Back to the Future - What should the new norm look like?

9th July 2020 at Online Webinar


CLC’s Road Map to Recovery was published last week. At CE Midlands we feel the Reinvent part of the plan needs to start NOW and not wait twelve months as we do not want the industry we return to be the same as the one we left! We need a new norm. We need to take advantage of returning from a standing start coming out of the crisis.

We will be holding a virtual event on 9th July 2020 that will share best practice, raise our profile, indicate how changes in our working practices during lockdown have improved our businesses and indicate what provides value to our clients in a variety of areas to include:

- Green/sustainability/Carbon
- Quality
- Smart/Technology/MMC
- Productivity
- Health & Wellbeing

Our aim is to showcase a new way of working.

Find out future Government priorities of infrastructure, Education and Technology and ensure CE principles of collaborative working and integration are included.


  • 10.50am Doors open John/Howard
  • 11.00am Welcome & Introduction including CLC - Chair: Andrew Carpenter, Constructing Excellence Midlands
  • 11.10am Noel Street (3D Reid) Architect’s perspective
  • 11.30am Simon Butler (Interserve) Nightingale Hospital Case Study
  • 12.00pm Mark Wakeford (Stepnell) Contractor’s perspective
  • 12.20pm Richard Whittaker (Citizen Housing) Clients’ perspective
  • 12.40pm Q & A + CE Midlands priorities going forward
  • 1.00pm conclusion





Simon Butler

Divisional Director Interserve Construction Limited

Full responsibility for the operational, commercial, and financial management and performance of the West Midlands Regional Building Business, the development of the staff and the growth of the Business in accordance with the Business Plan

I studied Civil Engineering and Management at the University of Birmingham, during which time I was sponsored by Tarmac Construction.

Started fulltime work after graduating in 1990, as a site engineer within Tarmac Midlands, progressing up to Project Manager within the Special Projects Division involved with the major projects and the early PFI prisons, secure training centres and courts.

After 10 years at Tarmac, I joined Morrison Construction for 6 years progressing to operations manager, and then Miller Construction progressing up to the position of Regional Director for the Midlands Business Unit in 2007.

During my career I have been fortunate to have worked in most sectors of the industry, both public and private, and on projects ranging up to £75m. I have built up a strong network of contacts throughout the industry during my 30 years of working in the West Midlands market.

NEC Nightingale Hospital Case Study

This was an emergency facility, designed to increase the capacity in the Midlands region and more specifically for the UHB Trust. The initial brief was to create a minimum of 4000 beds in 11 Halls at the NEC.

The initial Phase was to provide 500 beds in 9 days. This increased in number as the scope changed and there was a requirement for a 100 bed ICU in Hall 8. Phase 1 became 804 beds, together with X-ray rooms, ultrasound rooms, dirty utilities, staff and patient toilets, all fully pumped to the outside, fully piped medigas, back-up generators and UPS.

Phase 2a was an additional 484 beds creating a total of 1288 beds, and included similar additional facilities. This was delivered for two weeks after the delivery of phase 1 in 9 days.

In addition to the beds and all associated ancillary rooms, Interserve’s contract included an Ambulance drop off facility, a Mortuary, a drive through Covid testing centre and a Covid referral doctor’s surgery based of 36 consulting rooms and all the ancillary rooms.

Until: 9th July    Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm

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