The construction sector is crucial to the world economy, contributing 9% to EU GDP alone. But despite significant investment and the development of new technologies, globally, the sector still remains inefficient and unproductive. At a time where demand for infrastructure is rising, and wider geopolitical and economic uncertainty is creating new challenges for the sector, The FT Future of Construction Summit returns to explore how key stakeholders can better collaborate to create a more profitable and sustainable industry.
FT Future of Construction Summit 2019
Building a more efficient, profitable and sustainable industry
The Rt Hon Greg Clark MP
The rising global need for infrastructure, changing client demands and regulatory pressure is compelling the construction sector to operate more efficiently. But with risk and complexity embedded at all levels, industry-wide transformation remains challenging.
While new technologies have demonstrated opportunities to improve efficiency, the industry remains fragmented with static productivity rates compared to other sectors. What new funding models, procurement practices and regulations will accelerate transformation? Looking beyond efficiency, how can the industry align to harness the wider social, economic and environmental benefits of a new roadmap for construction?
Building on the success of the two previous editions, the FT Future of Construction summit will unite Governments, developers, planners, architects, engineers, contractors, investors, material and solution providers and industry ‘disruptors’, to explore a new approach to building. Expert insight, together with high-level networking, will consider how better industry collaboration can accelerate lasting change.
Agenda - 23rd May
8:50amChair's Opening Remarks
9:00amKEYNOTE: The View from the board
To meet the building demands of the future, the construction sector must undergo a fundamental shift in operations. This opening keynote will explore what the ‘Future of Construction’ looks like from the top, and how strategic leadership from the board can drive industry-wide transformation.
- Meeting the building and infrastructure requirements for 2050 and beyond
- Exploring the changing definition of ‘Construction’
- Addressing industry failures head on: Learning from the collapse of Carillion, and disasters of Grenfell to build a more sustainable and resilient industry
9:20amUpdate on the UK Sector Deal and Post Brexit Opportunities for the Industry
Framer: Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, UK Government
The UK Government pledged strong commitment to advancing the construction industry with the announcement of the £420 million investment in a new industry-government framework. But with ambitious targets, including a 33% reduction in whole life costs, what has the Sector Deal achieved so far and what is still to be done?
- How can the industry align to generate maximum return on investment?
- Transferring cutting-edge research into commercial value
- How will government spending and investment continue to drive change?
David Hancock, Head of Construction, Cabinet Office
Andy Mitchell, CEO, Thames Tideway Tunnel
9:55amPANEL: From Competition to Collaboration
To achieve long-term and sustainable change, greater collaboration between stakeholders is essential. But competitive tendering models and aggregated supply chains systematically strip value at each tier of the eco-system. How can a better-integrated supply chain reduce time wastage, increase capital and minimise risk?
- From a macroeconomic level what measures are needed to support new alliancing models?
- How can improved transparency of supply chain operations better inform client behaviour and expectations?
- Exploring the impact of initiatives such as Project 13 in generating new metrics for asset value
- Assessing the role of insurers in underwriting new risk-sharing models
- Effective Cost Planning: How can the industry leverage new technologies and contracting models to support a more financially healthy supply-chain?
- Analysing the pros and cons of Smart Contracts, integrated project delivery (IPD) and lump-sum turnkey (LSTK)
Nick Baveystock, Director General. Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
Mark Enzer, Chief Technical Officer, Mott MacDonald
Paul Cossell, CEO, ISG
David Savage, Head of Construction and Infrastructure, Charles Russell Speechlys
10:35amSession Reserved for McKinsey
10:55amNetworking and Refreshment Break
11:25amPANEL: Bringing the building site to the factory
Standardised, modularised and prefabricated components provide clear opportunities for the sector to improve efficiency and meet the rising demand for infrastructure. But while new manufacturing-based technologies offer value, they fundamentally change basic operations. What can the industry learn from digitisation of the manufacturing sector and how can this inform a new roadmap for building?
- How will (semi) automation and new technology transform the construction process?
- Reconciling tension between architectural individualism and standardisation for economies of scale
- How are new non-traditional entrants challenging construction companies to rethink existing methods?
