Smart Gloves Warn Workers of Vibration Dangers

Gloves embedded with tiny sensors have been developed to help protect workers from exposure to vibration.

The gloves, developed by Nottingham Trent University and spearheaded by Professor Tilak Dias of the School of Art & Design, include technology that aims to alert wearers when they experience vibrations likely to cause conditions such as vibration white finger and carpal tunnel syndrome.

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Inmalo Sponsor NFDC Awards for Demolition Plant Operator 2017

Inmalo are once again proud to be sponsoring the NFDC Demolition Awards category for Demolition Plant Operator 2017. This year’s event takes place at The Dorchester, Park Lane, London on Friday 31st March 2017. The awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of the demolition industry across a range of categories. This particular category was won last year by Jake Whitehurst from Connell Brothers (see below). Who will it be this year?

IDE Spring Seminar 2017

Even Storm Doris couldn’t stop the recent Institute of Demolition Engineers Spring Seminar from being yet another resounding success. Returning to the excellent Royal Armouries venue saw the event overseen by new IDE President David Darsey.

The IDE Seminars are very quickly getting a reputation for hosting some excellent and very interesting speakers and this year was no exception. Opening up the day’s proceedings, David Darsey thanked everyone for attending and for contributing to a raffle at the event which raised £790.00 for the President’s chosen charity, Helen Allison School – The National Autistic Society. David Darsey will donate £210.00 to achieve a nice round number of £1000.00.  Thanks to everyone that bought a ticket! 

Anna Mason, Founder and Director of the Healthy Employee was first to take to the stage to ask for “volunteers” to take part in an anonymous survey of how healthy we are. Taking weight, body and muscle mass measurements from a number of delegates, Ms Mason would later return to the stage to report on her findings.

One of the largest and complex demolition jobs over the last few years has been Keltbray Ltd’s Earls Court project. Operations Director Jim O’Sullivan and Technical Manager Dave Rowe were on hand to describe the innovative and technically challenging methods involved in removing some of the largest and heaviest concrete beams found on a UK demolition site utilising the services of one of the World’s largest cranes. Working in close proximity to London Underground and Overground train services the team worked to limited time slots to remove structures without hindering the running of train services.

Due to being incapacitated with a broken leg, NBS’ Stefan Mordue was replaced by his colleague Phil Simpson to speak about BIM in deconstruction works. The last decade has seen the implementation of BIM, Building Information Modelling, throughout the construction industry with the technology now only being adopted to aid the demolition industry. Ending the morning session was AR Demolition’s Richard Dolman speaking about the launch of the new Demolition Safety Forum which has been launched in response to the industry’s lack of sharing information regarding incidents. Mr Dolman explained that the need to learn and share information regarding near misses and incidents as it is all too often covered up. The Forum will be constantly monitored to ensure that it stays focussed on informative information sharing and not a place for disgruntled employees.  

The second morning session commenced with the legendary Dick Green describing one of his recent contracts in South Africa with Jet Demolition. As with any of Dick’s presentations, the informative yet funny speech had the crowd in fits of laughter. Having spent many years undertaking complex blow-downs, Green was asked to undertake this particular tricky project which lay under 5m away from neighbouring buildings. The 15-story HG DeWitt building in Pretoria had an added difficulty with the building being cantilevered to both gables. The complex installation of over 60 cables to ensure the building fell into itself when the 530 electronic detonators fired. Erith’s Grant Styles rounded off the morning session with a detailed look at their recent project at Farringdon Road in the City of London for Goldman Sachs. The 8500m2 project involved a detailed security system with over 60 camera positions and a constant security presence around the clock. The immense scaffolding project was handed to two different contractors to negate any possible time issues due to the massive amount of work being involved. Erith also worked closely with TfL to reduce the impact of works on the already busy streets by turning a bus lane into a loading area, using a basement for loading demolition arisings and altering bell-mouths on junctions to prevent damage. Such was the professionalism and expertise shown by Erith during the contract they were duly awarded a Gold Considerate Constructors Scheme award and were ranked amongst the top 5 construction sites in London.

