Infrastructure New Build
Nov 07-08 2016

Infrastructure New Build

With a total pipeline of more than £400bn, can you afford to miss out?

The Waldorf Hilton, London

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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:

  • Heard over 30 senior executives discussing more than 20 major projects
  • Tailored an experience that matches business’s learning and networking objectives
  • Met executives from transport, utilities, generation and more to share opportunities and experiences
  • Learned about a diverse array of issues – from planning to best practice, and innovation to regulation
  • Found out on what to focus in 2017 and beyond

 

·         Hear over 30 senior executives discuss more than 20 major projects
·         Tailor an experience that matches your business’s learning and networking objectives
·         Meet companies from across the supply chain and discover emerging opportunities
·         Learn about a diverse array of issues – from planning to best practice, and innovation to regulation
·         Find out where you should be focusing in 2017 and beyond

Our 2016 speaker line-up included leaders from all the UK's most significant projects, including:

     

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2016 Programme

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Monday, 7th November 2016

09:15
Welcome address
09:20
Chair’s opening remarks
Steven Eglinton

Director

GeoEnable

Session One: Welcoming in a new golden age for infrastructure

09:25
An engine for growth: outlining the opportunities of a 21st Century railway

Steve Hudson

Commercial and Development Director

HS2

09:40
Thinking innovatively about finance: why do developers fall back on proven approaches?

Mark Corben

Chief Financial Officer

Tideway

09:55
Expanding the capital’s most convenient airport and improving the experience for passengers

Patrick Burrows

Chief Financial Officer

London City Airport

10:10
Panel Discussion

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?
Steve Hudson

Commercial and Development Director

HS2

Mark Corben

Chief Financial Officer

Tideway

Michèle Dix*

Managing Director

Crossrail 2

Patrick Burrows

Chief Financial Officer

London City Airport

10:40
Refreshments

Session Two: Streams

Stream A: Ensuring best practice in project execution
11:10
Chair’s opening remarks
Steven Eglinton

Director

GeoEnable

11:15
Case study: The MeyGen Tidal Energy scheme

Constructing a first-of-its kind tidal stream project off the coast of Scotland

By the 2020s, MeyGen aims to deploy up to 398MW of offshore tidal stream turbines north of Scotland. Phase 1 of the project is already underway, with turbines already being deployed. This session will explore how the scheme is progressing, assess its challenges, and question why a phased ‘deploy and monitor strategy’ was most appropriate in this case.

Tim Cornelius

Chief Executive Officer

Atlantis Resources

11:35
Case study: The Thirlmere Transfer Project

Securing supply for today and tomorrow: successfully delivering a fundamental project

United Utilities’ £300m scheme plans to deliver 100km of pipeline, plus associated infrastructure, to West Cumbria over four years, and will create 400 jobs in the process. Delivering such an extensive scheme of works is clearly a challenge for even the best-prepared utility, and this session will explore how best practice is being guaranteed throughout construction.

John Hilton

Project Director, West Cumbria

United Utilities

11:55
Questions
Stream B: Financing infrastructure construction: finding a fit-for-purpose model for each project
11:10
Chair's opening remarks
Paul Toyne

Commissioner

London Sustainable Development Commission

11:15
Attracting financing for infrastructure: how can developers secure the necessary capital?

  • Recognising opportunities: where should project developers look?
  • How can developers best communicate with financiers?
  • Is project assurance from government necessary on major projects?
  • Harnessing the knowledge and expertise of financial backers successfully

Speaker to be confirmed

11:35
Through development to delivery and operations: finance strategies at the core of the business

  • Ensuring business success: recognising the need to be dynamic and adaptive
  • The role of the modern CFO: is it about more than the money?
  • Managing external relationships and working with stakeholders
Graeme Thompson

Chief Financial Officer

HS1

11:55
Questions

Session Three: Streams

Stream A: Adopting collaborative ways of working: a focus on procurement and the supply chain
12:00
Maximising supply chain value: how can developers improve results through procurement?

