The details of UK Construction Week’s 2016 main stage seminar schedule have been released, with George Clarke, Victoria Fritz and Steph McGovern set to host.
Now in its second year, UK Construction Week is set to take place at Birmingham’s NEC from 18th – 20th October. Boasting more than 1,000 exhibitors, it is predicted to attract over double the amount of visitors as last year’s event.
The seminar schedule is an integral part of the show; it has been organised to cover the most pressing construction sector topics, providing attendees with valuable information and industry insights.
On the first day, a panel of construction professionals will meet to discuss Chancellor George Osbourne’s assumption that the UK’s construction industry doesn’t ‘train enough or build enough or invest enough’.
Hosted by architect and television presenter, George Clarke, the session will discuss reasons for – and solutions to – the industry’s issues with low productivity, investment and its inability to attract new talent.
Confirmed panellists include: Chief Executive, Dr. Diana Montgomery of the Construction Products Association (CPA); the current President of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), Paul Nash FCIOB; the Cabinet Office’s Head of Construction, David Hancock; and the Chief Executive of the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), Adrian Belton.
The first seminar in UK Construction Week’s ‘A Tale of Three Cities’ series will also take place on the opening day: focusing on the hosting city of Birmingham, it will discuss the commercial, residential and infrastructure sectors, with contributions from local authorities, architects and energy professionals.
As the industry’s first major event since the results of the EU Referendum were announced, UK Construction Week hopes to provide visitors with the opportunity to discuss Brexit’s effect on the sector.
Hosted by business journalist, Steph McGovern, day two will begin with a seminar entitled ‘Keep Building; housing in post-referendum Britain’. The session will cover the key challenges facing the UK’s housing market, such as planning permission, funding and construction skills and incentives.
A second seminar – ‘How can we drive innovation in construction materials in post-Brexit Britain’ – will feature speakers from the Timber Research and Development Association (TRADA), Amey and the Materials Council. Elsewhere, the skills shortage will be discussed by a panel of construction professionals.
Victoria Fritz will host the final day of seminars, focusing on the impact of BIM and the potential of SME builders. In light of government plans to commission 10,000 new homes directly from SME builders, the session will discuss skills, apprenticeships, finance and planning.
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