conference calendar

Welcome to Waterfront Conference Company’s calendar of forthcoming events. Please follow the links for further information.

  • April 2017

    25th Annual: Rail Freight Group Conference 2017

    Wed 26th April 2017 etc. venues - Victoria, London

    The Rail Freight Group annual conference returns for the 25th year bringing together rail freight professionals for networking, learning and high level debate, as the freight industry's leaders come together to debate the biggest issues affecting the sector. This major annual conference will explore the current challenges and commercial opportunities for the sector, bringing together over 120+ attendees from the freight industry including operators, rail freight customers, and ports.

    May 2017

    5th Annual: Connecting Projects to the Grid 2017

    Tue 16th - Wed 17th May 2017 Herbert Smith Freehills, London

    The Connecting Projects to the Grid conference will return in 2017 and provide the latest updates on the transition from DNOs to DSOs and what this means for the sector, explore how to secure a faster connections for your projects and how capacity can be maximised. Attendees will hear the latest guidance on how to create a more flexible energy network and the role of new technologies in balancing the supply and demand of energy, including active network management and energy storage.

    9th Annual: UK Ports Conference 2017

    Tue 23rd - Wed 24th May 2017 Cavendish Conference Centre, London

    Now in its 9th year, the UK Ports conference which takes place over 2 days brings together senior representatives from the ports, shipping and maritime sectors to hear essential updates on changing policy and regulations, explore current trends and opportunities for growth, and offer detailed guidance on port development.

    Compulsory Purchase Masterclass 2017

    Thu 25th May 2017 Pinsent Masons, London

    Starting early and beginning planning and negotiations in the right way, can help reduce both risk and costs when conducting land assembly and compulsory purchase. This masterclass will explore how to conduct compulsory purchase for new developments and regeneration schemes, providing practical guidance and expert advice to help you with your project.

    June 2017

    Transport-Led Development in Wales 2017

    Wed 14th June 2017 Park Inn, Central Cardiff

    This one day event will look at the delivery of transport infrastructure in Wales, and transport's influence on development and regeneration. The day will explore emerging regeneration opportunities for developers, and best practice in delivering transport projects that enhance the local area and unlock economic growth.

    Consultation and Stakeholder Engagement for Infrastructure 2017

    Tue 20th June 2017 Burges Salmon, London

    Going far beyond just the principles and regulations to explore in real terms how consultation can best be delivered whilst operating within budgetary and time constraints, this unique forum provides your best opportunity this year to stay ahead of the consultation curve.

    You will learn from consultation experts and experienced practitioners when to engage, how to manage consultation alongside your project development, and how to time consultation so it can have a genuine impact on the project design or route.

    Airport Surface Access 2017

    Wed 21st June 2017 Ashurst, London

    Hear from UK airports on their short term and long term plans for surface access improvements and the value of improving connectivity, not just in the South East of England but regionally. Attend to explore how to identify the best solutions, from road and rail links to bus and tram connections, for airports of all sizes, and receive the latest insight from international airports and the lessons that can be learnt from these.

    3rd Annual: UK Rail Station Development and Regeneration 2017

    Thu 22nd June 2017 Addleshaw Goddard, London

    Providing practical and applicable solutions to implement in your project, you will discover valuable lessons learned from completed regeneration schemes, discuss the importance of building cross-industry partnerships and understand how to keep passenger satisfaction at the forefront of change.

    Benefit from 120+ senior professionals in the rail, property and investment sectors gathering to hear industry leaders and innovators discuss areas including funding, best practice for delivery and strategies for improved pedestrian flows in station projects.

    July 2017

    7th Annual: Community Infrastructure Levy and s106 Masterclass 2017

    Tue 4th July 2017 Dentons, London

    After a sell-out event in 2016, the Community Infrastructure Levey & s106 Masterclass returns for 2017 to provide the latest practical guidance on the spending & management of the levy, in addition to exploring the recommendations made in the CIL review, including both the short term and long term implications.

    Local authorities, developers and planning professionals will gather to share their experiences of the levy and examine the challenges and issues that they currently face. Attendees will explore how to identify the priorities for CIL spending and how to establish the governance processes to manage this, with first-hand advice from those in areas where CIL is implemented. They day will also review the impacts of s106 pooling restrictions and hear how authorities have been managing where CIL isn't in place.

    Ensuring Effective Delivery of NSIPs

    Tue 11th July 2017 Pinsent Masons, London

    With over 50 projects now consented through the Planning Act 2008 process, how can these projects be successfully delivered and what lessons can be learnt from them to help construction of future NSIPs. This focused half day event will bring together planning and construction professionals to explore how flexibility can be built into DCOs, the importance of treating DCO planning and construction as a whole, and what can be done during pre-application to help with delivery.

