Ceiling installation from Knauf AMF goes swimmingly

Leytonstone Leisure Centre teaching pool APPROVED

The Knauf AMF Aquatec ceiling system has been installed in the new pool hall at Leytonstone Leisure Centre, London. The refurbished centre is part of an ongoing £24.5 million regeneration programme. The hall is equipped with a 25m main pool and a teaching pool.

Architects AFLS+P specified the Aquatec ceiling system to meet the demanding requirements for the public pool. The ceiling has to withstand a tough combination of extreme humidity, a range of temperatures, water, and exposure to the corrosive atmosphere caused by chlorine.  AFLS+P are impressed with the ceiling and have specified Aquatec for a number of projects including a further three large leisure centres. Interiors Manager Jason Griffiths explains why they’ve chosen Knauf AMF:

Knauf AMF were extremely helpful in providing information about their product. We were invited to view the manufacturing facility and a demonstration on how the Aquatec systems performed when exposed to high humidity. We observed a test where the product was immersed in water. Knauf AMF prepared the full NBS specification for the leisure centre and went through the spec in great detail highlighting any areas that were of concern whilst providing solutions to overcome them. Their support on pricing was extremely helpful and competitive.”

1,000m² Aquatec ceiling tiles were installed using AMF Donn DX24 grid system. Aquatec panels are moisture resistant up to 100% RH and can withstand the wet conditions of the pool environment without deteriorating, even at temperatures as high as 40˚c.

Leytonstone Leisure Centre main pool APPROVED

The AMF Donn DX24 grid has an advanced anti-corrosive coating. The grid is specifically designed for use in high humidity areas and can cope with the highly corrosive environments. The grid features a quick-release clip design which makes it easy to remove the ceiling tiles without the use of tools allowing access to the void above. The cross-tees come with override-ends which resist twisting and have no exposed edges.

High noise levels could have been a problem in the pool hall because it features brick and tiled surfaces which reflect sound. So, potentially, the noise could build up the busier the space becomes. Thanks to the Aquatec ceiling with its superior sound absorption and sound attenuation characteristics, the acoustics are controlled creating a pleasant environment for swimmers to enjoy.

The hall is designed with large glass windows. The 88% light reflectance of the Aquatec ceiling surface reflects the daylight back into the room helping the local authority to reduce its electricity costs.

For advice on specifying and installing ceiling and wall panels in swimming pools and other wet, corrosive areas, email Knauf AMF at info@knaufamf.co.uk or visit www.amfceilings.co.uk

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ROCKFON Mono Acoustic proves to be the perfect fit

Mono® Acoustic TE ceiling system from ROCKFON has been installed at one of the leading academic sixth form colleges in the country, King Edward VI College, Stourbridge.

King Edward approved medium res

Architects’ practice Bryant Priest Newman (BPN) specified the ROCKFON monolithic render system for the new teaching areas. Phill Shepherd, RIBA Architect, BPN Architects explains why:

“The challenge was to find a product that provided the clean aesthetic appearance of a plastered ceiling whilst providing higher acoustic performance requirements for the large volume teaching areas. Rockfon Mono Acoustic offered this and is virtually indistinguishable from the rest of the traditional plaster ceilings.”

The ceilings are fitted in the teaching spaces and drama studio. The spaces are designed to have clean lines with crisp detailing and ceilings which follow the undulating roof form. A standard suspended ceiling would not work here. The Mono Acoustic TE system can affix to any surface effortlessly, whether it’s inclined, flat or curved. It can be installed directly underneath the existing ceiling or installed on to a grid. The finished result is an elegant seamless acoustic ceiling which realises the architect’s modern minimalistic vision.

Pacy and Wheatley are approved installers of Mono Acoustic TE and fitted approximately 500m² of ceiling at the College. The work was carried out on time and within budget. Director Craig Wheatley is thrilled with the results:

“We installed the ceiling with minimal disruption to the client. Mono Acoustic TE is a first class product that provides the acoustic control needed to create a calm and peaceful atmosphere for staff and students to enjoy for years to come.”

