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M4I picks Raynsford

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Construction Minister Nick Raynsford will open the third annual Movement for Innovation conference to be held on 22 May at the Civils 2000 show in Birmingham. His keynote speech is expected to be given to 1,500 of the industry's senior managers.

The event is expected to reveal the strongest evidence yet of the dramatic impact on construction performance of M4I best practice initiatives to improve the way construction operates.

The decision to hold the event at Civils and Pipelines, and sister show Interbuild running alongside, was taken because of the numbers of industry professionals attracted to the exhibitions.

According to M4I chairman Alan Crane: 'This conference will be the biggest ever seen in this industry, allowing senior managers the chance to see how the UK's top construction projects have benefited from adopting best practice. It is an ideal chance to learn from some of the industry's best performers, and to gain and share new knowledge, which - as we'll be demonstrating - is having tangible and significant impacts on performance and profits.

'Interbuild, including Civils and Pipelines, draws more than 100,000 visitors - including many high level construction executives responsible for driving forward best practice. It is the perfect place to hold our conference.'

After Nick Raynsford's keynote address Crane will present an overview of M4I's performance over the last 12 months, and outline how construction firms can benefit from association with the Movement.

The day will then split into a number of sessions, with breakout surgeries running alongside the plenary sessions offering delegates the opportunity to discuss a number of specific topical issues with industry experts.

Hotline booking: (020) 7505 8563. £150 for demonstration project members and £375 for others if booked before 31 March; £175 or £425 from 1 April.

LEADING CONTAMINATED land remediation experts are to speak at a conference being staged at the NEC alongside Civils.

The event, Delivering remediation solutions, will follow hard on implementation of the Government's new contaminated land regime (NCE 2 March). The new regime is expected to boost confidence in developing brownfield sites. Developers are also anticipating publication of an urban White Paper, promoting brownfield land for 60% of all new building.

Speakers at the event include

Environment Agency head of land quality Mark Kibblewhite, explaining the Agency's new regulatory role.

Environmental insurer Certa's legal director Stephen Sykes on risk assessment, management and liability.

Peter Smith, director of management consultant Arthur Andersen's new environmental services division, discussing the development of bespoke remediation solutions.

East Midlands Development Agency project manager Phil Reeve and Allott & Lomax technical director Jon Smithson on remediation of the giant Avenue Coking Works site.

Mike Summersgill, manager with specialist contractor VHE Technology on the potential for soil washing.

Conference details tel: (020) 7505 8564, e-mail: conferences@ebi.emap.co.uk

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