East Midlands built environment hub launched to boost construction

February 11, 2014 5:04 pm

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More than 100 developers, contractors, architects and engineers from across the Midlands gathered at Nottingham Council House to take part in the launch of the East Midlands Built Environment Hub.

The Hub will drive best practice in construction, boosting product and process innovation. It will support and advance the construction sector through collaboration, knowledge sharing, networking and engaging with government and major public sector bodies to influence policy and industry initiatives. This will help to build construction-related business and maximise opportunities for learning and training of the next generation.

At the launch event, key note speaker Alan Coole from public sector construction procurement, design and consultation specialists, Scape, was joined by Don Ward, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence – a member led organisation which aims to change the agenda in construction in order to produce a better built environment.

Alan Coole is the head of empa – the East Midlands Property Alliance. This involves local authorities across the region working together to improve the delivery of property services in their communities.

He said: “The Hub is the next cog in a wheel which we hope will bring together the sectors of our construction industry to drive efficiency and improvement. This will provide the much needed impetus to deliver more employment and training opportunities for the next generation of technical and skilled workers who will be very much in demand over the coming years.”

The launch of the Built Environment Hub for the East Midlands was held last week and follows the successful launch of the same organisation for the West Midlands in June last year.  Former chairman of Rider Levett Bucknall and the RICS Quantity Surveyors and Construction Professional Group chairman, David Bucknall OBE, chairs the Built Environment Hub.

By getting involved, members have access to training, technical support and opportunities to promote projects where business objectives have benefited from the application of best practice methods and innovative construction technology and techniques.  For more information on the East Midlands Built Environment Hub click here.

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