Nick Bertram, Associate Partner, McKinsey and Company
Shaun Tate, Director High Rise Solutions, Mace
Rosie Toogood, CEO, L&G Modular Homes
Paul Westbury, Group Technical Director, Laing O'Rourke
12:05pmSession Reserved for Autodesk
12:25pmPANEL: Bytes and mortar and Construction 4.0: The Digital Future
While BIM and additive manufacturing are more commonly used in the sector, a host of emerging technologies remain relatively unexplored. From IoT to Automation, and AI to Robotics, there are countless opportunities to generate new efficiencies. How can the construction sector overcome cultural, financial and technical challenges to harness the full potential of new technologies? How can new data-driven insights from the field inform board-level strategy?
- Harnessing interoperable, cloud-based working for a more open approach to information sharing across industry, clients, academia and government
- Data Portability and closing the loop
- Construction Co-bots- Can robots and humans exist harmoniously in the sector?
- The Internet of Construction- How will connected devices continue to unlock new communication opportunities?
- Exploring the potential of AI and the future of intelligent construction
Chloé Clair, Chief Technical Officer, Vinci
Darren James, Managing Director, Costain
1:05pmNetworking Lunch and Speed Networking
2:05pmDual Insight: Leading Mega-Projects
This session will explore an industry leading megaproject to explore how collaborative working models are generating better returns at each stage of the value chain. How can key learnings help build a transferrable blueprint for future projects?
Michèle Dix, Managing Director, Cross Rail 2
Phil Wilbraham, Expansion Programme Director, Heathrow Airport
2:35pmPANEL: Redesigning the Built Environment
The way we live, work and interact with the world is changing and the built environment must reflect this. How are creativity, aesthetics, practicality and sustainability aligning to inform new design trends?
- Addressing the ‘wellness’ movement in buildings and exploring the implications for productivity and health
- How can cities function as hives of bioviersity?
- Exploring the role of Smart Materials in design
- Embedding sustainability into the heart of planning
- Using innovative office spaces as a testing ground for new ways of living
- Employing IoT and other emerging technologies to build digitally ready buildings
John Cerone, Associate Principal, SHoP Architects
Hanif Kara, Co-Founder and Design Director, AKT II
Sadie Morgan, Founding Director, dRMM
Moderator- Edwin Heathcote, Architecture and Design Critic, Financial Times
3:15pmPANEL: Banking on Sustainability
The built environment accounts for 25-40% of the world’s total carbon emissions. Sustainability is a cross-cutting industry concern and with the Net Zero 2030 deadline looming, what steps are required to make lasting change? What can be done to prepare for the lasting implications of climate change?
- Encouraging a holistic ‘life-approach’ to assets and assessing the impact of the EU Waste Framework Directive and Circular Economy package
- Reducing construction phase emissions from embodied carbon and materials
- Tackling the performance gap; is EPC a scandal waiting to happen?
- Evaluating innovative options for powering buildings and integrating active energy components
- Beyond the environmental implications: exploring the financial case for green buildings from an investor point of view
- Preparing for the worst- what can be done to futureproof the built environment against climate ‘catastrophe’?
Ron Bakker, Founding Partner, PLP Architecture
Julia Barrett, Director Rethinking, Wilmott Dixon
Dr. Eva Gkenakou, Sustainability Director, Multiplex Construction Europe
3:55pmNETWORKING AND REFRESHMENT BREAK
4:15pmINTERVIEW: The Developers Perspective
Amid political and economic uncertainty, changing client demands and the crucial need for housing, 2019 will be a pivotal year for developers. How can both commercial and residential developers continue to weigh up, political, social, economic and technological factors to determine future investment plans? This spotlight session will share insight from a leading developer on finding opportunity in uncertainty.
- How are developers tackling the housing shortage? Looking at ambitious plans to build 50,000 or multi-tenure homes to meet a multifaceted housing crisis
- Looking at how buildings can transform lives and communities
- Building strong relationships with contractors and suppliers and exploring future opportunities for partnerships.
- Ensuring safety and security of occupants remains at the heart of all development.
Clare Miller, CEO, Clarion Housing Group
4:30pmPANEL: Building the workforce of the future
It is no secret that the construction industry struggles to recruit and retain the workforce it needs and with Brexit in motion, this concern is only amplified. Before change can occur, the industry must address the underutilisation of resources, high dissatisfaction rates and poor diversity levels. How can cultural transformation be achieved to build diverse, inclusive and ultimately more productive teams?
