Morning, Tuesday, 5th October 2021
***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***
This conference will examine next steps for infrastructure development in Scotland - and the measures that can be taken to drive economic recovery across the country, as well as tackle challenges around the environment and inequality, and developments in people’s working lives, their priorities, and their habits.
It will be an opportunity to discuss significant policy developments, and issues for their implementation going forward, including:
- the Infrastructure Investment Plan - published by The Scottish Government in February this year, with a focus on the role of infrastructure in:
- the response to the pandemic and changes resulting from leaving the EU
- adapting to climate change
- the Capital Spending Review - released alongside the Infrastructure Investment Plan, focusing on environmental, economic, and place objectives and investment plans
- A blueprint for Scotland - published in two parts last year by the Infrastructure Commission for Scotland, with wide-ranging recommendations in areas such as:
- the relationship between construction and the public sector, especially in the context of COVID-19, with a focus on skills, training, and careers
- developing an inclusive net-zero carbon economy and the basis for project funding decisions
- planning, the importance of natural and place-based infrastructure, and a focus on existing assets
- a devolved regulatory and pricing framework, and greater engagement with the public in decision-making
- working towards delivery of a full fibre network by 2027
Sessions in the agenda look at:
- priorities for implementing the Infrastructure Investment Plan
- the role of infrastructure in supporting post-pandemic recovery
- what is needed from infrastructure development to contribute to meeting net-zero ambitions
- next steps for regional development
- developing digital infrastructure
Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by officials from The Scottish Government; BEIS; the Health and Safety Executive; HM Revenue & Customs; and the Office of Rail & Road. Also due to attend are representatives from Audit Scotland; CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang; East Ayrshire Council; Falkirk Council; G H Johnston Building Consultants; Historic Environment Scotland; SELECT; Shoosmiths; University of Dundee; and University of Edinburgh.
Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of the Scottish Parliament, senior government and regulatory officials involved in this area of policy, as well as representatives from construction and engineering firms, property and land developers, urban and city planners, logistics groups, business consultancies, energy companies, transport bodies, representatives of local government, resident associations, environmental groups, investment groups, law firms, and researchers in academia and higher education, together with reporters from the national and specialist media.
This is a full-scale conference taking place online***
- full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
- information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
- conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
- speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
- opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
- a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
- delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
- networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!
Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference