Urbano Communities

Urbano Build

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.

Urbano Network is London’s leading pan-sector independent business network with over 5,000 Member & Associate Companies, ranging from boutique practices and SMEs, to corporates and PLCs.

Urbano Build is one of our most vibrant business communities with its own programme of regular networking events in London aimed at architects, developers, property investors, designers, interior designers and other professionals associated with the built environment sector to make connections, gather information, create associations and find new business opportunities.

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, BREEAM, supply chain transparency, site safety, workplace and wellbeing, design, modern materials, M2M/IOT and crowdfunding.

Our UWACTE (Urbano Women In Architecture, Construction, Technology & Engineering) Community has its own programme of events, alongside and together with Urbano Build. Read more here: UWACTE

We have also launched our Zero Carbon in Construction Programme which sees us focus our Build speaker programme on helping all companies in, across and beyond the BE sectors reset their business practices and fully engage on the changes we all need to make NOW to reduce the carbon impact of construction .




This event is focused on biophilia, a conception of how the built environment and architectural design may be used for the benefit of all living things, and to answer the pressing need for sustainable and comfortable urban lifestyles. Presenting this session, which will examine the soon-to-be-opening The Spine building, will be  Robert Hopkins, Regional Director of AHR, the award-winning architecture and building consultancy practice - and Urbano Network members.

Robert is design/project lead on The Spine, the new northern home for the Royal College of Physicians in Liverpool, which aims to be one of the healthiest workplace environments in the world when it opens its doors in May 2021. Biophilia is at the heart of AHR's approach to the design of The Spine and the building has been designed adhering to WELL Standard principles. Robert will be dsicussing how biophilia and other innvovations around workplace wellness and design have informed The Spine's design and construction.




JUNE 24th - 10.30AM

This event will focus on the recent report from Historic England report on the potential for reducing carbon emissions through retrofitting older buildings. 


We will look at the challneges specifically around retrofitting historic and listed buildings, and homes in conservation areas looking to install heating and power systems in line with zero carbon reduction targets.


Recent past events hosted by Urbano which are of special interest to the Build Community:

February 17th 2021 - Build & UWACTE Members Networking Round Table

Urbano Build & UWACTE focused members participating in a 'round table' discussion format. Exclusive and private event for Urbano Members

February 11th 2021 - New Procurement Regulations for 2021 - Good News For SMEs?

Featuring speakers Ben Carpenter - Chief Executive of Social Value UK, Rebecca Rees - Partner at Trowers & Hamlins, Neil Capstick - Founder of The Social Value Practice and Executive Compass, and Caroline Brock - tender writer and bid management strategist & consultant

For a full list of past events relevant to the Build Community, please follow this link


“Having presented on sustainable construction for Urbano Build, I would definitely speak at an Urbano event again. Not only was I warmly welcomed by the Urbano team, but I was particularly delighted at the depth of the Q&A with such a multi-disciplinary and informed audience from across the built environment sector.

Urbano clearly has a great reach into the industry, and to see so many women attending was indicative of the high quality of the event and the relevance of the topic to women in industry.” 

Prof Jacqui Glass, Professor of Architecture and Sustainable Construction at Loughborough University & Director of the Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering (CICE), 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 alongside AECOM's ex Work Winning Associate Caroline Brock, 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." 

Jackie Sadek, CEO of UK Regeneration, on Urbano


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. Click through to the Membership page for options, fees and download on joining Urbano: Urbano Membership

If you would like to consider becoming an Urbano Build & UWACTE Community Supporter, helping our Zero Carbon in Construction Programme and efforts to inspire diversity across in the ACTE sectors, please click here:
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Next Events

  1. Urbano Build Speaker event - The challenge of Net Zero Carbon & Retrofit In Conservation Buildings

    Thursday June 24th, 10:30am

    Urbano Speaker Event on delivering zero carbon and retrofit of historic and conservation buildings, with Peter Cox of Carrig Conservation International

    Read more > Urbano Build-Conservation
  2. Urbano Business Workshop: Critical Ingredients for Successful Pitches & Proposals

    Thursday July 1st, 10:30am

    Urbano Speaker Panel Event: Critical Ingredients For Successful Proposals & Pitches, with David Pritchard, MD of Sandler Training, London East.

    Read more > Urbano Engage - Business
  3. Urbano Network Members Networking Round Table - July 2021

    Wednesday July 7th, 10:00am

    Urbano Members Networking Round Table - Wednesday July 7th at 10am.

    Read more > Urbano Members Round Table
  4. Urbano Midlands Networking Round Table - July 2021

    Thursday July 15th, 10:30am

    Urbano Midlands Networking Round Table for Members & Non-Members, especially for those those with offices in and around the West & East Midlands.

    Read more > Urbano Open Round Table
  5. Urbano Network Members Summer Networking evening and party

    Wednesday July 21st, 6:00pm

    Urbano Network Members Summer Networking evening and party at Lambeth Palace. DATE TBC following latest updates from HM Government on events.

    Read more > Lambeth Palace
  6. Urbano Members Networking Round Table - August 2021

    Wednesday August 4th, 10:00am

    Urbano Members Networking Round Table - Wednesday August 4th at 10am.

    Read more > Urbano Members Round Table
  7. Urbano Networking Evening at Sagal Showroom in Clerkenwell

    Thursday September 9th, 5:30pm

    Urbano networking evening at the Sagal Showroom in Clerkenwell on Thursday September 9th.

    Read more > Sagal Group Showroom
  8. Urbano Build Speaker & Networking Event with Simon Allford, President of RIBA

    Wednesday September 15th, 9:30am

    Urbano Build Speaker & Networking Event featuring the incoming President of RIBA, Simon Allford.

    Read more > The Building Society

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