- Overcoming the skills gap and attracting digital natives through effective education, partnerships and recruitment
- Tackling deeply ingrained representational bias to encourage sector diversity
- Addressing alarming concerns for employee wellbeing on sites and creating safe working environments
- Update on the ‘Stronger Together Agreement’ and protecting vulnerable communities
Matt Tyler, Managing Director, Dribuild
Elsie Owusu OBE, Director, ArchQuestra
5:10pmCLOSING KEYNOTE: The Global Perspective
While industry-wide transformation will inevitably be governed by contextual and regional specificities, global examples provide a new perspective on what is possible. This session will feature insight from Broad Group China, the company who notoriously built a 57 storey skyscraper in 19 days, on how prefabrication can generate efficiency gains in the sector and support a more sustainable industry.
- Embedding circular economy principals into the heart of design to achieve tangible reductions in carbon emissions
- How are international corporations responding to changing demographics and urbanisation to meet new requirements for densely populated areas?
- To what extent will the global labour shortage inhibit innovation and how can automation and robotics support the industry progress?
Daniel Zhang, Managing Director Broad Core Building Group, VP Broad Group
5:30pmChair's Closing Remarks
5:35pmNetworking and Drinks Reception
The Rt Hon Greg Clark MP
The Rt Hon Greg Clark was appointed Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in July 2016. He was elected Conservative MP for Royal Tunbridge Wells in 2005.
Greg was Director of Policy for the Conservative Party from March 2001 for three successive leaders – William Hague, Iain Duncan Smith and Michael Howard – before being elected as an MP in 2005.
He was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change in October 2008, having previously been Shadow Minister for Charities, Social Enterprises and Volunteering. He then took up the position of Minister of State at Communities and Local Government, with responsibilities for decentralisation and planning policy.
Greg served as Minister for Cities from July 2011 until September 2012, and as Financial Secretary to the Treasury from September 2012 until October 2013. He was Minister of State at the Cabinet Office from October 2013 until March 2015 and Minister for Universities and Science from July 2014 until May 2015. He served as Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government from May 2015 until July 2016.
The Secretary of State has overall responsibility for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy which brings together responsibilities for business, industrial strategy, science, innovation and energy. This includes developing and delivering a comprehensive industrial strategy and leading the government’s relationship with business; ensuring that the country has secure energy supplies that are reliable, affordable and clean; ensuring the UK remains at the leading edge of science, research and innovation; tackling climate change.
Greg studied Economics at Cambridge before earning his PhD from the London School of Economics.
Chloé is VINCI Construction Chief Technical Officer (a new role in the company), with the strong will to integrate innovation and digital transformation into design and construction.
Chloé coordinates innovation within VINCI Construction through the lens of 3 main topics:
- Addressing demographic and environmental issues
- Creating tomorrow’s products and uses, focusing on customers’ needs
- And enhancing project performance at all levels, from design to construction and operation
Chloé believes that existing construction data from VINCI Construction is the best weapon against possible intermediation of her industry. She is a strong advocate of digital acceleration inside her company and launched a global program of digital ambassadors to deploy innovation and tech to all business units within the Group.
Throughout the years, Chloé has also been a champion of diversity in the workplace, believing women should have a stronger sense of belonging in the construction and in the tech industry by believing in themselves and having a louder voice.
Chloé has worked in a range of construction roles across the world from Poland to San Francisco, Cyprus, Miami, or Trinidad and Tobago. She recently spent six years in Bangkok and has headed the design for many projects around the world such as airports, six star hotels or super-tall buildings.
Chloé is both educated as a civil engineer and an architect. She successively held an Engineer Diploma from Ecole Polytechnique, a Masters degree in Environmental and Structural Engineering from UC Berkeley California, a Master degree from École National des Ponts et Chaussées (top-French construction institution) and a degree of Architecture as a French Architecte DPLG.
