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CIOB events – what’s on in May 2021

Highlights of the CIOB Calendar for the coming month. All events are online webinars unless otherwise stated
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EcoWorld London – Kew Bridge Gate phase one

10 May, 6-7pm

Join the London Hub at its next virtual site visit, to Kew Bridge Gate phase one. The development at Kew is a mixed-use scheme that comprises Brentford Football club’s new 17,250-seater football stadium, various commercial spaces and just short of 500 build-to-rent apartments.

The site is surrounded on all sides by Network Rail, with the buildings extending right up to the boundaries. This has a massive impact on the use of cranes, movement of materials and deliveries to site.

Added to the above, the stadium is now live on game days for both Brentford football club and London Irish rugby, and the construction area has to be secured from the shared stadium space to ensure smooth transition from active construction site to sports arena.

CIOB Ireland Brexit Series

12 May, 12.30-1.30pm

The first event in CIOB Ireland’s Brexit series, in conjunction with the CIF and the CEF.

In this session, Paul Sheridan, director-main contracting, CIF, and Mark Spence, managing director, CEF, will give an overview of where the construction industry is in relation to Brexit, and will address Brexit-related issues raised by members at the recent ‘Meet the CIOB’ roadshow in January.

Firestopping and the Golden Thread

13 May, 6-7.30pm

Join the Oxford Hub for a presentation from the Ridge Digital Engineering team which focuses on the ‘golden thread’ and their recommended approach to demonstrating firestopping compliance utilising digital design processes.

Updates to industry guidance documents since the Grenfell disaster have brought a renewed focus on fire safety through design, construction and operation, for which client organisations should be aware of the enhanced responsibilities placed upon them. 

This presentation will explore the activities that should be carried out through key project stages and provide an overview of processes aimed at reducing risk associated with firestop design and installation.

Hastings Heritage Library Restoration CPD Webinar

18 May, 12.30-1.30pm

Graham Tuthill, project manager at Baxall Construction, will be talking about the refurbishment of Hastings Library, a Grade II-listed building over five floors dating back to 1880, which was winner of the 2019 NFB Heritage Project of the Year.

This complex and logistically challenging refurbishment included complete modernisation of the library, including restoration and sympathetic improvements.

Tuthill was nominated for the 2018 CIOB Construction Manager of the Year Award for the refurbishment. He will provide an insight into the nomination process and the road to the finals.

Combatting the Comfort Zone – Martial Arts Stress Relief

19 May, 6.30 pm-7.30pm

Architect Priya Aiyer from Mace will demonstrate basic moves from martial arts such as boxing, kickboxing, taekwondo, karate and Muay Thai.

Participants should wear comfortable clothing. No equipment is needed, apart from a bottle of water, a sweat towel if required and space to move.

Aiyer will demonstrate at an introductory level how to use correct technique when carrying out martial arts moves, as well as playing with combinations and working different muscle groups in the body. There will also be a chance at the end for a Q&A and to find out more about getting involved in future regular sessions.

An Introduction to Mass Timber Construction

19 May, 4-5.30pm

An introduction to mass timber construction, using CLT and glulam, and the considerable benefits of adopting such a construction methodology.

Health and wellbeing benefits will be discussed as well as the significant carbon sequestration that can be achieved, before some technical background on how to attain excellent airtightness and thermal properties as well onsite panel joint and taping regimes.

Merkinch Primary School, Inverness, the largest volume CLT project in Scotland, will be used as a case study.

All Aboard a Railway for People and Life

21 May, 12.30-1.30pm

This event, run jointly with Women in Sustainable Rail, is presented by three keynote speakers addressing rail biodiversity and vegetation management. The Varley report will also be discussed.

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