    Delivering the UK’s Road Network 2017

    Thu 13th July 2017 Burges Salmon, London

    Delivering the UK's Road Network is an all new focused event on changing highway delivery models, from Highway England's plans to the growth of Subnational Transport Bodies and collaboration between public and private sector.

    Join senior professionals and thought leaders to hear how to best manage your assets and prepare current and future road investment strategies. Attendees will also receive comprehensive guidance on the DCO process and how to prepare for technology advancements such as smart motorways and connected, autonomous vehicles.

  • March 2017

    ERTMS and ETCS 2017: The Future of Railway Signalling in the UK

    Tue 21st - Wed 22nd March 2017 Arup, London

    This event brings together 120+ senior rail professionals, from passenger services and freight operators through to suppliers. The only event that allows you to explore the strategy and delivery of ERTMS and the fitment of ETCS in the UK.

    February 2017

    Air Quality and Planning Masterclass 2017

    Thu 23rd February 2017 CMS Cameron McKenna, London

    Air quality is a key consideration in planning application decisions. It is essential for developers to assess air quality issues before submitting an application for new developments. Failure to do so has been proven to be a key factor in delaying, refusing or invalidating the application.

    5th Annual: Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects Forum 2017

    Tue 7th - Wed 8th February 2017 etc. venues - St. Paul’s, London

    Widely recognised as the industry's largest gathering for those involved with NSIPs projects, this event brings together project promoters, local authorities, statutory consultees, and planning professionals to share best practice on creating a successful application.

    2nd Annual: Transport-Led Development in the North of England 2017

    Wed 1st February 2017 DLA Piper, Manchester

    This one day event will look at the delivery of transport infrastructure in the North of England, and transport's influence on development and regeneration. The day will explore emerging regeneration opportunities for developers, and best practice in delivering transport projects.

    January 2017

    Delivering Local Plans 2017

    Tue 24th January 2017 Norton Rose Fulbright, London

    With the Government due to intervene where local plans aren't in place from 2017 it is essential to make sure you have adopted an up to date local plan.

    This event reviews how to prepare new and updated local plans. Attend to review how to create a local plan - from establishing housing needs, to how to deliver housing growth, and working with neighbouring local authorities.

    Transport-Led Development in London and the South East 2017

    Tue 17th January 2017 Pinsent Masons, London

    With a number of large scale developments happening in London and more expected in the next years and a new Mayor committed to deliver more efficient and sustainable transport, there are currently numerous development opportunities.

    This one-day event provides an update on the delivery of new transport infrastructure and associated development opportunities, including Euston Station, Old Oak Common and the Bakerloo line extension.

    November 2016

    Meeting the UK’s Infrastructure Needs

    Wed 23rd November 2016 De Vere Venues - West One, London

    With the Government remaining committed to investment in growth and infrastructure across the country and the National Infrastructure Commission in the process of identifying infrastructure needs and priorities ahead of publishing its National Infrastructure Assessment, this is a must attend event to identify which projects are coming forward in the short term and how they will be delivered

    The event will be the first of its kind to bring together developers, investors and the planning community, to gain a forward look at future infrastructure projects in the pipeline and to provide an in-depth analysis on how to fund and deliver different types of infrastructure.

    Rolling Stock Procurement Forum 2016

    Tue 15th November 2016 Addleshaw Goddard, London

    With larger orders recently placed and more on the way, this one day event provides a strategic review of rolling stock needs and procurement processes. Allowing you to receive all the latest information and timelines on recent and upcoming procurement, in addition to considering key issues which could affect the delivery of new rolling stock.

    October 2016

    Transport-Led Development in the Midlands 2016

    Wed 19th October 2016 DLA Piper, Birmingham

    This one day event will provide practical guidance on transport-led regeneration and development and the latest updates on future infrastructure schemes in the Midlands. It will also explore various finance options that are available for transport-led projects and look at the growing role of developer contributions and partnership working.

    5th Annual: Major Infrastructure and Renewable Energy Planning in Wales 2016

    Tue 18th October 2016 Marriott Hotel, Cardiff

    Returning for the 5th year this event provides an in-depth update on planning processes and changing planning policies in Wales following the Planning (Wales) Act 2015. Welcoming over 140+ developers, local authorities and the wider planning community, this is a unique opportunity to hear practical guidance on how to successfully gain planning approval for your project.

