Chief Construction Adviser for the Government visits NTU

Peter Hansford, the Government Construction Adviser, visited NTU where he spoke to students about the allied government-industry approach to transforming the construction industry by 2025.

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Government Construction Adviser, Peter Hansford

Peter Hansford, the Government Construction Adviser, visited NTU where he spoke to students about the allied government-industry approach to transforming the construction industry by 2025. The plans seek to improve the construction industry in the UK and also help it to increase its already formidable position in the huge global market.

After having a tour of the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment’s facilities with NTU academics and a meeting about the School’s approach to teaching and research, Peter spoke to final year students from the BSc (Hons) Construction Management, BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying, and BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying and Construction Commercial Management courses outlining plans for the industry going into the future.

During his lecture Peter outlined the five key strands of Construction 2025: People, Smart, Sustainable, Growth and Leadership. Challenging targets include reducing costs by 33%, increasing delivery speed by 50%, lowering emissions by 50% and increasing construction exports by 50%. Attracting young people into the industry is central to the work and the opportunities for our graduates are clear when one considers the forecast 70% increase in the global construction market by 2025.

After the lecture, Peter commented: “The construction industry is absolutely one of the most exciting areas for graduates at the moment. The opportunities in the industry have never been as good during my career.

“Visiting places like Nottingham Trent University is massively important for me by seeing the real work done in places like this and being able to connect to academia and industry. The new digital space here is very exciting and it’s important for students to bring these skills into the industry.”

As well as holding the position of Government Construction Advisor, Peter Hansford is also a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a Fellow of the Association for Project Management. He previously served as President of the Institution of Civil Engineers from November 2010 to November 2011 and chaired the industry-wide Infrastructure Steering Committee.

Dr Andrew King, Senior Lecturer in the Construction Management group, who arranged Peter’s visit stressed the importance of the event: “We have a key role to play in enthusing young people about the huge career opportunities available in construction, both at home and abroad. Peter’s visit and positive comments about the work we do with our Quantity Surveyors and Construction Managers strengthens our work. Our guest speakers and live industry-projects that students are involved in, allied to our research focus, such as in the area of Social Value in the built environment, place NTU and our students in an increasingly strong position to play their part in meeting 2025”.

Chief Construction Adviser for the Government visits NTU

Published on 2 March 2015
  • Category: School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment

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