The Construction Industry Council (CIC) held their Summer Reception earlier this month, on 7thJuly at the Institution of Civil Engineers, London. The reception started at 6.30pm on a gorgeous warm summer’s day which set the tone for the rest of the evening. I was privileged enough to attended this high profile event in place of Tim Walker, President of LGTAG, as he was unable to attend.
The event was full of celebrities! The evening was hosted by the Rt. Hon. Nick Raynesford MP, with presentations from the principal guest Mark Prisk MP&Minister for Business and Tony Baldry MP.
Tony Baldry MP formally launched the ‘All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment’. It was announced that the group intend to establish a Commission on Excellence in the Built Environment with both Parliamentary Members and CIC members (of which The Local Government LGTAG are one). The group propose to “challenge ideas, thinking and expectation from outside the Parliamentary and construction boxes”. With this in mind the group proposes its first enquiry to consider “good value for money, for public spending and public procurement of construction”, whilst “achieving Excellence in the Built Environment”
Tony Baldry added that notwithstanding the present economic challenges, there are many exciting opportunities for the Construction Industry. e.g. the need for more homes to accommodate a growing & aging population, also the requirement for specialist homes. He emphasised the importance of homes and buildings that make the least possible contribution to our nation’s carbon emissions.
Commenting on the appointment of Gordon Masterton OBE as the next Construction Industry Council Chair, ICE Director General, Tom Foulkes, said:
“We are delighted to see Gordon Masterton step into the CIC Chairman role and our members can be confident that we are represented at the top of this influential body by a respected and prominent civil engineer and of course, a past ICE president. These are important times we are in and the opportunities for construction to make a positive contribution to government thinking and economic recovery are growing. We look forward to continuing our joint ventures with the CIC.”
I met Kate IIlott, Deputy Chief Executive, Simon Lawes, President, The Association of Building Engineers and had a good discussion about the present economic climate.
I also met Paul Shaffer, Associate, Construction Industry Research and Information Association with who I discussed sustainable drainage.
The event was also not without its exceptional cuisine; the canapés were delicious and the cool drinks certainly hit the spot on a hot day.
LGTAG Senior Vice President