    Attend to discuss the planning process for developments of national significance (DNS) in Wales, hear the latest views from developers on how to apply for a DNS and learn more about what it means for new renewable energy schemes. Attendees will benefit from the expertise of people currently working on schemes in Wales and hear case studies that will consider how the lessons learned from these NSIP projects can be used when making an application for a DNS.

    September 2016

    3rd Annual: UK Rail Industry Forum 2016

    Wed 14th September 2016 Dentons, London

    Join over 100 senior representatives from across the UK rail sector to hear updates on CP5 project delivery and look forward to CP6, explore the outcomes of the Shaw Report and Hendy review and how the recommendations in both of these will be implemented and taken forward. Attend to consider the effect of devolution on the rail industry, receive updates on the delivery of projects in the North of England, and understand changing passenger perceptions and exceptions of rail.

    July 2016

    2nd Annual: UK Rail Station Regeneration and Development 2016

    Wed 13th July 2016 Pinsent Masons, London

    UK Rail Station Regeneration and Development welcomes over 120 senior professionals from the rail, property and investment sectors to explore the benefits of investing in rail stations and the associated regeneration and development opportunities. The only event of its kind in the UK, the event will also discuss the impact of station investment on commercial and property development around the station and how this influences economic growth.

    June 2016

    4th Annual: Public Consultation and Stakeholder Engagement for Major Infrastructure Projects Masterclass 2016

    Thu 30th June 2016 Burges Salmon, London

    The 2016 masterclass will go into more depth than ever before and cover all the key topics including ensuring public engagement is meaningful, inclusive and demonstrates community benefit, appreciating the role of preliminary environmental information in consultation and navigating statutory requirements of pre-application consultation. With public consultation a key element of any major infrastructure project application, understanding this statutory requirement and ensuring optimum insight into projects is key.

    Transport-Led Development in Wales 2016

    Tue 28th June 2016 Park Plaza Hotel, Cardiff

    With specific focus on projects in Wales including the Metro and the M4 road development, this is the only forum that focuses both on the regeneration opportunities on the horizon, provides an update on current projects and highlights best practice in delivering transport projects. Get the latest advice on how to use transport-led infrastructure to unlock economic growth and win the hearts and minds of local stakeholders.

    6th Annual: Community Infrastructure Levy and s106 Masterclass 2016

    Wed 15th June 2016 Dentons, London

    At this event you will hear practical guidance on how to manage the administration of CIL once it is adopted; explore how to establish governance structures and how to identify the priorities for CIL spending, including how best to engage with parish councils about the local meaningful proportion. Attend for the latest updates on CIL regulations, explore CIL exemptions and reliefs including how to manage the process, and hear the development industry view on the charge.

    May 2016

    4th Annual: Connecting Projects to the Grid 2016

    Wed 25th - Thu 26th May 2016

    With the grid nearing capacity in many areas there are pressures to ensure faster connections to maximise project potential and increase viability. With more applications than ever being made to the distribution network and the growing size of some …

    8th Annual: UK Ports Conference 2016

    Tue 24th - Wed 25th May 2016 Hill Dickinson LLP, London

    Now in its 8th year, the UK Annual Ports Conference has been expanded for 2016 into a two-day programme, with day 1 providing the latest updates on policy issues, exploring the current trends and outlook, the examining "big" issues around national and regional and local infrastructure development. Day Two will examine and evaluate the opportunities and gaps in terms of port development for growing markets, considering the opportunities for ports to capitalise on renewable energy, containerised shipping and the development of intermodal facilities.

    This major national conference for the UK ports industry will also examine recent shipping trends and provide expert opinions on the outlook for shipping in terms of traffic forecasts via UK ports, both in the short-term and into 2020. Speakers will provide a succinct overview and update of the UK and EU ports policy landscape; vital to ports executives for shaping commercial objectives which are realistic and achievable in today's uncertain and competitive market.

    Waterfront’s National Infrastructure Commission Conference

    Wed 4th May 2016 Pinsent Masons, London

    This event will enable delegates to understand the purpose of the new National Infrastructure Commission (NIC). It will examine the areas the NIC has been asked to focus on and consider what their work means for future infrastructure projects.

    With the first priorities of the Commission being to review the connectivity of Northern cities and HS3, investment in London's transport infrastructure, and energy infrastructure investment, this event will consider what the recommendations of the Commission could mean for these areas. Take a look at the draft programme here.

    April 2016

    24th Annual: Rail Freight Group Conference 2016

    Wed 20th April 2016 Cavendish Conference Centre, London

    The 24th annual Rail Freight Group Conference brings together rail freight professionals for networking, learning and high level debate, as the freight industry's leaders come together to debate the biggest issues affecting the sector.

