Environmental Information in the Digital Age – Royal Society of the Arts and Argyll Environmental Ltd – Brighton

This was a unique opportunity for Fellows to see at close quarters, the current developments that are taking place in the digital and creative space, which utilize cutting edge environmental data  FRSA Mark Hadley long time associate of Argyll Environmental invited Fellows to Argyll Environmentals offices in Central Brighton to see how some of the UK’s leading environmental databases had been harnessed by this innovative company to produce bespoke environmental reports for UK conveyancing professionals.

The proceedings were opened with a presentation from Chris Taylor Product Development Director for Argyll Environmental’s Parent Company Landmark Information Group who explained the vast range of data products being produced by the energetic, professional team based in Brighton. These reports cover environmental due diligence data to assist the property market and the public with key information on issues that might affect property – contaminated land, flood risks, development risks, restrictive designations, the location of pollution incidents etc.

We were then treated to a gallop through two presentations by Ben Furlong and Jez Nicholson using PechaKucha techniques to deliver their presentations on UK Flood Risk developments, and how UK Infrastructure developments such as HighSpeed2 might affect our environment.

All this was amply aided and abetted by local wine specialists Henry Butler owner of Butlers Wine Cellar, a local Brighton specialist who ensured fellows had his own unique view on how to explore the refreshment break.

The meeting followed up with a short film that looked at how the world for business and society might look in 2018,challenged by the ever growing issues surrounding climate change, resource depletion and over-population.

Time for a break, so Fellows, and local invitees including Tom Wellings of Emotive Systems, CEO Kay Phillips and Mike Hobbs of Hobbs Law turned up for a look at what was being discussed.  There were more entrepreneurs in the room than you could shake a stick at, luckily we had Chair of the Fellowship Council Irene Campbell to keep us all in check.

Our thanks to AEL and Landmark Group for making this a stimulating and thought provoking event, and for the eclectic mixture of RSA Fellows and camp followers to contributed to the success of the event.