Character Building: Putting Heritage at the Heart of Planning and Placemaking


Our historic environment provides not only a rich architectural and cultural resource, but also a wealth of models of sustainable and healthy living. However, within the planning system, heritage appears to be increasingly confined to an assessment of significance rather than a catalyst for positive change. In this, the eleventh of our London conferences, we intend to redress the balance. We will look at ways in which heritage, urban design and planning professionals can work together to make successful places.

The conference will cover a wide range of issues, from estate management to public realm improvements and will include advice on the contribution that archaeology can make to placemaking.

This conference will be of relevance to conservation officers and other heritage professionals, town planners, urban designers, engineers, surveyors, architects, and archaeologists and as usual, we intend the presentations to be of nationwide interest, not solely London-focused.


Royal College of Physicians


This one-day conference is to be held in Sir Denys Lasdun’s Grade I listed Royal College of Physicians (1960–64); an award-winning conference venue.





The Royal College of Physicians is located at 11 St Andrews Place, Regent’s Park and can be reached: 

By National Rail from Euston, King’s Cross, Marylebone and Paddington stations

By Tube from Regent’s Park (Bakerloo Line), Great Portland Street (Circle, Metropolitan, Hammersmith and City lines), Warren Street (Victoria and Northern lines)

By Bus from Paddington and Marylebone, Numbers 18, 27, 30, 88, 205

The Conference will provide an opportunity to gain CPD training for both IHBC members and members of other professional Institutes. A CPD certificate will be available to delegates at the end of the day.




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