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LOOKS FORWARD TO 2012


In his latest article for Clearview, Justin Ratcliffe, CAB Chief Executive Officer, looks at some exciting CAB events in store for members in the early part of 2012.


If the Governor of the Bank of England has difficultly in predicting tomorrow I think you will excuse me making rash predictions about 2012.


It is clear from discussions though with a number of members recently that business is still out there, surprisingly the schools sector is considered ‘steady’ – perhaps we have forgotten just how many projects managed to get over the line before the end of BSF as we knew it. There are other good news stories around about companies moving to larger premises and expanding their export markets to record levels of turnover. Away from CAB, and in the wider marketplace, there have sadly been casualties and the brutal reality is that there are more to come. In this context, the support that came from the Chancellor in the Autumn Statement cannot come soon enough.


The Statement highlighted if nothing else that Government


acknowledges that construction is key to economic growth and is at last beginning to accept that every £1 invested in the sector generates £2.84 of economic activity. In addition the employment that this generates will help bring many of those who have lost their jobs in the recession back into work.


CONSTRUCTION IS KEY TO ECONOMIC GROWTH


Investment is one thing, but making sure that companies win profitable work is another especially in the current climate. To win work in the first place it will be crucial to understand the ‘changing face of specification’ which I mentioned in my last article for Clearview. Included in our mini-conference on 23 February 2012 at Marriott Hollins Hall, Bradford and the nearby Salts Mill will be the hot topic of Building Information Modelling (BIM).


Paul Morrell, the Government construction adviser, has said that BIM will become mandatory for public building over £5M in


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capital value. BIM uses a single 3D computer model for the design, construction, operation and eventual demolition of a building. It can create cost certainty and effective collaboration right through the supply chain including product suppliers. For Systems suppliers it represents a different approach to engaging with designers and contractors. For fabricators, not only does it offer external benefits but can be used to drive internal efficiencies and for installers BIM compliance may well be a new key to securing work.


Our second major event next year will be the annual CAB Technical Conference on 17 May 2012, which moves to Hollywell Park at Loughborough University for the first time. The superb space that it affords with a state of the art lecture theatre and exhibition area has created a further opportunity for CAB to enhance its events format. After the Conference, which will cover a number of highly topical technical issues in our sector, is over at around 3.30pm, we have the opportunity to bring together Regional contacts throughout the supply chain from Academics, Architects, Consultants, Regional Main Contractors as well as manufacturers and suppliers. This informal late afternoon networking session is planned to be supplemented by one or two further general sector overview presentations. Already a number of key organisations have warmed to the opportunity which will be free to attend. The message we are getting from members and the wider sector is that occasional large events still have their place but more concise events that are geographically convenient and timely (4pm – 6pm is popular) are what will attract key people to attend.


For more details about CAB and any of the events mentioned please contact Julie Harley at the CAB office on 01453 828851 or email julie.harley@c-a-b.org.uk. Alternatively, you can find me at http://uk.linkedin.com/in/justinratcliffe.


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