Daniel Zhang 张贤铭 Modular Architect and Community Storyteller With his productions of a series of viral internet videos of Broad Sustainable Buildings, Daniel Zhang introduced to the world Broad Chairman Zhang, his father’s record-setting invention: the world's fastest, largest, and tallest Broad Stainless Steel Core modular housing constructions to date. With sustainability as the key message, together they believe these are the only solutions to the challenges of human urbanization on every continent. Havingbeen trained as an architect at Carnegie Mellon University, Zhang continued his doctorates in India and Germany. Since 2016 he and his life-long partner, Angela, had begun an experimental intentional community for 100 which continued to grow. It began with an eight-story vertical community in Changsha named P8, a second-tier Chinese city of 7 million residents.
Ron Bakker has contributed award-winning buildings and urban design projects to major world cities and his work – which includes The Edge in Amsterdam – is widely recognized for its civic and environmental responsiveness. Ron is passionate about people, the architectural quality of their cities and the role of new technologies in the built environment.
As the Director of Re-Thinking, Julia Barrett leads Willmott Dixon’s sustainability team to help realise the company’s “purpose beyond profit”. Through this, she inspires a culture of sustainability that adds value to customers by encouraging innovative thinking, delivering social value and enhancing whole life product quality. Julia also chairs the company’s Gender Diversity Steering Group. Julia was recognised as the BusinessGreen Leaders’ Sustainability Executive of the Year (2018), and named as Women in Constructions’ Green Leader in 2017.
Nick Baveystock took up the post of Director General of the Institution of Civil Engineers in 2011. Nick is a member of the Construction Industry Council, a non-executive director of Engineering UK, a member of both the Education for Engineering and Engineering the Future boards, and non-executive Vice Chairman of Thomas Telford Ltd.
From an engineering family, after schooling in England and France, Nick joined the British Army in 1985. His early career was spent in Germany, Northern Ireland and the Balkans. He worked for the Director of Military Operations, was personal staff officer to the Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff (Operations), and then the Commander of NATO forces in Kosovo. He commanded Royal Engineer units at all ranks up to Brigadier; deploying on operations in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Kosovo, and Iraq where he commanded a Regiment, was Chief of Staff of coalition forces and Chief Engineer in Southern Iraq. Nick attended the Royal College of Defence Studies in 2007 before command of the Royal School of Military Engineering, leading the £3.2 Bn RSME Public Private Partnership.
He has, for the last 10 years, been increasingly involved in international post conflict reconstruction and development: roads and power stations in the Balkans; and the repair and management of regional utility infrastructure including water supply, irrigation, oil and gas, sewerage and transport in Iraq. His RCDS thesis, subsequently published, dealt with the challenges of post conflict reconstruction.
Nick brings deep experience in supporting public-sector and infrastructure clients across the UK, on topics spanning strategy, organisation design, performance transformation, and productivity improvement. He co-authored the McKinsey report Reinventing construction: a route to higher productivity report which identified the productivity challenge which the construction industry faces and levers which could close the productivity gap with the rest of the economy. He has particular expertise on how this applies to the UK and the best practice examples in UK industry.
Examples of Nick’s work include supporting UK construction research and advisory body in developing the sector deal for the construction industry, supporting a government infrastructure project reassess its operating model and the make vs buy decisions that it made across industry, and conducting a diagnostic on an arms-lengths body to understand how to improve performance.
Prior to McKinsey, Nick worked as a structural engineer for Arup based in London, Montpellier and Singapore.
John Cerone is an Associate Principal who leads SHoP’s Virtual Design and Construction teams, including all technology visioning initiatives and the development of bespoke technology tools. John received a Master of Architecture from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Architecture from Miami University. John is recognised internationally as a leader in exploring the future uses of technology in design and construction. He currently represents SHoP at the Design Futures Council, as well as leading our work with Dassault Systèmes as part of a transdisciplinary group that includes Boeing and Tesla. His work at SHoP includes a lead role in developing the technologies behind the success of the Barclays Center, the VDC-driven delivery of the Botswana Innovation Hub, and ongoing technology and exhibitions project at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York. Prior to joining SHoP, John contributed to the design of the Sand Gallery in New York, a Guggenheim exhibition in Vienna, the Akron Art Museum in Ohio, and the Peoria Performing Arts Center in Arizona.
