Capital Gains & Home Truths

Capital Gains & Home Truths

We need to provide affordable homes fast, but how can we build social, economic and environmental capital while doing so?

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We’re in the middle of a global housing crisis.

The cost of housing has grown far faster than income, and in Bristol alone, there are over 19,500 households on the housing register and only around 1,500 homes to let each year. We know we need to provide affordable homes fast, but how can we build social, economic and environmental capital while doing so?

Getting the design of housing and housing delivery right is the biggest challenge of our time. Join Simon Bayliss (HTA Design), Alex Marsh (University of Bristol) and Christiana Makariou (Goram Homes) to hear how well-designed neighbourhoods could meet demand while reducing the final bill for health and social care in our society.


Simon Bayliss, Managing Partner, HTA Design
Alex Marsh, Professor of Public Policy, University of Bristol
Christiana Makariou
, Development Director, Goram Homes

Simon Bayliss
Award-winning architect and designer Simon Bayliss creates better homes and places to live. He is Managing Partner of HTA Design, an inter-disciplinary practice working across architecture, landscape, planning, communications, interiors, and sustainability & physics to improve all forms of housing. HTA Design has been responsible for the design of some of the most innovative and influential housing developments of the past 20 years. Simon is a regular contributor to the debate on housing design, as both speaker and writer.

Alex Marsh
Alex Marsh is Professor of Public Policy at the School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol. In 2022/2023 he co-chaired, with Cllr Tom Reinhard, the Bristol Living Rent City Commission under the auspices of the One City Office. Alex is currently systems theme lead for the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) funded by ESRC/AHRC. He has led the CaCHE contribution to the Church of England/Nationwide Foundation project Envisioning a Long-Term Strategy for England which will be launched in April 2024.

Christiana Makariou
A development professional and Chartered Town Planner, Christiana Makariou has a passion for successful placemaking with experience in large-scale, mixed-use developments as well as public/private sector Joint Ventures. Christiana is the Development Director at Goram Homes, the Council’s housing delivery company. Goram Homes builds homes that create communities and are environmentally, socially and economically sustainable, while tackling the housing crisis.

This event is presented in partnership with HTA.