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Diary dates – what’s on in April 2024

Diary dates April 2024
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CIOB North East Annual Dinner 2024

12 April, 7pm-1am, Newcastle

The CIOB North East Hub invites you to attend its 2024 Annual Dinner on Friday 12 April at the Crowne Plaza, Newcastle.

The event provides guests with an opportunity to network with leaders of the construction sector, providing an occasion for like-minded professionals to meet and entertain guests in a social setting.

Special guest speaker is comedian Paul Sinha, a trained medical doctor best known as The Sinnerman on the ITV quiz show The Chase. We will also be joined by a CIOB special guest, vice-president Mike Kagioglou.

Site visit and networking: Bodmin Jail Hotel

16 April, 3-5pm, Cornwall

This event combines a site visit and CPD at the Bodmin Jail Hotel in Cornwall.

The building has been transformed from an 18th century prison into a stunning boutique hotel. The complex £50m project took five years to repurpose the Grade II-listed building, which was largely in ruins. Many areas were without a roof for over 70 years.

The team reused the substantial masonry walls, made of limestone from Bodmin Moor. Structural interventions included lightweight steel and timber balconies.

A lightweight steel and glass roof for the atrium and a timber roof above the former jail wings were engineered, replacing earlier designs for a steel roof. BIM has been used intensively throughout the project.

Preparing for a Smooth Landing

23 April, 7-9.30pm, Maidstone

This CPD presentation is provided by Andrés Puchades Baixauli, associate director at AtkinsRéalis, and will provide valuable insight into the importance of following the government’s Soft Landings guidance.

Soft Landings helps to ensure a smooth ride for all concerned as buildings move from construction to occupation.

The presentation will focus on:

  • the context of soft landings – understanding the problem;
  • the definition of soft landings – what is being proposed;
  • the implementation of soft landings – how to fix the problem;
  • case studies, examples and questions.

Site visit: Limebrook Primary School and Nursery

24 April, 3-5pm, Maldon, Essex

Join us for a visit to Limebrook Primary School and Nursery, which will open its doors this September.

The modern new-build facilities are part of the South Maldon Garden Suburb development, which has planning permission to deliver up to 1,000 homes as well as retail space, green spaces, allotments and sports fields.

Morgan Sindall Construction has been appointed as the main contractor for the project by Essex County Council.

Morgan Sindall has worked collaboratively with Essex County Council and Ingleton Wood to inform the school’s advanced net zero carbon in operation design, as part of which the entire site will be diesel-free.

This environmentally friendly approach has been encapsulated in a Sustainability Charter, with methods and materials designed to minimise emissions.

Site visit: Osney Power Station

30 April, 5.30-7pm, Oxford

CIOB and Constructing Excellence Oxford offer the chance to visit this project to convert a Victorian power station into a business executive school for Oxford University’s Saïd Business School.

The power station was built in the 1890s and was operational until 1968. It was bought by Oxford University in 1969 and has remained largely unaltered.

Works will involve demolishing the existing structure while retaining the facade on three sides. A new frame structure will be built inside and extended to the south.

The finished development will be a very energy-efficient building providing teaching spaces, a gym, catering and accommodation for business and student users.

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