CESW Smart Construction Summit

11th July 2019 at Somerset County Cricket Club

This Smart Construction Summit [#CESWSmartCon], is the first of its kind, arranged by Constructing Excellence South West (CESW).

It follows the ongoing CESW Digital/Offsite Forum Survey collaboratively developed last year, relating to the challenges and opportunities of digital technology and offsite construction.

The Summit will bring together built environment professionals with an interest in the development of smart construction from the region and beyond and offer a real opportunity to understand and discuss intelligent, integrated and innovative digital and offsite solutions available.

There will be varied speaker presentations, curated by CESW Digital/Offsite forum chair, including a keynote address from Bill Dunster OBE. Other speaker presentations will be given by UK Professionals, leaders and champions of the regions’ smart construction sector, covering topics such as zero-carbon offsite, flying factories, construction industry behaviours, data driven design, and digital and offsite challenges in architecture. There will also be ample opportunity for discussion and networking.

Delegates will obtain real insights into a range of intelligent, integrated and innovative digital and offsite solutions that combine the advantages and opportunities offered by smart construction (digital technology and offsite construction). The event should reveal how current smart construction can positively contribute to meeting the offsite and digital productivity needs of the region now and going forward.

Attend this exciting event for a unique opportunity to learn more and discuss




08.00 Access required for sponsors/exhibitors

09.00 Registration & Networking over tea/coffee & biscuits

09.30 Welcome & Introduction Mary Bon, Chair CESW Digital & Offsite Thought Leadership Forum

09.40 Keynote – Bill Dunster OBE - The ZEDlife urban toolkit

10.10 Craig White - Flying Factories – a model for localising prefabrication using Just In Time and Lean manufacturing systems.

10.35 Russell Gale and Alec Newing - Why digital is only a partial solution to the habitual behaviours of the construction industry: views and solutions.

11.00 Tea/coffee/biscuits & networking

11.30 Allister Lewis - An introduction to the principles of Data Driven Design

11.55 Michael Smith - The challenges of bringing the Opportunities of Digital Technology and Offsite Construction into architectural practice today.

12.20 Bevan Brittan LLP - Angela Lovett

12.35 Sponsor presentation 2 TBC

12.50 Open Forum

13.00 Lunch

14.00 Depart



Keynote Speaker
Bill Dunster OBE, ZEDfactory

Bill Dunster founded ZEDfactory in 1999. ZEDfactory aims to demonstrate that a step change reduction in carbon-footprint is achievable simultaneously with an increase in overall quality of life.

Bill delivers lectures to a range of institutions and events worldwide, regularly for Green Housing Councils across various continents. He has also held visiting professorships at the Architectural Association Kingston University, Harvard University, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and is currently a visiting Professor at University College London. He received an OBE in the 2010 honours list for services to Sustainable Housing Design. He received a Bronze Lafarge Holcim Award in 2017 for his project: The ZEDpods: Inhabited parking spaces in London, United Kingdom. This was then shortlisted for the Global Lafarge Holcim Awards 2018. Bill co-authored the award-winning ZEDbook published in 2018, a manual for achieving zero-carbon development at different densities and scales, as well as ZEDlife — How to build a low-carbon society today.


The ZEDlife urban toolkit The dream of durable, and mortgageable affordable zero carbon homes and workspace with net zero annual energy bills is now a reality. Working with a combination of ‘offsite manufacture’ and our supply chain to ensure each design is optimised for manufacturing economy and fitness for purpose, ZEDfactory have set up a kit of parts assembly strategy that enables both volumetric construction and site assembly techniques to deliver affordable climate neutral construction that avoids toxic Grenfell insulation materials and pvc windows. This creates high quality architecture that enables valuable accommodation to be created both on conventional building plots as well as developing the air rights above land already in use. We believe this thinking creates a new urban toolkit with the potential to solve significant social problems quickly.

Craig White, White Design
Craig combines a number of roles as a designer, developer and entrepreneur to help deliver sustainable outcomes in the built environment. Working in partnership with the Knowle West Media Centre, Craig is currently leading work on a new model of community-led and financed, prefabricated affordable housing called the We Can Make Project. One of the house types from this project has been used as part of the Staying Close project to create a compact living pod set up in the grounds of a Bristol City Council children’s home. We Can Make is a response that meets the housing crisis challenge using locally manufactured and prefabricated building systems made with carbon-banking renewable materials.

