Re-Engineering our cities, Coventry

14 September, 2016 | 12:00 - 19:15

Highlighting the need for change in our cities.
Highlighting the need for change in our cities.

About this event

Cities are important internationally, nationally and regionally and future growth in population and commercial demands bring major challenges. The conference will provide a platform for construction professionals and others to highlight the vision, future needs, opportunities and successful resolutions of city redevelopment. It will be open to all sectors of the construction industry.

Engineers, and other professionals, have a vital role in creating the environment for future generations. Speakers from a wide range of disciplines will identify the vision, concepts, ideas and practicalities of the challenges presented by growth, present case histories and encourage dialogue and understanding.

The conference is to be held at Coventry - a city at the forefront of post-war re-generation, now experiencing further growing pains in what may be classified as re-re-generation. Sir John Armitt, ICE President, has highlighted its leading role in city regeneration.

The conference will encourage sharing of knowledge and experience, stimulate ideas, and learning and provide a forum for networking.

The timing of the event aims to avoid peak travel times and thus reduce costs for delegates.


Vision, planning and case histories

Keynote Presentation:

  • Re-Engineering future sustainable, resilient and liveable cities - Prof Chris Rogers, Professor of Geotechnical Engineering, The University of Birmingham
  • What can we learn from the past and how can we plan for success in the future? - Sue Manns, Pegasus Group and RTPI West Midlands
  • The role of local authorities - Martin Reeves, Chief Executive, Coventry City Council and Chief Executive, West Midlands Combined Authority
  • Civilising the city - Colin Knight, Coventry City Council
  • Case history, Birmingham - Gary Woodward, Birmingham City Council, City Development Team

Transport connectivity - building design and energy

  • Transport/connectivity - Andrew Pritchard, Director of Policy & Infrastructure, East Midlands Councils, Midlands Connect
  • Building design - Glenn Howells, Glenn Howells Architects
  • Redefining resilient city energy systems - Richard Coackley,Director of Energy Development, AECOM , former ICE President
  • Constructing the visions: Victoria Station re-construction/ tunnelling - Ryan McCarron, BAM Nuttall

Water - flooding, supply and drainage

  • Translating the urban vision into reality - John Thomson, John Thomson, Immediate Past Chairman of the ICE Municipals Expert Panel
  • Accessing subsurface knowledge: the ASK network - David Entwisle, British Geological Survey
  • Managing flood risk and public expectations - Dr Jean Venables, Venables Consultancy, former ICE President
  • Securing resilient water supplies - Simon Hinsley, Project Sponsor, Birmingham Resilience Project, Severn Trent Water


ICE members £100.00 excl VAT
Non-members £125.00 excl VAT
Concessions (students/unemployed/retired) £25.00 excl VAT

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Exhibition Stands

If you would like to have a stand at the conference please select the option on the booking link below. Each stand costs £450 +VAT and includes two complementary delegate tickets to the conference. Please contact the organiser for more information.

Event materials

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Keynote speaker:

Chris Rogers – University of Birmingham

Chris Rogers

Chris Rogers is a Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at the University of Birmingham, leading the £6.3m Liveable Cities consortium, which is exploring visions of future cities, and two research consortia under the Sustainable Urban Environments research programme, including Urban Futures. He is the Deputy Director of Urban Living Birmingham and is a core member of the UK Collaboratorium for Research on Infrastructure and Cities (UKCRIC), Director of UKCRIC's National Buried Infrastructure Facility and chairs the Institution of Civil Engineers' Innovation & Excellence Panel. He is a member of the Lead Expert Group of the Foresight Future of Cities project.


Dr Jean Venables

Jean Venables was President of the Institution of Civil Engineers in 2008-2009 and is a consultant in flood risk and water level management. She became the Chair of the Environment Committee for the World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO) in December 2015 and was Chief Executive of the Association of Drainage Authorities for 10 years. She was awarded the CBE for services to the civil engineering profession, the OBE for services to flood defence and received the Institution of Civil Engineers' Garth Watson Medal.