    This major annual conference will explore the current challenges and commercial opportunities for the sector, bringing together other 120+ attendees from the freight industry including operators, rail freight customers, and ports. Attend to review the government's plans and support for the sector, explore the implications of structure changes at Network Rail for the freight industry and future freight growth.

    March 2016

    ERTMS and ETCS 2016: The Future of Railway Signalling in the UK

    Tue 22nd - Wed 23rd March 2016 Stephenson Harwood, London

    ERTMS, the new form of rail signalling in the UK presents a big challenge for the UK rail industry; removing the signals from the track to on board the train will require a great deal of change for the entire industry. From new trackside infrastructure, to retrofitting rolling stock, to the training of staff, there are number of strategic and operational challenges that need to be considered.

    This event brings together 100+ senior rail professionals from passenger services and freight operators through to suppliers; and is the only event that allows you to explore the strategy and delivery of ERTMS and the fitment of ETCS in the UK.

    Transport-Led Development in the North of England

    Wed 9th March 2016 DLA Piper, Manchester

    With the government’s commitment to developing the northern powerhouse, large scale transport projects already underway, and a focus on development and economic growth in the North, there are currently numerous development opportunities, as new and improved transport infrastructure

    February 2016

    4th Annual: Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects Forum 2016

    Tue 9th - Wed 10th February 2016 Grand Connaught Rooms, London

    The UK's leading conference on the application process for nationally significant infrastructure projects returns to London on February 9-10th 2016. Due to overwhelming demand, this year's conference has moved to a private venue to allow for technical guidance, including a brand new stream on post-consent which will explore DCO implementation and preparing for construction.

    Widely recognised as the industry's largest gathering for those involved with NSIPs projects, this event has attracted 400 attendees since it launched in 2013, bringing together project promoters, local authorities, statutory consultees, and planning professionals to share best practice on creating a successful application.  A must-attend event for anyone involved in infrastructure planning, this conference will help you gain a complete understanding of how to prepare a DCO as you to hear crucial insights from The Planning Inspectorate and those that have successfully completed the process.

    January 2016

    Transport-Led Development in London and the South East

    Wed 13th January 2016 Pinsent Masons, London

    With a number of large scale transport projects coming forward in London over the next few years, this event will explore emerging regeneration opportunities for developers, and best practice in delivering transport projects that enhance the local area and maximise economic growth.

    Hear from developers, local authorities and transport planners as they explore how we can realise the full potential of these projects. By providing updates on future infrastructure schemes including Crossrail 2 and Old Oak Common, and reviewing case studies and lessons learnt from recent developments, the event will provide practical guidance on transport-led regeneration.

    November 2015

    UK Rail Network Resilience 2015

    Thu 12th November 2015

    This is the first national conference to bring together the UK rail industry to tackle the growing problem of rail network resilience. Senior professionals from across the rail sector including Network Rail, TOCs, and local authorities will come together to discuss both short and long term plans for developing a network which is resilient to weather conditions, engineering works, emergencies and climate change.

    October 2015

    4th Annual: Major Infrastructure and Renewable Energy Planning in Wales 2015

    Wed 21st October 2015 Mercure Holland House Hotel and Spa, Cardiff

    An essential update on planning processes in Wales, this master class will provide you with all the guidance you need to successfully gain planning approval for your major infrastructure or renewable energy project.

    Welcoming over 100 developers, local authorities and the wider planning sector, the industry will come together in essential discussions on best practice. You will hear insight on both the traditional TCPA application process and the DCO planning process, and engage in important discussions on the future of planning in Wales following the introduction of the Planning (Wales) Bill.

    Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project Application Master Class 2015 (Northern Edition)

    Wed 14th October 2015 Pinsent Masons Manchester

    The application process for a nationally significant infrastructure project (NSIP) can be complex and there are a number of requirements that need to be met to ensure a successful application. This unique event, part of the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project Master Class series, will provide insight into how to take your scheme through the entire process and explain how you can gain approval for your DCO.

    The Applying for a Development Consent Order using the Planning Act 2008 event will bring together project promoters, local authorities and planning experts, to consider all the processes and key requirements and provide a detailed look at each stage of the process you to need to complete to be granted approval for an NSIP. From pre-application to examination, the day will use a combination of case studies and expert advice to provide you with guidance to help you avoid problems that could cause delays to your project.

    September 2015

    2nd Annual: UK Rail Industry Forum 2015

    Thu 17th September 2015 Stephenson Harwood, London

    This timely event will bring together the rail industry following the general election to discuss the latest issues facing the rail sector.   Explore where the challenges and opportunities will be in the coming years, and find out more about how key projects are progressing.

