For CPD events for property professionals across the Chilterns and Thames Valley


Tour of the British Library - History and Treasures (a PPN event)

British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB

This tour, organised by PPN (the Property People's Network) will encompass the history of the British Library and how it works, with additional time spent in the Sir John Ritblat Gallery, where the guide will introduce some of the treasures on display. 

?Further details will be available shortly.

Casting shadows - the risks related to rights of light (a Boyes Turner event)

Boyes Turner, Abbots House, Abbey Street, Reading RG1 3BD

Boyes Turner, solicitors in the Thames Valley, are hosting a breakfast seminar entitled Casting shadows - the risks related to rights of light and how to minimise them on Thursday, 28 April.

There is increasing pressure for high density development, particularly in residential built-up areas. This is coupled with the government failing to find time to put into effect the Law Commission’s recommendations for reform.  The result is that developers, property owners and occupiers are thrown back on the common law in relation to the impact of rights of light.

Sustainable roofing design

Maidenhead Golf Club

Garland UK roofingDaniel Sandell of The Garland Company (UK) gave a wide-ranging talk on sustainable roofing design, metal (standing seam) roofing systems and RAMP (Garland's Roof Asset Management Programme) in a CPD event at Maidenhead Golf Club.

Garland UK is part of The Garland Company, Inc, founded in 1895.

Your eyes in the sky - high level inspections using drones

Maidenhead Golf Club

"A picture paints a thousand words; drones can do so much more."

Using a camera mounted on a UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) or drone for high-level inspections has become a recognised method for surveyors in recent years.  On Tuesday, 19 April, Paulo and Frank Coll brought an audience of surveyors up-to-date on the opportunities for using drones and followed this up with a practical demonstration.

Their talk covered:

  • the truth about drones - the law in relation to commercial UAVs, the operating environment for licensed pilots (such as Paulo and Frank) compared with unlicensed operators of drones;
  • the product - uses and limitations - explaining with reference to two sub-7kg drones, both suitable for indoor and outdoor operation;
  • the possibilities - ways of obtaining survey data, and comparisons with using other methods such as a cherry-picker, ladders or scaffolding in terms of cost, flexibility and response.

Five Counties Conference 2016

Wycombe Swan theatre, High Wycombe HP11 2XE

Five Counties Conference 2016 flyer350 people attended Five Counties Conference 2016 on Wednesday, 24 February 2016 at the Wycombe Swan theatre in High Wycombe.  Mostly general practice surveyors, working in the commercial and residential sectors, they were presented with a wide-ranging CPD programme from planning law to defects in Victorian and interwar years housing.

The conference presentations are available to download (see below).

A date for your diary:  Five Counties Conference 2017 will be held on Wednesday, 22 February 2017.


Construction & Property Lunch Club

Savile Club, 69 Brook Street, London W1K 4ER

Anyone with an interest in construction and/or property is welcome to attend the Construction & Property Lunch Club's regular networking events. Lunches are held at the Savile Club in Mayfair.  Over 40 people attended a recent lunch.

The cost is £55.00 pp (half price for first time attendees) - with a choice of hot buffet (and starters, pudding, cheese and coffee) and half a bottle of wine included.  Cash bar beforehand.