Simon Hinsley Severn Trent Water (STW), Project Sponsor, Birmingham Resilience Project.

Simon Hinsley

Simon joined Severn Trent Water in 1987 and for the last 18 months has managed the £250M Birmingham Resilience Project. This is Severn Trent's most ambitious project to date and will see the delivery of a new water supply to the city of Birmingham by March 2020.

Colin Knight

Colin Knight

Born in Coventry, Colin gained a degree in civil engineering from Leeds University in 1981 and went onto work at West Yorkshire Metropolitan County Council becoming chartered in 1986. Upon the dissolution of the Metropolitan Counties, he went onto work for Kirklees MBC before getting a job with the West Midlands PTE to work on the Midland Metro tram project. Whilst at WMPTE he became a member of the Chartered Institute of Transport (now CILT).

Following the PTE he worked at Telford and Wrekin Council, York City Council and Gloucestershire County Council working mainly in traffic and transport planning. In 2005 Colin became an Assistant Director for Transport and Highways at Bristol City Council before returning home to be Assistant Director for Planning Transport and Highways at Coventry City Council in 2009.

Colin's work at Coventry has been hugely varied dealing with direct service delivery through to the implementation of a number of multi million projects including a number of award winning schemes transforming Coventry City Centre. He is also involved in strategic planning and the city's 'going for growth' strategy as well as being engaged in the development of the region's strategic transport needs through the new Combined Authority for the West Midlands and Midlands Connect.

Martin Reeves

Martin Reeves

Chief Executive, Coventry City Council
Chief Executive, West Midlands Combined Authority

Martin has been Chief Executive of Coventry City Council since April 2009. He had previously been with Bedfordshire County Council for three and a half years as Assistant Chief Executive and Chief Executive.

Martin was previously Head of Performance Improvement at Westminster City Council in the heart of London. He was also Programme Director for WorkSmart the City Council’s flagship transformation programme.

Martin spent much of his early career as a lecturer and researcher, and has a PhD in applied economics.

He is a Governor on the Board at Coventry University and is the first Honorary President of LARIA (Local Authorities Research and Intelligence Association).

He was the President of SOLACE (Society of Local Authority Chief Executives) in 2013 and now leads their Digital Leadership Network.

He is also the Local Government Association (LGA) National Procurement Champion.

In 2015, Martin was invited onto the independent taskforce, which produced the new 5 year national cancer strategy.

He co-chairs the national systems leadership board and chairs the national cross system board for sustainable health & social care (taking over from Jonathan Porritt).

He is also a member of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Advisory Board.

In November 2015 Martin was included in the top 20 of the Local Government Chronicle’s list of the 100 most influential people in local government.

Sue Manns

Sue Manns

Regional Director, Pegasus Group

Sue joined the Pegasus Group in 2011 where she is Regional Director. She has a wide range of experience of planning and public consultation gained in the public, private and voluntary sectors at national, regional and local levels. As Head of Planning and Transport for Advantage West Midlands she chaired/was a member of a number of planning and infrastructure related Steering Groups. She has contributed to the delivery of a range of major projects within the West Midlands including Birmingham International Convention Centre, the redevelopment of Birmingham New Street Station and the i54 development.

At a national level, Sue led the joint RDA response to the Airports White Paper (2003) and the RDA Surface Infrastructure of National Economic Importance study. As National Planner for the RTPI/Planning Aid England she worked with government, both national and local, and major infrastructure providers to secure the positive engagement of communities on a range of challenging projects. As a Senior Lecturer in Planning Law and Practice, she led the research into public speaking at planning committees, now a recognised practice in most authorities.

Sue is a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and a former Chair of the West Midlands Region. She is currently the West Midlands Regional Representative on the RTPI General Assembly, an Assessor of Professional Competence for the RTPI, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Glenn Howells

Glenn Howell

Glenn Howells Architects have established a national reputation over the last 25 years for designing innovative buildings and shaping areas of UK cities through masterplanning projects.

