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Plymouth construction professionals meet for crucial conference

Construction professionals and leaders from across Plymouth and the surrounding areas came together to discuss combatting the main challenges currently facing the industry in the South West.

The event was organised by Constructing Excellence South West, a member-led organisation designed to drive positive change in construction, and was chaired by Peter Everitt, Senior Pre-Construction Manager at Kier Construction.

Held at St. Elizabeth’s House, Plympton, the event was sponsored by global business insurer Gallagher, and was well-attended by key members of the built environment community including architects, developers, contractors, local authorities and representatives from higher education.

The evening had a jam-packed agenda as participants openly discussed their experiences of working in the industry, and shared their recommendations on how to combat the climate crisis, building safety and procurement on value.

Peter Everitt, Vice Chair of the Constructing Excellence Devon Club, said: “This event forms part of a wider programme being rolled out by Constructing Excellence South West. We had an incredible turnout and the discussions across the room were both interesting and incredibly thought provoking.

“It was fantastic to see so many of the key players working within construction give up their free time to have an input into the various industry hot topics.

“As one of the largest contributors to the UK economy, construction plays a fundamental role so it’s important to look at what can be done to help the sector thrive – particularly after an unprecedented few years.

“By looking closely at what we can do as a region is a great starting point to see what works before rolling out new ideas and initiatives further afield.

“Thank you to Constructing Excellence South West who enable us to hold events like this and to Gallagher for sponsoring the evening and for helping to make it a great success.”

Ross Browne, Development Director for Gallagher, added: “We know from speaking to our clients that the construction industry is facing fundamental pressures and change.

“We’re pleased to be part of this event and support the built-environment community in Plymouth to work together in overcoming challenges and embracing new methods of construction and working.  It was clear from the discussions that there is a real drive in Plymouth to work together on these issues.”

This is the second in a series of leadership events which are being held in the South West region. The remaining sessions will be held in Taunton, Bournemouth, Swindon, Cheltenham, Exeter and Bristol.

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