Paul Cossell is the CEO of ISG and has been with the construction services firm for over 20 years.
A surveyor by background, Paul has over 25 years’ experience in the industry across corporate real estate, new build, refurbishment and fit out projects. Joining ISG as a senior financial manager in 1996, in 2010 he was appointed group managing director responsible for ISG’s highly successful commercial office fit out and engineering services business, and in 2016 Paul was announced as ISG’s CEO. He has an industry-leading reputation for creating an unbeatable experience for customers, building long-term relationships with blue-chip organisations, including RBS, ExxonMobil, ICL, BT and KPMG.
Paul led the transformation of ISG’s office fit out business to become the market leader in London. He was also the driving force behind ISG’s entry into the international datacentre construction market, where ISG has delivered over £1bn of projects over the past five years. Building upon this expertise in highly engineered environments, Paul has grown the business to become one of the most respected technology, science and health sector specialists in the UK and continental Europe. In 2015, Paul’s business was recognised by the Chartered Management Institute as one of the UK’s Top 50-rated companies for productivity.
Corporately, Paul has been instrumental in improving the commercial and physical performance of ISG’s supply chain and driving innovation into the business to ensure that ISG maintains its market-leading position across its core sectors and geographies. In his role as CEO, Paul is focused on a group-wide strategic improvement programme to blend ISG’s unparalleled track record, sound processes and proven delivery methods with a technology-led, fast-paced and agile culture, ensuring projects and programmes are delivering thriving places that are as agile and resilient as their occupants.
Michèle Dix, CBE
Michèle Dix is responsible for developing Crossrail 2 and gaining funding and powers for it. She has led Transport for London (TfL)'s strategic thinking on the future transport needs of London, testing and challenging solutions; providing clear direction on appropriate transport solutions for the future; responsible for the Mayor’s Transport Strategy and transport requirements for the Mayor’s 2050 Infrastructure Plan; coordinating the implementation of local plans and borough partnerships; and developing major scheme interchanges.
Ms Dix joined TfL in 2000 as Director of Congestion Charging on a job share basis with Malcolm MurrayClark and Managing Director of Planning in 2007. Prior to this she spent fifteen years in the private sector with Halcrow Fox becoming the Board Director for urban transport. She started her career at the Greater London Council (GLC) after completing her PhD in transport and land use planning and became a chartered civil engineer through the GLC’s transport planning graduate scheme. Ms Dix is a visiting professor for UCL and is Chair of an international committee PRESCOM for the UITP which promotes public transport research and best practice globally.
Mark Enzer is Mott MacDonald’s Chief Technical Officer. In this role, he is accountable to the Group Board for technical excellence globally. Mark is a keen champion of innovation in the context of collaborative delivery models and he is particularly interested in transformational change in infrastructure engineering, including the application of digital transformation, Smart Infrastructure, low-carbon sustainable solutions, platform-based delivery and design for manufacture and assembly (DfMA).
Mark is currently the chair of the Digital Framework Task Group, which is part of the Centre for Digital Built Britain. Mark was the leader of the Digital Transformation workstream as part of “Project 13” for the Infrastructure Client Group, which represents the UK’s major infrastructure client organisations and he was the Lead Author of the Infrastructure Carbon Review, published by HM Treasury.
As Sustainability Director at Multiplex Construction Europe, Eva Gkenakou leads the environmental sustainability strategy on matters such the transition to a low energy and water economy, responsible and resource efficient sourcing, on tackling modern slavery and improving wellbeing and sustainability in building design. She is currently leading engagement and learning programmes aimed at raising awareness and driving performance through behavioural change, both internally and externally. Eva contributes to policies and standards across the industry through a number of fora, such as the project sponsors committee for anti-slavery alliance Stronger Together and the Members Advisory Committee for the UK Green Buildings Council.
Eva completed her first degree in Chemistry at the University of Athens and went on to complete a Masters in Environmental Engineering at the University of Manchester and then a PhD in Chemistry at the University of Southampton. She is a Chartered Environmentalist, Chartered Waste Manager and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.
Through her work at Multiplex, Eva is empowering businesses and people to achieve change towards a more sustainable future.
