Building a profitable and sustainable industry fit for the future

 

2nd October 2019, Croke Park Stadium

 

CAN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY DELIVER IRELAND 2040?

 

8:45

Welcome & opening remarks from the Chair

Ivan Yates

Ivan Yates

Broadcaster

8:55

PRESIDENT’S ADDRESS:

Creating a built environment for the changing Ireland of 2040

The 4 P’s of a sustainable construction industry:

  • Planning
  • People
  • Productivity
  • Procurement
Pat Lucey

Pat Lucey

Director for Infrastructure, John Sisk & Son (Holdings) Ltd and President, the CIF

9:10

GOVERNMENT ADDRESS:

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar T.D.

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar T.D.

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar T.D.

9:30

INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE ADDRESS:

Construction 2050: Building tomorrow’s Europe today

Envisaging what we want Europe to be in 2050 is a complex exercise. Deciding on what steps we need to take today to achieve this vision is even more complex.  What are the main challenges for the construction ecosystem in delivering a productive, competitive, balanced and sustainable European model?

Kjetil Tonning

Kjetil Tonning

President of FIEC (the European Construction Industry Federation), Brussels

9:50

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: 

The vital fuel for our economy: Investment in infrastructure

David gives his perspective on how we need to be inventive and creative in building the vital infrastructure that will make our economy resilient in the future. What creative and inventive ways can we  reshape Dublin and the rest of the country

David McWilliams

David McWilliams

Economist, author, journalist, documentary-maker and broadcaster

 

INDUSTRY OUTLOOK 2040

 

10:15

PANEL DISCUSSION:

Is strong economic growth masking underlying weaknesses and imbalances in the industry?

“Construction industry set to grow by 20% in 2019” declared the headlines at the beginning of 2019.

But is this obsession with headline growth figures masking underlying imbalances that will undermine the industry’s capacity to cope with challenges and capitalise on opportunities?

With the UK leaving the EU on Oct 31, what is the likely impact in the short, medium and long-term? 

Irish society and its economy require significantly increased housing and infrastructure output to achieve Project 2040. What steps can be taken to safely and sustainable increase construction activity?

Tim Lucey

Tim Lucey

CEO, Cork County Council (invited)

Invited

Jeanette Mair

Jeanette Mair

Economic and Policy Research Executive, CIF

Robert Watt

Robert Watt

Secretary General, Dept. of Public Expenditure and Reform

Ferga Kane

Ferga Kane

Partner, Government and Infrastructure, Transaction Advisory Services, EY

David McWilliams

David McWilliams

Economist, author, journalist, documentary-maker and broadcaster

   10:55                Morning Break

11:25

CASE STUDY:

The future of construction: From building to manufacturing

For the past decade there has been a lot of talk about the inefficiencies of the building industry and the need to turn to manufacturing techniques. Illustrated with case studies of iconic building projects, Matt discusses how the industry is now entering the age of mass-manufactured buildings where prefabrication is growing up, reaching a new level of maturity that is now going to change the industry and define new categories of building.

Matt Gough

Matt Gough

Director of Innovation, Mace, UK

 

PLANNING AND INFRASTRUCTURE

11:55

What are the implications of delays in the Irish planning system for development projects?

The planning process; Legal challenges; Procurement; Construction

 

Dermot Flanagan

Dermot Flanagan

Senior Counsel at Dermot Flanagan S.C.

12:05

PANEL DISCUSSION:

Our panel discusses how the planning system can be recalibrated to deliver Project 2040

Niall Cusson

Niall Cusson

Chief Executive and Planning Regulator, the Office of the Planning Regulator (OPR)

Michael Carey

Michael Carey

The Housing Agency

John Downey

John Downey

CEO, Downey Planning

Tom Phillips

Tom Phillips

Tom Phillips Associates

    12:45               Lunch

2:00

Welcome back from the Chair

Ivan Yates

Ivan Yates

Broadcaster

2:05

AFTERNOON KEYNOTE ADDRESS:

Smart Procurement: How to modernise and transform procurement practices

It’s widely accepted that that a huge amount of effort is wasted in construction through poor procurement. Current systems have created a “race to the bottom” resulting in poor quality and unfair payment practices. Ann explains how we can move to the Procuring for Value model, where procurement moves away from the lowest price capital cost to a broader-based outcome of better value. But, how do we prove that better value will actually be delivered?

