22 June 2017


With 12 industry-leading speaker sessions, this conference programme is a great opportunity to listen to – and interact with – some of the leading thinkers, visionaries and practitioners in the construction industry. 

Main Conference Programme

Section one

08.30-09.20 Registration and refreshments

09.20-09.30 Chairman’s welcome and introduction to the localism agenda and how it impacts on construction

09.30-09.50 Think global - act local. What does this mean for construction?

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  • Why construction is important
  • The impact of the construction industry on productivity and quality of life
  • The impact of local powers and funding mechanisms on the efficiency of construction
  • How localism impacts on the things which are important to CIOB

09.50-10.10 What localism means for construction in Wales

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  • How can construction work effectively with the devolved authorities and funding structures in Wales
  • Our integrated infrastructure strategy
  • Outlining the ‘road map’ ahead for Wales
  • Fostering innovation and sustainability in the built environment

10.10-10.30 Skills development and innovation to ensure the future of the construction industry

10.30-10.50 Who wants change? But who wants to change...

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  • How construction could, and should, influence UK Government policy
  • Joining the dots across the industry
  • How we can all win by speaking collectively, coherently & consistently



10.50-11.00 Q&A session

11.00-11.30 Refreshment and networking break

Session two – A Local and International Perspective

11.30-11.50 How other construction companies can take advantage of Infrastructure projects

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11.50-12.15 The local perspective: Welsh Infrastructure opportunities

  • What is the scope and what will it mean to Wales?
  • Upcoming infrastructure projects and how bids will be assessed
  • What construction skills will be required?
  • Understanding the role of the infrastructure commission
  • Assessing the community benefits
  • Knock on impact and value on future investment strategies

12.15-12.40 Swansea Tidal Lagoon project – Developing and exporting skills

  • Civil engineering requirements
  • Marine works
  • Producing turbine housing
  • Environmental issues

12.40-13.00 Q&A: Speakers of the session

13.00-14.00 Networking Lunch

Session three – Innovation in Construction


14.00-15.00 Innovation and Technology session: Innovative materials and how to use them

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Why we need innovation in construction materials and their use and what opportunities are available. This session is designed to encourage innovation in construction and highlight opportunities in locally and globally

Chair: Jannik Giesekam,

Jannik Giesekam, research fellow in energy, materials and climate policy, University of Leeds

Peter James FCIOB, Managing Director, Cintec International, Bomb blast technology, Waterwall

Peter Brewin, Managing Director, Concrete Canvas. Concrete on a roll – Enabling faster easier construction

Ben Humphries, Director, Architype – Contemporary Timber Technology and their uses

15.00-15.20 Refreshment and networking break

Session four – A Smart Future for Existing Cities

15.20-16.20 Closing session: Creating Smart Cities of the Future – and raise the profile of construction

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  • Existing Buildings meet Green Buildings
  • Working with the private sector, local authorities and universities
  • Looking further ahead and embracing future opportunities
  • Using new technologies to retrofit older buildings
  • Real case studies from Wales
  • Exemplar retrofit/heritage projects from around the world

Dr Jane Davidson, Pro-Vice Chancellor – University of Wales & Director of Sustainability Institute INSPIRE
(former Environment Minister, Welsh Assembly)

Jane Forshaw, Project Director, Green Growth Wales
Creating Smart Liveable Places

Dr Anton Ianakiev, Senior Lecturer, Nottingham Trent University

16.20 Chairman’s summary and closing remarks

16.30 Close of conference