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Thursday 18th January

Rooftop developments on existing buildings. How practical is it?

As the government announced its plans to build 300,000 homes per year at the last budget and with land for development in short supply, we look at the potential to build on top of our existing assets as a viable option. 
Come and join us for the first RCN breakfast event of 2018 as our expert panel discusses:
  • What is the potential?
  • What are the key considerations?
  • How can this be achieved with minimal disruption?
  • Who takes the risk?
  • Has there been a thought change since Grenfell?


Chris Doyle 

With experience within both the Refurbishment and New Build Sector of the Construction Industry since 1999, Chris is heading up ENGIE’s Rooftop & Infill Development Division.

Having joined Apollo in 1999 initially as a Contracts Supervisor, Chris ultimately established himself as a Regeneration Director leading a division with an annual turnover of circa £45m. In 2012 Chris returned to his New Build roots working as a Consultant for a Private Developer, over-seeing the creation and delivery of boutique new homes in London and the Home Counties.


In 2016, Chris re-joined Keepmoat (now ENGIE) with the specific remit to develop their capacity and expertise in the Rooftop and Infill Development market within both the Public and Private sector, and now leads a team that focuses specifically on providing this solution for Clients.

David Gatehouse

David has worked in the construction industry for 38 years initially in a technical capacity developing supper plasticizer for concrete in The Middle East.  David has for the last 30 years operated at rooftop level with materials specification and supply in roles that included technical, sales, marketing, and MD.


David heads up Langley Structures which fits with his personal motivations of innovation and sustainability by delivering in the social housing sector low cost homes where people want to live.  

Gregory Malek
Pick Everard

Gregory Malek is an Associate at Pick Everard, specialising in various types of residential projects including Affordable tenure for RSLs and Buy-to-Rent for Developers.


He is involved in the whole delivery process starting from inception through tender to practical completion covering; masterplanning of small infill sites, works to existing buildings and large residential developments.


Gregory works as a lead designer within multi-disciplinary teams and has in-depth knowledge of housing standards and legislation with specific interest in technical aspects of building services, structures, highways, noise and sustainability.


His technical knowledge combines practical, hands-on delivery of all projects to BIM Level 2 standard, which provides the most effective way to drive efficiency in building design, construction and use.

Laura Meyer 
GL Hearn

Laura Meyer is an Associate Planning Director in the Major Projects team at GL Hearn, one of the UK's leading property consultancies providing trusted commercial property advice to the public sector, developers, investors and occupiers.


Laura specialises in obtaining planning permission for various types of development including mixed-use, healthcare, education and residential projects including rooftop developments. She has worked on a number of award-winning projects and landmark sites across both London and the rest of the UK and is involved in projects from the outset, analysing existing sites, preparing planning applications and obtaining deliverable planning consents. Laura is passionate about identifying ways in which to bring value to projects through planning alongside finding ways to accelerate both the planning and construction programme to ensure projects are delivered in a timely fashion.

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