Professor Hanif Kara is co-founder and Design Director of AKT II, a design-led structural and civil engineering firm based in London, UK. Hanif has gained international standing in the field of the built environment, through practice, pioneering research and education in interdisciplinary design. His work is widely published and currently he is Professor in Practice of Architectural Technology at Harvard GSD. He was also Professor of Architectural Technology at KTH Stockholm 2008 to 2012.
Hanif has led the practice in being associated with the most innovative construction projects winning over 350 design awards over the last two decades , including the Stirling Prize on three occasions, the latest being in 2018 for the Bloomberg headquarters as UK’s Best New Building, a project also accredited as the most sustainable office building in the world. His globally recognised projects include Masdar Institute (Abu Dhabi), the Francis Crick Institute (London), numerous projects at the Kings Cross developments and the Olympic Park (London), Heydar Aliyev Centre (Baku) and a number of residential towers including One Park Drive in London’s iconic Canary Wharf.
Hanif was the first structural engineer to be appointed Commissioner for CABE (Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment), first engineer also to be appointed on the steering committee for the highly regarded international AKAA (Aga Khan Award for Architecture) since 2015 as well being appointed as the international engineering ambassador for ACE (Association of Consulting Engineers) in 2011. He currently sits on the UK National Infrastructure Commission's Design Task Force and Expert Advisory Group and is a member of the HS2 design review panel; raising the profile of ‘design’ in both the construction industry and wider community.
Hanif’s particular ‘design-led’ approach and interest in innovative forms, historical structures and material uses, prefabrication, sustainable construction and complex analysis methods, have allowed him to work at the forefront of the many challenges faced by built environment and is widely recognised in the industry. He is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a fellow of Institution of Civil and Structural Engineers and an honorary fellow of the Royal Institute of Architects.
Darren James is an Executive Board Director of Costain Group PLC and Managing Director of Infrastructure. He is also responsible for Group wide Safety, Health and Environment function and chairs its Equality, Diversity and Inclusion steering group. He started with Costain whilst at the University of Surrey and subsequently graduated with honours in Civil Engineering in 1990. During his career he has been responsible for the delivery of some of the UK’s largest Infrastructure programmes and regularly leads on Industry wide initiatives. Educated at Harvard, Wharton and London business schools. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation, The Institute of Directors and the Institution of Civil Engineers. Darren is also a Non- Executive Director for the Port of London Authority.
In October 2018 Clare Miller was appointed Chief Executive of Clarion Housing Group - the UK’s largest social landlord. Over ten years Clarion will invest £13bn in its development programme and it plans to build 50,000 homes, two thirds of which will be affordable. Prior to this, she was Affinity Sutton’s Group Director of Governance and Compliance and Executive Director at the Tenant Service Authority (TSA), with responsibility for housing association regulation. Clare also worked for the Housing Corporation, where she led on the financial regulation of associations in special measures. She is a chartered accountant, qualifying with Coopers & Lybrand.
Andy Mitchell has been Chief Executive Officer of Thames Tideway Tunnel, full time since summer 2014. He was previously Programme Director and board member at Crossrail. Andy has managed a number of high profile projects both in the United Kingdom and overseas. After 12 years working in the United Arab Emirates, France and South Africa and on major developments such as Hong Kong Airport and the Hong Kong West Rail, he joined Network Rail in 2001. He was Project Director for Network Rail’s Southern Power Upgrade project, and was also the Major Programme Director of the Thameslink Programme. Andy is a fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, former Chair of the Infrastructure Industry Innovation Platform (i3P), and the Infrastructure Client Group (ICG) and more recently became Co-chair of the Construction Leadership Council (CLC). He was awarded the CBE for his services to Civil Engineering.
Sadie Morgan is a founding director of Stirling Prize winning architecture practice dRMM.
She lectures internationally on the work of dRMM and the importance of infrastructure
which connects back to people and place. She became the youngest president of the
Architectural Association in 2013, and in 2016, was appointed Professor at the University
of Westminster and awarded an honorary doctorate from London South Bank University.
Sadie was named New Londoner of the Year at the New London Awards 2017 for her
work championing the importance of design at the highest political level.