Mono Acoustic TE is fitted in the ICT laboratories and graphic rooms, continuing the modern minimalistic design in these areas. In schools and colleges, high demands are placed on acoustics specifically with regards to speech intelligibility. Mono Acoustic TE offers the highest class of sound absorption (Class A) to reduce the reverberation level, contributing to an excellent teaching environment.

Fire safety plays an important role in schools and colleges. All ROCKFON products exceed fire safety European standards. Mono Acoustic TE has Class A2 reaction to fire.

Mono Acoustic TE is suitable for contemporary open areas as well as more constrained and traditional spaces. Its flexibility of installation and good acoustic properties make it suitable for both new build and refurbishment projects. It is a modern solution that does not disturb the character and original architecture of historic buildings.

Installation of a Mono Acoustic TE ceiling system must be completed by an authorised installer.

Please contact ROCKFON for further details at www.rockfon.co.uk

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Celebrating Construction Awards 2015 – Launch Event and Announcement of Judging Panel

Back in April, more than 650 hundred leaders and innovators from across the construction sector gathered at the ICC Birmingham, to recognise the very best industry projects at the Celebrating Construction Awards. Now six months on, the Celebrating Construction Awards 2015 will be launched on 27 November after the Midlands Construction Summit, taking place at the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham.

The big winner from the CC14 Awards, Carillion – picked up not one but two awards for their inspirational Library of Birmingham project – winning the prestigious Project of the Year together with the Integration and Collaborative Working Award. Described by Kevin McCloud of Grand Design as – ‘awe inspiring’ – the Library of Birmingham was also shortlisted for RIBA’s prestigious Stirling Prize. All winners from the 2014 Awards go on to the national finals which will be taking place on Friday 14 November at The Guoman Tower Hotel, St Katharine’s Way, London.

The Celebration Construction Awards are organised by the Built Environment Hub, a membership organisation created to drive best practice in construction product and process innovation in the Midlands region, in association with the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and Acivico Building Consultancy. This prestigious annual awards ceremony recognises the Midlands’ most inspiring construction projects and people, and in 2015 the awards will be hosted in the East and West Midlands for the first time.

Today the event organisers announced the 2015 judging panel twelve people which including:

Paul Hampton BSc(Hons) MSc MRICS FICWCI FHEA - current Chair of RICS West Midlands, Principal Lecturer and Head of Employability at University of Wolverhampton’s Faculty of Science and Engineering.

Keith Blizzard BSc(Hons) DipArb FRICS FCIOB FCIArb CArb FFB MEWI – Partner heading Shakespeares’ Construction and Engineering team in Birmingham. He is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor, Chartered Builder, Chartered Arbitrator, Panel Adjudicator, Accredited Mediator, Forensic Surveyor and an experienced lecturer in Construction Law

These judges will be joined by well-known construction industry advocates including Mark Wakeford MA CEng MICE, Managing Director at Stepnell Ltd. A Chartered Civil Engineer, Mark brings a technical construction background which is underpinned by his commitment to the adoption of best practice and modern methods of management. A former main board member of the Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT) and the Contracts Committee, Mark currently sits on the Strategic Forum for Construction and the Construction Leadership Council – a top industry umbrella bodies that advise Government and promote industry best practice.

Other judges confirmed are:

  • Gavin Orton – RIBA/BPN Architects

  • Paul Fenner – Chantrey Vellacot

  • Kevin Louch – Stanford Industrial Concrete Flooring

  • Tim Pritchard- Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

  • David Emery – Virtechs

  • David Boyd – Birmingham City University

  • Gemma Wilkinson – G4C/Morgan Sindall

  • Richard Scarrott – Wates

  • Phil Griffiths – O’Brien Contractors

If you would like to enter the awards or find out more information on the judging panel, please visit: http://www.celebratingconstructionawards.org/

The 2015 Awards Launch is taking place on 27 November 2014 at the National Motorcycle Museum during a drinks reception at 5pm. To register your place free of charge, visit: http://builtenvironmenthub.org/events

Preceding the awards, the Midlands Construction Summit will help define a route map for those involved in the construction sector to maximise strategic opportunities in a lively and structured way, allowing for plenty of input from industry leaders and an opportunity to hear directly from Peter Hansford, the Government’s Chief Construction Advisor.

