Enabling innovation through procurement

This webinar will describe how innovation in construction can be encouraged and facilitated through appropriate procurement measures.


There are many reasons to innovate. For the construction sector it provides a route to achieve the industry’s strategic targets of lowering costs, faster delivery, lower emissions and improvement in exports. Innovating – or doing things differently or better – can also improve the image and attractiveness of the sector to new entrants. New technology, business models, cross-sector or international practices and new knowledge from academic research all create opportunities to innovate.
But organisations are facing these opportunities at a time where they are being required to do more with less: less money and/or less staff. An organisation’s approach to identifying, assessing, trialling and implementing potential innovations is often as important as the opportunities themselves. 

Since 2019 a group of infrastructure clients and supply chain have been sharing information on their approaches to innovation (as opposed to particular innovations). One area identified was the role of procurement in encouraging innovation.  

This event was developed as part of CIRIA’s Construction Innovation Alliance’s programme of activities. For further information, please contact Owen Jenkins.

Why attend

Hear approaches being undertaken by client and supply chain leads to encourage and facilitate innovation in their projects and programmes
Discover how procurement approaches have changed in recent years
Earn valuable CPD

Who should attend
Innovation and R&D managers
Contract managers
Procurement managers
Researchers in innovation and procurement 

Friday 04 December 2020
09:30 - 11:15

09:30 Welcome and introduction
        Owen Jenkins, Executive Director - Research, CIRIA
09:40 Achieving innovation in Anglian Water
        Karen Thompson, Head of Direct Procurement, Anglian Water
10:00 Key success factors to achieving Innovation
        Adam Golden, Associate, Mott MacDonald
10:20 A new approach to frameworks
        Mark Hagger, Commercial Strategy Manager, Environment Agency
10:40 Innovating with suppliers
        Michael Flood, Energy Manager, Balfour Beatty
11:00 Interactive discussion and Q&A
11:15 Closing remarks

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Non-members £35 + VAT

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04/12/2020 - 04/12/2020

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