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Adapt and Thrive conference launched by CIOB


3rd February 2021

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) has launched a new virtual Adapt and Thrive conference. The one-day event will take place on Wednesday 24 March 2021, looking at what the construction industry might look like post-pandemic, how the sector needs to change to meet the changing needs of society and how it can adapt to future-proof both the industry and the buildings it creates.


The conference will be split into four main themes: ‘Rising to the challenges faced by the built environment’, ‘The role of digital technology & modernisation – the key to success?’, ‘Future Focus – How the industry needs to adapt to thrive’ and ‘Reimagining the built environment – industry leader perspective’. These will examine in the ways in which the current built environment is fit for purpose given the substantial changes society has gone through in the last year. The conference will also assess the role of digital technology and how modernisation is key to future success and longevity in light of a shortage of skilled labour. 


Speakers from a broad selection of industry bodies, government officials, key influencers from the construction industry and innovative tech companies will share their vision for achieving an agile and productive industry that is fit to underpin the social and economic demands of modern day living. These include Dame Judith Hackitt, Chair of the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, Fergus Harradence, Deputy Director, Construction, at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and the presidents of RICS, RIBA, ICE and RTPI.


Mark Beard, President of the CIOB, said:

“The CIOB Adapt and Thrive conference comes at a crucial time for the construction industry as we go through many unforeseen changes, adapting and embracing new ways of working. Our industry has been quick to respond to COVID-19; the pandemic has shown us that we are far more capable of change than we previously imagined. These are uncertain times for everyone working in the industry, but this crisis has shown that construction can step up to the mark when required. I look forward to a lively exchange of ideas on the 24 March and CIOB's Adapt and Thrive conference providing some of the necessary building blocks for the re-shaping of our industry.”


For more information and to register for the conference, see here.




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