Peter Hansford will discuss the government’s clear vision for 2025, of an industry that is; known for its talented and diverse workforce, efficient and technologically advanced, leads the world in low-carbon and green construction exports, drives growth across the entire economy and has a clear leadership from a Construction Leadership Council

Tickets are on sale at £95+VAT

Full details are available at http://www.celebratingconstructionawards.org/ which includes an online area for award entry submissions.

The Awards Categories are as follows:


The Built Environment Hub has been created to drive best practice in construction product and process innovation in the Midlands region.


• Networking events across the Midlands including: breakfast briefings, seminars, conferences and exhibitions

• Exclusive access to an interactive online platform providing business leads, tender profiles, collaboration and supply-chain partnering opportunities

• Online company profile, supported by dynamic search engine optimisation

• Access to a consultant network demonstrating best practice in technology development, lean manufacturing/construction, business management processes, skills development and market opportunity identification

CONTACT: For more information contact: The Built Environment Hub

01743 290 001 amy.pryce@builtenvironmenthub.org

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A New Tradition

Plots 5 & 6 - Copy

Building a modern house with a traditional exterior is no easy feat, but that didn’t stop housing developer Kirkby Homes from taking on the task in the historic town of Haslemere.

The project involved the development of six luxury homes using Redland’s Rosemary Clay Craftsman roof tiles. Kirkby Homes specified the Craftsman tile because of its ability to blend in with the traditional houses in the surrounding area whilst still being hardwearing and long lasting. The land that the houses are built on used to hold a printer factory and several other disused building that had fallen into disrepair, the area was in desperate need of redevelopment.

Fran Lasenby of Kirkby homes said: “Retaining the town’s identity was a major concern amongst the locals when it came to planning permission. The Rosemary Clay Craftsman was selected because it looks like a handmade tile and has the rustic quality the town’s residents wanted to reflect. The end result was exactly what we wanted and all six of the houses were sold very quickly.”

The Craftsman tile is the latest addition to the Rosemary clay range which has been used on roofs across the country for over 175 years, making it the “go to tile” if you want to maintain the heritage look often found in small towns. Due to the unique manufacturing process, the tile possesses a traditional look with all the benefits of a new tile.

Patrick Norris from Myona Roofing, the contractor responsible for roofing all six of the properties stated: “We have used Redland tiles on many projects over the years, the wide range of styles means that there is one to suit every job. They are easy to use and a pleasure to work with.”


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Light up the night and day – with new creative flooring range

OFFICE (small)

Heckmondwike FB, one of UK’s leading commercial fibre bonded carpet manufacturers, has revealed its exciting new Night Sky range – as part of its commitment to offering specifiers even greater choice of designer carpet in the commercial sector.

Part of the Creative Flooring range, new Night Sky is a contemporary twist on traditional plain titles.  With the popular charcoal colourway as its base, Night Sky features a choice of six stunning accent colours punched through to create an aesthetically pleasing surface with a stylish ‘designer’ feel. 

Night Sky is available in six colours including Azure, Copper, Willow, Violet, Fuchsia and Peacock, all of which can be used in conjunction with Heckmondwike’s popular Broadrib range to offer even more design potential. 

The new range was released after Heckmondwike FB carried out in-depth research into popular colours and trends in the retail and office markets.

“We really wanted to do something different with our fibre bonded carpet,” explains Abby Chandler, Commercial Manager for Heckmondwike FB.  “And after carrying out research into popular colours and trends in the market, we’re excited to add Night Sky to our range.  Our aim is to inspire designers and specifiers with the endless opportunities to create stunning interiors with fibre bonded carpet – taking this to a whole new level!”

