Build It – Aberdeen Construction and Property Conference

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Build It – Aberdeen Construction and Property Conference

Construction Experts Set to Discuss Key Topics at New North-east Conference

Details of Aberdeen’s first construction and property conference have been released today (Tuesday 25th September), with a programme that brings together industry experts to discuss issues and themes including infrastructure, housing problems and solutions, embracing innovation and the skills shortage.

Build It, which takes place on Friday 30th November at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, is a one-day conference and exhibition, designed to give representatives of the north-east construction industry a platform to share their expertise, ideas, and new ways of working, for the benefit of the industry as a whole.

The conference programme welcomes a keynote address from Stephen Slessor, operations director of Morrison Construction, who will be setting the scene for the day, sharing some stories from his own journey, and highlighting some points for discussion. The programme brings together 18 speakers in total, and four thought-provoking, interactive panel discussions, ranging from ‘What Next for the City Centre Masterplan’ to ‘How can Construction and Oil and Gas Learn from Each Other?’

Several north-east businesses have already shown their support, with Scottish full-service law firm Ledingham Chalmers coming on board as the main sponsor, and W M Donald,  Cameron Ross, GPH Builders Merchants, The Property Management Company, McLeod + Aitken, Scotframe and XIC also playing an important role in staging the event.

Ledingham Chalmers chairman and partner Jennifer Young, who is a Law Society of Scotland-accredited specialist in construction law, said: “Our industry is often seen as a bellwether of the country’s overall economic health and never more so than at present.  Technological development presents unprecedented opportunity, while challenges including workforce retention, skills development and increasing return on investment against a backdrop of political and economic uncertainty remain front of mind.

“This conference is a rare opportunity to bring together a cross section of construction specialists to share expertise, talk about what works and what doesn’t, and start to map a way together to tackle these challenges and capitalise on the opportunities in the north-east and beyond.”

Michelle Forth, director, Safety Scotland and Conference Chair said “The committee has been overwhelmed by the interest that has already been shown by companies wishing to play an active role in this year’s conference. We had an extremely difficult task of shortlisting the presentations, as there was the quality and quantity of topics to increase the event from one day to two days. We would like to thank all of this year’s speakers for choosing to participate in this first year, and are delighted that we can finally share the full programme with the industry.”

Mike Wilson, managing director, Mearns & Gill said “We are absolutely delighted at this initial response to Build It, and are very grateful to each individual and company that has already shown support, ensuring that the conference has got off to the best possible start. With all sponsorship and exhibition opportunities now secured, and over 100 delegates already registered to attend, we would encourage anyone with a vested interest in the future of the north-east construction industry to join us in November for some very interesting discussions.”

For more information on how to book your place at the conference and exhibition, contact

Posted on September 25, 2018 in Uncategorized

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