Shaping the UK's Future Built Environment
As the UK prepares for Brexit, the built environment has a huge role to play in ensuring the economy’s future competitiveness: from city development, to energy provision and transport connectivity, to creating the schools, colleges and universities that will deliver future talent to the workforce.
At the same time, the construction sector itself must rapidly evolve. The industry is under pressure to increase productivity through digital techniques and pre-manufacture, in order to meet demand and reduce reliance on labour. This pressure has increased dramatically following the vote to leave the EU. Likely restrictions on movement of labour will add to the existing shortfall of workers, with the industry already needing to recruit a predicted 400,000 workers a year for the next five years to meet demand.
So the industry needs to both embed more efficient ways of working, and attract a new generation of workers to the sector, if it is to fulfil its potential in building Britain’s future economy.
The main stream of the Building Live conference will focus on the major areas of demand in the UK’s built environment, and how these are being impacted by the current economic and political climate. It will give business leaders a deeper insight into the challenges faced and opportunities on offer, and provide a platform for high level debate over how the industry can help the UK as a whole create a built environment that works for this and future generations.
The conference, now in its third year, brings the detailed analysis of Building’s journalism onto a live stage, and provides an opportunity to debate the industry’s most pressing issues with some of its most experienced business leaders.
This conference stream will explore:
How the vote to leave the European Union and new political leadership in the UK is affecting demand for, and delivery of, construction projects
How the industry can best help stem the housing crisis
The outlook for the commercial sector as Brexit negotiations develop
How construction can meet its productivity challenge
How the industry can deliver schools and universities that are fit for the future
The opportunities and challenges involved in delivering the UK’s infrastructure mega-projects
How powerful regional authorities plan to deliver their visions for the built environment
LIVE Programme 2017
9:15 am - 9:20 am
- Sarah Richardson Editor - Building
9:20 am - 9:45 am
9:45 am - 10:15 am
10:15 am - 11:00 am
11:00 am - 11:15 am
11:15 am - 12:30 pm
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
- Mark Farmer Founding Director and CEO - Cast
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
- Mike Green Director, Capital - Education Funding Agency
2:45 pm - 3:30 pm
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
4:45 pm - 5:30 pm
- Richard Threlfall UK Sector Head for Infrastructure, Building and Construction - KPMG