“New Thinking, Responsible Actions – Grenfell, NI Construction Professionals Respond”

Construction Professionals’ Council of Northern Ireland

Annual Signature Event 2020

Following the Grenfell fire, the Hackitt Report was commissioned as an independent review of building regulations and fire safety. The report exposed systemic failures in the construction industry and stated that the current building regulatory system is “not fit for purpose”. The recently published interim report, ‘Raising the bar’, by the Industry Response Group, raised many questions about the competence levels within our industry. Until now relatively little has been said about one of the most fundamental questions of all, how do we improve industry competence and culture?

The event will address how we as the local industry and specifically construction professionals’ can practically address the necessary improvements to industry competence and culture.

Our speakers:

Dame Judith Hackitt, Dame Judith Hackitt is a chemical engineer and is currently Chair of Make UK and Board member of HS2 Ltd. She was made a Dame in the 2015-16 New Year Honours for services to health and safety and engineering, in particular for being a role model for young women. Following the tragic fire which occurred at Grenfell Tower in London in June 2017, Dame Judith conducted an independent review into Building Regulations and Fire Safety related to high rise buildings for the Government. She now chairs the Transition Board which will create the new Building Safety Regulator as part of a major reform programme following her review.

Graham Watts OBE is Chief Executive of CIC and a member of the Industry Response Group, set up by the MHCLG in the immediate aftermath of the Grenfell Tower tragedy and Chaired the Competence Working Group set up to assist Dame Judith Hackitt’s Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety. Following the report publication he is now Chair of the Steering Group charged with implementing the recommendations on improving competence for all those engaged in designing, construction, managing and maintaining higher-risk residential buildings, this includes oversight of the competence work being carried out in the Fire and Rescue Services.

Professor John Cole CBE, an architect by profession, is currently an independent consultant, acting primarily as a strategic client adviser on a range of major international public-sector infrastructure projects. John is a member government’s the ‘Industry Safety Steering Group’ and also a member of the RIBA ‘Expert Advisory Group on Fire Safety’. In 2016 he chaired the Independent Inquiry and wrote the ‘Report into the Construction of Edinburgh Schools’, which has resulted in an ongoing major review of construction. Following the Edinburgh Schools Inquiry, he was asked by the Scottish Government to chair a Review of Compliance with and Enforcement of Building Standards in Scotland. In November 2019 he was appointed to the Procurement Advisory Group of the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government to develop and promote best practice in relation to procurement. He was also the founder and instigator of the Construction Professionals’ Council N.I.

So Who Should Attend?
All those involved with construction projects Client Representatives; Construction Professionals (Project managers; Architects; Architectural Technologists; Engineers; Surveyors; Facilities Managers); Contractors and specialist contractors; Central & local Government Officers; Developers; Housing Association representatives; Legal Professionals (Barristers and Solicitors); Students

12:30pm Registration & Lunch
1:30pm Welcome Denise McMahon, CPCNI Chairman
1:35pm to 3:00pm Session 1 Building a Safety Future – a call for leadership and culture change Dame Judith Hackitt Raising the Bar, Changing the Culture Graham Watts OBE 3:00pm to 3:25pm Afternoon refreshments & networking
3:25pm to 4:15pm Session 2 Quality Designed, Quality Delivered Professor John Cole CBE
4:15pm to 4:45pm Q&A Panel Chaired by Joan McCoy, RSUA President 4:45pm to 4:55pm Summary of event
4:55pm Conference Chair’s closing remarks Denise McMahon, CPCNI Chairman

Cost: £85.00 per person Fulltime students (no charge)

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