 The afternoon session, chaired by IDE Vice President Gary Bishop, kicked off with an NFDC and IDE double act in the shape of NFDC CEO Howard Button and Immediate Past President of the IDE Duncan Rudall advising of the forthcoming changes to the CCDO and CCDO +Plant card schemes along with the push towards Smart Card technology and the benefits it will bring to the industry. The contentious subject of monitoring of airborne fibres was brought to the stage with SMH Group’s Chris Donne. Harley Scientific, part of SMH Group has recently launched the wearable FibreCheck HS-FC6 monitoring device. Although it will detect the presence of the smallest of fibres, it is not accepted as a replacement for traditional sampling methods currently undertaken in the UK. The FibreCheck can examine 20 times more air than conventional membrane filter tests reaching the same level of statistical significance in 1/10th of the time. Returning to the stage with some surprising test results, Anna Mason spoke about the need for workers to enjoy a healthy and well balanced diet. The results from the few who participated showed a great need for both the industry and the wider population to eat healthier and exercise more. Commenting on the widespread use of sugar in products, the delegates were surprised to see the actual amounts in certain foods. Ms Mason spoke about the benefits to employers in ensuring employees try and eat as healthily as possible with dehydration, sluggishness and lack of response being amongst the top causes of accidents on site. It is not only healthy eating that is needed to keep people in top form, many people in the theatre were taken aback at the need to undertake at least 2.5 hours per week of physical exercise with at least two sessions of muscle building exercise.  

With the sobering thoughts from Anna Mason ringing in many ears, the day’s proceedings were closed by Gary Bishop setting a date for the Scottish Seminar on 7/7/2017 and the Autumn Seminar at One Great George Street. London for the 29/9/2017.

Wishing you a Happy Christmas

Architectural Technology Awards: 2016 winners

The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) is pleased to announce the winners for its annual Awards.

The awards celebrate Architectural Technology globally at its very best. The winners and shortlisted entrants were selected by a judging panel made up of experts within the discipline.

The Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology

Winner: GM Design Associates Ltd

The winning project is the Castle Hill Events Space in Dungannon, Ulster. It illustrates the transformative power of Architectural Technology on one of the most important archaeological sites associated with the ancient seat of the O’Neill’s, the Flight of the Earls and the Plantation of Ulster.  The completed building is comprised of four distinct elements: the old garage which now forms an internal exhibition space, a three storey viewing tower, the covered external events space and a single storey utility building.

Highly Commended: Lee Evans Partnership LLP for Samphire Hoe Education Centre. The building is the country park’s newest facility. The shelter provides a haven from the harsh weather conditions frequently experienced at this coastal location, whilst also offering a centre where visitors can learn about the Hoe.

Commended: Brian Davies MCIAT and Mark Davies MCIAT of Arc Design for Streamline House, a unique modern residence influenced by art deco design.

The Alan King Award

(for projects valued £750k or under that have demonstrated outstanding excellence in Architectural Technology.)

Winners: Brian Davies MCIAT and Mark Davies MCIAT of Arc Design

The winning project, Streamline House, is a unique modern residence influenced by art deco design.

The house, with its subtle curves, takes advantage of the natural curvature of the stream nearby. It incorporates surrounding elements such as the sound of water rushing underneath the overhanging balcony which looks out over an existing secret garden.

Highly Commended: Chetham Architecture Design for Hill House – a barn conversion in Brigsteer, on the edge of the Lake District National Park. The existing property and its attached barn were converted into habitable accommodation with its orientation shifted to enjoy views of the Lyth Valley.

Commended: GROW Design Studio for Goff’s Oak, a marketing suite for a collection of luxury homes built within an eight-week construction programme.

