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Event to showcase construction sector’s climate credentials

The building sector’s role in delivering watershed climate action will be highlighted at a conference.

New products and innovative manufacturing and assembly methods will form the headline focus at the North East England Construction Summit.

The annual event, led by Constructing Excellence in the North East, will also feature the Innovation Showcase, which will allow companies to demonstrate the moves they are making to make the sector greener.

The feature last year connected Fishburn-based carbon-negative aggregate maker Sphera with WSP’s Emerging Growth Partnership Programme (EGPP).

And Tim Bailey, chair of Constructing Excellence in the North East, says there is great scope to further develop such partnerships.

He said: “The Innovation Showcase is always a key highlight, and we would encourage organisations to take up exhibition space.

“EGPP provides the opportunity for innovative early growth stage companies to engage in a strategic partnership with WSP.

“The start-up partnership pairs four pioneering technology and product start-up companies with technical leaders across WSP’s various business lines to strategically refine products, services and technologies.

“We want to bring together forward-thinking clients and the region’s innovators and SMEs, enabling conversations which will only be achieved through collaboration across the industry.”

Speakers at the event will include Andy Riggs, head of government sector at Wates Group, and Carole O’Neil, managing partner at Cundall.

Kathryn Gardner, regional director at event sponsor Faithful+Gould, added: “The summit is a key calendar event.

“It allows us to come together, hear from industry leaders, share best practice and learn more about how the region can embrace change and collaborate.”

The conference takes place at Ramside Hall, on November 24.


  • Pictured, above, from left to right, are Kathryn Gardner, regional director at Faithful+Gould; Tim Bailey, chair of Constructing Excellence in the North East; Natasha Boulding, chief executive and co-founder at Sphera; Catriona Lingwood, chief executive at Constructing Excellence in the North East; and Kate Lloyd, programme manager at Constructing Excellence in the North East