Scotland Conference 2018
For the first time in Scotland, a conference organised by the region’s committee for Scottish members and other construction industry professionals, with a strong focus on Scottish concerns, was held in the Technology Innovation Centre at The University of Strathclyde.
Peter Wong, President of CIBSE, opened the conference with an exhortation to members to see their work as an artistic expression of the principles of integrity, professionalism and the public interest, and to be proud of creating buildings that perform well as a mark of their craftsmanship.
The Executive Director of Estates at the University of Glasgow, Ann Allen, followed on with an update on progress with the campus development, highlighting the variety of buildings being developed, and considering the significance of building services, building resilience, and how the University is partnering with design teams to deliver this ambitious development.
A strategic overview of the Scottish Government’s recent energy strategy was provided by Neal Rafferty, Head of Utilities, Markets and Networks, which highlighted the implications for the built environment and buildings sector.
Charlie McKenzie, Regional Development Manager for Bouygues Energies & Services Contracting set out an industry viewpoint of the opportunities for services related to construction. A rather gloomy post-Brexit perspective was offset by an outline of several opportunities, with innovation, creativity, efficiency and financial probity being the key enablers, and staff development and training being a vital ingredient to maintaining a competitive edge.
Fire safety was addressed by Alistair Murray, the UK leader for Arup Fire. He talked about Construction Industry Standards, and the need for accountability for fire safety to be stressed throughout the concept development, design, construction and hand-over process.
After lunch, we heard from Toby Jeavons, Associate Partner at Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners. He introduced us to the new Macallan distillery, an extraordinary development that blends into the surrounding countryside at Craigellachie. He spoke about the primary servicing strategy, the integration of the process engineering systems and the development of a sprinkler drenched fire compartment wall.
Tamsin Tweddell presented her vision for delivering performance in use using the Soft Landings Framework, a journey through 15 years of trying to close the performance gap, what we’ve learnt and were we need to go next.
Our final speaker was Ant Wilson MBE, Director at AECOM and CIBSE Silver Medal holder. His wide-ranging talk covered many aspects of energy use and the built environment, emphasising a whole system approach to sustainability. He concluded with the findings of the interim report on the Grenfell Tower disaster, which very much echo the themes of the earlier talks from Alistair Murray, and Charlie McKenzie; that people development and training are vital to our future.
After a short break, a panel debate amongst the speakers, with questions chosen by delegates, was compered by Ken McDonald of BBC Scotland. Ken was our MC throughout the day, and did a great job of linking the talks, bringing out key points, and injecting just the right amount of humour.
We eventually had to end the discussion as it was time for the drinks reception, a final opportunity for speakers and delegates to relax, enjoy a glass of wine, and reflect on the day’s proceedings.
You can check out the highlights of the Scotland Conference 2018 here.
We'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in a successful conference, including Scotland committee volunteers, speakers, sponsors, the venue, and all the delegates that joined us for a fantastic, insightful day.
We look forward to seeing you again next year!