Vice-President Technical, Kevin Crawford MCIAT and Chair of the Judging Panel said ‘The shortlisted entries for both Awards were of an exceptional standard but they all shared one thing — demonstration of Architectural Technology as a key design function and how necessary it is to achieve buildability, usability and create inclusive environments. My congratulations go to all those who were shortlisted and look forward to visiting the projects and presenting the plaques for permanent attachment to the buildings.’

Student Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology (Project)

(recognising outstanding design achievement in Architectural Technology based upon a university/college assignment)

Winner: Nathan Saulle ACIAT, Sheffield Hallam University

The winning project is the Woodland Works Discovery Centre, a mixed-use two-storey building with galleries, seminar rooms, a dual height exhibition space, café with terrace, laboratories, offices and workshops.

Inspired by the form and anatomy of a pinecone, the complex gridshell uses biomimetic approach in its design. The solution develops an innovative and adaptive nodal fixing which reinforces the forest context.

Highly Commended: Tom Welch ACIAT from Southampton Solent University for Glastonbury Tor Heritage Education Centre. The building is for use all year round with a museum for the Glastonbury Tor and town’s heritage.

Commended: Wayne Croasdell ACIAT from University of Central Lancashire for Ullswater Yacht Club Replacement Clubhouse, a new clubhouse combating regular flooding and a rise in membership numbers.

Student Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology (Report)

(recognising outstanding research achievement in Architectural Technology from a dissertation or research assignment)

Winner: Sean Knight ACIAT, Coventry University

The winning report, Integrating New Structures Within Historic Buildings, reviews and proposes methods of integrating new structures within historic buildings with a specific emphasis on the improvement of thermal efficiency and damp prevention.

Highly Commended: Naomi Clare ACIAT from Sheffield Hallam University for Woodland Works — Greater Sustainability Through Intelligent Design. An in depth investigation of the materials and construction methods selected for a woodland visitor’s centre.

Commended: Nathan Saulle ACIAT from Sheffield Hallam University for Design Integration, Product Information and Performance Within a Mixed-Use Timber Building, exploring the resolution of the technical complexity of a six layer gridshell construction and development of an innovative adaptive nodal fixing.

Vice-President Education, Paul Laycock MCIAT and Chair of the Judging Panel said ‘Our Architectural Technology students continue to deliver innovative and thought provoking designs and reports that take the discipline to the next level and I am excited by how they will be practising and utilising these attributes in the real world. With talented graduates such as these I look forward to the future of creating robust sustainable design solutions that perform and endure over time.’

All the Awards (together with the shortlisted entries) are featured on our website ciat.org.uk/en/awards/index.cfm and films of the winners can be seen at: youtube.com/ciatechnologist

For further details on all winning projects including images and articles please contact Media and PR Director, Adam Endacott, details below

The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) is the lead qualifying body for Architectural Technology and represents those practising and studying within the discipline. CIAT qualifies Chartered Architectural Technologists, MCIAT, and professionally qualified Architectural Technicians, TCIAT.

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AGM and Annual Luncheon 11th November 2016

al3The Institute of Demolition Engineers recently held their 40th AGM and awards ceremony at the prestigious venue of the Royal Institute of British Architects in London.

The busy day started early with a meeting for the Council of Management before commencement of the AGM where President Duncan Rudall welcomed everyone to the venue.  The event was the last to be hosted by Duncan Rudall as President as he was to hand over the chain of office to incoming President, Erith Group’s David Darsey.

Duncan Rudall thanked the Institute for their hard work over the past 12 months in pushing the Demolition Degree a step further, the move to larger offices and for the successful seminars held in Leeds and London.

Treasurer Stuart Accleton, whose post was then confirmed for the next two years, confirmed the Institute’s financial standing. An increase in income bolstering the coffers, was offset by an increase in venue costs for seminars and office relocation costs. Even with the increase in expenditure, the Institute remains in a healthy financial position and will look to expend further finances in education and development for the betterment of the industry.

