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Engineering and Construction

Transforming Construction: Innovating to Enhance Productivity and Sustainability

Webinar |
Speakers include:
Sam Stacey

Sam Stacey

UKRI

Jaimie Johnston

Jaimie Johnston

Bryden Wood

Neil Pennell

Neil Pennell

Landsec

Overview

Construction is an engine of the UK economy, contributing around 6% of the country’s GDP. But sites and supply chains have been widely interrupted by the impact of COVID-19 and the future of many projects is uncertain. As the nation recovers from the shock of the century, the industry’s commitment to innovation and sustainability may be tested to the limit.

At this critical juncture, resilience, innovation and “better ways of building” are crucial. Breakthrough materials, digital technologies and new manufacturing solutions are already reshaping the construction landscape, but will disruption already underway be accelerated by the pandemic? How will project design and delivery evolve? Which innovative tools and solutions could improve productivity, cost-effectiveness and sustainability at this uncertain time?

This FT Digital Dialogues webinar, organised in partnership with UK Research and Innovation, will discuss the future of building. Our expert speakers will share insights on the technologies, processes and products that are transforming an industry which still remains largely unreformed and unproductive. Two years into the UK government’s Industrial Strategy Transforming Construction Challenge, we will showcase innovative solutions funded by this programme and explore how it is contributing to reshape the built environment and accelerate lasting change.

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fallback Add to my Calendar 07/14/2020 11:45:0007/14/2020 13:15:00trueTransforming Construction: Innovating to Enhance Productivity and SustainabilityConstruction is an engine of the UK economy, contributing around 6% of the country’s GDP. But sites and supply chains have been widely interrupted by the impact of COVID-19 and the future of many projects is uncertain. As the nation recovers from the shock of the century, the industry’s commitment to innovation and sustainability may be tested to the limit.At this critical juncture, resilience, innovation and “better ways of building” are crucial. Breakthrough materials, digital technologies and new manufacturing solutions are already reshaping the construction landscape, but will disruption already underway be accelerated by the pandemic? How will project design and delivery evolve? Which innovative tools and solutions could improve productivity, cost-effectiveness and sustainability at this uncertain time?This FT Digital Dialogues webinar, organised in partnership with UK Research and Innovation, will discuss the future of building. Our expert speakers will share insights on the technologies, processes and products that are transforming an industry which still remains largely unreformed and unproductive. Two years into the UK government’s Industrial Strategy Transforming Construction Challenge, we will showcase innovative solutions funded by this programme and explore how it is contributing to reshape the built environment and accelerate lasting change.Transforming-Construction:-Innovating-to-Enhance-Productivity-and-Sustainability690075723fb1da95364719be8a40f0b1MM/DD/YYYY

Speakers (4)

Sam Stacey

Sam Stacey

Challenge Director: Transforming Construction
UKRI

Sam Stacey is Challenge Director – Transforming Construction at UKRI. He is leading the Transforming Construction challenge, a £170 million research and innovation investment, matched by £250 million from industry, to create new construction processes and techniques for building manufacture in the UK. Linked to the Construction Sector Deal, the programme includes funding for research, a new construction network and the creation of an active building centre and innovation hub. Before joining UKRI, Sam was Director of Innovation, Industrialisation and Business Improvement at Skanska UK, a Trustee of the Building Research Establishment, and Chairman of the National Platform for Construction. Sam has also worked for Wates Construction and Buro Happold Engineering. He is a Chartered Structural Engineer with an MBA from Henley Business School and degrees in Civil Engineering, Architecture and Philosophy from Imperial College and Cambridge University. Sam is married with two children and lives in London and Suffolk.

Jaimie Johnston

Jaimie Johnston

Board Director, Head of Global Systems
Bryden Wood

Jaimie Johnston joined Bryden Wood – an integrated practice of architects, analysts, engineers, creative technologists and industrial designers – shortly after its formation in 1995. Jaimie leads the application of systems to the delivery and operation of high performing assets. This includes design for manufacture and assembly (DfMA) solutions and new data-led, digital workflows for government and private sector clients in the UK, US, and Asia.

Jaimie was the co-author of the ‘Design for Manufacture + Assembly’ overlay to the RIBA Plan of Works. He also wrote the benchmark strategy documents, ‘Delivery Platforms for Government Assets’, and ‘Platforms: Bridging the gap between construction + manufacturing’. These have been adopted as a key articulation of the UK Government’s initiative to create a more productive, value-driven construction sector.

Jaimie is the Design Lead for the Construction Innovation Hub, which in late 2018 was awarded £72 million to drive innovation and technological advances in the UK construction and infrastructure sectors.

Neil Pennell

Neil Pennell

Head of Design Innovation and Property Solutions
Landsec

Neil Pennell Btech (Hons), C.Eng, MCIBSE is Head of Design, Innovation and Property Solutions at Landsec, one of the UK’s leading property companies. He is responsible for the creation of a clear and compelling vision for the Company’s long-term strategy with respect to the design and development of innovative, environmentally sustainable and technically excellent buildings.

