The Transforming Construction Network Plus (N+) is delighted to welcome you to its second annual conference on Tuesday 15 September 2020. In the past year, the industry has seen a flourish of new initiatives, supported and encouraged by the Transforming Construction Challenge. Industry, academics, policy-makers, are working together to shape future construction, and address some of the biggest obstacles facing the industry. The breakout of Covid-19 has shown us that the need to overhaul the sector has never been greater, but has also underscored our incredible determination and innovative capabilities.

To accelerate this transformation, we all need to get involved and embrace this call for change. This one-day conference will reflect on what transformation means for the industry, what role digital technologies will play, and how to create an industry that would work for all. The event will feature renowned speakers from the UK, Europe and the USA, sharing their views on the key issues that lay ahead of us. 

We invite delegates from the UK and around the world to join us to discuss how the construction sector can embrace change. This is an opportunity to come on board to help transform the industry.  


This one-day conference will be fully online to respect delegate safety and enable access from all locations. Each session has been designed to be interactive, stimulating and constructive.

The conference will open with a provocative keynote, challenging our speakers and the ensuing sessions which will tackle some of the big questions facing us, such as:

  • What kind of construction industry do we want? 
  • When will digital deliver on its promise?
  • How will we create resilient supply chains?

This year, we have also asked leading experts; industry, academics and policy-makers, to offer their thoughts on the future of the construction sector. Scroll down to discover these thought-provoking and inspiring videos! 


Confirmed speakers. Many more to come! 

Jon Antevy

Co-Founder, e-Builder, Inc.

Professor Chimay J. Anumba

Dean and Professor, College of Design, Construction and Planning, University of Florida

Peter Caplehorn 

Chief Executive of the Construction Products Association

Professor Paul Chan

Professor of Design and Construction Management, TU Delft 


Mark Enzer 

CTO, Mott MacDonald and Head of the National Digital Twin programme, CDBB

Professor Lisa M. Ellram

University Distinguished Professor and Rees Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain Management, Department of Management, the Farmer School of Business, Miami University

Professor Annabelle Gawer 

Chaired Professor in Digital Economy;
Director, Centre of Digital Economy; Head, Department of Digital Economy, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, University of Surrey; Visiting Professor, Oxford Saïd Business School 

Professor Jacqueline Glass 

Professor in Construction Management, Vice Dean Research, The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, University College London
Professor Jan Godsell

Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Strategy, WMG, University of Warwick

Professor Stuart Green 

Professor of Construction Management, School of the Built Environment, University of Reading

Amanda Long

Chief Executive, Considerate Constructors Scheme

Nigel Ostime

Delivery Director, Hawkins Brown

Mark Reynolds

Group Chief Executive, Mace

Professor Jennifer Whyte 

Laing O’Rourke / Royal Academy of Engineering Professor of Systems Integration, Imperial College London

Sarah Wilkes 

Global Solutions Director a.i. | Global Solution Leader, Business Advisory, Arcadis

Matt Yeates 

Managing Director, Digital Ventures,
Tata Steel Europe

The future of construction: inspirational thoughts

Leading experts; industry, academics and policy-makers, share their views on some of the big questions behind this year's conference.
'We are probably now at the brink of an irreversible change'

David Philp, Digital Impact Director for the Construction Innovation Hub, discusses what role digital technologies will play in the future of construction. 
'I want an industry that can rise to the challenges it faces and has faced for decades.'

Tom Bassett, Senior Engineer at the Active Building Centre, explores renewable energy and active buildings.

About Transforming Construction Network Plus

The Transforming Construction Network Plus (N+) brings together experts from a range of disciplines to tackle the most pressing problems across the digital, energy, construction and manufacturing space.

Funded by UK Research and Innovation, the N+ is part of the Transforming Construction Challenge, a UK-wide programme of activity to make buildings more affordable, efficient, safer and healthier.

The N+ is a joint project between The Bartlett, UCL’s Faculty of the Built Environment, Imperial College London and WMG, University of Warwick. 


For general enquiries about the conference or the N+,
please contact the network team: enquiries.tcnetworkplus@ucl.ac.uk

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