Like all Heckmondwike FB’s products, Night Sky carpet tiles can be cut on-site without the risk of fraying and this allows individual flooring designs to be created and installed with ease.

Night Sky carpet tiles are British-made and provide outstanding performance, as well as being backed by a 10 year limited wear warranty, which means they can be specified in complete confidence.

In common with the rest of Heckmondwike FB’s collection, Night Sky carpet tiles offer anti-static and anti-slip performance, excellent acoustic properties to help reduce noise levels, as well as offering good thermal performance.

Heckmondwike FB’s Creative Flooring Range consists of the renowned Array and Montage carpet ranges, which are widely specified in the office sector.

The release of Night Sky comes six months after Heckmondwike FB added six innovative new colours to its popular Array range, which has had an overwhelming response from specifiers.

Heckmondwike FB’s Creative Flooring range gives opportunity for specifiers, designers and flooring contractors to create individual designs for a wide variety of commercial flooring applications.

Sample cards for Night Sky and Broadrib are available on request by calling +44 [0] 1924 406161 or visiting the website www.heckmondwike-fb.co.uk

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Durable Roofing On Show At Telford International Centre

Stuart Hicks from waterproofing membrane specialist, Kemper System, explains how a cold liquid applied waterproofing membrane is being used to provide a long-term solution to wear and tear, reducing the maintenance requirements at event and exhibition venue, Telford International Centre.


The International Centre Telford is one of the UK’s larger regional venues and attracts national exhibition, corporate and association business from all over the country.

Owned by Southwater Event Group, the venue offers 15,000 sq m of flexible event space over three event halls and two purpose-built conference and banqueting suites. The International Centre is right at the heart of the new £250 million Southwater development which has created a thriving convention quarter right outside the front door.

Southwater Event Group has invested over £50 million in the venue and its Group hotels to ensure guests and visitors experience the very best service at all times.

In the latest phase of development, attention has now turned to the roof at The International Centre. The single ply waterproofing membrane has received a number of unsatisfactory repairs over the years. As a result, the decision was made to overlay the single ply roof with a cold liquid-applied membrane as part of a rolling programme of improvements.  The first section has now been completed using Kemper System’s Kemperol V210.

Installation Challenges

The first section of roof that has been refurbished has a range of complex details, plant and equipment and features which are characterised by multiple vulnerable laps and seams in the single ply membrane. Having experienced the limitations and failure of the single-ply system, the client’s options in terms of utilising alternative systems to adequately waterproof the detail of the ventilation fans, extensive air conditioning plant, multiple upstands and complex valley gutter details all located on a diamond-shaped section of roof, created an additional specification and installation challenge. This led to the specification of a liquid waterproofing system that could be cold applied and incorporate not just the most vulnerable areas, but the whole roof, without any of the seams, laps and joints associated with the old system.

Liquid Flexibility

Roofing contractor Profile Industrial Roofing Services Limited, began by preparing the 800m2 roof area to ensure the substrate was clean, dry and stable. A primer was then applied to each section and allowed to cure prior to the application of the Kemperol V210 resin. The resin saturates a non-woven polyester reinforcement fleece which is immensely strong and tear resistant, and cures to form a monolithic, seamless membrane that cannot delaminate and bonds directly to the substrate.

Use of a liquid system helped to overcome the unusual diamond shape of the roof because the reinforced liquid resin can be applied to the exact layout of the roof.

On site engineers painstakingly removed individual legs supporting the air conditioning plant, one at a time, so that the Kemperol V210 membrane could be applied underneath this support structure without disturbing the air conditioning and ventilation units. Applying the waterproofing membrane under the details in this way removed the potential for leaks in those areas of the roof where there had been higher levels of failure in the past.


