BPF / CIfA seminar summary - 21 February 2018 at 4PM


The Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) and the British Property Federation (BPF) has established a good working relationship over a number of years. The two organisations work together on policy, built environment wide initiatives and on joint projects that create mutual benefit for members, other stakeholders and the public.

The joint BPF / CIfA seminar held on Wednesday, 21 February 2018 is one such joint project.

Hosted and sponsored by JLL, this seminar looked at the Future Funding of Archaeology and Heritage in Development.

In the context of changing the question was asked, where will funding come from for the investigation and study, preservation and conservation of our built heritage, buried remains and historic landscapes in 2050?

Chaired by BPF Chief Executive, Melanie Leech, the seminar started with presentations from three speakers.

Stewart Bryant spoke about heritage funding from the local authority viewpoint. With over 30 years experience as Head of Historic Environment at Hertfordshire County Council and more recent experience in academia and in consultancy, Stewart ran through a history of PPG16, its successes and issues. He then moved on to planning reform, the health of relevant local authority services, new technologies and other challenges and opportunities that will influence the future funding of heritage.

The second speaker was Dean Clifford, director and co-founder of Great Marlborough Estates, boutique residential development company delivering design-led high quality residential developments throughout London. The company has a pipeline of prime central London projects with a current market value of over £500,000,000, including a number that have significant heritage and archaeology elements. Dean’s experience as a developer and commercial funder of archaeology and heritage brought fantastic insight to the seminar.

Finally, Peter Hinton, Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists spoke about the future funding of archaeology and heritage from the perspective of heritage professionals and professional service providers. And, as CEO of the leading professional body representing archaeologists working in the UK and overseas, Peter looked closely at the public benefit that comes from the investigation and study, preservation and conservation of our built heritage, buried remains and historic landscapes, building Stewart and Dean’s comments.

Funding for the heritage elements of property developments is complex and in flux. Where is the right balance between public and private funding? Where should the checks and balances be? How do we work more effectively together? This seminar represented one step toward answering these questions.

About CIfA
The Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) is the leading professional body representing archaeologists working in the UK and overseas. Its members are professionally accredited and skilled in the study and care of the historic environment. They sign up to a rigorous Code of conduct, CPD schemes and complaints procedures to uphold competence and standards in archaeology. CIfA champions professionalism in archaeology, which is good for practitioners, clients and protects the public. CIfA does this by setting standards, improving careers and promoting best practice.

About BPF
The British Property Federation (BPF) is the membership organisation for, and the voice of, the UK real estate industry. The federation represents and promotes the interests of all those with a stake in real estate in the UK – owners, developers, funders (equity and debt), agents and advisers. BPF works with government and regulatory bodies to help the real estate industry grow and thrive, to the benefit of members and the economy as a whole. Because BPF membership is industry-wide, it provides government and regulators with the knowledge they need to make decisions.

About JLL
JLL is a professional services firm whose common passions are real estate services and investment management. JLL UK’s knowledge runs deep with specialists in every property type and every facet of transaction, management and advisory services. This includes planning, development and heritage. The company aims to attract, develop and reward the best and most diverse talent. And challenge them to develop enduring client relationships built on trust, collaboration and quality service.

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