Inaugural CPF (Construction Productivity Forum) Conference – Keynote Speaker is Lord Adonis, Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission.

How to boost innovation and productivity – and raise profits – is the subject of a new conference, the Construction Productivity Forum.
Taking place at the Inmarsat Conference Centre in London on June 8, the keynote speaker is Lord Adonis, Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission and includes presentations from major clients, contractors, specialists and equipment manufacturers.

Lord Adonis is a previous head of the No.10 Policy Unit, Schools Minister and Transport Secretary. As Andrew Adonis, he was a key architect of Labour’s reforms – from academies to HS2. His Growth Review focused on regional strategies for skills training and innovation, arguing that Whitehall must cede control to local government and business to kickstart local growth.The conference will give delegates the chance to hear and question Lord Adonis talk about the NIC’s role.Chancellor George Osborne announced the creation of the NIC in October last year. It will oversee spending of £100 billion on infrastructure projects of all sorts.

The government has made no secret of its belief that the construction industry can be more productive – allowing more projects to go ahead and helping the industry to increase margins.

Firms also on the agenda include Thames Tideway, Skanska, Highways England, Mabey and Komatsu. The conference will also hear the results of new research on productivity from the Chartered Institute of Building.

Chaired by broadcaster Nick Higham, the forum is a one-day conference for senior industry managers from all companies in the construction supply chain, from clients and major contractors to specialists and manufacturers.

It will focus on how construction can improve productivity – and boost profits – through innovations that are changing the way the industry does business, both on site and in the boardroom.

The Construction Productivity Forum is being organized and delivered by Plantworx and the Construction Equipment Association, with support from the Department for Business Innovation & Skills, Build UK, CECA, CIOB and the Construction Plant-hire Association. Plantworx and CEA would also like to thank Terex Construction who is the Gold Sponsor of the event and TCP (Taylor Construction Plant) who is the Silver Sponsor of the event.

Other speakers include:

• Paul Nash, Director, Turner & Townsend Project Management and Senior Vice-President, CIOB
• Roger Bailey, Asset Management Director, Thames Tideway
• David O’Neil, Head of Supply Chain Management, Highways England
• Richard Clement, UK Planning Manager, Komatsu

Rob Oliver, Chief Executive of the Construction Equipment Association, explained the thinking behind the event.

“New markets, clients demanding ever higher standards and disruptive technologies all mean that the construction industry is changing faster than ever before.

“These changes mean that companies along the supply chain need to keep up to date and understand how their businesses and that of their clients will be affected – and what opportunities are arising as a result.”

He added: “The conference also creates an excellent opportunity for CEA members to meet their current and future customers.”

The conference programme will focus on a number of core themes:
– innovation adoption
– innovative technologies
– productivity challenges
– changing client requirements

The audience will include representatives from across the construction supply chain – from clients, regulators and government organisations to major contractors, specialist contractors, plant hirers and equipment manufacturers.

There is a block of free tickets reserved for Plantworx Exhibitors on a first-come-first-served basis. Tickets are also free for members of the Construction Equipment Association and their guests and there are major discounts for members of supporting organisations.

To register, and for more information, go to or contact Charlotte Hugill at or on 020 8253 4502.


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