Similarly, use of a liquid applied system also helped to reduce the vulnerability of the valley gutters on the refurbished section of the roof.  Once again, failure of the single ply membrane joints had been evident in this area.  With a liquid system the exact contours of the valley gutters could be accommodated seamlessly with the resin and flexible fleece based system.

In areas there was very limited access for application of the waterproofing membrane with just a 15-20mm space for applying the system. Thanks to the wet-on-wet installation process, however, the contractor was able to address this complex detailing with the Kemperol V210 system, creating a seamless return around the roof section perimeter.

Leak Free Future

As more and more companies focus on future maintenance costs and risk of disruption as part of the business case for selecting a roofing system, the ease of installation, durability, flexibility and seam-free nature of liquid applied systems have become widely recognised for their whole life value.

For a corporate venue like Telford International Centre, however, the importance of remaining leak free is based not only on the cost and disruption of repairs but also on the damage that leaks can cause to the equipment and events within the building.  That is why Telford International Centre has begun a new approach to making long-term improvements designed to provide a BBA certified service life for the roof for the next 25 years.




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Crosswater add ‘Glitz’ and ‘Sparkle’ to bathrooms this Christmas

Glitz and Sparkle

Bathroom specialists Crosswater are launching two brand new basin mixers from their Gallery collection, bringing a touch of hotel glamour to their offer. The chrome plated brass basin mixers are sleek and slender in shape, and are elegantly encrusted with stunning crystals to add a stylish and unique finish.

“We’re thrilled to offer something new, something dynamic and on trend to add to our eclectic collection of bathroom mixers,” explains Dave Hance, Group Chairman of Crosswater. “Glitz and Sparkle are not only aesthetically pleasing and offer a unique style which injects some glamour into bathrooms, whether it be the everyday consumer or a boutique hotel, but they are smooth-operating and fully functional; the signature of a true Crosswater tap.”

Like all Crosswater mixers, Glitz and Sparkle feature soft turn ceramic disc technology, solid brass construction with hard wearing chrome plating.  Both carry a 15 year Crosswater guarantee. Glitz RRP £399 inc VAT & Sparkle RRP £349 inc VAT.

Tel 0845 873 8840   www.crosswater.co.uk  

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Ibstock showcases design potential of brick


  • New exclusive edition of Portfolio launched by Ibstock showcases stunning brick builds and solutions
  • Architects and specifiers to benefit from enhanced design services

Ibstock, the UK’s largest brick maker, has launched the latest edition of its exclusive Portfolio guide to coincide with the expansion of its wide-ranging design services available to support architects and specifiers.

Featuring its extensive range of stunning, high performing bricks, Ibstock’s Portfolio is the perfect showcase for the company’s diverse brick solutions which are helping architects and specifiers to transform the nation’s buildings and communities.

More than 200 full colour pages detail the company’s brick ranges, supported by striking case studies of Ibstock bricks in action, Portfolio is a comprehensive and essential information portal for architects and specifiers.  The guide is also supported by interactive features accessible by smartphone or tablet, which help to bring the stories of brick to life in greater detail, showing why brick continues to be the construction material of choice.

The publication of Portfolio is one element of Ibstock’s focus on delivering enhanced design services for the specification market.  Specifiers who receive Portfolio will have free access to its 36,000 strong ImageBank library – a highly useful resource tool that can aid and enhance design presentations to clients.

In addition, specifiers can now also take advantage of a wide-ranging sample ordering service which is easy to access and guarantees samples are issued quickly to assist with the design process.

Andrew Halstead-Smith, Group Marketing Manager at Ibstock, comments: “Ibstock has a long standing reputation of supporting the specification market by providing a comprehensive collection of essential information sources.  Led by the visually impactful Portfolio – which is exclusive to architects and specifiers and showcases the range and diversity of our brick solutions – we have also enhanced our design services to assist in the delivery of quality-driven, sustainable and striking brick designs.

“A reliable and quick brick sample service and access to our extensive ImageBank resource are just two of the practical ways we aim to work alongside the specification industry and help it turn design ambitions into an exciting reality.”

