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The Transformation of King’s Cross Station

Tuesday 12th April at 12:15 pm

John McAslan, Founder, John McAslan + Partners

John McAslan CBE, was born in Glasgow in 1954. He was educated at Edinburgh University, obtaining a MA in Architecture in 1977 and Diploma in 1978, along with the Diploma year prize. He trained in Boston USA with Cambridge Seven Associates, joined Richard Rogers and Partners in 1980 and formed John McAslan + Partners in 1996.

John is Executive Chairman of John McAslan + Partners. The practice, recently awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade, has an extensive portfolio of award-winning projects in the UK and overseas, including infrastructure, hospitality, commercial, residential, education, cultural, heritage, urban design, and landscape sectors. King’s Cross Station has won more than 20 international awards, including the Europa Nostra Prize, the European Union prize for cultural heritage.

Infrastructure Sustainability Rating Schemes - meeting the challenges of a changing world

Wednesday 13th April at 12:15 pm

Chris Broadbent, BRE Group Director Infrastructure and MD, CEEQUAL

In the UK, 400 million tonnes of resources are consumed each year by the construction industry, with an estimated 120 million tonnes of construction, demolition and excavation waste being created, which accounts for 32% of UK waste. The energy used constructing and operating infrastructure assets represents approximately half of our carbon footprint, and on construction sites 15-50% more water could be saved by just applying current water efficiency techniques.

There are drivers in the infrastructure industry to address these areas, such as HM Treasury's Infrastructure Carbon Review and the Government's industrial strategy for construction by 2025. The latter includes targets for reducing initial cost of construction and the whole life cost of built assets by a third, whilst delivering new projects in half the time at half the emissions. BREEAM and CEEQUAL are important frameworks through which these impacts can be addressed and which stimulate innovation and new ways of working to assist projects in achieving stretching and improved outcomes.

A Chartered Civil Engineer with over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry, Chris has extensive experience in the provision and management of building and engineering consultancy services and training. As BRE Group Director for Infrastructure he leads BRE activities in civil engineering particularly including the development of an extension to the scope of the BREEAM methodology to include infrastructure and civil engineering projects as well as other infrastructure related services. Following CEEQUAL joining BRE Group in November 2015 he is leading the delivery of the continuing CEEQUAL business.

Over the next two years he will manage the development of a new world class infrastructure sustainability rating scheme which combines the best of both BREEAM and CEEQUAL. He has extensive experience in developing and delivering a commercial training business having set up BRE Training in 2005 to provide training and accreditation services for professionals working in energy, surveying, health and safety and sustainability. His activities in consultancy include risk issues including fire, flood, crime, security, natural hazards, risk management and liability.

Chris has wide experience in the property, construction and engineering sectors with expertise including survey, forensic engineering, failure investigation, testing, environmental and health and safety where he has been engaged in providing diagnosis, expert witness, design, specification, contract administration and project management to major players in the property and construction industries. This has included a range of projects involving residential, heritage, commercial and industrial property of all types and ages.

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Practical Application of the Common Safety Method for Risk Evaluation and Assessment (CSM-REA); Great Western Main Line Electrification

Wednesday 13th April at 13:25 pm

Damon High, Service Leader; Systems Assurance - Rail at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

This presentation will provide details on the practical implementation of the EU Regulation on the Common Safety Method for Risk Evaluation and Assessment (CSM-REA) on a large scale and complex railway infrastructure project and will cover the safety story and the challenges faced, the implementation of the CSM-REA regulations, key risks that have been identified and mitigated and lessons learned for future applications.

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