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The Infrastructure Intelligence Live series of events continues on Friday 26 March 2021 with an online conference looking at one of the hottest topics facing the construction sector - social value.

Social value is increasingly being highlighted as a crucial requirement on construction and infrastructure projects and more and more clients are asking for the companies they work with to quantify the social good they can deliver on projects. However, social value comes in many different guises and many organisations still do not understand what it is, how to create it and how to measure it.

But how good is our industry at putting people and their needs at the very heart of the way in which we design and deliver projects? What can we do to ensure that infrastructure is maximising all the opportunities available to it to leave a positive social legacy for the communities in which we work?

An ‘outcome-based’ model for infrastructure planning, with social value embedded at its heart, will be essential in ensuring the UK can build back better as a unified nation. The time to ‘think think think’ before we ‘build build build’ is now, to make sure we’re designing infrastructure that will be of long-term benefit to all of us socially, environmentally and economically.

This conference, organised in association with Infrastructure Intelligence's Events and Communications Strategic Partner, BECG, will take a deep dive into the issue of social value and construction and look to map a way forward that can future-proof projects for generations to come and help to deliver a social legacy for construction and infrastructure as well as a technical one. 

Social value and construction 
Friday 26 March 2021 from 11am to 12.30pm

PROGRAMME - click here to download detailed programme.

10am – 10.05am
Infrastructure Intelligence Editor, Andy Walker

10.05am- 10.25am
The government’s new social value policy for procurement
Samantha Butler, Head of Social Value and Skills, Cabinet Office

Panel discussion 1 and Q&A - What is social value?
This session will look at what is meant by social value, cutting through the jargon and highlighting the key social, environmental and economic impacts in delivering the ‘triple bottom line’. 

Catherine Manning, Interim CEO, Social Value UK 
Natalie Cropp, Sustainability Director, Tony Gee and Partners and Technical Lead (Value Definition), Construction Innovation Hub 
Ally Kennedy, Board Director, BECG 
Peter McDermott, Professor of Construction Procurement, University of Salford

Panel discussion 2 and Q&A - Delivering social value on construction projects: best practice from the construction industry
This session will highlight some of the social value successes on construction projects and hear from practitioners who will outline best practice and the challenges facing construction professionals and clients alike. 

Wesley Ankrah, Managing Director, Seerbridge
Vicky Hutchinson, Environment practice director, infrastructure UK & Europe, Atkins
Alison Watson, Chief Executive, Class Of Your Own Limited
Gerard Toplass, Executive Chairman, Pagabo and CEO of Social Profit Calculator
Leighton Cardwell, Cities Director – Leeds, Jacobs
Louise Dailly, Head of Legacy, Costain/Skanska HS2 joint venture

Summing up and final questions
Infrastructure Intelligence Editor, Andy Walker

Conference ends

Click here to book a place at this online conference.

Click here to download the conference programme and detailed agenda.

The Infrastructure Intelligence LIVE series of events is organised in association with our Events and Communications Strategic Partner, BECG


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