Midlands Construction Summit

The Midlands Construction Summit – held on 27 November at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham – was declared a great success, seeing over 300 innovators, leaders, supply chain specialists and high level individuals, all operating in the various key construction sectors, gathering together to discuss the Construction 2025 Industrial Strategy.

The event was run by the Built Environment Hub which is a not-for-profit organisation owned by its members – an association of Midlands regional businesses. The idea behind the Midlands Construction Summit was to support and advance the Midlands construction sector through collaboration, knowledge sharing, networking and engaging with government and major public sector bodies, coalescing around the Construction 2025 Strategy.

The Summit took the form of a combined conference and exhibition with a series of interactive workshops aimed to address the key themes of the Strategy, including energy efficiency, supply-chain development, offsite construction, BIM, public sector investment and academic research.

David Bucknall OBE, Chairman of the Built Environment Hub commented: “Events like the Midlands Construction Summit are crucial for improving and impacting the industry. Bringing such a wide range professionals together under one roof helps to generate new ideas and discussions that will ultimately achieve growth across all sectors. Overall there was a really positive response from both delegates and exhibitors, putting the Midlands ahead of the game for the future.”

One of the key discussions throughout the day included the sharing of ideas over ways in which to get young people involved in the industry – with new methods to recruit and train staff. There was also a focus on maximising technology options in order to enhance sustainability – with a strong emphasis on making Building Information Modelling (BIM) relevant across the entire industry and promoting and encouraging offsite construction.

Allan Wilén, Economic Director of Glenigan, stated: “There have been some positive industry trends in recent years, including time predictability and cost certainty, as well as encouraging results in environmental performance – the industry is really delivering on this front with energy usage, water usage and minimal waste on site. Overall there is a positive picture going forward but there will be future challenges. Now is time to take stock and figure out how to drive forward.”

The key note speaker for the event was Peter Hansford, UK Government Chief Construction advisor, who spoke about improving working conditions – with the vision of setting a benchmark over other industries, as well as providing and recruiting staff with specialist skills and getting industry and academia to work together. The presentation also highlighted advances in technology helping the recognition of performance and energy efficiency.

Peter Hansford commented: “These regional events run by organisations like Built Environment Hub are really important. In my role I could easily spend all my time around Westminster but is very important that I get out and meet the regional industry. This Midlands event has Construction 2025 running all through it – that’s both amazing and heartening. I was pleased to hear Constructing Excellence being promoted as the single body to move the whole industry toward a collaborative approach to achieving Construction 2025’s aspirations”.

The Built Environment Hub has a strong reputation in the Midlands, boasting over 150 members and hosting a range of high-calibre events and networking opportunities such as the Midlands Construction Summit and the Celebrating Construction Awards.

For more information on the Built Environment Hub visit:www.builtenvironmenthub.org or call the Hub team on: 01743 290001