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Chair  – Mark Lyddon, Turner and Townsend


Our aim is to enable infrastructure clients to deliver improved outcomes for communities across the Midlands by collaboratively working faster, greener, safer and smarter.
The Infrastructure Forum will bring together key players in infrastructure throughout the Midlands across operators (clients), contractors, suppliers, professional & educational bodies. A meeting place for confidential and constructive discussion about ways to promote the development of infrastructure networks in the Midlands through modernising the methods of industry collaboration utilising digital tools for knowledge sharing to drive efficiency and improved outcomes.
The expertise of its team, the knowledge and experience of its specialised working groups, and its excellent trusted relationships across the Midlands will all contribute to its effectiveness.


Improving lives of communities across the Midlands through improved infrastructure.


To help improve the connectivity, collaboration between, the efficiency and effectiveness of businesses supporting infrastructure across the Midlands, in safety, sustainability, carbon, environment, social value and community engagement.

Identifying, agreeing and prioritising appropriate recommendations that contribute to its overall MISSION to be taken forward by the Forum; its members & working groups.

Overseeing implementation of the agreed recommendations falling to the Forum and assuring progress of all recommendations.

Taking forward any other related tasks identified by the Forum.


The Forum will meet on a quarterly basis, round table format.

Location – to be venues across the Midlands region

The Forum is chaired by Mark Lyddon.

Secretariat functions will be provided by CE Midlands and the forum members by arrangement.

“Infrastructure requires a collective planning approach where visibility of the opportunity to collaborate is essential, whether that’s rail, aviation, utilities, roads or power. An infrastructure forum will provide an opportunity to work smarter with collaborative efficacy and prove how we can provide ‘more for less’, while improving safety and sustainability outcomes.” Mark Lyddon, Midlands regional infrastructure lead at Turner & Townsend, said: “I’m delighted to be involved in the conception of the Constructing Excellence Midlands Infrastructure Forum. The Midlands boasts leading global pioneering minds in infrastructure development, working on world class projects and programmes. This forum will enable clients and the entire supply chains to utilise the power of their combined expertise and experience.

“Consultation and collaboration through this platform will help us drive improvement in our industry and deliver better outcomes for customers and the environment. With the current volume of infrastructure construction activity and projects planned to take place in the Midlands region, we must create an improved way of working across clients and programmes.” Alec Gillham, business engagement manager for DIGI-RAIL at University of Birmingham, said: “DIGI-RAIL is thrilled to have been asked to participate in the newly-established Constructing Excellence Infrastructure Forum. Currently working with some of the UK’s most innovative and technologically advanced rail businesses, we are keen to explore the opportunities that the forum will present for collaboration around the themes of connected transportation and infrastructure.

“As we transition towards the creation of the public body Great British Railways (GBR), we are experiencing levels of investment and technology adoption in UK railways not seen for a generation. It is our firm belief the forum will provide a valuable platform to engage with stakeholders working within advanced transportation and infrastructure sectors to reimagine the UK passenger travel experience for the future.”

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