President's Page July 2017


Dear Members 

Wow! how quickly time is flying by – and my second presidential page already. It has been an extremely busy month both in and out of the office and attending Presidential commitments in between. 

My Inauguration on 19 May was such a great occasion; it’s one of those events that I will never forget, and having family and friends join with fellow professionals from all sectors of our industry made it a very special day. It was also a time to thank our outgoing President Ben Bradford for his service during his presidential term, and I pass on my sincere thanks to Ben for all he has done during his term to raise our profile and deliver the Association’s vision. 

At my Inauguration I set out my roadmap and vision for the year ahead, and I have already commenced the journey with many discussions and meetings in the first few weeks. Developing Professionals (GROWTH), Sharing knowledge (COLLABORATION) and Raising Standards (QUALITY CORE VALUES) being my mission for the next 12 months. 

In the world of design-thinking, collaboration is a valued means to an end. Good designers wouldn't go about designing a clothing item or a chair without the input of other peer-designers and colleagues from other professions such as engineering or technology and similarly from a design thinking perspective, we wouldn't go about designing a new shopping centre infrastructure or several houses without factoring in the ideas and recommendations of others. In general, whether or not we work directly in design, engineering, energy, CDM or other, collaboration is something that we all know is good to do and benefit from, and by embedding collective collaboration in our professions it provides us all with equal opportunities and, although our co-badging relationships look strong for the years ahead, it’s key our industry connections continue to grow. 
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My first attendance was at the Eastern Region monthly CPD event in King’s Lynn which was delivered by Pozement, a section of Tarmac Building Products, and who presented on the correct uses and specifications of screeds and plasters, and it was amazing to see how they are now taking floor screeds down to 10mm. Something more I will be investigating on a project over the next few weeks. 

I then attended the Leeds Beckett University professional development event day, where our own Kevin Blunden and Gavin Dunn were delivering building quality and sustainability presentations. 

During this event  Alex Naraian, President-Elect of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT), and I met to discuss the collaborative routes, support and opportunities for both CABE and CIAT members. We have an agreed PP Jul 2017platform in place and it is hoped over the coming months we can move forward in embedding a collaborative relationship which both organisations will benefit from. 

The event in Leeds is now in its third year and clearly growing in its structure and format. Ian Pratt, director of Scott Brownrigg, an award-winning international design practice, delivered the opening and captivating keynote presentation on their £33 million pound project at Southampton Solent University. Basil and Michelle were on hand to man the CABE stand, and as always did a great job. 

My next stop was CABE’s offices for a meeting with Tony Copeland, CEO of the newly formed (IPWS) Institute of Party Wall Surveyors. 

The Institute has made a big industry impact since its inception and its growth is on
the increase. I had the pleasure of meeting with Tony and discussing the ambiguity of the Party Wall etc Act and the current environment of surveying practice. The need for an ethical practical guide of party wall compliance is, in my opinion, long overdue and I’m thrilled that the IPWS has commenced. 

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My meeting with Tony and his management team was arranged to discuss the collaboration and member connection routes for both organisations. CABE members, I believe, are best placed to act in the wide realms of the Party Wall etc Act, and I was pleased to hear that Tony agreed. 

Whilst at head office I wanted our members to meet part of the engine room staff that ensures our Association and profession remains high on construction industry agendas and also who refine, enhance and increase our influence within the built environment wherever and whenever they possibly can. 

PP Jul 2017The recognition the Association has, both in the UK and internationally, brings an awareness and a credibility for positive experiences that continue to foster professional engagement. We share best practice, we continue to educate, we provide strategies, we share our knowledge and we encourage other members and young students to become involved. 

Recognition is rewarding and the contribution of our administrative staff should be acknowledged along with the recognised quality and contribution which the Association provides to our industry, and by ensuring this sustained recognition of the Association, its members and the discipline of building engineering is a pivotal goal in both PP Jul 2017practice and education which we should all be proud of. 

In this picture, Tony Ginda and myself are adorning the pink helmet which I will continue wearing throughout the year, all in a good cause I’m sure you will agree. Why not take a look ( 

There’s a lot of work in front of me and many roads to travel; next stop the buildeng Northern conference which, I am sure, will form part of my page next month.

Until next month, Best Regards

David Taylor BA(Hons) C.Build E PCAB