With a view to the future, Dr Terry Quarmby reminded the attendees of the Institutes need to foster and promote the science of demolition engineering. With this in mind, the forthcoming Demolition Degree, which is still in the final stages of discussion, will take the demolition engineer to the forefront of their industry. Whilst a start date is not yet confirmed, early expression of interest to the Institute is recommended.

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From left: Gary Bishop MIDE, Vice President, David Darsey FIDE, FRSA President

With David Darsey moving up to the Presidential position it left a vacancy for Vice President for the next two years. The extremely hard fought campaign between two Members; Gary Bishop and Richard Dolman eventually saw Gary Bishop take the position. Both Duncan Rudall and David Darsey thanked the candidates and Institute Members for their applications and voting despite some vociferous media coverage. Commenting on the voting process, new President David Darsey explained that any future voting processes will only allow candidates to provide a biography to be sent out with voting slips.

In his final speech, Duncan Rudall thanked the Institute, Council of Management and all of its Members for all of its help throughout his two-year tenure. Special thanks were given to Maureen and Michelle in head office for their tireless work in keeping everything running smoothly. “Despite becoming fatter, greyer and more sceptical over the past two years, it is something I wouldn’t have missed out on. I wish David all the best in his Presidency and Gary as Vice President. We are good at what we do but you should all remember; we do it for you.”

Incoming President David Darsey thanked the Council of Management before committing to taking the Institute forward from the excellent position they are currently in. “I am very passionate about the industry and look forward to expanding on where we are at this time. We need to attract youngsters into the profession otherwise it will get stale. We must promote the IDE to clients as the best way forward.” David Darsey rounded off by saying; “I will support the Institute in all areas, what I do, with my heart and head, is for the benefit of our industry.”

A final word at the AGM came from Mick Ulyatt asking for more members to step forward and take up the challenge of stepping up to become chartered engineers. “The industry needs more experience and we need to grab this opportunity.”

The afternoon’s proceedings commenced with David Darsey welcoming guests to the lunch before taking charge of presenting over 30 Members with their professional qualifications within the Institute.

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From Left: John Woodward FIDE and Steve Jack FIDE

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From left: David Darsey, IDE President and Honorary Fellow Ron Callan

The day rounded off with David Darsey presenting an award to two outstanding members of the demolition community who are standing down from the IDE. With over 50 years of IDE experience between them, Steve Jack and John Woodward have taken the hard decision to take life a little easier with Steve looking to play more golf and John spending more time fishing. A lifetime achievement award was also presented to Kocurek’s Ron Callan for his services to the demolition industry.

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From left: David Darsey, Stuart Accleton and Duncan Rudall

The awards ceremony also saw the introduction of a new award; the Presidents Award. Specifically chosen for those who have given a significant contribution to the industry in developing and fostering the reputation of the industry as a career and profession, the award was given to Stuart Accleton of the Erith Group. Decided upon by the Council of Management, the award was presented to Stuart Accleton for his work on the Passion Project which aims to get young people back on the straight and narrow and into a possible career in the demolition industry.

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From Left: Adrian McLean and Duncan Rudall

A final presentation was made by Armac’s Adrian McLean to outgoing President Duncan Rudall. A huge Exeter Chiefs rugby fan, Adrian McLean presented a very happy Duncan Rudall with a shirt signed by the entire Chiefs team.

A copy of the minutes of the AGM and all related documents is available on request from the National Secretary info@ide.org.uk

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IDE teams up with the University of Wolverhampton to launch first ever Demolition Degree

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from l-r: Dr Paul Hampton (Head of Department, School of Architecture and Built Environment at the University of Wolverhampton), Duncan Rudall (President of the IDE), Professor Geoff Layer (Vice-Chancellor at the University of Wolverhampton) and Anthony Hatfield (Senior Lecturer in Built Environment)

An agreement has been reached that will see the UK’s first ever degree course for demolition launched next year.

The Institute for Demolition Engineers (IDE) used its Autumn Seminar to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Wolverhampton that will see bespoke courses developed to give more than 100 people every year the chance to study for a Bachelor of Science or Masters of Science Demolition and Restoration Management in the Built Environment degree.

