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Top clients to face leading contractors at Summit 2015

Top clients to face leading contractors at Summit 2015

29 October 2015 Email this article

Major industry clients including the Department for Transport, Network Rail and Heathrow Airport will set out their pipelines and requirements at next week’s Construction News Summit.

Highways England chief executive Jim O’Sullivan will kick things off on Wednesday 4 November at the VIP Breakfast Briefing, giving an insight into what he wants from contractors looking to deliver £15bn of work through the Roads Investment Strategy.

Mr O’Sullivan is expected to reveal how Highways England will look to strengthen relationships with its supply chain, while fielding questions from the senior industry figures in attendance.
Overseen by Summit chair and BBC broadcaster Andrew Neil, transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin will deliver the keynote morning address just weeks ahead of the government’s Comprehensive Spending Review.

Mr McLoughlin is set to discuss his department’s priorities and how the DfT will balance road and rail policy, taking questions from contractors on future workloads and the new National Infrastructure Commission.

Later in the morning session, Infrastructure UK chief executive Geoffrey Spence will be revealing his reaction to the government’s recent announcements, while High Speed 2 CEO Simon Kirby and London Underground head of track John Hardy will be among the speakers setting the agenda in the afternoon’s discussion panels.

Contractors are expecting to hear further details on Chinese involvement in future projects, with Scarborough Group director Simon Marshall debating urban regeneration following the appointment of Beijing Construction and Engineering Group to Scarborough’s £700m Middlewood Locks development.

Heathrow development director Phil Wilbraham will also be taking the stage next Wednesday to share his views on aviation capacity, having told Construction News this week that the airport would be “open” to Chinese involvement in the £16bn third runway expansion