Neil is a Senior Thought Leader specialising in technical and innovative solutions for Landsec’s current and future portfolio, acting as a trusted adviser to the Senior Executive
team and other key internal and external stakeholders. He is charged with providing strategic advice to the business on sustainable building design, smart building technology and innovative procurement and construction processes to ensure Landsec retains its leadership position in the real estate sector. This involves a wide remit to drive innovation and the application of technology, including; Internet of Things, low and zero carbon energy technologies, AI, advanced building analytics, BIM, DfMA, modern methods of construction and smart building technologies.
He is responsible for developing key customer, partner and stakeholder relationships around design and innovation to ensure that Landsec’s property solutions are aligned with customer needs and expectations.
As a leading member of the Development team he is charged with embedding a culture of innovation in the business to access new and profitable business opportunities by promoting the use of research, data analytics and information technology to inform investment decisions and develop property services and solutions that create great experiences for our customers. Neil is an advocate of sustainable buildings, renewable energy technologies and intelligent building design. His goal is to create amazing buildings for people; to live, work, shop and enjoy their leisure time.
Neil sits on the Board of the British Council of Offices (BCO) and chairs the Technical Affairs Committee which is responsible for producing the BCO’s industry leading technical
publications. He is also chair of the CDDB’s Building Clients Group, a director of the Better Buildings Partnership and a member of WiredScore Connectivity Advisory Committee.

Stewart Dalgarno

Stewart Dalgarno

Director of Product Development
Stewart Milne Group and AIMCH Project Director

Stewart has been with Stewart Milne Group for 36 years and has a depth of knowledge that comes from growing his career within the company. Starting as an Apprentice Draughtsman and working his way up to Director level, Stewart is regarded as one of the most highly experienced professionals in the sector by colleagues across both the business and industry. 

Stewart is responsible for research and development across Stewart Milne Group focusing on the introduction of new products, processes and materials, which includes offsite construction, lean site assembly, digital working, BIM, low carbon homes and advance offsite timber building systems.

Stewart's innovative thinking has seen him recognised by the industry as an R&D champion, and he is proud to have delivered several award-winning projects.  He is leader of AIMC4 and AIMCH, two of the sector’s largest multi-million-pound collaborative housing projects run in partnership with Innovate UK, government and key sector stakeholders. 

His values of entrepreneurship and transformational change encourage him to push for positive change, both company and industry-wide. 

When Stewart takes some time away from planning 'what's next' for the business, he is an avid golfer and played at a British Amateur level, winning ten club championships. He credits golf for helping him to focus and get the job done - no matter how challenging it becomes.

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Moderator (1)

Helen Barrett

Helen Barrett

Editor House & Home
Financial Times

Helen Barrett is editor of FT House & Home. She was previously the FT’s Work & Careers editor, where she oversaw the business education rankings, launched high-profile editorial products and wrote and spoke widely on on leadership, management, entrepreneurship, business education and working life. She joined the FT in 2012 after stints as a freelance journalist, and as a reporter on business magazines. Before retraining as a journalist, she spent a decade working in London’s advertising industry.

Agenda - 14th Jul

  • 11:45am
    Access to webinar opens
  • 12:00pm
    Introduction from the FT Chair and Opening Conversation

    Sam Stacey, Challenge Director Transforming Construction, UK Research and Innovation

  • 12:10pm
    Case Stories

    These case stories will showcase solutions, methods and best practices for making construction more affordable, efficient, safer and healthier.

    Future of where we learn: SEISMIC Case Story
    The aim of the SEISMIC project was to transform the way primary schools are designed and built by developing, costing and manufacturing steel-framed offsite solutions to achieve greater economies of scale and cost efficiencies.

    Jaimie Johnston, Board Director, Head of Global Systems, Bryden Wood

    Future of where we work: Landsec Case Story
    Property developer, Landsec, aimed to demonstrate the possible savings to be made by taking Bryden-Wood’s platform approach to building an office block and then to prototype the novel approach to reduce risk when using it for the actual build.

    Neil Pennell, Head of Design Innovation and Property Solutions, Landsec

    Future of where we live: AIMCH Case Story
    The Advanced Industrialised Methods for the Construction of Homes (AIMCH) project sees the biggest house builder in the UK, Barratt Homes, and the second biggest social housing provider (L&Q) work with their supply chain to improve processes and test-at-scale use of Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) on live sites.

    Stewart Dalgarno, Director of Product Development, Stewart Milne Group and AIMCH Project Director

  • 12:45pm
    Panel Discussion followed by Audience Q&A
  • 1:10pm
    Discussion closes

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The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

UKRI works with the government to invest over £7 billion a year in research and innovation by partnering with academia and industry to make the impossible, possible. Through the UK’s nine leading academic and industrial funding councils, UKRI create knowledge with impact.

The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund brings together the UK’s world-leading research with business to meet the major industrial and societal challenges of our time. It provides funding and support to UK businesses and researchers, part of the government’s £4.7 billion increase in research and development over the next 4 years. It plays a central role in the Government’s modern Industrial Strategy. It is run by UK Research and Innovation, which comprises the Research Councils, Innovate UK and Research England.

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