Young professionals across the region’s construction industry gathered at Birmingham’s tallest residential skyscraper, The Bank, last week, as Wates Construction hosted the Young Professionals inter-company networking event for the first time.
The event was attended by a select number of young professionals from contractors like Wates as well as industry organisations such as Homes England, Turner and Townsend and Associated Architects. The forum serves as an opportunity to share best practice among younger industry peers as a means to continuously improve industry standards and quality.
The forum was established at the start of the year with participating companies taking it in turns to host an event on a specific theme. Wates’ showcase comprised a site visit to The Bank Tower 2 – the 33 storey-high skyscraper offering panoramic views across the city’s skyline – which is set to complete towards the end of the year.
This was followed by a social value seminar at All Bar One during which time Wates discussed the benefits of partnering with social enterprises.
Wates welcomed young and up and coming professionals from organisations including Turner and Townsend, Dunton Environmental, Couch Perry Wilkes, Cundalls, Homes England, BM3, Associated Architects, CWA Consulting Engineers, Chapman BDSP, Broadway Malyan and Ramboll.
John Carlin, Regional Managing Director, Wates Construction Midlands:
“If we want to advance and continue moving forward as an industry, it’s imperative that tribalism makes way for sharing, networking and collaboration. Best practice can only be achieved by coming together to establish what that ‘best’ looks like. Well done to the team for hosting a fantastic event at The Bank – every industry and region would benefit from taking inspiration from the network of young professionals here in Birmingham.”