The Portfolio also features Ibstock Explore – an exciting new app for iPad and iPhone which enables the reader of the Portfolio to access additional content such as videos on how bricks are made, photo galleries of extra projects and detailed case studies featuring the stories behind some of the featured projects.

Follow us @IbstockBrick or find out more at www.ibstock.com

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International design contest jumpthegap launches with inspiring talk

jumpthegap 5th edition

Encouraging young designers and architects to create and design innovative, sustainable solutions for the bathroom, the sixth edition of the international design contest jumpthegap, organised by Roca and the Barcelona Design Centre (BCD), is being launched at the Roca London Gallery with a presentation from the contest’s UK judge Tom Dyckhoff.

An ideal platform for new generations to show their talent and visions for the bathroom of the future, jumpthegap is aimed at young professionals and students of architecture and design under 35.

In order to promote the excellence and talent among budding designers, jumpthegap offers three prizes: two winning projects and one Special Sustainability Prize, which is presented by the Roca We Are Water Foundation. With sustainability being one of the most important principles of bathroom design and integral to the Roca philosophy, the We Are Water Foundation would like to recognise works that support their objective to create a new culture for water.

Since the very beginning, jumpthegap, has worked with a jury of prestigious architects and designers and this edition is no different. The 2014 jury includes:

  • Ma Yansong (China), Founding principal of MAD Architects, Beijing
  • Marcelo Rosenbaum (Brazil),  Designer  and  Director  of  the  design  and innovation office Rosenbaum
  • Tom Dyckhoff (United Kingdom), Journalist and Architecture Critic, currently presenting The Great Interior Design Challenge on BBC2
  • Guta Moura (Portugal), Co-founder of Experimenta and Director of EXD Biennale
  • Josep Congost (Spain), Design Director at the Roca Design Centre & Innovation Lab
  • Rafael de  La-Hoz (Spain),  Patron  of  the  Contemporary  Architecture Foundation
  • Isabel Roig (Spain), Managing Director of BCD (Barcelona Design Centre) and President of BEDA (Bureau of European Design Associations).

For further information and details about how to enter visit http://www.jumpthegap.net

jumpthegap event:  ‘Home of the Future’ talk with Tom Dyckhoff 27th November, Roca London Gallery

Tom Dyckhoff

Tom Dyckhoff

jumpthegap judge Tom Dyckhoff will mark the official launch of the contest with a special event at the Roca London Gallery on Thursday 27 November.

The architecture critic and broadcaster, currently presenting The Great Interior Design Challenge on BBC2, will discuss the ‘Home of the Future’ sharing his views on how we will live in the future, considering how new technologies, the need for sustainability and emerging trends will shape our homes.

Thursday 27 November 18.30 – 20.30. To RSVP to the free event visit www.rocalondongallery.com

Roca London Gallery, Station Court, Townmead Road, London, SW6 2PY

T: 020 7610 9503 E: info.londongallery@roca.net

For more information on jumpthegap visit www.jumpthegap.net or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jumpthegap   

About Roca

Roca is a company specializing in the design, production and marketing of products for bathroom spaces as well as ceramic floorings and wall coverings used in architecture, construction and interior design. The firm has more than 20,600 employees and 76 production plants and is present in more than 135 countries around the world.

Roca, world leader in the definition of bathroom spaces, collaborates with highly prestigious designers, architects and interior designers such as R. Moneo, D. Chipperfield, Z. Hadid, Herzog & de Meuron, Schmidt & Lackner, and J. Mariscal, among others. Additionally, it works incessantly to develop and promote initiatives that aid environmental conservation. Roca’s commitment has led to ongoing developments in new products focused on water conservation.


About Roca Galleries

Roca Galleries are part of Roca’s international strategy and a concept that expresses present-day realities and future challenges. Design, innovation, sustainability and well-being are Roca values expressed in the Galleries, which also convey the desire of the leading bathroom brand to maintain an ongoing dialogue with society and most particularly with professionals who share an interest and enthusiasm in shaping the future of bathroom spaces.