Their most notable projects include the Savill Building in Windsor Great Park and The Brammal Building at University of Birmingham.

Current projects include Royal Wharf, a new riverside 6,000 home quarter in East London and Paradise Circus a mixed end-use and the first major piece of Birmingham's Big City Plan.

Outside of the practice Glenn Howells sits on a number of advisory boards. He is on the board of Birmingham Hippodrome and chair of Warwick University Building Committee, IKON Gallery and the West Midlands regional architecture centre MADE. Glenn remains an advisor for CABE where he previously was a member of the national design review panel and the 2012 Olympic design review team. Most recently Glenn has been appointed to the HS2 Design Panel.

Richard Coackley – Energy Development Director, AECOM

Richard Coackley

Richard is Director of Energy Development at AECOM. This includes major decommissioning and development of new work in the nuclear sector and the renewable energy sector. He has worked throughout his career in both contracting and consulting in the UK, and overseas in the power, water and wastewater sectors.

Richard is keenly interested in the professional development of all engineers and technologists and to enthuse our young in engineering and science. Richard chaired the Nuclear Construction Best Practice Forum, part of DECC's UK Nuclear Supply Chain Action Plan with NIA and Constructing Excellence and is a former President of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Honorary President of the European Council of Civil Engineers, and former Chairman of CEEQUAL the review and awarding body for excellence in quality and delivery of sustainability in the civil engineering industry. Richard was awarded CBE in 2014 for services to civil engineering.

John Thomson

John Thomson

John is a fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE); Chartered Engineer, Chartered Environmentalist and immediate past chairman of the ICE Municipal Expert Panel.

Vice President of the International Federation of Municipal Engineering, Fellow of the Institute of Asphalt Technology (IAT), past chair of ICE Municipal Group Scotland and IAT Scottish branch.

  • Lead officer in developing the SCOTS National Roads Development Guide,
  • Directing the Street Design Academy project
  • Panel member of the SUDS Scottish Working Group
  • Former steering group member of Scottish Road Works Register management Group; National Underground Asset Group (NUAG)and the VAULT project.
  • Represented the Scottish Government in the creation of NUAG Plc.
  • Seconded in 2009, and remains a Civil Engineering advisor to the Princes Foundation for the Built Environment.

John has more than 31 years' experience with Local government in a wide range of Municipal Engineering aspects.

David Entwistle

David Entwisle, CGeol, FGS. British Geological Survey

David is a senior engineering geologist at the British Geological Survey and has worked on a wide range of projects relating to engineering geology over 32 years. He is project leader of the ‘Ground information for sustainable development’, a lead developer of the engineering geology national models including resistivity and use as fill, and is currently working on the effects of climate change on various geohazards. He is one of the main authors of the BGS ‘Engineering Geology of’ series (Gault Formation, Mercia Mudstone, Lias and Lambeth groups) all of which are available as free downloads, as well as many journal and conference papers and BGS publications. On the data side, he acts as the consultant on the BGS National Geotechnical Properties Database.

David is a Fellow of the Geological Society; Chartered Geologist and a past chairman of the Engineering Group of the Geological Society. He is currently a board member of the Quaternary Journal of Engineering Geology, a member of the Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists laboratories and data management committees and British Standard Institution committee B/526/3 Site investigation and ground testing. He was a member of the committees that wrote BS8574 and the revising of BS5930:2015 Code of Practice for Ground Investigation

Ryan McCarron Taylor

Ryan McCarron Taylor Woodrow BAM Nuttall JV

Ryan graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2009 with a MEng in Civil and Environmental Engineering. He joined Mott MacDonald’s Foundations and Geotechnics division and had the opportunity to work on a series of multi-disciplinary projects including Crossrail and Dublin Metro North. He moved to Bam Nuttall in 2012 and began working on a joint venture with Taylor Woodrow on Victoria Station Upgrade. He has been responsible for construction of significant sections of the civils works and has successfully delivered the tunnelling works on Victoria Station Upgrade.