The construction sector needs to tackle barriers to delivering safe and innovative construction projects by working more closely together and on 14 November Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE) held its first joint buildeng event with the Association of Project Safety (APS) in London.
Over 80 Delegates heard from the David Taylor CABE President 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, CABE Southern Regional Chairman.
David Taylor, CABE President added “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.”
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.”
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.