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Urbano Build

Network & Events for property, construction, design, built environment, architecture, planning, BIM, and related sectors.

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Urbano hosts around 10 Build events over the year, including breakfast events that feature great speakers, networking lunches and networking evenings.

Urbano Build's programme is a co-ordinated event programme and network for architects, developers, property investors, designers, interior designers, innovators, landscapers and other sector professionals to connect, gather information, create associations and alliances, and build a community based on mutual encouragement and sharing market knowledge to help their businesses survive and thrive.  Our programme also supports member events during MIPIM (the world's leading property exhibition), Clerkenwell Design Week and London Festival of Architecture.

Our Urbano Build speaker programme has a proud track record of exploring and championing issues affecting the sector, often before they become mainstream, and often from a stand-point of finding opportunities for smaller firms to work with larger ones as we feel both benefit. This includes diversity, sustainability, new technologies and their usage, such as BIM and VR, accessibility, environmental, BREAAM, supply chain transparency, site safety, workplace and wellbeing, design, modern materials, M2M/IOT and crowdfunding. 

Previous speakers at Urbano Build have included RIBA’s current and previous Presidents - Jane Duncan and Stephen Hodder, Kevin McCloud (Grand Designs), George Clarke (Restoration Man), Marc Vlessing (Pocket Living), Wayne Hemingway, Loyd Grossman, David Hancock (Government Lead on Construction), senior figures in organisations like CEBR, BRE and CABE, and from leading UK construction companies such as Arup, Laing O’Rourke, Mace Group, and David Philp and Mark Bew (BIM Team at the Cabinet Office).  

Happily and typically, an Urbano Build event audience is usually 50% female.


Wednesday October 4th - Urbano Build Networking Reception timed to bring together companies in the Built Environment sectors ahead of MIPIM London & Digital Construction Week

Thursday November 9th - Networking breakfast event on workplace wellbeing and health in design at Arup London (Build & People)

Non-member companies are welcome to book and send representatives to a maximum of TWO Urbano events in total, including Urbano Build events before needing to join and experience the full benefits of membership. 

Urbano Network is proudly pan-sector, linking companies and individuals from different sizes and sectors of business.

Membership of Urbano Network gives you and your business access to ALL Urbano events including our networking lunches and free places at our monthly evening events*, along with our unique online networking tools and weekly Tender Opportunities Notices.

For more details on the benefits of membership, click here Urbano Membership


January 2012 - Jackie Sadek, CEO of UK Regeneration
March 2012 - Mark Bew, Government Champion of BIM
June 2012 - Marc Vlessing, CEO Pocket Living
January 2013 - Wayne Hemingway, HemingwayDesign
February 2013 - Peter Studdert, Chair - Design Review Group, London
March 2013 - Sofie Pelsmakers, Author of The Environmental Design Pocketbook
August 2013 - Andrew Kinsey, Sustainability Director, Mace Group PLC
October 2013 - Kevin McCloud, Grand Designs/HAB Housing
January 2014 - Stephen Hodder, RIBA President
March 2014 - David Philp, Head of BIM Implementation, Cabinet Office
May 2014 - Networking Evening, Clerkenwell Design Week at Punto. IT's showrooms
May 2014 - Julian Treasure, CEO The Sound Agency
June 2014 - Loyd Grossman, Chair of The Heritage Alliance
July 2014 - Oliver Schneider, CEO of The Facility
September 2014 - Ed Green, Crown Commercial Service, on Procurement
November 2014 - Alexander Jan, ARUP's transaction advice leader
December 2014 - Networking evening at Hermann Miller Showroom
January 2015 - Steve Radley, Director of CITB
February 2015 - Anne Dye, Head of technical research at RIBA
February 2015 - Professor William Webb on IOT/M2M
March 2015 - John Alker, UK Green Business Council
April 2015 - Casey Rutland, ARUP (on BIM)
June 2015 – Economic report on the London and UK Property market, Nina Skero, CEBR
July 2015 – Robert Biggs, ex Chair of CCS on diversity in the construction industry
Sept, 2015 - Jane Duncan, President of RIBA
Nov, 2015 - Urbano breakfast with BRE
January 14th, 2016 - Will Hardie, architect and presenter
January 27th, 2016 - Jay Carver on Crossrail archeology
February 2016 - Anne Kemp, Atkins on BIM2
April 2016 - Urbano networking build breakfast on accessibility with Jean Hewitt
May 2016 - Clerkenwell Design Week evening event, in association with Steelcase
June 2016 - Workplace Wellbeing Build breakfast with Professor Kerstin Sailer & SpaceLab at Senate House, University of London
July 6th 2016 - VR & Visual Tech Showcase at Inition Shoreditch 
September 15th 2016 - David Philp, previous head of BIM implementation in Government Construction Strategy
October 13th 2016 - Networking breakfast with Dan Hopwood, director of Studio Hopwood and past president of the British Institute of Interior Design
November 10th 2016 - Urbano Build networking breakfast event, featuring guest speaker architect George Clarke, currently presenting Channel 4's Old House, New Home.


