The Offsite Construction Show 2017

Supported by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Buildoffsite Seminars and Workshop Sessions 2017

In collaboration with The OFFSITE CONSTRUCTION SHOW and with support from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Buildoffsite is delighted to host a Programme of Seminars and Workshops at The Offsite Construction Show 2017. Featuring expert speakers drawn from across the industry, the Seminars will take place in the Buildoffsite Theatre (B51). There is no pre-booking – sessions are free to attend, with seats available on a first come, first served basis.

The Workshops, will be hosted in the Workshop Theatre, adjacent to the Buildoffsite Exhibition Stand (C52). Spaces will be limited. To attend a workshop, please register your interest in advance, by selecting the links provided in the workshop sessions.



Seminar Sessions

Session 1:          10.00 am – 10.45 am

Chair: Daniel Leech, MD for TDS, Design4Structures and Cadcoe

Taking Steps to Modernise Construction through Collaboration, Innovation and Education

Learn how 3 companies; TDS, Design4Structures and Cadcoe (the Construction and Design Centre of Excellence), are making headway to modernize the construction industry. Hear from group MD Daniel Leech on his approach to drive change through collaborative working using the latest in digital technology, whilst working towards reducing the projected skills shortage, through industry specific and relevant training. Having already attracted the attention of Mark Farmer, for his work through Cadcoe, Dan will share with you his tips for best practice in ensuring as businesses we are able to face the external factors putting the industry at risk

Daniel cares passionately about improving the construction industry. Having spent 17 years in the sector, he develops new initiatives with a clarity of vision that helps drive the group forward. As Managing Director at TDS Group, he is proud to have worked on some of the most significant buildings in the London skyline. Committing to BIM as an early adopter has seen TDS Group grow to include a training academy offering free training to employers, and a Digital Engineering business helping partners construct better buildings. The drive to make the industry collaborative through BIM practices, upskilled for growth and sustainable for future generations has seen Daniel become an active and passionate member of Buildoffsite.


Session 2:

11.00 am– 12.00 pm

Chair: Nigel Fraser, Buildoffsite (formerly of BAA)

Buildoffsite Rail/Transport Hub: Accelerating Rail Infrastructure

Demonstrating practical opportunities for offsite solutions to deliver the UK’s transport infrastructure needs.


  • Tomas Garcia, HS2                                                              : Challenges of modern rail structures
  • Graeme Jones, MD C-Probe Group                                  : Structures for indefinite life
  • Sean Chivers, Mabey Bridge                                              : All change for modern composite rail bridges


  • Simon Newton, Transport for London


Session 3:

12.15 pm– 13.30 pm

Chair: Tim Hall, Interim CEO Buildoffsite

Achieving a step-change in UK Infrastructure Delivery
Exploring how government leadership, BIM and offsite solutions can align to deliver UK infrastructure highly cost effectively and at scale.


  • Keith Waller, Senior Advisor, Infrastructure & Projects Authority@ HM Treasury   : Infrastructure challenges and opportunities
  • Stephen Radley, CITB                                                                                                              : The Offsite skills agenda
  • Jamie Johnston, Bryden Wood                                                                                              : DfMA & BIM to accelerate Infrastructure delivery
  • David Harris, Premier Modular                                                                                              : A change of scale to deliver Hinkley C Power station
  • Ben Forbes, Battersea Power Station Developments                                                         : Residential infrastructure challenges


Session 4:

13.45 pm– 15.00 pm

Chair: Jon Rains, Mott MacDonald

Buildoffsite Water Hub: Client led Offsite for highly cost effective water asset delivery

Showcasing how the Water Hub is working across the supply chain to deliver additional efficiencies & innovation for water sector clients.

The Buildoffsite Water Hub is the benchmark for a highly effective collaborative approach between clients and suppliers. Other Sectors would benefit from understanding and building on this model.


  • Jon Rains, Mott MacDonald                                   : Water hub ambition and roadmap
  • Steve Wright, Yorkshire Water                               : Client Perspectives
  • John Browne – United Utilities
  • Dave Bennett, Laing O’Rourke                                : The Configurator
  • Mark Livingston, Ross-shire Engineering,           : Technical Innovations,  Transportable Treatment Units (TTUs)



10.00 am – 10.45 am

 Chair: David Wallach – Sales Director at Eurobond Laminates

Meeting performance standards for External Facades in Offsite Construction utilising Composite Panels

The presentation provides a greater understanding of non-combustible composite panels, the products, services and certification offered by Eurobond; covering topics such as fire performance, structural spanning capabilities, and sustainability and their role in offsite construction.

With over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry with a variety of blue chip companies, David has acquired an extensive understanding of how a building is designed and constructed. David specialises in applying his expertise and market knowledge in addressing new opportunities in an ever-changing industry.


Session 2:

11.00 am– 12.30 pm

Chair: Dennis Seal, Buildoffsite

Buildoffsite Housing Hub.

Offsite Housing: A practical approach to Harnessing the Supply Chain

Engaging with Clients (LAs, HAs, HCA, Funders, Developers) to show the fast-developing potential of offsite solutions and set the challenges for supply side innovation.


  • Stephen Kinsella, Homes & Communities Agency   : Stimulating new housing capacity
  • Jeff Endean, Borough of Lewisham                            : Innovative uses of Offsite Housing
  • Geoff Pearce, Swan Housing,                                       : New housing supply models
  • Vanessa Hale, Strutt and Parker                                  : Changing housing requirements
  • Karl Whiteman, Berkeley Group                                   : New development models


Session 3:

12.45pm– 14.00 pm

Chair: Tim Hall, Buildoffsite

Keynote Seminar
The UK’s Productivity Imperative and the role of offsite

The UK must improve its infrastructure to support growth and prosperity. Construction can play a key role in increasing capacity and
productivity to deliver cost effective housing and infrastructure.


  • Fergus Harradence, Deputy Director for Industrial Productivity, BEIS          :The UK’s Productivity challenge & plans
  • Jade Lewis, Construction Leadership Council                                                  : Smart construction to deliver more and better homes
  • Jamie Ratcliff, GLA                                                                                                : London’s housing strategy


  • Sarah Daly, Sustainable Homes
  • Emily King – Portakabin


Session 4:

14.15pm – 15.15 pm

Chair: Nick Whitehouse, Buildoffsite

Buildoffsite Housing Hub
Quality Educational building delivery with Offsite

The value of offsite construction to meet the particular challenges of schools and higher education.


  • Heide Moxon, Partner, Surface to Air Design              : The Importance of design Intergration
  • Paul Blandeen, Newcastle University–                          : Offsite student accommodation


  • David Clark, McAvoy
  • Kevin Arthur, Elements Europe
  • Tim Carey, Willmott Dixon