The sector, which works on more than £8bn of projects ever year, will use the qualifications to attract more young people into the industry, as well as ensuring current demolition engineers have access to the best possible professional development opportunities.

The curriculum will be taught on site and at the University’s new Springfield Campus and will comprise of up to 15 different modules, ranging from asbestos removal and façade retention to working with explosives and health and safety.

“Demolition has been the poor relation to construction and civil engineering for some time and this has got to change,” explained Duncan Rudall FIDE, President of the IDE.

“We want to give people working in our sector the same opportunity as other industries to be officially recognised for their skills and expertise and the Demolition Degree is the first step in this direction.”

He continued: “It is also an important milestone in trying to get more young people interested in pursuing a career with us. We have no problem attracting labourers and operatives, which is great. However, we want youngsters looking to become chartered demolition engineers, senior managers and the leaders of the future.

“There isn’t anything like this currently in the UK and the University of Wolverhampton has shown their passion and understanding of our sector by agreeing to work with us to shape the content and delivery of the courses.”

Demolition experts Dr Terry Quarmby (Dorton Group), Mick Ulyatt (Samuelson Consulting), John Woodward (C&D Consultancy), Vernon Watson (QCMS) and Richard Dolman (AR Demolition) have all been involved in the initial planning, with industry trainers set to be involved in delivering the demolition specific elements of the degree.

This will be reinforced by experienced lecturers at the University of Wolverhampton, led by Dr Paul Hampton, Head of Department at the School of Architecture and Built Environment.

So far more than 20 people have signed up for the degree courses, which will be officially launched in September 2017.

Wolverhampton-born Matt Birch, a trainee Demolition Engineer at C&D Consultancy, is one of the first individuals to sign up for the new Demolition Degree.

“This is such an exciting breakthrough for our sector and gives me the ideal opportunity to develop my skills and knowledge even further, not to mention the chance to secure a national qualification in the process.

“I first thought about demolition as a career when John Woodward, MD of C&D, visited our school and talked to us about what was involved. Every day is different and that immediately captured my imagination and I’m already learning that there are lots of technical aspects you have to learn. This degree is the icing on the cake.

“I am also really proud that my home city University is leading the world with offering this qualification.”

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from l-r: Duncan Rudall (President of the IDE), Matt Birch (C&D Consultancy) and Professor Geoff Layer (Vice-Chancellor at the University of Wolverhampton)

Speaking at the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding, Geoff Layer, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wolverhampton, added his support: “We have a proud track record of working in the field of construction and already have embedded certain elements of the demolition sector into our courses.

“The new site will provide a collaborative research environment, working closely with business and partners like IDE to offer cutting-edge facilities equipped with the latest technologies to provide innovative teaching – like the new Demolition degree – across a lifelong learning ladder of opportunities.”

Duncan concluded: “The University of Wolverhampton is investing all the time and this is none more evident than in the regeneration of the Springfield Brewery site in Wolverhampton to create a centre of excellence for construction. The facilities will be world class and students on the demolition degree will have access to them.”

Boasting more than 400 members, the IDE exists to promote and foster the science of demolition engineering.

This includes promotion of more efficient techniques in the industry, encourage safer methods of working and the provision of a qualifying body for the industry.

The Autumn Seminar, held in London, attracted its largest ever audience with 196 professionals attending.

For further information, please visit www.ide.org.uk or follow @idepresident on twitter. More details on the University of Wolverhampton can be found at www.wlv.ac.uk

Author: Russ Cockburn is Director of Cucumber PR, a full service communications agency based in Shropshire

The content of this article represents the personal views of the author and nothing is to be taken as representing the views, opinions, policy or position of any other persons or organisations mentioned herein or of the Institute of Demolition Engineers. 

Demolishing Perceptions

When you think of the demolition sector, images of a big black wrecking ball and tonnes of rubble spring readily to mind. In fact, ‘a means to an end’ are often words associated with this industry.

