Innovation in UK Construction, Webinar

15 October, 2015 | 12:30 - 13:30

Innovation in UK Construction, Webinar

About this event

Manufacturing, pharmaceutical and technology sectors can all boast reputations as leaders of innovation, yet the construction industry is lagging behind. Are these industries doing something different, or has construction just not seen the same opportunities?

The UK Construction Industry is now moving forward under a joint strategy with the UK government, Construction 2025, to transform the industry into a global leader by reducing costs, improving delivery time frames and reducing carbon within construction. To achieve these goals innovation has vital role to play.

In this webinar, ICE President David Balmforth and his Apprentices will share their key findings on:

  • blockers to innovation in the construction industry
  • how we can enable, systematise, and foster a culture around innovation
  • steps we can all take to help transform the UK engineering and construction industry to create better value and meet the UK’s infrastructure needs.


12:30 Opening remarks from Chair, David Balmforth
12:35 Presentation by Sophie McPhillips and Joanne Huett, ICE President’s Apprentices
13:05 Questions and answers
13:20 Closing remarks
13:25 End of webinar

This webinar is an online presentation that offers you the opportunity to ask the speakers questions for online discussion. Follow the booking links to register.

To find out more about what the ICE is doing to support its members in driving forward innovation, visit the Industry Transformation website.

Event materials

The following materials are available for download:


Professor David Balmforth, BSc PhD CEng FICE FCIWEM, ICE President 2014 - 15


Joanne Huett, Graduate Civil Engineer at Eurovia and ICE President’s Apprentice

After graduating from Southampton University with a First Class Honours Degree in 2013, Jo joined the Eurovia Graduate Training Scheme and is currently playing a key role in the company’s 25 year PFI contract based on the Isle of Wight. Her present role is managing a significant programme of improvements to the Island’s highway structures against a very short timescale.

Sophie McPhillips, Assistant Engineer - Water Networks at Atkins and ICE President’s Apprentice

Sophie McPhillips is an Assistant Engineer in the Water Networks team at Atkins. She is currently working on projects on the Thames Water AMP6 Alliance, Eight2O, giving her first-hand experience of what can be achieved when companies collaborate to overcome blockers to innovation and create efficiency and value.