  • Assessing what the developer needs and what the supply chain can offer
  • When might new approaches to procurement be beneficial?
  • How can contractors increase their positive contribution to future projects? 
Phil Wilbraham

Development Director

Heathrow Airport

12:20
Case study: The Principals Group

Highlighting the benefits of a deeply-engrained approach to collaborative working

UKPN has won multiple accolades for supply chain excellence since implementing the Principals Group three years ago. Senior directors from across its supply chain meet regularly to share best practice on topics as diverse as safety, engineering and customer service. This session will explore how the team has driven improvements and assess its value.

Nirmal Kotecha

Director of Capital Programme and Procurement

UK Power Networks

12:40
Case study: M25 improvement

A Sustainable Business Culture: being an Intelligent Client and harnessing Two Stage Open Book

Connect Plus has implemented an innovative Two Stage Open Book procurement model that is allowing it to engage more directly with its supply chain and drive cost savings. This session will explore how the project has developed and highlight takeaways relevant to other projects.

Chris Richardson

Commercial Director

Connect Plus

13:00
Questions
13:05
Lunch
Stream B: Successfully securing planning permission and consent
12:00
Chair’s opening remarks
12:05
Case study: The Preesall gas storage caverns

Navigating the NSIP process

Gas storage at Preesall had been proposed for over a decade, but the project stalled several times. A DCO was finally granted in 2015 after Halite worked closely with stakeholders, in consultation with the Planning Inspectorate, to successfully move through the NSIP process. This session will explore how Halite achieved this after an initial refusal by the Secretary of State in 2013, and will detail how they approached consultation and engagement with local government bodies and the local community.

Paul Grace

Associate Director

Berwin Leighton Paisner

12:25
Panel Discussion

Beyond the nationally significant: discussing planning and consent at the local level

  • NSIP vs non-NSIP: what are the criteria?
  • Speeding up consent: have planning reforms worked?
  • What is the impact of ongoing devolution on planning?
  • Communicating with stakeholders: engaging the public throughout the process
  • Collaborating with developers to ensure accuracy in proposals and efficiency in projects
  • How can we ensure that the appeals process is fair and transparent?
  • Sustainable Development Plans: the cornerstone of future planning?
Chris Starkie

Managing Director

New Anglia LEP

Jason Longhurst

Director of Regeneration and Business

Central Bedfordshire Council

Mark Ketley

Head of Planning

Northumberland County Council

Paul Grace

Associate Director

Berwin Leighton Paisner

13:05
Lunch

Session Four: Streams

Stream A: Working for the workforce: supporting employees to excel and maintaining their safety
14:05
Chair’s opening remarks
Steven Eglinton

Director

GeoEnable

14:10
How can developers keep workers productive, empowered and happy?

  • How do you embed a ‘culture of success’ across the workforce?
  • What role does technology play in empowering the workforce?
  • Beyond safety: asking the right questions about employees’ mental well-being 
Martin Brown

Health & Safety Director

Crossrail

14:30
Case study: National Skills Academy Nuclear

Supporting a safe and competent nuclear workforce

For the civil nuclear industry, the safety of its employees, contractors and the public is the number one priority and the right safety culture is essential.  This case study will use an interactive tool to demonstrate how the nuclear industry is assessing and demonstrating safety and competence, and will include an overview of the internationally-recognised 10 Traits of a Healthy Nuclear Culture

Dawn Vinall

Business Development Manager

National Skills Academy Nuclear

14:50
The importance of positive leadership in ensuring safety and excellence

  • Advocating a values-based approach to leadership
  • How can contractors be supported to become better leaders?
  • What is being done to safeguard capacity and capability in the next generation of staff?
Ted Miller

Head of Learning & Resourcing

Highways England

15:10
Questions
Stream B: Infrastructure for today and tomorrow: building with the future in mind
14:05
Chair’s opening remarks
Janet Wood

Editor

New Power

14:10
Investing in the future now: encouraging a forward-looking attitude in infrastructure

  • The importance of heat: detailing the Smart Systems and Heat Programme
  • Maintaining a diverse approach: linking national objectives to local strategies
  • Developing deliverable products and markets that work for customers
  • Assessing the challenge of retrofitting 26 million homes
Jeff Douglas

Strategy Manager, SSH

Energy Systems Catapult

14:30
Building new infrastructure with distributed energy resources in mind
Phil Hack

Head of Strategic Projects

UK Power Networks Services

14:50
Case study: The Water Supply Grid

Meeting the needs of the future now: delivering fresh water to Somerset, Wiltshire and Dorset

Comprised of over 50 individual schemes across three counties, this £230m project is designed to allow Wessex Water to meet demand for 25 years without the need to develop new resources. This session will explore how it has been undertaken, and examine what tactics have been put in place to simplify the future management of the supply network.

