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British Polish Construction Forum
24 May 2019 - London


What's on?

➡️ All-day Event in Central London 

➡️ Event hosted by NatWest, 250 Bishopsgate

➡️ 120+ delegates

➡️ Discussion Panel

➡️ Roundtable Discussions

➡️ 4 x Workshops

➡️ Business Networking

➡️ Lunch & Drinks during networking

About The Construction Forum

Why can’t we build better buildings?

How often have we heard the argument “I’m too busy to learn the skill that will allow me to do more, in less time”? This is particularly true in construction.

Whereas office work and manufacturing had adopted word processing and CADCAM technologies 30 years ago, much of the planning stage of construction is still done on paper. BIM is the answer – it should be the standard for architects, developers, contractors, sub-contractors, landlords and facilities managers. Yet too few firms in the supply chain use BIM. Spending time doing projects in BIM saves time on site, lowers construction costs by spotting problems ahead, and lowers operating and maintenance costs over a building’s lifetime.

We stand at the dawn of a new age in construction – BIM is but a part of that. Smart cities, smart grids, smart meters, the Internet of Things will mean a connected world where buildings communicate with each other. New materials and processes will revolutionise construction, such as Perovskite solar cells (the means of mass-producing them having been invented by Dr Olga Malinkiewicz). These solar cells are translucent, allowing them to be applied to windows. Factory pre-fabrication of buildings and 3D printing on-site are two more technologies that will become increasingly common in future.

The re-purposing of existing buildings is proving controversial. Britain’s retail sector is contracting rapidly as e-commerce takes sales from the high streets. Meanwhile new trends in offices such as co-working, home-office and activity-based workspaces mean that businesses need fewer square feet from which to operate. So retail and office premises are undergoing change of use. Permitted Development Rights are making it easier for developers to turn them into homes – but concerns are growing that the result will be ghettos of poor-quality housing in locations unsuitable for residential use.

Above all, the construction sector faces an unprecedented skills shortage. With Brexit threatening to cut off sources of labour from continental Europe, and vocational training unable to provide the required numbers of young people entering the industry, employers are finding it ever harder to recruit and retain staff. The result is wage inflation and rising costs that developers cannot easily pass on to end users.

What are the answers? Who can demonstrate the best practice from which others can learn? Which project management tools can bring support to hard-pressed builders? There’s much learning to be shared at this year’s British Polish Construction Forum!

Read Coverage – Construction Forum in 2018

Read Construction Forum Bulletin 2018

Bartlomiej (Bart) Kowalczyk
Founder & Director

Construction Partners

Honorary Patronage


Carter Lemon Camerons LLP

STP logo

Stowarzyszenie Techników Polskich


Embassy of the Republic of Poland

Construction Forum Host


NatWest Business Banking

Construction Supporters


Neadoo Digital

Media Partners logo logo logo
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10:00 Registration

10:30 Official Opening and Welcoming

Arkady Rzegocki, Polish Ambassador in the UK

Pawel Mes, One Money Mail Ltd t/a Sami Swoi

Bartlomiej Kowalczyk, PBLINK


NatWest Conference Centre (RBS Building) |250 Bishopsgate|London | EC2M 4AA



Piotr Swieboda



Piotr Szykula

UK Country Manager, Danwood House


Katarzyna Boguslawska

Partner, Carter Lemon Camerons LLP


Michael Dembinski

Chief Adviser, British Polish Chamber of Commerce


David Stapleton

Co-founder of Copronet


Linda Rosen

Director at EDGE Design Studio


Carl Boorer

Client Service Consultant, Solid Management


Nick Howe

Enterprise Manager, NatWest Business


Guy Pearson

Pearson Business Solutions


“What are good foundations of being paid in construction industry?
Kate Boguslawska, Carter Lemon Camerons
How to make sure that you are paid for your work? What to do when the project has gone ‘pear shape’? What are the most common reasons for construction disputes? Whilst legal proceedings are the last resort, the law offers an array of cheaper and quicker alternatives. What are they and will they work in your business?
Construction disputes are a common place. Kate Boguslawska from Carter Lemon Camerons explains what can be done to avoid them and what to do when they occur. Costs and time of legal proceedings make them the last resort for the parties. Kate explains what alternative dispute resolutions options are available in construction sector.
How can we design property for the future?”
Linda Rosen, Director, Edge Design Studio
This workshop from Linda Rosen is designed to surprise you; provoke thoughts that are rarely spoken about in construction; and challenge you to build, design, sell and profit from the development of better buildings. Inside and Out.
Rosen, today, will argue that a focus on high-standards, quality craftsmanship, sustainability, and the use of global technologies and an international supply chain is exactly what the UK needs to build better buildings.
Expect an interactive seminar, with questions and examples that are designed to change the way we think about the end consumer in the UK, and how to maximise your profits via quality instead of cost-cutting.
“How can the UK build at least 340,000 new homes a year to satisfy the growing population demand and keep housing at an affordable price?
Guy Pearson, Pearson Business Solutions
This is one of the biggest challenges in the UK Construction sector at present. Too few residential properties have been built for many decades and recent research, by Heriot- Watt University, has estimated that the UK needs 3.91million additional new homes. This means building 340,000 new homes every year until 2031. How do we do that whether you are a developer, architect, contractor or manufacturer.
“How to deliver construction projects more efficiently, resulting in savings in both time and money for everyone
David Stapleton, Copronet

What could possibly go wrong? We’ve got a great team. We’ve been planning it for months. We’ve thought of everything. We’ve got the contractors lined up. And yet, nearly 80% of construction projects end up either late or over budget. Let’s find out how to stop that from happening…

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