With over £400bn worth of projects tabled for imminent delivery, Britain’s infrastructure and construction sectors are experiencing an unprecedented renaissance. However, are we equipped to deliver such a complex and competing set of works?
Marketforce’s Infrastructure New Build event helped to ensure positive answers to each of these questions by bringing together senior executives from project developers and the supply chain for a unique networking and learning experience. With experiences drawn from transport, utilities, energy and more, all of the major thematic issues impacting construction have been addressed, and delegates have had the opportunity to tailor an experience to suit their business needs.
Highlights of 2016:
Our 2016 speaker line-up included leaders from all the UK's most significant projects, including:
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Our 2016 Speakers
Monday, 7th November 2016
Co-ordinating world-leading infrastructure development across Britain
- Maintaining momentum in new build: how can industry, the public and government be kept engaged?
- Sharing knowledge between projects: opening up communication channels and building relationships
- What is being done to reduce the risk of material bottlenecks caused by large-scale construction?
- Harnessing the power of technology to improve project development and delivery
- Is enough being done to counteract the shortfall of construction and engineering skills?
- Mitigating risk in infrastructure new build: how is successful project delivery best ensured?
- Looking to the future: where and what do we need to build next?
- Successes so far: tracking the evolution of the UK’s approach to infrastructure investment
- Assessing our attitude to construction: has British industry become complacent?
- Exploring new avenues: entrenching the right values across an organisation
- Looking to the future now: where next for innovation in engineering?
Creating a modern, connected community that matches London’s needs
Peabody is currently spearheading a £1.5bn regeneration project of the Thamesmead area of south-east London. The project promises to deliver 25000 new homes, and transform a much-maligned part of the capital into a dynamic and exciting living space for both existing and new residents. This session will explore how they are undertaking the project, and detail some of the ground-breaking approaches that are being utilised.
Harnessing indigenous, low carbon electricity that is both affordable and sustainable long-term
The Severn Estuary holds the second highest tidal range in the world, making it the ideal place to develop a project as radically unique as the world’s first man-made, energy-generating lagoon. In this session, Mike Unsworth will explain how the ambitious project is taking shape, and detail how it will adopt innovative approaches to deliver innovative infrastructure.
How can we best facilitate the development of a world-leading construction sector?
- Recognising our heritage: why is the UK well-positioned to be a world-leader in innovative construction?
- Is construction learning enough lessons from other industries and projects abroad?
- Harnessing modern ways of working: offsite manufacturing, BIM and beyond
- How can developers and major contractors best support start-ups and innovators?
- Does the current approach to procurement and contracting support or stifle innovation?
- How can communication and collaboration across the sector be improved?
- Looking ahead: safeguarding innovative approaches to working for generations to come
Tuesday, 8th November 2016
- Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal: investing further in an essential hub
- Nationally significant? Highlighting the diverse possible usage cases for the NSIP process
- How does the NSIP process help to create a more stable environment for investment?
- Looking ahead to construction: where next for the project?
Understanding both existing infrastructure’s value and the need to invest in the future
The historic Elan Valley Aqueduct has been delivering water to Birmingham since 1904, but Severn Trent’s assessments concluded that it was becoming dated. With the end user in mind, they have embarked on a £250m project to develop an alternative water supply, allowing for repairs and a back-up supply going forward. This session explores the project, and the reasons for executing it in this fashion.
- Mapping the skills landscape and recognising the scale of the challenge
- What is being done to support the development of a skilled and competent workforce?
- Where must particular attention be paid in order to safeguard success?
A focus on the pipeline: how do we protect and amplify the appetite for new infrastructure?
- Depoliticising infrastructure: why is a new approach to encouraging infrastructure investment essential?
- Recognising the importance of pursuing a diverse range of construction projects
- How can we best ensure that development is appropriately spread across the country?
- Where is investment in new infrastructure most needed?
- NSIP or not: how do differing approaches to achieving planning consent impact the infrastructure pipeline?
- Safeguarding our ability to continue delivering new build: engaging young people in STEM
- How do we ensure that there is a continued appetite from investors?
Engaging local contractors: building a skills base and delivering business benefits
In January 2016, Northern Gas Networks announced that 100% of its gas replacement works are now delivered by local engineering firms, generating around £70m per year for the local economy. This programme has had the benefit of improving service delivery, and has also led to job and skill creation across the region. This session will explore the scheme and detail its execution and benefits.
- 11% in total, 1% on site: why do fewer women than men enter the construction sector?
- How do gender discrepancies negatively impact infrastructure development?
- Partnering for a better future: designing programmes to address the gender imbalance
- Thinking about the future: how do you predict how people will interact with infrastructure?
- Giving customers what they want: supporting communication and comfort
- Looking to the future: factoring future growth into strategy
Engaging consumers with Britain’s smart meter rollout
- Where are we now and what is the scale of the challenge?
- The benefits of the rollout for customers and the grid
- The steps Smart Energy GB are taking to engage consumers
- Enabling behaviour change with energy usage
- Stakeholder engagement: highlighting the differences in NSIP and non-NSIP approaches
- Avoiding common mistakes in the consultation process
- The importance of learning from the process
Crossrail 2: maintaining the UK’s economic growth through improved cross-capital connectivity
Removing barriers and grasping opportunities: creating a joined-up approach to regulation in new build
- What are the primary objectives of regulators in relation to infrastructure new build?
- Why can costs escalate when investment in infrastructure new build takes place near regulated assets?
- How can regulators play a role in developing better ways of working?
- Communicating to industry: is the dialogue between regulators and industry good enough?
- In what ways are different regulators collaborating and communicating with one another?
- What happens when different regulators have competing priorities?
- Looking ahead: striving to create better ways of working for both the present and the future
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Protecting the environment and promoting growth: supporting infrastructure new build
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