    July 2015

    UK Rail Station Regeneration and Development 2015

    Wed 8th July 2015 Dentons, London

    At this event you will explore the benefits of investing in rail stations and how this can help regenerating the area at both a local and regional level. The event will also discuss the impact of station investment on commercial and property development around the station and how this influences economic growth.

    Hear case studies of recent investment in railways stations and what the impact of these were to the area, while also considering what opportunities will be available from future developments. Industry experts who have worked on a number of station schemes will discuss a range of topics exploring how to best progress station development and the benefits of development, these include the benefit of a fully integrated and connected station and how this can be delivered, city transformation through urban regeneration and retail and property opportunities station development can offer.

    5th Annual: Community Infrastructure Levy & s106 Master Class 2015

    Thu 2nd July 2015 DLA Piper London

    Since the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) was first introduced 5 years ago there have been a number of changes to the original policy and many lessons can be learnt from the introduction of the charge by local authorities. With the charge now adopted across a number of authorities, and more in the process of implementing the levy, and s106 pooling restrictions coming into effect from April 2015, now is an important time to review CIL.

    Local authorities, developers and consultants will gather at the Community Infrastructure Levy Master Class 2015 to share their experiences of the levy and examine the challenges and issues that they face regarding CIL.  You will hear practical guidance on how to manage the administration of CIL once it is adopted; explore how to establish governance structures and how to identify the priorities for CIL spending that allow you to balance the delivery of new infrastructure to unlock growth and further development.

    June 2015

    Public Consultation and Stakeholder Engagement for Major Infrastructure Projects Master Class 2015

    Tue 30th June 2015 Burges Salmon, London

    This one day master class will bring together project promoters to discuss how to successfully conduct a public consultation. The day will provide you with practical guidance on how to conduct the consultation process - looking beyond the requirements of consultations to the technicalities of how they can be conducted.

    You will explore how to take your consultation from start to finish - from preparation, to the consultation itself, to the analysis of feedback.  Hear different methods to identify and engage with stakeholders and communities, understand the latest technologies that are available to help depict your project and look at how to analyse results including how to create the consultation report.

    Growth Mindset Workshop

    Thu 25th June 2015 Central London | Venue TBC

    Ofsted expects to see rapid academic progress, and industry demands that schools produce more confident, resilient individuals – how can schools deliver for the new progress measures and start producing the right kind of learners? This workshop is about how to develop a 'growth mindset' amongst students to turn them into high achievers.

    7th Annual: UK Ports Conference

    Tue 23rd June 2015 Hill Dickinson LLP, London

    This year's event will allow you to hear from different port users on their experiences of working with UK ports, including what makes a port the best option and what more ports could be offering to make them a better choice. Understand how ports can help facilitate supply chains and explore how to best manage imports and exports.

    The day will explore what the latest shipping pattern updates mean for the UK. From examining the container market and current port capacity, to changing short sea shipping patterns, understand what opportunities are available and the impacts these trends will have for ports. Also attend for your chance to review the impact of the sulphur regulations 6 months on, allowing a better understanding of the effect these are having on shipping patterns and what future changes might be.

    23rd Annual: Rail Freight Group Conference

    Wed 3rd June 2015 Stephenson Harwood, London

    The rail freight industry's annual flagship event brings together rail freight professionals and offers the chance to debate the latest and most pertinent issues affecting the sector. The event will explore the current challenges and future opportunities for the freight industry.

    Attend to hear the latest updates from Network Rail on their plans for the freight network, discuss what the 2015 elections mean for the rail freight industry, including what the government's freight priorities are, and review rail freight in 2015 from an operator's perspective.

    May 2015

    3rd Annual: Connecting Projects To The Grid 2015

    Thu 14th May 2015 Burges Salmon, London

    An essential element in the delivery of any new energy infrastructure project is to ensure that the scheme can be connected to the grid, and this is one of the greatest challenges facing a number of new developments. This detailed master class will provide you with an in-depth guide to the connection process and examine all aspects surrounding gaining access to both the transmission and distribution networks.

    March 2015

    Releasing Capacity on the UK Rail Network

    Wed 25th March 2015 Dentons, London

    Following the second report by Sir David Higgins on the future of High Speed Rail in Britain, this timely event will explore solutions to the rapidly growing problem of capacity on the UK rail network.

    The first session of the day will explore the importance of integrating HS2 and HS3 with existing rail network to improve connectivity, in the next session, delegates will hear a range of case studies on where improvements are being made to the current rail network. The final session of the conference will explore wider benefits of increasing capacity including the benefits for freight, and how regional rail enhancements will support city growth.

