Tenements Today | Tenements Tomorrow Conference

Through a process of debates aimed to inform and provoke, owners and professionals will work together to identify the current gaps in provisions to aid tenement repair and maintain the welcome momentum of the Scottish Parliament Parliamentary Working Group.

The Tenements Today – Tenements Tomorrow conference on the 18th September will be a worthwhile day for all those interested in the future of this uniquely Scottish form of home ownership, providing  an opportunity to hear both from established tenement experts and speakers bringing new perspectives on the issue. Delegates’ views on the reform of tenement legislation will be actively collected and put forward to politicians.

Dr Frankie McCarthy of the University of Glasgow School of Law will talk on how we balance individual and community rights in her talk on “Human rights issues in tenement law reform.” 

“Applying behavioural science to improve tenement maintenance” will be the topic of Dr Conny Wollbrant’s talk and Conny, an Associate Professor in economics at the University of Stirling, will talk from his research on how to nudge people to save more towards their pensions or to pursue more environmentally sustainable behaviours.

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Tenement Conference PosterMitch Miller

The political perspective will be provided by Kevin Stewart, MSP, Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning and Graham Simpson MSP, Chair of the Scottish Parliamentary Working Group on Tenement Maintenance which proposed the legislative reforms which form a focus for the day.

Annie Flint (Under One Roof), Niall Murphy (Glasgow City Heritage Trust), and Prof Douglas Robertson will provide the historical housing and architectural background and review why we need further changes in legislation.

Other confirmed speakers will include Graham Boyack from Scottish Mediation and Soraya Din, a trade unionist and founder of the East Pollokshields Quadrant Association who will talk about how to bring owners together to take communal action. John McKinney of the Scottish Traditional Building Forum and Gordon Nelson of the Scottish Director of the Federation of Master Builders will look at the economic impacts of increased repair activity.

The day will open with a short film portraying owners ‘views on the need for tenement legislation reform and close with a perspective from noted graphic artist, social researcher and anthropologist Mitch Miller (designer of the conference poster).

The conference is being organised by Scottish Civic Trust, Built Environment Forum Scotland and Under One Roof.  Delegate places cost from free (tenement owners) to £45. Booking via Eventbrite