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Construction News Summit 2015 attracts stellar lineup of clients and industry speakers

The UK’s biggest clients will present their pipelines and methods of collaboration, with 50 government, private sector and supply chain speakers already confirmed for the Construction News Summit 2015.

BBC journalist Andrew Neil will again host the Summit on 4 November, which will include a keynote address from transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin.

Among the speakers (see list below) for this year’s session are: Laing O’Rourke chief executive Anna Stewart; Legal & General Property’s Bill Hughes; European Investment Bank head of London office James Whittall; Transport for London commercial development director Graeme Craig; HS2 chief executive Simon Kirby; and Essential Living managing director Scott Hammond.

The Welsh department for education’s director for infrastructure Jo-Anne Daniels, Transport Scotland chief executive David Middleton, and London Underground capital programmes director David Waboso will also speak.

The summit will explore economic, political and industry issues, as well as looking in-depth at clients and projects, including the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, North West Cambridge Development, Anglian Water and the Francis Crick Institute.

Highways England’s new chief executive Jim O’Sullivan will deliver the breakfast address.

Mr O’Sullivan was announced as Graham Dalton’s successor last month and will oversee more than £11bn worth of improvements to the country’s motorways and major A roads to be delivered by 2020.

A pre-Summit workshop will take place on 3 November and will include addresses from Arup’s global programme and project management leader Julie Wood, a session on client procurement changes with Aecom, Foster + Partners and Manchester Airport, and a discussion on how new technology is set to impact project delivery.

The Construction News Summit 2015 takes place in Central Hall, Westminster, on 3 & 4 November.

The event is sponsored by IFS, Lagan Construction Group and Laing O’Rourke.

Visit for full information, including the full lineup of speakers.


- More speakers will be added to the Summit programme over the next three months -

Aberdeen City Council


Anglian Water




Birmingham City Council


British Property Federation



Centre for Cities

Department for Education and Skills

Department for Transport

Education Funding Agency

Environment Agency

Essential Living

European Investment Bank

Foster + Partners


Hampshire County Council

Heathrow Airport


Hyde Group


Laing O’Rourke


Land Securities

Leeds City Council

Legal and General Property

Lloyds Bank

Local Government Association

London Underground

Manchester Airport

Network Rail

Scottish Futures Trust



Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon

The North West Cambridge Development

Transport for London

Transport Scotland

Van Elle

Willmott Dixon

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