif Din, Sustainability lead at Perkins & Will, a global architecture practice and Joanna Watchman, Founder of Work in Mind and Prof Tim Vorley, Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Oxford Business School and Nick Turner, Global Head of Facilities Management, Corporate Real Estate HSBC

Asif is Sustainability Director at Perkins & Will. He has raised the profile of carbon proficiency in the practice which includes a costed Zero Carbon Report at the end of concept design for all projects. He has also been involved in expanding the sustainability remit within designs as part of the ‘Living Design’ initiative. Asif is an Architect with over 20 years’ experience in delivering Zero Carbon design projects. Notably BedZED and Jubilee Wharf in Penryn, Cornwall. He has worked in the UK and abroad in China and the Middle East. 

Joanna, Founder of Work In Mind, launched in 2018. Work in Mind is the world’s only content resource dedicated to driving awareness of how to create, better, healthier buildings that support physical and mental health. Today 2.5 years later, Joanna and her team have educated, inspired and informed nearly 200,000 people from across the supply chain in 193 countries. 

Prof Tim Vorley is Pro-Vice Chancellor and Dean of Oxford Business School and is the VCG lead for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise. Before his current role, Tim was Deputy Dean and Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Sheffield, as well as having held various roles across the University, Faculty of Social Science and Management School. Prior to working at Sheffield, Tim held positions at the University of Cambridge and the Said Business School (University of Oxford).  

As an active researcher, Tim currently leads the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC/Innovate UK-funded Innovation Caucus and is Co-Director of ESRC funded Productivity Insights Network, as well as partnering on several projects under the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

Nick Turner, Global Head of Facilities Management, Corporate Real Estate HSBC

Nick is the Global Head of Facilities Management, Safety and Engineering at HSBC covering c38M sq ft, c.10k buildings across more than 60 markets. He has been working in corporate real estate for nearly 20 years, prior to which Nick was an Environmental Health Officer having graduated from the University of Greenwich. Nick manages a team of professionals and work with suppliers who are all equally passionate to deliver safe, healthy and productive workplaces. 

Join us and our special guests for our next webinar at 11am on Thursday 25th February 2021.

During this webinar we will talk with a number of highly knowledgeable industry representatives discussing how to make our buildings and workplaces a safer, healthier and more productive environment for everyone.

A must for all Facilities Managers, Operations Managers, HR professionals or employers who are managing workplaces and estates over the coming year.

Expert Opinions On The Year Ahead

21 January 2021 at 11am

Join us and our special guests for our next webinar at 11am on Thursday 21st January 2021.

During this webinar, we will talk with several highly knowledgeable industry representatives who will share their predictions and insights into what lies ahead throughout 2021.

Special guests include Ismena Deacon, Head of Business Compliance at Pinewood Studios, and Steven Kellett, Sustainability Manager at Argent LLP.

Ismena led the Pinewood Studio COVID-19 Task Force through the last six months. She has been instrumental in designing the protocols and procedures that allowed the studio to continue to operate in an efficient and effective way whilst ensuring that they remain COVID-19 secure.

Steve works in property development as Argent’s Sustainability Manager. He is responsible for driving environmental sustainability across Argent’s activities at a corporate and project level, including the highly regarded regeneration of King’s Cross.

Along with our customers, we will be using our knowledge and expertise to predict what we will need to prepare for and manage throughout the year.

This will be particularly useful if you’re a real estate professional or managing workplaces.

COVID-19 Lessons Learnt; LCMB Clients In Workplaces, Higher Education & NHS

19 November 2020 at 11am

During this webinar we will talk to representatives from the NHS, Higher Education and more general workplace environments about the steps they have taken to manage their real estate in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Special guests will include Richard Kent, Director of Campus Operations at Kings College London.

Richard has many years experience in the Public and Higher Education Sectors and a great understanding of the environment through which the core business of Kings College can be successfully delivered, be it 24/7 research facilities, multi use office space or student accommodation.

This webinar will be an invaluable tool for any Directors of Estates, Facilities Managers, Operations Managers, HR professionals or employers who are managing real estate over the coming months and years.

Estate strategies for a post COVID world

15 October 2020 at 11am

During this webinar we’ll look to the new normal and how to implement the real estate lessons learnt during the COVID crisis.

We’ll set out a step by step approach to deliver a more flexible agile property model that blends remote working to improve employee experience, wellbeing and performance, along with ways to reduce property costs.

This webinar will be an invaluable tool for any Directors of Estates, Facilities Managers, Operations Managers, HR professionals or employers who managing real estate over the coming months and years.

Safe Return To The Workplace Webinar

10 Sept 2020

Whilst lockdown restrictions are lifted and more people are returning to the office, businesses are trying to keep people safe, honouring social distancing rules as well as maintaining an effective and safe workplace. 

To do this, consideration needs to be made for people and their wellbeing, getting to and from work, physical distancing, general hygiene and building systems.

This webinar will be an invaluable tool for Director of Estates, Facilities Managers, Operations Manager, HR, professionals or employees who are managing the return to work of staff over the coming weeks and months.

Supercharge your performance & build sustainable competitive advantage

5th March 2020 | 8:30am – 1pm. Saïd Business School, Park End Street, Oxford, OX1 1HP

Organisations that invest in employee experience find they are more profitable, have lower employee turnover, generate more revenue, and have far superior stock price performance over their peers. The return on investment on employee experience has proven to be very significant.

Attendees of LCMB’s “Supercharge your SME performance” workshop, in partnership with Oxfordshire Greentech, will hear how to maximise the return on investment they get from two critical drivers of performance: their people and their real estate.


High Performing Buildings = High Performing People

29th of January 2020 – 11am

Our 30 minute webinar on Wednesday, 29th January 2020 covered:

Why better workplace environments promote:
– People’s wellbeing, performance and productivity
– Better organisational results
– In many cases, reduced operating costs.

The webinar included:
– Real-world examples of success
– Three simple, low-cost ways to instantly improve the working environment that will quickly improve people’s wellbeing, performance and productivity
– How to get your people and your sponsors to understand why these changes are vital for your organisation, and get their support for your initiatives to make the necessary changes.

The webinar was hosted by:
– John O’Brien, MD of LCMB and
– Joanna Watchman, Founder of Work in Mind, the first knowledge platform dedicated to the connection between healthy buildings and workplace wellbeing, performance and productivity.

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