The various Roca Galleries are a vehicle, offering a meeting place and area for open dialogue among interior decorators, designers and architects worldwide. Zaha Hadid Architects in London, Francesc Rifé Studio in Shanghai, the OAB architectural studio of Borja, Lucía and Carlos Ferrater in Barcelona, the Lamela Architectural Study in Madrid, and the Ferruz Decoradors studio in Lisbon have caught this vision in premises that combine aesthetic beauty with an expression of the brand values. www.rocalondongallery.com

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Government Chief Construction Advisor to present at the Midlands largest construction event of 2014

David Bucknall, OBE - Chairman, Built Environment Hub

David Bucknall, OBE – Chairman, Built Environment Hub

Construction remains the UK’s largest manufacturing sector, with the industry moving into a growth phase, stimulated by government infrastructure programmes.  There is a need for Midlands based construction companies and their suppliers, to identify the opportunities ahead both on a regional and national level – the Midlands Construction Summit has set an objective to do just that.

The UK government have been working with the construction industry to develop a long-term vision – ‘Construction 2025’ – a joint strategy which sets out how industry and government will work together to put Britain at the forefront of global construction. The Midlands have world-class expertise in architecture, design and engineering and are leading the way in sustainable construction solutions. The sector has considerable growth opportunities within the global construction market which is forecast to grow by over 70% by 2025.

The Construction 2025 strategy is a substantial document and the Midlands Construction Summit is an opportunity for regional construction related businesses to gain an in-depth understanding, explore and harness the future opportunities presented in a joint industrial strategy.

Taking place on 27 November 2014, at the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham – this conference and exhibition style event is presented by the Built Environment Hub, the Midlands body tasked with driving construction product and process innovation in the region.

The Midlands Construction Summit will guide and help the Midlands built environment sector define their route map for grasping the strategic opportunities in a lively and structured way, allowing for plenty of input from industry leaders and is your opportunity to hear directly from Peter Hansford, the Government’s Chief Construction Advisor.

Peter Hansford will discuss the government’s clear vision for 2025, of an industry that is; known for its talented and diverse workforce, efficient and technologically advanced, leads the world in low-carbon and green construction exports, drives growth across the entire economy and has a clear leadership from a Construction Leadership Council.

Following his keynote presentation, Peter Hansford will join the panel for an open Q & A session and this will present an excellent opportunity for delegates to pose questions directly to one of the leading contributors of the strategy document.

The conference programme will open with a presentation from Andrew Round, Assistant Director for Planning & Development at Birmingham City Council. Andrew, who is responsible for Planning & Regeneration in the City Centre and North Birmingham, will discuss the regional outlook for construction and pinpoint where the investment will be focused for both Construction 2025 and the Birmingham Development Plan 2031.

Other speakers include Mark Barrow, Partner at EC Harris, Joe Webb, Business Development Director at Thomas Vale Construction and Bouygues UK, Adam Frankling, Chairman of Black Country Constructing Excellence Club (BCCEC) and Vinci Facilities together with Oliver Novakovic, Technical and Innovation Director at Barratt Developments.  The full speaker programme can be found online.

The afternoon sessions will be split into separate seminars: Offsite Construction; Energy Efficiency & Retrofit; Supply-chain & Development; Lean Construction & BIM; Public Sector & LEP; and Academia. Delegates will have the opportunity to engage with the forum chairs and guest speakers to establish valuable information, direct from a credible source, which could have a positive impact on their business in years to come.

The Summit will be chaired by David Bucknall OBE – Chairman of the Built Environment Hub – who will capture and feedback issues that arise on the day. A panel of industry leaders who operate across key construction disciplines including: supply chain, contractors, quantity surveyors, architects, end client and engineers will contribute views and opinions as well as the speakers and the assembled audience of over 300 delegates.

More information can be found at: www.midlandsconstructionsummit.co.uk

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