Elsie Owusu OBE
Elsie Owusu is the director of ArchQuestra, leasing the design collective for architecture, diversity and innovation. An architect and urban designer, Elsie was runner-up for RIBA presidency in 2018. She is principal of Elsie Owusu Architects, with projects in UK, Nigeria and Ghana.
As a partner at Feilden+Mawson, was co-lead architect for the UK Supreme Court and London’s Green Park Station.
With an extensive portfolio of international projects in architecture and urban design, Elsie is designing a new city hall for Kumasi, Ghana- and an eco-home in Sussex.
She is a trustee of UK Supreme Court Arts Trust a RIBA Council member, and a member of the London Mayor’s Design Advocate Panel.
David Savage is a partner and head of the Construction & Infrastructure sector at Charles Russell Speechlys. He advises employers, contractors, and consultants on a wide range of building and civil engineering matters, both domestically and internationally.
David has a particular interest in the legal issues arising from digital disruption and technology change in the construction and real estate sectors. He is a co-author of the firm’s report entitled “The New Real: Unlocking new gains through smart buildings” which explores the gains of offer via smart buildings and legal challenges to realise those gains. In his international work, Mr Savage is particularly focussed on the middle east, and is currently advising a government client on one of the largest transport infrastructure projects in the region. He has advised and trained clients on FIDIC and IChemE contracts throughout the MENA region, including in Bahrain, Qatar, UAE, Syria and Oman. Mr Savage is ranked as a Band 1 partner in Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession 2019.
With over 25 years’ experience in the industry and an appetite for innovation, Shaun Tate leads Mace’s work on high rise solutions; working with new technology to change the way the industry builds at height. Shaun is overseeing the delivery of East Village’s N08 project, delivering two residential towers destined for the private rented sector, and previously led the South Bank Tower project, building 11 new storeys on top of an existing 30 storey tower in the heart of the City of London. Shaun is driven by his belief that for a project to succeed it is essential that the vision is shared and challenged, such that it develops into something that Mace’s delivery teams can embrace and take collective ownership of. He continues to push the boundaries of construction, delivering some of London’s most high-profile projects with a vision to drive faster and safer delivery, consistent quality and optimum value.
Based at our factory in Leeds, Rosie Toogood is CEO of the Legal and General Modular Homes business leading the team in developing the product portfolio, creating engineering and production capability and establishing our market position. Rosie joined Legal and General in June 2017 from Rolls-Royce where she held senior roles across customer-facing business areas, new product introduction and in setting up global supply chains to deliver complex engineering products.
Prior to joining Rolls-Royce, Rosie trained with Ernst and Young as a Chartered Accountant, holds an MBA in Strategy and Procurement, and a degree in Chemistry and materials. She also served for eight years as a non-executive board member of Derwent Housing Association.
Matt Tyler has over 25 years’ experience in housing, maintenance and construction. Originally qualifying as a quantity surveyor, he now heads up Dribuild Group as Group Managing Director. A strong and inspirational leader delivering measurable results with integrity and clear vision. He has a proven track record of delivering great customer service and value for money. Known for driving growth, Matt passionately believes in developing people and building strong and diverse teams.
Phil Whilbraham joined Heathrow in 2003 and became Expansion Programme Director in 2017 accountable for delivering Heathrow’s third runway along with the infrastructure to support it. Previously as Development Director, Phil was accountable for all the Capital works at Heathrow. As Eastern Campus Programme Director, Phil, was accountable for the delivery of the airport’s new Terminal2. This £2.5bn programme has provided passengers with a new, ‘state of the art’, terminal. Before Terminal 2, Phil led the completion of the £4.3bn construction of Terminal 5 and prior to that he led the £350 million Terminal 5 Landside Development Project which included the successful completion of the Twin Rivers Diversion and M25 Spur ahead of programme and under budget.
Phil is also Chairman of the Trustees of the BAA Pension Fund at Heathrow. Phil was previously Director of Civil Engineering with TPS Consult, where he was involved in private and public sector schemes from feasibility stage through to design, construction and completion. This included working for BAA on Terminal 5 and many other projects at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted, as well as with many other clients. Phil has also worked both overseas and in the UK as a civil engineer for DHV and Mott MacDonald.
Chair and Moderators (4)
Dan Thomas has been the Financial Times’ Executive News Editor since August 2018. Dan was previously the FT’s deputy companies editor and telecoms editor.
