Westminster Business Forum

Key issues for UK construction - clean growth, policy developments and the future of the sector’s business model

Morning, Thursday, 1st November 2018

Central London


This seminar will discuss the future for the UK construction industry following the publication of the Construction Sector Deal, which sets out the key policies and direction for the construction sector, and the next steps in driving forward industry improvement.

It follows a House of Lords Science and Technology Committee report which warns that the construction sector’s business models are not supporting the demand for new homes and infrastructure, and will look at meeting the skills needs of the construction industry - particularly looking at how best to utilise the £406m investment in STEM training, the future for retraining and retaining those within the sector through the National Retraining Scheme, and the development of new apprenticeship standards - with the Construction Sector Deal committing to implementation of the CITB review.

Delegates will consider the implementation of the Clean Growth Grand Challenge, including challenges for Government and industry to halve the energy use of new buildings by 2030, and key issues for delivering the £170m Transforming Construction Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

They will examine the use of innovation in the sector to reduce costs and enhance production of smarter buildings with better whole-life performance - including through use of on-site energy generation and storage and greater use of off-site manufacture - and further ways to support the sector to improve the efficiency of design and construction of buildings, increasing energy efficiency in the build stage and use of digital technology.

It will also be an opportunity to discuss plans outlined in the deal to develop an agreed set of proposals to improve contractual and payment practices within the sector, and as the Government considers feedback to its consultation on retention payments.

Guest of Honour

Fergus Harradence

Deputy Director, Construction, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and Member, Construction Leadership Council

Guest of Honour

Fergus Harradence

Deputy Director, Construction, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and Member, Construction Leadership Council

Keynote Speakers

Mark Farmer

Founding Director and Chief Executive Officer, Cast Consultancy and Author, The Farmer Review of the UK Construction Labour Model

Hala Audi

Director, Policy and Strategy, Infrastructure and Projects Authority

Dr Mike Pitts

Interim Challenge Director, Transforming Construction, Innovate UK


The Earl of Lytton

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods MP

Shadow Minister (Housing, Communities & Local Government) (Planning)


Professor Rudi Klein

Chief Executive, Specialist Engineering Contractors’ Group

Louise Aitken

Skills Lead, South East Local Enterprise Partnership

Rod Stiles

London Regional Director, BAM Construct UK

Sonali Parekh

Head of Policy, Federation of Small Businesses

Steve Radley

Policy Director, CITB

Tim Hall

Chief Executive Officer, Buildoffsite

Alasdair Reisner

Chief Executive, Civil Engineering Contractors Association

John Slaughter

Director of External Affairs, Home Builders Federation

Simon Sturgis

Managing Director, Targeting Zero