The construction industry faces major changes this year as the sector implements the new Building Safety Act – which drives a whole new safety regime for the construction industry.
This week, trade journal Construction News hosted its Transforming Construction conference, helping industry leaders understand more about the impact of the changes, and incoming legislation.
Among those leading the discussions on the day was Ballymore’s Health and Safety Director, Bob Wolstenholme. Bob was part of a panel which helped delegates understand the regulatory changes needed to make construction safer, more productive and a digitally driven industry.
Speaking at the event, he said: “The Building Safety Act will have a huge impact on our sector and it is imperative that industry leaders come together to collaborate, share knowledge and best practice to ensure that changes are smoothly and consistently implemented.
“It was also a chance to share the way we are doing things at Ballymore where we are innovating with new ideas and construction processes – from MMC in the form of Byldis panels at Wardian and London City Island, to using CarbonCure in our concrete in Dublin.
Bob outlined how important digital technology is going forward in order to maintain a seamless flow of information. “Ballymore has invested more than half a million pounds over the past 18 months in new digital systems to ensure we can easily retrieve evidence to demonstrate we are meeting building safety standards.
“We are helping play our part in taking the industry forward and I valued the opportunity to share that while listening to others in our sector as we embrace what’s ahead.”
The Construction News event was formerly known as the CN Summit. Now in its 10th year it was attended by delegates from across the country, with other debates looking at emerging market challenges to make better data-driven decisions.
Find out more about the event here.