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Rethinking our cities for a post-covid world

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In the past 12 months, the UK has witnessed businesses in every industry face the unexpected challenges of a global pandemic. While some industries have thrived during these difficult times, others have suffered due to loss of sales, trade restrictions, decreased demand, and limited availability of goods, services, and even workers.

As we know, the construction industry has been hit particularly hard by the effects of COVID-19, with government guidelines putting a stop to construction work in earlier 2020. Fortunately, construction was allowed to continue from May last year, but has the industry actually seen any real recovery yet?

In this panel debate, we look at how COVID-19 has specifically affected our cities and their urban landscape. Unquestionably, COVID-19 has had a profound impact on our cities and has led to a need to rethink the dimensions of our cities from a social, cultural, economic, and environmental perspective.

As the vaccines are gradually deployed across the UK, a post-COVID future is in sight, one where people can go back to some form of normality, however, our cities will need help and space to ensure their purpose fits this new normal.

Hear from our industry front line panel on how offices, infrastructure, retail, and hospitality spaces will need to be transformed, what this means for construction and the built environment, will the imminent need to re-build, retro-fit and re-design be the catalyst to the recovery we very much need?

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    May Winfield Head of Commercial and Legal - Cities and Digital @ BuroHappold Engineering

    May is Head of Commercial & Legal for Cities and Digital at engineering firm BuroHappold. She leads on legal and contractual matters relating to digital and construction technology, working closely with the business worldwide to continually improve and risk manage processes and documentation

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    Andy Boutle Head of BIM @ Kier

    Andy Boutle is head of BIM at Kier Construction, engagement co-lead at the UK BIM Alliance, and part of BSI’s B555/8 standards committee that is specifically developing UK guidance to the ISO 19650 series and shaping UK annexes.

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    Marie Grieve Managing Director @ Costello Palmer Communications

    Marie has 18 years experience of working in marketing and business development and in 2015 Marie founded Costello Palmer Communications, a marketing and communications consultancy specialising in digital content and high-performance strategic delivery for a global client base.

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    Simon Rawlinson Partner and Head of Strategic Research and Insight @ Arcadis

    Simon heads the Arcadis Strategic Research and Insight team. He has over 20 years’ experience in construction and built environment research and innovation. He has regularly contributed to Building magazine and other publications and is an active speaker in the construction industry

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    John Adams Head of Product @ Glider

    John is a strong voice for Glider and leads the gliderbim® product direction. He also delivers talks on behalf of the UK BIM Alliance and uses his platform to be a conscientious disruptor, with a positive and challenging stance to increase BIM adoption and improve information management standards...