Prior to that, he worked as the FT’s property correspondent. He has also reported for FT Money and FT Weekend’s personal finance supplement. Prior to joining the FT in March 2007, he was an assistant editor for Property Week.
Dan holds a postgraduate degree in journalism from City University and a BA in English and Philosophy from Manchester University. He was named Business Journalist of the Year at the LSL Property Awards and awarded IBP News Reporter of the Year – both in 2010.
Judith Evans covers commercial and residential property for the Financial Times in London. She has previously covered investments at the FT and worked in Hong Kong, London and the Maldives for the newswires Agence France-Presse and Reuters.
Sylvia Pfeifer is the FT's Acting Industry Editor based in London. She was previously part of the FT's Energy team and Energy Editor from 2010 to 2012. She joined the paper in 2008 to cover the defence industry. She was Deputy Business Editor of the Sunday Telegraph prior to that and City Editor of The Business newspaper, previously Sunday Business, where she was part of the launch team in 1998 and covered the energy industry as well as industrials. She graduated from Oxford University.
Edwin Heathcote is the FT's Architecture and Design Critic. He is an architect and designer and the author of around a dozen books including, most recently, The Meaning of Home. He writes a monthly column for GQ Magazine and is a regular contributor for magazines including Icon, Apollo and l'Architecture d'Aujord Hui. He is currently establishing an online archive of design writing.
- - Benefit from the insight of an international speaker’s faculty, and panel of editorial experts at the forefront of construction innovation
- - Explore how the strategic implementation of the latest technologies from data analytics to robotics is enabling significant productivity gains
- - Discover how the convergence of the manufacturing and construction sectors will redefine the global buildings industry
- - Engage in high-level networking to grow existing relationships and forge new game-changing partnerships
- - Consider the implications of key contextual factors including the UK-Sector deal and Brexit, alongside the industry leaders driving change
Now its third year, The FT Future of Construction Summit will unite government developers/planners, architects, engineers, contractors, investors, solution providers, and clients to evaluate the opportunities to advance productivity in the sector.
Expert insight together with high-level networking opportunities will facilitate new industry dialogues and partnerships to support lasting change in the sector.
Construct Tech Zone
New for 2019, the Future of Construction Summit will feature a Construct Tech Zone, in which exhibitors from construction tech companies will demonstrate their latest technologies.
Including so far:
Lead Sponsor (1)
Construction professionals around the world use Autodesk Software to evaluate and improve the constructability of designs and the project delivery process. With Autodesk field management and virtual construction software, users are able to deliver more effective planning, coordination, and control through greater design insight and project predictability from preconstruction through execution. Autodesk Construction Solutions help contractors and subcontractors leverage the cloud to reduce waste, increase profit margins, produce results faster, and finish projects on budget.
Knowledge Partner (1)
McKinsey & Company is a global management consulting firm, deeply committed to helping institutions in the private, public, and social sectors achieve lasting success. For over 90 years, our primary objective has been to serve as our clients' most trusted external advisor. With consultants in over 120 cities in more than 60 countries, across industries and functions, we bring unparalleled expertise to clients anywhere in the world. We work closely with teams at all levels of an organisation to shape winning strategies, mobilise for change, build capabilities and drive successful execution.
Legal Partner (1)
Charles Russell Speechlys is a law firm headquartered in London with offices in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. We have an extensive construction practice which provides the full range of contentious and non-contentious services for large scale construction and engineering projects, in the UK and internationally. Our large team includes 10 partners and over 30 specialist construction and engineering lawyers in total, including dual qualified barristers and solicitors, engineers, accredited mediators and adjudicators.
We mainly act for commercial clients across a wide range of business sectors, but with a particular emphasis on real estate developers, property investment companies, contractors, and major engineering consultancies. We also advise high net worth individuals when undertaking high value residential construction projects.
More broadly, our firm’s corporate and commercial lawyers also work widely across the construction industry on the full range of legal issues encountered across the sector – from employment and tax to intellectual property, procurement and health and safety regulation. We pride ourselves on our deep understanding of the sector, and we are passionate about helping our clients run successful projects that achieve their commercial goals.