 

Ann Bentley

Ann Bentley

Global Board Director, Rider Levett Bucknall and CLC (Construction Leadership Council) Board Member, UK

2:25

PANEL DISCUSSION:

Better value procurement: The Irish perspective

  • Are we serious about delivering it?
  • Do we have the right policies in place to deliver the plan?
  • How can the industry build the innovative capacity to deliver 2040?

 

Ann Bentley

Ann Bentley

Global Board Director, Rider Levett Bucknall and CLC (Construction Leadership Council) Board Member, UK

David O’Brien

David O’Brien

Construction Advisor, the Office of Government Procurement

Philip Crampton

Philip Crampton

Joint Managing Director, G&T Crampton

Tim Ahern

Tim Ahern

Consultant in construction dispute resolution

 

ATTRACTING, RETAINING AND  DEVELOPING  THE WORKFORCE THAT CAN DELIVER PROJECT 2040

 

3:05

INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE ADDRESS:

How do we get young people excited about careers in construction?

Former Land Surveyor, Alison Watson, established social business Class Of Your Own (COYO) in 2009. Her ambition was to transform built environment education, raising awareness of the breadth of careers that young people could access in architecture, engineering and construction. Alison speaks about the innovative, learning programme she developed – ‘Design Engineer Construct!’ (DEC), which is taught within the UK secondary school curriculum.

 

Alison Watson MBE

Alison Watson MBE

Founder and Chief Executive, Class Of Your Own, UK

3:25

PANEL DISCUSSION:

Meeting the challenge head on: What are the critical drivers to building the industry’s future workforce?

It’s no secret that the industry struggles to recruit and retain the workers it needs. How can cultural transformation be achieved to build diverse, inclusive and ultimately more productive teams?

  • Is tech the answer? Over-coming the skills gap and attracting digital natives to the industry
  • Tackling ingrained representational bias to encourage sector diversity
  • Addressing concerns for employee wellbeing on sites and creating safe working environments

 

Marguerite Sayers

Marguerite Sayers

President of Engineers Ireland, BE CEng FIEI Chartered Engineer

Joanna Gill

Joanna Gill

President, SCSI and Director, Cushman and Wakefield

Roni Savage

Roni Savage

CEO, Jomas Engineering, UK

John O’Shaughnessy

John O’Shaughnessy

MD, Clancy Construction

Andy Clifton

Andy Clifton

Application Engineer, Geospatial, Topcon

 

PROJECT IRELAND 2040: A SERIOUS APPRAISAL

 

4:00

LOCKNOTE PANEL DISCUSSION:

A year and a half into THE Project Ireland 2040 plan – how is it going?

  • Are we serious about delivering it?
  • Do we have the right policies in place to deliver the plan?
  • How can the industry build the innovative capacity to deliver 2040?

 

 Dominic Doheny

Dominic Doheny

MD John Flanagan Developments and past-President of the CIF

Julie Sinnamon

Julie Sinnamon

Chief Executive, Enterprise Ireland

Fergal Murphy

Fergal Murphy

General Manager, Kingspan Insulation Ireland

Clare Cashin

Clare Cashin

Partner, Philip Lee

Chris Davies

Chris Davies

Managing Director, DRS Bond Management Limited

4:35

MINISTERIAL ADDRESS:

Eoghan Murphy TD

Eoghan Murphy TD

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government

4:55

CLOSING REMARKS AND CONFERENCE CLOSE

Tom Parlon

Tom Parlon

Director General, CIF