CN Summit - building for the future

17 October 2016


Issues surrounding Brexit and the construction industry skills shortage were hot topics at this year’s CN Summit, which featured ISG’s CEO, Paul Cossell, as a guest panelist.

Alongside fellow senior representatives from across the construction industry, Paul discussed how market and government policy has affected business planning, as well as the potential implications of exiting the European Union.

This year’s summit took place on 11-12 October at the Hilton Bankside, London, with the main contractor panel session chaired by BBC TV host and journalist Andrew Neil.

The two-day event provided insight from the largest clients in the industry and a platform to network with key decision makers.

This year featured two key fringe events: a ‘Skills Hack’, designed as a communal forum to solve the current construction skills shortage; and a 24-hour ‘Tech sprint’ hackathon, which looked at finding technical solutions to reduce the cost of construction.

ISG national frameworks social responsibility manager, Dr Vicky Hutchinson, was among 70 delegates taking part in the Skills Hack, which presented on the steps the industry could take in appealing to apprentices, school leavers, and career changers – as well as looking into improving diversity in the industry.

The findings from the Skills Hack were presented to the CN Summit by Build UK chief executive, Suzannah Nichol, on 12 October.

ISG BIM strategy manager Jack Dearlove took part in the Tech Sprint event, in which teams of six people from across the industry were given 24 hours to produce a technology-based solution to improve efficiencies in construction.

Jack and his team, who were live tweeting during the event, worked throughout the night to deliver their concept – the themes of which could include robotics, virtual and augmented reality, artificial intelligence and advanced design concepts.

Click here for more information on this year’s CN summit. Watch the full Construction News main contractor CEO panel below, featuring Paul Cossell.