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September 16, 2021

Active Buildings: changing construction practices to meet the climate challenge

Buildings account for 40% of carbon emissions in the UK, yet the built environment has only been allocated half a day at the upcoming COP26. Are we doing enough to improve construction practices in housebuilding, including energy capture and storage?

In this episode of The Camargue Podcast, Chris Brierley from the Active Building Centre speaks to Camargue's Jonny Brownsteen about what needs to happen in the housebuilding sector to make the home of the future a reality.

August 19, 2021

The Transition to Net Zero

A transition to net zero can prevent climate change, save lives and generate profits for those who invest in the technology to make it possible. But will market opportunities drive the changes or should government intervene? And what role does COP26 play in this?

In this edition of the Camargue Podcast, scientist and financial analyst Dr Mathew Hampshire-Waugh discusses the research and recommendations in his new best-selling book, Climate Change and the Road to Net Zero.

August 05, 2021

Concrete and the circular economy

Across the built environment there has been an increasing focus from architects and designers on the circular economy. Many are beginning to embrace opportunities and take new approaches in the collective effort to tackle the climate emergency. 

In this episode Elaine Toogood, Head of Architecture at The Concrete Centre, joins Giles Venn to reflect on the ways that the materials we use can have a major influence on the performance of our buildings, now and in future.

July 26, 2021

Offshore wind: past, present, future

More than 40% of all Europe’s wind energy is based off UK shores. But even with this, some predict we need to increase the rate of deployment by as much as eight times to meet our Net Zero commitment.

Olivia Thomas, Head of Marine Planning at The Crown Estate, talks to Mike Cheshire about the successes of the young industry to date, and the challenges and opportunities ahead.

June 07, 2021

New homes in the Oxford-Cambridge Arc: how should we do it and what’s the recipe for success?

This episode investigates the question how do we have the new homes and create the new communities that we want and need in the Oxford-Cambridge Arc? Joining Camargue Director Ben Copithorne are guests Annabel Le Lohe from Storey Homes, James Cochrane of Grosvenor and Joe Marshall from Catalyst. Considering sustainability to affordability, innovation to placemaking, and design to deliverability, the conversation takes in everyone’s ‘vital ingredient’ in the recipe for success. Enjoy!

May 27, 2021

Social Sector Economics

The social sector generates £200bn of value to the economy each year, but funding imbalances and fundraising shortages during the pandemic mean that it is approaching a crisis. In this episode, Nicole Sykes of Pro Bono Economics provides expert insight into the importance of thriving communities, the opportunities available to government, and the benefits which businesses can unlock from supporting voluntary organisations.

May 04, 2021

Mayoral election: brand vs policy

As part of our in-depth look at the May elections, today’s @CamargueUK podcast examines the impact of personal brand in the race for mayor. Sadiq Khan, Andy Burnham and Andy Street have all made the most of their strong regional profiles. But after their first term in office, how will they use that to defend their seats, records and political affiliations?

We discuss the candidates’ positioning of themselves and each other, the interplay of local issues and party politics and the celebritizing effect of the office.

April 28, 2021

Mayoral election: #LevellingUp

With polling day fast approaching, we take a look at the role of combined authority mayors, what the #LevellingUp agenda means across the country, and the role of national vs local in the mayoral elections of Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, Tees Valley Combined Authority and West of England Combined Authority

Join Jonny Brownsteen, Roxanne Blake, Michael Philps and Katherine Wingate in this latest episode of the Camargue Podcast.

April 26, 2021

Rolls-Royce and Small Modular Reactors (SMRs)

Rolls-Royce is leading the SMR Consortium looking to bring small modular nuclear reactors to fruition. Smaller, swifter, cheaper and more flexible, each SMR can power a city the size of Leeds.

Sophie Macfarlane-Smith, Head of Customer Business at Rolls-Royce, talks to Mike Conway about the technology and its potential to deliver local low-carbon power for the UK.

March 25, 2021

Everything Sustainable: A New Goal for Football

Given the power of football clubs to inspire and influence their communities, does football hold the key to the community-focused sustainability movement? Thom Rawson, founder of Sustainable Football, joins Camargue's Katherine Wingate to explore football’s role in our collective shift to a sustainability mindset.

March 04, 2021

Can chemistry clean our city air?

Local authorities and cities are expanding clean air zones and congestion charges in the fight to protect our city air, but these changes will take time. Does science offer a speedier solution?

Professor Anthony J Ryan OBE, Director of The Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures & Professor of Physical Chemistry at The University of Sheffield and James Pack , of Sentinel RPI, An Energy, Carbon & Sustainability Consultancy for the Built Environment & PureTi join Mike Conway, Director at Camargue, to explore possible solutions to the question of cleaning our city air.

March 01, 2021

Bitesize Budget podcast: Energy

How will Wednesday’s Budget tackle the UK’s energy challenge? Toby Barker gives us his predictions in just a few minutes in our final bitesize Budget forecast.

March 01, 2021

Bitesize Budget podcast: Business

It’s Rishi Sunak’s much-anticipated Spring Budget this Wednesday. Camargue MD Jo Lloyd gives her thoughts on what we might expect and how the Budget will back British business, in our latest bitesize podcast special.

February 26, 2021

Bitesize Budget podcast: Transport

Transport - whether road, rail or plane - is at a crossroads. Which will Rishi Sunak back in his Spring Budget on Wednesday 3 March? Greg Phillimore gives his quickfire take in the latest of our Camargue Bitesize Budget podcast specials.

