ICE and WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Joint Lecture: A London that works for all, London

29 March, 2017 | 18:00 - 20:45

ICE and WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Joint Lecture: A London that works for all, London

About this event

The coming years will see significant property and infrastructure development continue across London.  New buildings, as well as existing developments, will need to evolve to accommodate changing climates, demographics and technologies.

How can London’s infrastructure be designed to be ready for the future? What steps can we take now to ensure that the London of the future remains a thriving city while meeting the changing societal needs of people working and living in our capital?

Speakers at this evening lecture will address these vital questions, sharing their knowledge, experience and ideas for meeting societal demands and delivering resilient, smart infrastructure of the future.

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception for delegates and speakers to continue the discussion and network with their peers.

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff’s “Future Ready” initiative is a global innovation programme that aims to provide a consistent understanding of what we believe a future world will look like and allows us to challenge ourselves to embed future trends into design. “Future Ready” ensures that sustainability is a central consideration from the outset.


18:00 Registration and refreshments
18:30 Welcome from the Chair
18:35 Presentations
19:20 Questions and answers session
19:40 Summation from the Chair
19:45 Drinks reception and networking
20:45 Close


David Symons, Director at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

John Beswick

David Symons leads WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff’s Future Ready programme. He works with our project teams and clients to deliver practical and innovative programmes, ready for the future as well as today’s design codes. He has 25 years of experience in developing and implementing strong programmes and has worked widely at project infrastructure level as well as high level corporate strategies.

David is an internationally respected consultant and has provided recent high level commentary to BBC Radio Four, Five Live, Two, BBC News 24, CNN, Sunday Telegraph, The Guardian and The Times on energy, water and sustainability issues. Outside work he’s a keen distance runner, and a rather less accomplished amateur photographer.

Nigel Keohane, Deputy Director of Social Market Foundation

John Beswick

Nigel is responsible for overseeing the SMF’s research programme and leads its work on public service reform and commissioning, welfare reform and low pay, and pensions and savings.

Prior to the SMF, Nigel was Head of Research at the New Local Government Network think tank, worked in local government and taught history at Queen Mary College, University of London. He has a BA and MA in history from Exeter University, and a PhD in Political History from Queen Mary’s.

Tim Jones, Chief Executive at Connect Plus

John Beswick

A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building with a Masters in Business Administration, Project Management, Tim has been in the construction industry for over 40 years, 26 of which have been in the transportation sector.Tim is Chief Executive of Connect Plus, the award winning company responsible for managing the M25 Network. He is been associated with PPP infrastructure for over 15 years on projects such as Croydon Tramlink and DLR Lewisham Extension.

The M25 DBFO is the largest PPP highways contract in the UK, valued at £6.2billion. Since 2009 Connect Plus has delivered 63km of road widening prior to the London 2012 Olympic Games, 48km of SMART motorway and the refurbishment of the Hatfield Tunnel on the A1M. £80m has been invested to create Dart Charge at the Dartford River Crossing. Over £250m has been invested in asset renewals since 2009.