The construction sector is set to tackle barriers to delivering safe and innovative construction projects by working more closely together. Today [Wednesday 14 November 2018] the first ever event, bringing together members of both the Chartered Association of Building Engineers [CABE] and the Association for Project Safety [APS], was held in London. Members of both organisations joined a line-up of industry experts to discuss ways to manage and mitigate major risks in construction projects.
Over 80 Delegates heard from the CABE President David Taylor and both APS past and current presidents Bobby Chakravarthy and Stella Clutton-Saunders on the benefits of working together and issues with current building regulations.
Leading industry experts addressed a broad sweep of topics. Clive Johnson, Group Head of Health, Safety and Security at Landsec talked about tackling security through design in the age of heightened threats from terrorism. Lynsey Seal, the principal fire engineer and joint group head of the London Fire Brigade Fire Engineering Group, covered fire safety on site and operational considerations to be taken into account during call-outs. There were also presentations on asbestos – revealed recently by the HSE as a growing killer of those previously exposed, from John Wootton of the MLM Group and from Simon Roscoe, from Studio Anyo, who told the audience about volumetric modular construction. The one-day conference was opened by Michael Wadood – in his capacity as the CABE Southern Regional Chairman.
APS president Stella Clutton-Saunders said:
“The construction sector can contribute to improving everyone’s quality of life when it pulls together and builds considerations of health and safety into the design and use of building right from the start. Today’s first joint conference between the Chartered Association of Building Engineers and the Association for Project Safety is a great first step bringing together partners from two separate professional bodies. I believe innovation and smarter buildings can result from closer co-operation and the sharing of skills and knowledge. Real improvements may result when everyone works more closely together and this will tackle the deaths, accidents and ill-health which still blights the construction sector.”
David Taylor, CABE President said:
“Following my personal goal, alongside that of CABE, I am passionate about the promotion of quality across the sector. Opportunities to work collaboratively with other like-minded individuals and professional bodies is one I am pleased to assist in facilitating. As an industry we need to focus on well-being across the built environment and those individuals we are interacting with in order to draw attention to and promote a healthy working environment. It is important not to overlook ethical understanding and behaviour, which alongside personal integrity is paramount as we move forward in to a new era of Building Engineering. Today has been a great success with over 80 delegates from the London area in attendance and networking well across both bodies, I look forward to the future opportunities to work together to deliver a working environment of which all our members can be proud.”
The event was held at London’s Building Centre and was the first event since a Memorandum of Understanding between the two organisations was signed earlier this year.
Notes for Editors
1. More details of the event can be found at: www.cbuilde.com/events/buildeng-southern-london-18-conference-exhibition/
2. The Association for Project Safety [APS] is a professional body dedicated to eliminating deaths, reducing injury and tackling ill-health associated with construction. APS aims to improve, and promote excellence in, professional practice in design and construction health and safety risk management, helping everyone manage risk and implement building regulations effectively and proportionately. The association contributes to the national debate on building and infrastructure safety, regulation and legislation, providing training, education and support and member networking opportunities. APS works with other bodies and partners to improve – through good design and throughout the life-cycle of projects and buildings – health and safety for everyone involved in construction and use.
3. CABE was founded with the principal objectives to promote and advance the knowledge, study and practice of each and all of the arts and sciences concerned with building technology, planning, design, construction, maintenance and repair of the built environment and the creation and maintenance of a high standard of professional qualification, conduct and practice encourage and facilitate co-operation between the construction professions. Providing the prime qualification of Building Engineer the title reflects the professional expertise of CABE members, who practise in over 55 countries working in both private and public sectors. It was formed in 1925 as the Incorporated Association of Architects and Surveyors (IAAS), becoming the Association of Building Engineers in 1993. After being granted a Royal Charter at the end of 2013 the Association changed its name to Chartered Association of Building Engineer (CABE).
4. Media can contact APS at: firstname.lastname@example.org/ 01314426600/ 07764246642 [out of hours]