Chair - Damon Schunmann, Strategic Consultant at Barbour ABI
Bill Hewlett – Technical Director – British Board of Agrement (BBA)
Iain Mcilwee – Chief Executive – Finishes and Interiors Sector (FIS)
Peter Caplehorn - Chief Executive - Construction Products Association (CPA)
Graeme Whitty - National Product Director - Willmott Dixon Construction
The aspirations for public sector construction came back into the limelight with December’s publication of the government’s Construction Playbook, a document that provides guidance on sourcing and contracting public works projects and programmes. While broad in scope, the document places an emphasis on “outcome-based specifications” and a will to “standardise designs, components and interfaces”.
In another shake-up, January saw the government announce the formation of a new construction products regulator which will be granted the power to remove any product from the market “that presents a significant safety risk and prosecute any companies who flout the rules on product safety.”
In light of these initiatives, Barbour ABI and Barbour Product Search will be holding a webinar to examine how manufacturing and procurement best practise can be improved. Topics for debate will include:
• How both contractor and manufacturer responsibilities and best practice for product safety and quality controls can be improved.
• The role digitisation and technology can play in the verification of manufacturing, product sourcing and installation.
• How the industry can embrace the innovative, digitally enabled manufacturing approaches which have long been standard practice in other major sectors.
• How the industry can standardise designs and components and whether this is always appropriate.
• The role that methodologies like modern methods of construction or the Construction Innovation Hub’s Platform approach will play in influencing standardisation and aggregation of demand.