Talking about the construction industry of the future

Plymouth City Council is bringing together some of the region’s key construction and built environment experts for a city-wide digital construction debate.

Organised by Building Plymouth and the engineering consultancy firm Hoare Lea, the debate aims to explore the digital technologies changing the face of architecture, engineering and construction from design all the way through to operation.

Council Leader Ian Bowyer said: “Building Plymouth is really pushing forward the city’s skills agenda by creating positive engagement between the construction industry and training and education providers. This interactive debate will talk about the current digital literacy gaps and look at the digital skills in the future. It’s an exciting time in the economic growth of Plymouth so we need to make sure we work together to ensure we offer effective digital skills training, right through our school, college and university education systems to ensure we can meet the rapidly changing needs of industry.”

Event co-sponsor Karl Friedrich from Hoare Lea said: “The advent of digital technology and its expanding role in the construction arena will continue to increase the career choices and roles available in the diverse world of construction. Our aim is to inform local educators about the high technology opportunities already available in the industry and to add to the debate on where they may possibly go over the next few decades.”

Speakers include Karl Friedrich, Ben Roberts and Jerry Barnes from Hoare Lea, Ed Coley from Plymouth City Council, Rob Sargent from Stride Treglown, Michelle Cochran from Kier, Ben Haldin from Fulcro/ T Clarke, Emma Fitzgerald from AECOM and Matt Messias from the Atrium Studio School.

The Digital Construction Debate is being held on Tuesday 8 November 2016 from 5pm to 8pm at the Devonport Guildhall. Book at

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