Often seen in the shadows of its more illustrious rivals civil engineering and construction, it’s fair to say it has a somewhat challenging image issue to address. The good news is that the Institute of Demolition Engineers (IDE) – celebrating its 40th year and buoyed by an increasing membership of over 400 professionals – is in the mood to start changing perceptions.

This was clearly evident during my first visit to an IDE Seminar, a bi-annual gathering to discuss breaking trends, issues and techniques, not to mention a convenient excuse to undertake some important networking over a few pints in the Westminster Arms.  As a relative newcomer to the industry, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I thought there may be a fair few ‘big blokes’ present and I wasn’t disappointed. However, there were also a smattering of female engineers and some stunning examples of meticulous planning, ground-breaking technology and creative solutions.  Holding all this together was a passion to promote demolition and make it an exciting and attractive career for people to follow.

What struck me straight away is all the things we, the general public, take for granted. We see a building that has gone past its sell-by date and is going to be replaced with an all singing, all dancing new development.  We don’t really care how the old one comes down as long as we get to enjoy the new dream we’ve been sold.  This attitude is doing demolition a massive disservice. The morning presentations proved this very point, with experts from Erith Group and Keltbray Decommissioning talking in great detail about the work, knowledge, skills and understanding of demolition techniques that go into making projects successful.

In the first instance, months of preparation and planning had been deployed into temporary works so that the façade of a prestigious London building can be retained and made safe for the first phase of demolition. Very few people outside the sector will appreciate the difficulty involved in this.  Delegates were even treated to an insight on what it takes to remove a nuclear pipe under the sea and the extreme conditions engineers have to experience whilst working under water.

The afternoon sessions were equally lively, with a captivating talk on the ‘White Mice of Clydebank’ and the asbestos issue affecting the removal of Red Road Flats, so long an icon of Glasgow life. This was followed by the introduction of AutoStem, a cutting-edge alternative to using explosives when looking to break concrete.

We even had one of the most entertaining talks on Occupational Health I’d ever heard from the hilarious Nichola Elvy, MD of Building Health.

All of this provided a great backdrop for the most telling presentation of the day, the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the IDE and the University of Wolverhampton to launch the UK’s first ever Demolition Degree.  The only other course like it is currently being delivering in Indiana just to give you an idea of the magnitude of this announcement.  What this basically means, is that existing engineers and newcomers to the sector will be able to study towards a BSc or MSc in demolition from September 2017. 100 places will be up to grabs in the first year, a fifth of which were booked on the day.  Now if ever there was a statement of intent than this was it. Hundreds of unpaid hours have gone into developing the framework and forging the partnership and many more are still required to get it right.  The degree will fill two roles…raise standards within the industry and provide it with a higher education option that means its engineers will ultimately be chartered.

So my debut at a demolition conference was interesting to say the least and I came away with the feeling that the ‘underdog’ was beginning to find its bark again.

However, I thought one veteran summed it up best when he said ‘we clear the past, to make way for your future’. Thankfully for society, they do a pretty good job of it!

Russ Cockburn is Director of Cucumber PR, a full service communications agency based in Shropshire.

Author: Russ Cockburn is Director of Cucumber PR, a full service communications agency based in Shropshire

The content of this article represents the personal views of the author and nothing is to be taken as representing the views, opinions, policy or position of any other persons or organisations mentioned herein or of the Institute of Demolition Engineers. 

New APPGEBE Inquiry call for evidence – The impact of Brexit on future skills

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment is pleased to announce its fifth Inquiry, which will look at the impact of Brexit on future skills needs in the construction industry and the built environment professions.   

This subject is of special significance given the reliance of construction on workers from the EU both at a trades and professional level; and at a time when construction is already facing a skills shortage.  Can the industry continue to attract sufficient migrant workers from EU; or can it train enough home grown talent to meet demand? Or will Brexit potentially have dire consequences. In September a coalition of professional bodies has warned Brexit minister, David Davis MP that the UK’s construction skills crisis could severely worsen if the government does not take steps to ensure access to a skilled workforce during its post-referendum negotiations. 