Flying Factories – a model for localising prefabrication using Just In Time and Lean manufacturing systems. 
Can modern methods of construction play a role in community-led affordable housing? Prefabrication in construction tends to be a highly capitalised business model, restricting the cost of entry into the market to those with deep pockets and an appetite for risk. A Flying Factory is zero capital investment model that removes the need to manufacture and replaces it with an assembly model that uses local skills, labour and materials. Craig developed the system that uses a unique ISO accredited system for the prefabrication of different prefabrication systems. Craig will discuss the We Can Make project, that will see the delivery of up to 350 homes in Knowle West, in Bristol using the Flying Factory model developed by ModCell and used to create Tam

Speaker- Sponsor
Angela Lovett - Bevan Brittan

Legal issues in modern methods of construction

Off-site construction techniques and modular construction are current hot topics in the UK residential construction industry. Promising short programmes for on-site construction, and therefore shorter periods of exposure to the inevitable risks of work on site, as well as the potential to achieve lower costs through standardisation of products, “modern methods of construction” (MMC) are an attractive prospect for an industry struggling to deliver sufficient homes to meet demand. However, MMC brings its own challenges and potential problems. We discuss the legal challenges particular to MMC and points for clients and contractors to consider when managing these risks.


Joint Speaker
Russell Gale, Avocet Recruitment
Russell has been working with main-contractors for close to 20 years as a hands-on recruiter, working across the sector in both the UK and overseas. Having recruited at Senior Levels for leading contractors he also enjoys playing an active part in attracting new entrants into the industry and providing advice to those considering a career in Construction. Russell has a loyal client following and well-developed network of professionals to speak with and is confident enough to consider all solutions which fit the businesses need and candidates’ aspirations. Current co-founder and director of Avocet Recruitment Ltd.

Joint Speaker
Alec Newing, The Flange Project
Alec has been involved in the built environment sector for over 25 years. He has worked for major contractors, service providers and clients on live projects, bids and in business wide roles. Most recently, Alec has been supporting the development of increasingly better requirements for information on some of the largest projects in the UK. He has also been involved in analysing suppliers bid responses and therefore has gained a holistic view of projects, their issues and needs.

Why digital is only a partial solution to the habitual behaviours of the construction industry: views and solutions. A provocative look and discussion around some likely outcomes of digital on construction skills/behaviours and what aptitudes and personality types will be successful in the next construction revolution.

Allister Lewis, Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt 
Allister Lewis is an experienced architect and RICS Chartered BIM Manager working as the Head of Technology at Ayre Chamberlain and Gaunt. ACG are an award-winning practice which has recently won a number of awards including World Architecture News Practice of the Year. Allister works with teams to support projects as well as strategically managing digital technology requirements for the practice. He has recently completed a Masters in Building Information Modelling and Management at Middlesex University. He has experience as an architect within the public and private sector working on a range of projects. Allister is the co-founder of the BIM Region South, supporting the BIM Alliance, which is held 4 times a year to disseminate BIM learning across the south.

An introduction to the principles of Data Driven Design BIM and new software technology alongside the introduction of new data-driven design approaches means that the traditional role of Architects is changing. A research project was undertaken that discussed with ten leading architects and data-driven designers their thoughts on what data driven design is, the skills required for the future and how the role may change. This talk will summarise the research project and communicate that architects may need to adopt data-driven strategies to respond to construction industry strategies such as the UK Government Construction 2025 report. This targets a reduction in carbon emissions, project cost and programme duration – how will these challenges be met? The research demonstrates that Architects, alongside the wider design team, will need to change to meet these challenges with new data-driven initiatives.

This talk is aimed at architects and construction industry professionals. The research has been undertaken to promote new data-driven approaches that support a reduction in time, increase efficiency and move the profession of architects forward. It is also aimed at those who would like to adopt more data-driven approaches to increase efficiency, and meet future targets.

Michael Smith, Bailey Partnership 
Mike is a Chartered Member of the RIBA, Senior Associate and Practice BIM Manager for Bailey Partnership and past chair of CESW Plymouth Club. He is passionate about BIM and the benefits that digital technologies can bring to the industry. Listen to his views about some of the real challenges today that are slowing down the uptake. 

The challenges of bringing the Opportunities of Digital Technology and Offsite Construction into architectural practice today. It’s an exciting time, ‘BIM’ and other digital strategies like Smart Cities, IoT, Generative Design, Blockchain and Gemini Twins (to name just a few!) are looking forward and increasing our understanding about the benefits they can add to our industry. However, to recognise the added value and effectiveness of these new approaches we have to work against our current methods of working; manage the disruption of new technologies and understand how to overcome the barriers.




Until: 11th July    Time: 9:00am - 2:00pm

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