    Growth Mindset Workshop

    Tue 24th March 2015 Greencoat Place, London

    Ofsted expects to see rapid academic progress, and industry demands that schools produce more confident, resilient individuals – how can schools deliver for the new progress measures and start producing the right kind of learners? This workshop is about how to develop a 'growth mindset' amongst students to turn them into high achievers.

    The Future of Rail Signalling: The Transition to ERTMS

    Wed 18th March 2015 Stephenson Harwood, London

    The one day event, The Future of Rail Signalling: The Transition to ERTMS, will address a number of important topics including the latest updates on the change to the ERTMS, potential issues and pitfalls that might occur with the changeover, and will consider who is responsible for the transition. Join the discussion on how the change can best be implemented and if the transition will ultimately help improve network capacity.

    February 2015

    Port Strategy: Maximising Your Port’s Potential Through Infrastructure Solutions

    Wed 25th February 2015 Bircham Dyson Bell, London

    This event will explore how you can upgrade existing port infrastructure and deliver new developments to maximise your port's potential. By looking at a number of important issues, you will have the chance to consider the optimum strategy for your port, discuss the benefits of having a port master plan in place and assess the importance of port economic forecasting on development.

    Attend to examine the different planning consenting routes and find out how you can plan for new development, including how to match timelines for planning, environmental and dredging consents, to result in effective project delivery. Understand what infrastructure solutions are needed by exploring the latest trends and impacts of changing shipping patterns and size.

    Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects Master Class 2015

    Tue 10th - Wed 11th February 2015 Pinsent Masons, London

    This unique master class will provide you with in-depth guidance on how to apply for a development consent order using the Planning Act 2008. Across 2 days, it will consider all the processes and key requirements and provide a detailed look at each stage of the process you to need to complete to be granted approval for a nationally significant infrastructure project.

    This year's flexible format will allow you to choose from one full day and two half-day sessions, ensuring you receive the tailored support you need for your project, or attend both days for a complete overview of the process.

    UK Air-Rail Update 2015

    Mon 9th February 2015 DLA Piper London

    After a successful inaugural event, the UK Air-Rail Update conference returns to London for 2015 to showcase and discuss all the latest developments in air-rail policy in the UK, with representatives from across industry and government.

    Covering everything from HS2, Thameslink and Crossrail connectivity, to integrated ticketing systems and an overview of air rail projects across the world, UK Air-Rail Update 2015 is a critical event for aviation and rail professionals as well as third party stakeholders looking to get a grasp of the current state of air-rail and to network with key industry contacts.

    December 2014

    The Perfect Teacher Workshop

    Tue 9th December 2014 Greencoat Place, London | Tue 9th December 2014 Greencoat Place, London

    This unique one-day workshop will show you the steps you need to take to become an outstanding teacher, and revive your passion for teaching. Packed with practical strategies, examples and resources to take back to school, this workshop shows you how to be the best teacher you can be, and still have time for a life. If you are leading on teaching and learning, this course will help you support your teachers to achieve consistency and confidence in the classroom.

    Opportunities for UK Ports in the Energy Sector

    Tue 2nd December 2014 Holman Fenwick Willan, London

    At this event the ports and energy sectors will come together to receive an in-depth update on a number of energy sources and how ports can be involved. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear case studies from ports involved with supporting each energy source. Discuss the benefits, advantages and challenges of each option and take away lesson which can be applied to development and expansion of your port.

    November 2014

    Planning for Flood Resilience and Adaptation for Climate Change

    Thu 20th November 2014

    This timely event will explore how you can both deliver new flood resilient developments and how you can adapt existing property to increase protections from flooding. By looking at innovative new methods that will allow development in flood risk areas attendees will hear how to maximise the use of available land to deliver new infrastructure safely while also providing flood defences to benefit existing communities.

    Consider the cost benefits of adaptation versus the cost of repairing flood damage and explore how these solutions can be delivered practically including examining what new method of drainage are available to deliver flood resilience.

    October 2014

    Funding for Infrastructure Projects 2014

    Wed 22nd October 2014 Bircham Dyson Bell, London

    With many different and complex means of funding infrastructure projects available, this one day conference will provide an overview of available methods and explore potential new funding opportunities.

    The event will offer a comprehensive guide to funding solutions for new infrastructure projects.  It will cover a variety of funding types and provide detailed case studies of funding major projects.

    Planning for Major Infrastructure and Renewable Energy Projects in Wales 2014

    Wed 15th October 2014 Eversheds LLP, Cardiff

    This must-attend conference on major infrastructure planning and renewable energy in Wales will bring together developers, planning consultants and local authorities from across Wales to debate the latest issues facing major infrastructure and renewable energy planning in Wales.

