Risk, Resilience and Response in a changing Climate – 31st January 2017, Saracen House, Glasgow

Risk, Resilience and Response in a changing Climate
January 31st 2017, Saracen House, Glasgow


There is a growing realisation in both Government and the private sector that the built environment is struggling to cope with a world that is changing rapidly with social, technological, environmental, economic and political challenges. As a consequence there is an urgent need to address current governmental and market failings and implement policies, systems and solutions to create a resilient built environment for the future by:

  • Strengthening the built environment to better resist stress from both short term shocks and long term change
  • Improving the built environment’s capacity to bounce back rapidly from impacts

The consequences of climate change are recognised world-wide and have been highlighted in the UK by recent extreme weather and flooding events, putting it high on the political agenda. However, there are many other facets to resilience such as population growth, urbanisation, energy security, resource depletion, crime and security, all with complex interdependencies, so the market need and opportunity is broad.

Key areas of discussion will include climate resistance and resilience of physical assets, flood resilient repair, from mapping and evaluation of community resilience and energy resilience and the role of government, agencies, academia and industry for resilience of the built environment.

Event Agenda

9:20 Opening address from the Chair – Diarmaid Lawlor, Director of Place, Architecture and Design Scotland

9:30 Session 1 – Integration, engagement and adaptation

  • Future Visions and Challenges – Antje Branning, Head of Environmental Quality Division, Scottish Government
  • Infrastructure and Environment – Mark Williams, Head of Environmental Science and Regulation, Scottish Water
  • Natural Flood Management – Heather Forbes, senior policy officer, Flood Risk Management, SEPA
  • Planning for flood risk in Scotland – Steven Orr, Associate Environmental Planner, LUC
  • Q&A

11:00 Break

11:20 Session 2 – Climate Resilient Infrastructure

  • Planning resilience into our communities – Craig McLaren, Director, RTPI Scotland
  • Urban Flood Resilience in an Uncertain Future – Deonie Allan, School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society, Herriot Watt University
  • Resilient Energy Infrastructure – Scott Mathieson,  Network Planning & Regulation Director, Scottish Power Energy Networks
  • Q&A

12:50 Lunch and Networking

13:50 Session 3 – Communities Fit For The Future

  • Sustainable Investment and Maximising Value From the Public Purse – Archie Stoddart, Sustainable Transport Unit, Transport Scotland
  • Community involvement in Flood Prevention Schemes – Paul Hendy, Recovery Operations Manager, Scottish Flood Forum
  • Climate ready communities – engagement for the future of places – Petra Biberbach, PAS and Ruth Westenholme, SNIFFER
  • Metropolitain Glasgow Sustainable Drainage Partnership Case Study – David Hay, Group Manager, Project Management and Design, Development and Regeneration Services, Glasgow City Council
  • Q&A

15:20 Closing remarks from the chair

15:30 Close