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 EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



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.


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 improve production of smarter buildings with improved whole-life performance - including through use of on-site energy generation and storage - and further ways to support the sector to improve the efficiency of design and construction of buildings, such as off-site manufacturing, increasing energy efficiency in the build stage, and increasing use of digital technology.


Further sessions will also look 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 Retaining Scheme, and the development of new apprenticeship standards - with the Construction Sector Deal committing to implementation of the CITB review.


It will also be an opportunity to discuss next steps for the industry’s business model, following 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

Hala Audi

Director, Policy and Strategy, Infrastructure and Projects Authority

Dr Mike Pitts

Interim Challenge Director, Transforming Construction, Innovate UK

Speakers

Rod Stiles

London Regional Director, Bam Construct UK

Sonali Parekh

Head of Policy, Federation of Small Businesses

Steve Radley

Policy Director, CITB

Alasdair Reisner

Chief Executive, Civil Engineering Contractors Association