February 25, 2021

Bitesize Budget podcast: Housebuilding

What should be in next Wednesday’s Budget for the residential sector? In the first of our Bitesize Budget podcasts in the lead-up to Rishi Sunak’s Spring 2021 Budget, Jenny Marshall gives her views on what might be announced to support housebuilding.

December 21, 2020

What’s the point in high streets?

It’s been a tough decade for high streets.  The financial crisis fallout, rise of internet shopping and topped off with a pandemic.  How do we make sure this isn’t a killer cocktail and help town centres thrive into the future?

Jonathan Werran, chief executive of neo-localist thinktank Localis, and Nicole Roe, Planning Associate at Barton Willmore and a member of the High Streets Task Force, join James Snowdon.  They consider how the planning system and local governance can create sustainable and viable town and city centres.

November 18, 2020

Estate regeneration: transforming homes, lives and communities

Often controversial.  Always sensitive.  Not to be taken lightly.  At the heart of estate regeneration are real people and existing communities.  It’s about their homes, their lives and their futures.

Paul Quinn, director of regeneration at social landlord Clarion Housing Group, joins associate director Daniel Knight to talk about the human and emotional focus of his work, the many obstacles to overcome, and why the rewards make estate regeneration so worthwhile.

October 22, 2020

Nuclear Fusion and the STEP programme

This episode looks at the current state and the future of nuclear fusion in the UK. For over 60 years we’ve relied on nuclear fission to power our homes and businesses. With recent exciting technological advancements,  Verity Barr, Senior Consultant at Camargue speaks to Saranne Postans from the UK Atomic Energy Authority on how the STEP (Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production) programme is working towards delivery of nuclear fusion energy and how that could change the landscape of energy production here in the UK and around the world.

October 16, 2020

Solving Britain's housing crisis

Former Estates Gazette and Building editor Peter Bill on his new book, 'Broken Homes: Britain’s Housing Crisis, Faults, Factoids and Fixes'.  

Among topics covered, he talks to Mike Conway about why the Planning for the Future White Paper and proposed planning reforms won’t be the key to unlocking more homes getting built.

October 08, 2020

Social value in construction

This episode looks to go beyond the bricks and mortar of the construction sector – instead focusing on how construction companies can leave a lasting positive legacy in the communities they work in.

Account Manager Chris Tutton is joined by Kevin O’Connor, Head of Social Responsibility & Inclusion at Durkan, to talk about social value in construction and how the industry can maximise what it can offer.

September 21, 2020

The Oxford-Cambridge Arc: ambitions and actions for good growth

What’s your ambition for the Arc? What action do you want to see taken to secure good growth?

In this episode, we explore economic, spatial, social and environmental ingredients for sustainable development in the Oxford to Cambridge corridor. And we talk about leadership, collaboration, design, opportunity and, of course, the impact of Covid-19 on how we view the Arc and its potential.

Joining Camargue Director Ben Copithorne are Nigel Tipple, CEO at OxLep, Sarah Murray, Director and Co-founder at edge Urban Design and Alan Divall, Director at Walsingham Planning.

September 10, 2020

What next for new nuclear?

Time is running out for decisions to be made on UK energy policy. Does new nuclear generation form a vital part of reaching Net Zero by 2050? And if it does, how can we find a funding model that embraces the significant upfront costs?

For this episode of #StrictlyInfrastructure, Camargue’s Toby Barker speaks to Kirsty Gogan, managing partner at the international consultancy Lucid Catalyst and global director of Energy for Humanity, a non-profit organisation focused on solving climate change and enabling universal access to modern energy services and Leon Flexman, corporate affairs director at Horizon Nuclear Power. Together they explore the lessons that can be learned from the offshore renewables sector and explain why building new nuclear power plants is a little bit like assembling flat pack furniture.

August 21, 2020

On your bike

There’s no denying the increased shift towards cycling in recent months, although it is hard to say whether this new appreciation for non-motorised transport is in response to Covid-19 or whether it has been a long time coming.

As we slowly return to workplaces many are now reluctant to step back on to trains and buses and instead are looking for an independent way to travel. Added to  the governments £2billion package to create alternative ways to travel and the cycle Infrastructure Design Guidance Note issued in July, there’s a clear appetite for the UK population to get on their bikes.

Camargue Director Mike Conway is joined by Ed Watson, Director at Ed Watson & Associates, Phil Jones, Director at PJA transport planners, and Irene McAleese, Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer at See.Sense, to find out what this all means. 

July 30, 2020

UK ports – Brexit, Freeports and levelling up coastal communities

This episode looks at the future of the UK port industry, from the impact of Brexit and the importance of frictionless trade with Europe and the world to Freeports, digital innovation and progress towards net zero.

Mike Conway, Director at Camargue, is joined by Tim Morris, CEO of UK Major Ports Group, for a wide ranging discussion of the challenges and opportunities the sector faces moving forward.

May 20, 2020

Public consultation – how to adapt to a new world without public events

This first episode looks at how the planning and consultation processes have shifted in the current lockdown situation from a variety of perspectives. While some projects have been put on hold, for those that are going ahead it brings a whole host of challenges, but also offers opportunities.

Aled Rowlands, External Affairs Manager at National Grid, Tracey Crews, Director Planning at Cheltenham Borough Council, and Mike Conway, Director at Camargue, discuss how organisations are innovating and increasingly using digital tools to keep projects moving.