Tuesday 30 September saw construction experts, business owners, energy professionals and procurement officials visit Burnley College for Themis Construction Connections.
The morning began early with networking and some very welcome bacon sandwiches. Delegates were given the opportunity to talk with industry professionals and Themis representatives about all things construction from employment and Apprenticeships to energy costs, obtaining tenders and discussing the latest big developments within the North West.
The event was formally opened by Hugh Bramwell
, CEO of Themis who spoke about construction in Burnley and how Apprenticeships are actively closing the skills gap already.
"It's an exciting time to be at the front of technological development." - Hugh Bramwell, CEO, Themis
First to speak was Ken Hampson
, Westinghouse Nuclear's Supply Chain Director who was well-versed in how important getting a solid supply chain in place before beginning any building project is. Showcasing a nuclear power station build from start to finish in Shanmen, China he was able to discuss current developments and technological advances in nuclear power generation and how these advances will be used in the forthcoming plant to be built in West Cumbria.
"No matter whether you're working on a small local development or a multi-billion-pound national investment, lessons are learnt about supply chain management after every project." - Ken Hampson, Supply Chain Director, Westinghouse Nuclear
Following Ken was Brian Bailey, the man in charge of regeneration in Blackburn and Darwen. Working for Blackburn with Darwen Council has given him a number of diverse projects to work on and his main topics were the pedestrianisation of Darwen town centre and Blackburn's new bus station and the regeneration of the town centre there.
He noted that in the past, towns like Blackburn and Darwen had run into difficulties when capital spending had been stopped by the government, however now to improve public use of these areas and to boost the economy, officials have seen that investing capital in our town centres is one of the most important aspects of economic recovery.
"I can't spend capital fast enough - [investment] is returning...Blackburn, you will have a new town centre this time next year." - Brian Bailey, Director of Regeneration, Blackburn with Darwen Council
Finally, BIM solutions Product Manager Nathan Goldthorpe
was on hand to talk about the exciting advancements in 3D modelling and manufacturing. BIM (Building Information Modelling) looks to improve efficiency, help to keep a handle on costs through minimising wastage, errors and costly materials procurement and aids communication and collaboration
through projects from start to finish.
We'd like to thank all our delegates and speakers for attending and making Themis Construction Connections such a success. See you in January for the next one!
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