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There can be no doubt that the engine of CE Midlands is our Theme Groups.

Over the 3 years we have been in existence they have been responsible for delivering extensive collateral for the betterment of the UK construction industry as can be seen HERE 

One of the most valuable aspects of membership of CE Midlands is the ability to partake in these working Theme Groups whereby there is a combination of receiving valuable information from expert presentations on the subject matter of the Theme Group as well as working with the group members to produce the collateral identified as necessary to deliver the industry’s improvement agenda.

As a member of CE Midlands we encourage you to join one of our next round of Theme Group Meetings which will be held as below:

Theme Group Meetings are for members only.

If you are a member and would like to attend this meeting please email for joining details

If you would like to become a CE Midlands members please visit our joining page

Theme Group Meetings are for members only.

If you are a member and would like to attend this meeting please email for joining details

If you would like to become a CE Midlands members please visit our joining page

Theme Group Meetings are for members only.

If you are a member and would like to attend this meeting please email for joining details

If you would like to become a CE Midlands members please visit our joining page

Theme Group Meetings are for members only.

Members please make sure you are logged in to download the agenda below with the Zoom link for the meeting on

If you would like to become a CE Midlands members please visit our joining page

Join us on Zoom for an hour over lunch, bring your own coffee & sandwiches and listen to what The Grid has to offer CE Midlands members on Wed 9th December

The itinerary:

  1. The challenge: Noel Street, Chair CE Midlands Innovation & Sustainability Theme Group
  2. Introduction to The Grid: Richard and/or Paul
  3. How you access via the new CE Midlands web site: Emma Hannam
  4. Discussion

The Grid is offering:

  1. An opportunity for CE Midlands’ members & supporters to both showcase their own innovations in sustainability and learn from others.
  2. A virtual platform to encourage innovation and sustainable design and construction.
  3. A virtual space for construction industry businesses across the Midlands to meet, learn, explore and re-image their processes to achieve net zero carbon.
  4. A peer-peer community
  5. Information exchange
  6. Cost of zero carbon and adaption
  7. Learning, networking and support
  8. Working with research and innovation programmes
  9. Service providers, sponsors or support sections to the platform
  10. The Midlands newest innovation network

Click here to view Noel’s presentation – The Grid and CE Midlands

A Note from Noel Street to The Innovation and Sustainability Members

Thank you for your contributions to the ‘Sustainability & Innovation Forum’ to date.

Following the successful launch of the GRID  last week I have attached PDF copy of the presentation I gave that set out our objectives and the actions we are pursuing to engage businesses involved in the Midlands Construction Industry to find a pathway to Net Zero for 2030. The route we have chosen, to enable us to reach out to these businesses across the Midlands, in the most updateable way, is a Virtual Platform – The GRID.

The GRID aims to be the compass that guides business owners to find the right accelerator, membership community or grant for their business. One of the key findings during the research phase for the Grid was that there is no one platform to help SMEs find all relevant programmes. New business setting up in the manufacturing industry have many divers and potentially conflicting advice portals such as Manufacturing Growth Programme, Warwick Manufacturing Group, The Manufacturing Catapult and many more. The Grid aims to help entrepreneurs by listing all of the regional partners that can offer support or guidance by searching the site by keyword, industry, size of business or product.

The framework of The Grid will engage with all of the local and regional business support organisations, such as co-working spaces, universities, accelerators and business networks.  By cross-promoting all of these service providers on The Grid users will be able to search all relevant programmes or early stage accelerators available in the West Midlands.

The ‘Sustainability & Innovation Forum’ area of The GRID will draw hundreds and potentially thousands of businesses together to empower innovative minds in construction, giving them the freedom to discuss, share, develop and adopt new approaches to transform how business andprojects are to be designed, costed, constructed, managed and delivered to achieve Zero Carbon. Supported by the West Midlands Combined authority, Innovation Alliance and Aston University we are discussing collaborative working with organisations such as 5PRING who are the accelerator for 5G adoption in the Midlands.

We are part of a once in a lifetime opportunity to use our personal and company knowledge experience and profile to shape the Grid and ultimately assist companies in the Midlands to reshape their practices to meet future requirements to ensure that the climate and communities of the future are protected.

I hope you will be able to take time to consider how you and your business can input into the shaping of the Grid and contribute to its success. Please join me to discuss this over a low carbon, virtual lunch on 9th December at 1pm. Zoom invite attached.

Please contact me if you wish to discuss anything further before the meeting.

Best regards,

Noel Street

Sustainability & Innovation Forum


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We had an excellent Summit this year with some exemplary presentations

If you would like to watch or rewatch the recording of this online event or see the individual presentations as PDF please CLICK HERE

List of Speakers

Welcome & Introduction: Uma Shanker, Chair CE Midlands

Keynote Presentation: Andrew Stephenson MP, Minister of State for HS2

Andrew Stephenson was appointed Minister of State at the Department for Transport on 13 February 2020.

He was previously Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development from 25 July 2019 to 13 February 2020. He was first elected as Conservative MP for Pendle in May 2010.

He was a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy from 4 April 2019 to 25 July 2019. He was also a Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury, from January 2018 to April 2019, and served as an Assistant Government Whip from June 2017 to January 2018.

As Minister of State Andrew Stephenson has responsibility for: HS2, Northern Powerhouse Rail, Transpennine route upgrade, Skills

The CLC’s Roadmap to Recovery: Simon Rawlinson, Arcadis

Back in June a task group led by the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) launched the construction sector’s recovery plan.

Simon Rawlinson, a member of the CLC Task Group, highlights how we can all get involved.

“The plan has three main aims.  Firstly, it sets out to support the widest possible restart of work consistent with safety guidelines – maximising employment across the supply chain.

Secondly, it aims to reset the work pipeline – combining measures to increase demand for construction with steps to improve productivity, safety and the professionalism of the sector.

Finally, the plan must drive the reinvention of the way that we work – consistent with the priorities set out in the construction sector deal.  This will involve wider adoption of the digital and manufacturing technologies, together with new practice in procurement and project management to deliver better value and whole life performance.

For businesses like Arcadis, that have been investing in a digital and product-based future, this is confirmation that our long-term planning will position us well for the other side of the pandemic.”

Nightingale Hospital, Birmingham Case Study: Vince Kesterton, Interserve

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.

Sponsors Address: Ian Griffiths, Partner at Shakespeare Martineau


Theme Group Presentations

The Clients’ Commitment Best Practice Guide: Richard Whittaker, Citizen Housing

The ‘How to Guide to Mental Health & Wellbeing’: Paul Chatwin, Cundall

The ‘How to guide to Best Practice Procurement’: Dr Amrit Sagoo

Innovation and Sustainabilty and an introduction to ‘The Grid’: Noel Street, 3D Reid

Our Future City Plan – Central Birmingham 2040: Simon Delahunty-Forrest, Birmingham City Council

The plan contains a set of principles that will guide investment in transport so that it is able to serve a future Birmingham that is home to more people and that is a better environment in which to live and work for everyone irrespective of age, disability or income.

These measures are designed to:


Closing remarks: Andrew Carpenter, Chief Executive CE Midlands

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