The ICE will once again be joining forces with leading engineering and construction bodies to represent industry at the upcoming political party conferences.
The group, known as the Infrastructure Alliance, comprises the ICE, the Association for Consultancy & Engineering (ACE), the Civil Engineering Contractors Association and the Construction Products Association.
The alliance, along with CITB Construction Skills will hold evening receptions at the main party conferences, with the overarching theme of: “Avoiding the Infrastructure crunch: getting Britain working”. Each reception will focus on a different challenge such as financing and funding infrastructure, creating the right skills, reducing congestion on our transport networks and delivering the National Infrastructure Plan.
The events will be attended by over 100 politicians, party members and industry leaders and have attracted some high profile speakers, including chief secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander for the reception at the Liberal Democrats conference on 23 September, shadow transport minister John Woodcock for the Labour Party event on 2 October and parliamentary secretary to the Cabinet Office Chloe Smith for the Conservative Party conference reception on 8 October. Senior representatives from the Alliance including ICE director general Nick Baveystock and ACE chief executive Nelson Ogunshakin will also be speaking at the events.
The Alliance will also be holding a debate at the Conservative Party Conference on 7 October, in addition to an evening reception. The debate titled “Central to the UK economy: Why is everyone talking about infrastructure?” will see a panel of industry experts put forward the most convincing solution to various infrastructure challenges.
Institute of Economic Affairs transport unit director Richard Wellings, CPA chief executive Diana Montgomery, Birmingham City Council Conservative Group leader Mike Whitby and Heather Wheeler MP, a member of the Commons Communities and Local Government Select Committee, will appear on the panel with Evening Standard financial editor Anthony Hilton chairing.