Irvine Sellar, City's chief planner and Chinese contractor join CN Summit 2016

Annie Hampson, who replaced Peter Rees as the City’s chief planning officer, has confirmed she will address the Summit on the Square Mile’s skyline and property development.

Beijing Construction Engineering Group’s operations director Gavin Taylor will take to the Summit stage as the Chinese contractor continues to grow in the UK.

Property developer Irvine Sellar will be interviewed by BBC presenter Andrew Neil on the first day.

Leaders of major infrastructure clients Crossrail 2, Gatwick Airport, Highways England, Horizon Nuclear, Network Rail and Tideway are also among the many confirmed speakers for this year’s Summit, which becomes a two-day event for the first time.

Airport City Manchester, Land Securities’ Nova site and the Forth Replacement Crossing will be among the project case studies.

The Summit will also include technical talks on subjects including: building better offices; the next generation of tall buildings; regional regeneration; and disruptive technology.

Other themes planned for discussion include the evolution of government policy and construction skills, the role of the National Infrastructure Commission, the future of transport and energy, and turning the Northern Powerhouse into a reality.

New in 2016

This year the Summit contains brand new workshops for delegates to work together to deliver tangible outcomes for the entire industry.

The event’s new Skills Hackathon, in partnership with Build UK, will work collaboratively on day one to generate real-life solutions to the skills challenges that hold businesses back, which will be presented to the whole audience on day two with a commitment to take them forward.

A tech hackathon will also take place, to be judged by a panel including HS2 head of innovation Iain Roche.

Plenary sessions will once again be chaired by BBC journalist and Daily Politics host Andrew Neil.

CN Summit 2016 floorplan

CN Summit 2016 floorplan

The Construction News Summit takes place on 11 & 12 October at the Hilton Bankside in London.

CN readers can get a 20 per cent discount on delegate passes when they use the promotional code: CNREADER

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Confirmed speakers include:

  • Irvine Sellar, founder, Sellar Property Group
  • Sadie Morgan, co-founding director, dRMM and commissioner, National Infrastructure Commission
  • Andy Mitchell, chief executive officer, Tideway
  • Jim O’Sullivan, chief executive, Highways England
  • Ged Fitzgerald, chief executive, Liverpool City Council
  • Lynda Shillaw, divisional chief executive, property, Manchester Airport
  • Michèle Dix, managing director, Crossrail 2
  • Simon Blanchflower, major programme director – Thameslink, Network Rail
  • Simon Hesketh, director of regeneration, U+I
  • David Climie, project director – Forth Replacement Crossing, Transport Scotland
  • Mike Grice, construction director, Battersea Power Station Development Company
  • Justin Black, development director, Land Securities
  • Gavin Taylor, operations director, BCEGI
  • Suzannah Nichol, chief executive, Build UK
  • Paul Morrell, former government chief construction adviser
  • Iain Roche, head of innovation, HS2
  • Peter Henry, development director, Harworth Estates
  • Carl Delvin, programme director, Horizon Nuclear
  • Jeroen Pat, TDI
  • Chris Williamson, director, Weston Williamson
  • Trevor Burns, executive director of development, East Thames
  • Annie Hampson, chief planning officer, City of London
  • Paul Williams, director, Derwent
  • Ray Melee, development director, Gatwick Airport
  • Francis Keenan, managing director, FK Group

Tech Sprint Judges – How to reduce construction costs

  • Iain Roche, head of innovation, HS2
  • Kuldeep Gharatya, head of technical strategy, systems performance and innovation, London Underground
  • Malcolm Taylor, head of technical information, Crossrail
  • Rick Robinson, IT director for smart data and technology, Amey

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