What’s next for housing?

Five industry-renowned speakers led the conversation at our 2022 #WhatsNext conference, discussing the impact of the increase in cost-of-living, the importance of sustainability, interest rate impact, rising energy prices and the recovery from the global pandemic.

Don’t miss our must-see video content of the speakers, their thoughts on the event and their presentations:


2022 Overview

What’s Next? 2022 responds to the urgent need for local authorities, planners, placemakers and housebuilders to come together and deliver a clear response to the challenges we face.

The event featured five renowned industry speakers.

  • Robert Boughton, CEO, Thakeham Group
  • Robert Colvile, Director of the CPS and Editor-in-Chief of CapX
  • Stewart Baseley, Executive Chairman, HBF
  • John Richards, Chairman of Brickability
  • Lucian Cook, Head of Residential Research at Savills.


Each speaker was challenged to inspire the audience to share unique insights and offer a clearer vision of the future of sustainable placemaking.


Robert Boughton, Thakeham’s CEO, Said:

We are grateful to everyone who took part in the ‘What’s Next?’ conference and helped contribute to another successful event.

This was the first major home building event since the Autumn Statement. There are always variables in business. As a company we remain hopeful that we can retain momentum and the skills agenda through the work we have booked and our balanced portfolio but it’s clear as an industry there is much uncertainty.

Knowledge, insight & expert opinions

The conference was attended by over 250 delegates, including housing analysts, industry professionals and commentators. For the benefit of those who could not attend the event in person, please follow the links below for the event videos:

Event highlights

Speaker presentations

1. Welcome by Rob Boughton followed by Stewart Baseley, HBF

2. Robert Colvile, CapX & CPS Think Tank

3. John Richards, Brickability

4. Lucian Cook, Savills

5. Rob Boughton followed by Q&A


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