    Attendees will have the chance to examine the current system for renewable energy and major infrastructure planning in Wales, hearing case studies from a range of successful projects that will provide them with practical guidance and advice on how to create successful applications.

    September 2014

    UK Rail Industry Forum 2014

    Thu 11th September 2014 Dentons, London

    This timely conference will bring together the Government, Network Rail and the UK rail industry to explore key strategic decisions that will shape the future of the railway, as one.  Largely discussion-based, this event will include in-depth panel debates and plenty of audience participation to ensure a wide range of stakeholders are heard from in an open and lively debate on key current issues for Britain's railway.

    July 2014

    Gaining Planning Consent for Business and Commercial Developments

    Thu 10th July 2014 Bircham Dyson Bell, London

    With the extension of the Planning Act 2008 last year, some nationally significant business and commercial developments can now apply for planning consent using this regime. For the larger and most complex projects, this offers an alternative way to apply for projects that require multiple consents.

    Considering key factors such as timescales and costs, join project developers, local authorities and planning consultants at this event, as they attend to compare the advantages and disadvantages of both systems and to fully understand the process and which option would be preferable for your project.

    Public Consultation and Stakeholder Engagement for Major Infrastructure Projects 2014

    Thu 3rd July 2014 Pinsent Masons, London

    At this event project promoters, consultation professionals and local authorities will gather to share case studies and knowledge gained through the consultation process. Hear innovative new techniques to apply to your own projects and pick up advice that will enable you to become more effective in your communications with the public and stakeholders.

    Explore when is the right time to start consultation, how to create a realistic timetable and demonstrate how public engagement has shaped your project.

    June 2014

    6th Annual UK Ports Conference

    Wed 25th June 2014 Eversheds, London

    This June, the UK ports industry will gather to discuss the many challenges facing port owners and operators. This will provide an excellent opportunity for updates on the policy and initiatives proposed by the European Commission and UK Government from expert speakers and industry leaders.

    Attend to explore how the market is valuing port assets both in the UK and globally and what shifts in market supply chains are occurring, review the global shipping forecasts and the impacts of these for UK, and look at port development, including examining the planning framework and investing in ports for the future.

    Powerful Presentations Training

    Wed 18th June 2014 Crowne Plaza London - The City

    In this highly interactive workshop, learn how to deliver powerful presentations that will engage, inform and influence any audience. Led by award-winning strategic communications consultant and former broadcast journalist, Professor John Underwood, this workshop provides comprehensive guidance on how to structure and deliver a presentation that gets the right message across, and achieves the desired outcome from the audience.

    The Perfect Teacher Workshop

    Tue 17th June 2014 Greencoat Place, London

    This unique one-day workshop will show you the steps you need to take to become an outstanding teacher, and revive your passion for teaching. Packed with practical strategies, examples and resources to take back to school, this workshop shows you how to be the best teacher you can be, and still have time for a life. If you are leading on teaching and learning, this course will help you support your teachers to achieve consistency and confidence in the classroom.

    May 2014

    The Perfect Teacher (Wales)

    Thu 22nd May 2014 BDO LLP, Helmont House, Cardiff

    This unique one-day workshop will show you the steps you need to take to become a highly effective teacher, and revive your passion for teaching. Packed with practical strategies, examples and resources to take back to school, this workshop shows you how to be the best teacher you can be, and still have time for a life. If you are leading on teaching and learning, this course will help you support your teachers to achieve consistency and confidence in the classroom.

    Strategic Planning to Deliver Growth

    Wed 21st May 2014 Bircham Dyson Bell, London

    This conference examines how we can plan for growth and explores practical approaches to the issues which are frequently causing problems for local plans at the examination stage.

    Attend to discuss solutions to these problems and learn from others' experiences, as local authorities, developers and planning professional come together to discuss how to meet housing need through planning, the impact of policy changes and what is next for strategic planning.

    Media Interview Training

    Wed 7th May 2014 Fleet House, London

    The secret to success in a media encounter is to ensure that you, as interviewee, keep control. It's easy to be daunted by the confidence and apparent technical expertise of a reporter, but with preparation and training, you can learn how to get your message across at the crucial moment.

    This is an open course for high level spokespeople looking to prepare themselves and their organisations for media attention.

    April 2014

    Powerful Presentations Training

    Wed 30th April 2014 Fleet House, London

    In this highly interactive workshop, learn how to deliver powerful presentations that will engage, inform and influence any audience. Led by award-winning strategic communications consultant and former broadcast journalist, Professor John Underwood, this workshop provides comprehensive guidance on how to structure and deliver a presentation that gets the right message across, and achieves the desired outcome from the audience.