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment has established its fifth Commission of Inquiry to address this important subject; and now calls upon organisations, businesses and individuals to submit evidence on how the impact of Brexit could potentially impact on the skill pool; what government could do to mitigate this impact and what the industry could be doing itself to increase the talent pool.   

The Commission is looking for clear evidence to identify the extent of workers employed from overseas and the benefits they bring to the construction industry and also evidence of schemes that are training and attracting young people into the sector.  The APPG for EBE Commission of Inquiry comprises members of both Houses of Parliament, senior members of the construction professions, key influencers and decision makers in other aspects of society.   

The Commission will be chaired by the APPGEBE Chairman, Oliver Colvile MP and other members will include the Rt Hon Maria Miller MP; Helen Hayes MP;  Earl of Lytton; Lord Best and Peter Bonfield OBE.

Written submissions are requested to be received no later than Friday 25 November 2016. They should be of reasonable length and possess a clear conclusion and recommendations for action and must be accompanied by all relevant appendices. They should be sent electronically to the APPGEBE Secretary, Graham Watts OBE c/o apppginquiry@cic.org.uk.  The Commission of Inquiry will examine written submissions and will set up roundtable sessions, at which oral evidence will be presented to the Commission directly. It is hoped that these will give an opportunity for a candid and open discussion, exploring alternative viewpoints and leading to a pragmatic consensus.

This will be the group’s fifth inquiry, following:

“A better deal for public building” (2013)

“Re-energising the green agenda” (2014)

“Living with water” (2015)

“More homes, fewer complaints” (2016)

Oliver Colvile MP, chair of the APPGEBE said of the inquiry: “On the 23rd of June, the British people voted to leave the EU. One of the key issues in this historic decision was the free movement of people. However, British industry has regularly had to depend upon finding skilled labour from within the European Union. Therefore, it is timely that the APPG for Excellent in the Built Environment looks into the skills gap and how leaving the EU will affect that gap. It is more important than ever in order for the Government to deliver on its pledge to build more houses by the end of this Parliament.”

Author: Construction Industry Council

The content of this article represents the personal views of the author and nothing is to be taken as representing the views, opinions, policy or position of any other persons or organisations mentioned herein or of the Institute of Demolition Engineers. 

Midlands Engine and Midlands Connect: Substance or Spin?

The Construction Industry Council (CIC) East Midlands, in conjunction with CIC members, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE), are to hold a debate on Thursday, 3 November 2016 at the University of Nottingham, on the Midlands Engine and Midlands Connect, two high profile initiatives designed to secure more jobs and investment for the Midlands in a post Brexit economy.

Among the questions being debated will be:

•             Is there any substance behind the spin?

•             How will local economies across the East Midlands benefit?

•             What will be the impact be on those working in the built environment professions? 

CIC East Midlands has brought together a high profile panel of key decision makers to give their perspective and take questions. They are:

•             John Hess, ex BBC East Midlands Political Correspondent CHAIR

•             Steve Midgely, CEO of Fairgrove Homes, EM Chamber of Commerce Board Member

•             Lillian Greenwood MP

•             Nick Ebbs, Chief Executive of Blueprint

•             Will Rossiter, Head of the Economic Research Strategy Bureau, NTU

Maria Coulter, Chair of the CIC East Midlands regional committee, said of the forthcoming event: “I’m delighted to be involved with such an important debate for the East Midlands community and for built environment professionals. These are major initiatives and we need to be prepared, as an industry, to rise to the challenge and deliver infrastructure that brings with it real benefits for everyone.”

Author: Construction Industry Council

The content of this article represents the personal views of the author and nothing is to be taken as representing the views, opinions, policy or position of any other persons or organisations mentioned herein or of the Institute of Demolition Engineers. 

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