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LEADING NAMES ANNOUNCED AS SPEAKERS FOR CE HOUSING SUMMIT

LEADING NAMES ANNOUNCED AS SPEAKERS FOR CE HOUSING SUMMIT REPRESENTATIVES from some of the housing industry’s biggest names have been announced as speakers at one of the Midlands’ leading construction events. Speakers from Cundall, Barratt Developments, Stewart Milne Group and the Welsh government will present at June’s CE Midlands Housing

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BDC 318 : Jul 2024

Constructing Excellence Midlands

CLIMATE CRISIS, BUILDING SAFETY AND PROCUREMENT ON THE AGENDA AS CONSTRUCTING EXCELLENCE MIDLANDS REUNITES

LEADERS from across the Coventry and Warwickshire construction landscape have reunited to discuss the challenges and actions being taken to address net zero, building safety and procurement at a local level. The Constructing Excellence Midlands leadership dinner, held by the regional CE club, was the latest event organised by the construction collaboration, networking and business group to attain a closer view of the state of the industry. Convening at the Coventry Building Society Arena, the evening presented an opportunity for attendees across the sector to offer their insight on these topics and share their knowledge on overcoming the challenges, as CE Midlands strives to increase its learning resources and networking opportunities for construction clients and their supply chains in the region. Catherine Windibank, business development manager at Richard Jackson and club chair for the Coventry and Warwickshire club (FoRCE), said: “The evening was a fantastic way to bring together great leadership minds from across Coventry and Warwickshire, discuss pertinent issues the whole industry is facing, and in turn dictate the priority actions that CE Midlands can implement on a local level to enhance industry collaboration. This leadership dinner has set out FoRCE’s agenda for the forthcoming twelve months.” The evening’s discussions were led by Uma Shanker, programme director for capital delivery and design at Severn Trent Water and chair of CE Midlands. He said: “As an industry that emits or influences around half of the total carbon emissions generated in the UK, we learned that in order to address the net zero challenge, contractors must better engage with suppliers to reduce their embodied carbon usage. “At CE Midlands we will be providing educational resources that better enable firms to engage with their supply chains on reducing Scope 3 emissions in particular, as in its current state the industry is behind on meeting its requirements. “From a building safety and procurement standpoint, we also need to ensure that construction clients are attaining what they deserve, to deliver safer and more effective projects. Due diligence needs to be implemented more robustly to prevent the bad behaviours that have collectively damaged the reputation of the industry. “CE Midlands is directly addressing this by delivering workshops to members and creating a best practice guide for the benefit of them and their client advisors, informing what they should be looking for and questions they should be asking suppliers to ensure they meet expectations with the delivery of their products and services.” Andrew Carpenter, chief executive of Constructing Excellence Midlands, said: “Constructing Excellence’s core strength is that we are pan-industry. We recognise that different organisations bring varying skillsets and knowledge across the construction sector, which enables our collaborative efforts to address the issues that are affecting the supply chain in its entirety. “We are always looking out for new members to join CE Midlands and our local clubs, which are key to creating a knowledge cascade and a culture of collaboration. We welcome training providers and colleges, through to suppliers, contractors and consultants, as well as property agents, clients and end-users to get involved.” Constructing Excellence Midlands is hosting its annual housing summit on Wednesday 15 June at Birmingham Conference and Events Centre, giving attendees the chance to get further insight into some of the key issues facing the industry – such as the Future Homes Standard, carbon net zero and the growing focus on procurement routes brought about by the Housing Forum Report. To register to attend the CE Midlands Housing Summit, click here. To find out more about Constructing Excellence Midlands, visit https://www.cemidlands.org/. Building Design and Construction Magazine | The Home of Construction & Property News

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LEADING NAMES ANNOUNCED AS SPEAKERS FOR CE HOUSING SUMMIT

LEADING NAMES ANNOUNCED AS SPEAKERS FOR CE HOUSING SUMMIT REPRESENTATIVES from some of the housing industry’s biggest names have been announced as speakers at one of the Midlands’ leading construction events. Speakers from Cundall, Barratt Developments, Stewart Milne Group and the Welsh government will present at June’s CE Midlands Housing Summit, organised by Constructing Excellence Midlands and sponsored by Shakespeare Martineau. The summit’s keynote presentation will be delivered by Colette McCann, Birmingham City Council’s acting assistant director of housing development, who will detail the city’s 2040 plan for affordable housing, as well as introducing how attendees can get themselves involved in the programme. Also leading the lineup is Cundall’s Richard Twinn, who will detail how Future Homes Standards will affect those involved in the provision of housing going forward. The event – which takes place virtually on Wednesday, June 23 – gives attendees chance to get further insight into some of the key issues facing the industry, such as the Future Homes Standard, carbon net zero and the growing role of modern methods of construction and modular homes. Andrew Carpenter, chief executive of Constructing Excellence Midlands, said: “We’re delighted to have secured such a stellar lineup for this year’s Housing Summit, which promises to provide a real insight into how both the public and private sector are working to tackle the UK’s housing crisis. Constructing Excellence Midlands is working in partnership with Birmingham City Council in helping them achieve their ambitious housing targets. Colette McCann, acting assistant director of housing development at Birmingham City Council said: “CE Midlands provides a unique opportunity and platform that brings together a wide range of members within the construction industry. “I am very much looking forward to attending the CE Midlands Housing Summit to discuss innovative ideas and solutions to the challenges our sector faces, particularly in the delivery of affordable housing.” Andrew Carpenter continued: “As we come out of the other side of the pandemic, housing has to be one of the critical areas of the construction industry. With house prices continuing to rise, affordable, sustainable housing is coming to the fore more than ever before, and we have pulled together a speaker lineup that reflects this.” To register to attend the CE Midlands Housing Summit, click here

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