    March 2014

    The Role of Ports in Supporting the Energy Sector

    Tue 4th March 2014 Bircham Dyson Bell, London

    This national conference brought together the ports and energy sectors to discuss where the opportunities lie, assess future predictions and trends, and review current energy policy and how it will impact on port investment.

    From oil and coal, to offshore and marine technologies, this one-day event provided an in-depth update on each energy source and how ports can be involved.  Attendees heard case studies from those involved with supporting each energy source, found out what development opportunities are available and how ports can provide the required infrastructure.

    February 2014

    Planning for Small and Medium Renewable Energy Projects

    Tue 25th February 2014 Norton Rose Fulbright

    This conference provided in-depth guidance on the process of gaining planning consent for your scheme, from the initial siting consideration to preparing the planning application.

    Developers, local authorities and planning consultants gathered to hear about the planning processes and protocols including pre-application consultation, specific requirements for different types of project and how to simultaneously plan for grid connection.

    The unique event brought together industry leaders to provide an update on the process, share case studies of projects, and explore how to practically execute the application process.

    December 2013

    Opportunities for Ports in Supporting Offshore Wind

    Tue 10th December 2013

    With a number of larger, higher and further from shore offshore wind farms being consented or now beginning construction, there are many available opportunities for ports to support the supply chain and help secure the UK's place as an offshore wind leader.

    Delegates who attended this one day event heard from manufacturers and developers on the qualities they look for from ports and their experiences so far, while port representatives involved with offshore wind talked on their lessons, timelines and available opportunities.

    September 2013

    Financing and Funding Infrastructure Projects

    Thu 19th September 2013 Bircham Dyson Bell, London

    This one day conference provided an opportunity for delegates from across the infrastructure sectors to share best practice and identify potential funding and financing solutions for new infrastructure projects.

    Speakers addressed a number of important topics, such as: funding through planning gains and tax revenues,  debt funding and the opportunities available from private financing and institutional investment..

Events currently being planned:

September 2017

4th Annual: UK Rail Industry Forum 2017

September 2017 Central London | Venue TBC

The UK Rail Industry Forum returns to provide an essential update and strategic insight for the UK rail sector. Attend to consider the major challenges facing the industry, receive the latest updates on policy, and insight into how schemes and rail improvements are progressing.

October 2017

6th Annual: Major Infrastructure and Renewable Energy Planning in Wales 2017

October 2017

Returning for the 6th year this event provides an in-depth update on planning processes and changing planning policies in Wales. Welcoming developers, local authorities and the wider planning community, this is a unique opportunity to hear practical guidance on …

November 2017

Rolling Stock Procurement Forum 2017

November 2017 Central London | Venue TBC

This one-day event provides a strategic review of rolling stock needs and procurement processes. Attendees will receive all the latest information and timelines on recent and upcoming procurement, in addition to considering key issues which could affect the delivery of new rolling stock.


Please note that where applicable, confirmed registrations include:
  • Refreshments including lunch
  • Powerpoint slides within a week of the conference (Powerpoint slides are not produced for seminars)

Terms and Conditions:

Terms of Payment: Payment is required before attending the conference. A late payment invoice of £50 will be issued to any delegate whose invoice remains outstanding by the conference date. VAT receipts will be sent by post for all bookings.

Cancellations and substitutions: If for any reason you are unable to attend, cancellations will need to be received in writing prior to the booked event and in line with the cancellation dates given at the time of booking. Substitutions can be made at any time at no extra cost.

Speaker Cancellations: Although every effort is made to ensure our speakers appear as advertised; we are unable to guarantee any speaker’s attendance as unforeseen circumstances can arise which can prevent a speaker from being able to attend. In the event of a speaker being unable to attend we will make every effort to find a suitable replacement of the same calibre and level of expertise. To avoid disappointment, please visit our website regularly to keep up to date with the latest programme for each conference. Your understanding in this matter is appreciated.

Data Protection Act: The data you provide will be held on a database in accordance with the Data Protection Act (1998). Occasionally your details may be passed to sponsors and or endorsers who have supported Waterfront events at which you attended, and who wish to contact you for related purposes. If you do not wish your information to be passed on, please write to conference@thewaterfront.co.uk.


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Waterfront produces approximately 40 events each year, covering the latest issues and legislative changes in education, rail, ports and planning. When attending one of our events, you can be assured that the topics are current, well researched and feature high quality speakers.

If you would like to be kept up to date on the latest conferences in your area of specialisation, register with us.


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