Mike Moriarty

Director of Engineering and Construction

Wessex Water

15:10
Questions
15:20
Refreshments

Session Five: Supporting Britain in becoming a world-leader in innovative construction

15:50
Advocating innovation in infrastructure: what more can be done?

  • 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?
Richard Price

Director of Engineering and Construction

Southern Water

16:10
Case study: Reinvigorating Thamesmead

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.

John Lewis

Executive Director, Thamesmead

Peabody

16:30
Case study: Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay

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.

Mike Unsworth

Director of Engineering and Construction

Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay

16:50
Panel Discussion

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
Richard Price

Director of Engineering and Construction

Southern Water

John Lewis

Executive Director, Thamesmead

Peabody

Mike Unsworth

Director of Engineering and Construction

Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay

Jeff Douglas

Strategy Manager, SSH

Energy Systems Catapult

17:20
Chair’s closing remarks followed by a drinks reception
Steven Eglinton

Director

GeoEnable

Tuesday, 8th November 2016

09:15
Chair's opening remarks
Robert Miller-Bakewell

Independent Consultant

Session Six: From planning to reality: maintaining momentum in the pipeline of works

09:20
Harnessing the power of the NSIP process to move forward with construction efficiently

  • 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?
Robin Woodbridge

Senior Vice President, Head of Midlands and North Markets

Prologis UK

09:40
Case study: Complementing the Elan Valley Aqueduct with new build

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.

Simon Hinsley

Principal Sponsor, Birmingham Resilience Project

Severn Trent Water

10:00
Securing engineering construction skills now and for the future

  • 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?
Phillip Jefferies

Head of Skills Strategy, EDP and the South

Engineering Construction Industry Training Board

10:20
Panel Discussion

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?
Robin Woodbridge

Senior Vice President, Head of Midlands and North Markets

Prologis UK

Simon Hinsley

Principal Sponsor, Birmingham Resilience Project

Severn Trent Water

David Nash

Head of Policy

Engineering Construction Industry Training Board

10:50
Refreshments

Session Seven: Establishing the skills base necessary to make infrastructure new build successful

11:20
Case study: The Construction Services Colleagues scheme

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.

Dean Shepherdson

Head of Construction Services

Northern Gas Networks

11:40
Getting women building: addressing the harm that gender inequality causes construction

  • 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
Kath Moore

Managing Director

Women into Construction

12:00
Questions

Session Eight: Building infrastructure that serves the needs of the end user

12:05
Customer-centric infrastructure: thinking ahead during development and construction

  • 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
Raymond Melee

Development Director

Gatwick Airport

12:25
Engaging consumers with Britain’s smart meter rollout

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


Rob Smith

Head of Policy and Public Affairs

Smart Energy GB

12:45
Engaging stakeholders: listening and responding to vested interests

  • 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
Steven Edwards

Project Manager

Scottish Power Energy Networks

13:05
Questions
13:15
Lunch
14:15
Keynote afternoon address

Crossrail 2: maintaining the UK’s economic growth through improved cross-capital connectivity

Simon Adams

Head of Commercial

Crossrail 2

14:35
Questions

Session Nine: The regulators’ perspective: supervising new build and ensuring value and safety

14:40
Panel Discussion

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

Further participants to be confirmed

Joanna Whittington

Interim Chief Executive

Office of Rail and Road

Cathryn Ross

Chief Executive

Ofwat

15:10
Keynote Closing Address

Protecting the environment and promoting growth: supporting infrastructure new build

John Curtin

Executive Director, Flood and Coastal Risk Management

Environment Agency

15:30
Questions
15:35
Chair's closing remarks and end of conference
Robert Miller-Bakewell

Independent Consultant

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