March 2nd - Networking breakfast and private view of the Fire!Fire! Exhibition at the Museum Of London

March 9th 2017 - Urbano Build networking event with Sadie Morgan co-founder of dRMM and Chair of HS2 Design Panel

March 13th - FREE MIPIM Attendees online networking griup for Urbano Members & Associates attending MIPIM 2017

March 17th - Urbano Monaco networking lunch, including MIPIM attendees

May 4th Urbano Build Speaker & Networking Event in Clerkenwell with speakers David Leonard and Dr. Chris Ward

May 24th Urbano business networking lunch event in Clerkenwell

July 6th Build Networking Breakfast Event with Alan Crane

September 7th 2017 -  Build networking breakfast with RIBA President Elect Ben Derbyshire


Jackie Sadek, CEO of UK Regeneration, on Urbano:
"I found I was ranting and raving in a very unclever way again yesterday morning, at some ungodly hour in Hatton Garden, as I addressed the Urbano Build network about my mission to kick-start a real step-change in regeneration. 

Now, I may grumble about getting up early for these things, but I always find time for the Urbano Network. They have a philosophy of "exchanging value" that I find rather empowering.

Urbano, run by the redoubtable Mark Herring, offers a safe facilitating vehicle brokering for opportunities for smaller companies to get involved, both with each other, and with larger partners. They champion the cause of the smaller, quality suppliers, especially in areas such as BIM, design and new technologies.  

I always learn something of real value when I'm with them.  And they're entrepreneurs, so they're a creative and energising lot to be with. Community building with businesses in economic partnerships, through our work and events and even online (steady now) is a key part of the UKR journey, of course. And the Urbano entrepreneurs certainly seemed to like the UKR business model.

I found myself among friends, despite (or perhaps because of) all my ranting.  I was asked a number of fascinating questions (and some more off the wall, such as: was I the next Kevin McLeod?) by a group of people who were thoroughly engaged." 

Full article here: Estates Gazette

Other speaker testimonials

I really enjoyed myself and hope I was not too vociferous – as you can tell I am quite tenacious in my wishes and approach. The Urbano network was really interesting and I will see if there is a way of enticing more architects in as it was a shame there weren't more there to benefit from the connections and conversations!
Jane Duncan, President RIBA

I must admit I was impressed by the range of folk who were there & very glad to have the opportunity to speak to them.  Mostly one goes to events populated by the usual architectural suspects!  I’ve already had a couple of interesting connections myself!
Anne Dye, Head of Research, RIBA

“Many thanks to Mark and Urbano for hosting Kevin [McCloud] and the senior team from Hab at October’s Build event. Hab Housing had just come out of an intense crowd funding period for our business - which Mark had helped us promote - and it was excellent to ruminate and digest on the process and its potential application to the wider market with such an engaged audience.”
Mike Roberts, Hab Housing’s MD

"Nice crowd , good contacts made ..v tasty breakfast!"
Wayne Hemingway, HemingwayDesign (Urbano Profile)

"I joined Urbano this month as part of my New Year's resolution to go networking to help my business grow. After attending a couple of events as a non-member, I was tracked down by Marc Vlessing of Pocket whom I met at an Urbano breakfast."

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