Cumbria Construction Best Practice Club

Organiser: CCI NW
Location: Birse Civils Site, Unit 15, Cowper Rd, Gilwilly Industrial Estate, Penrith,
Phone: 0161 295 5076

The Cumbria Construction Best Practice Club re-launches this September and is calling on members of the industry to come together in collective action to tackle the problems they are currently facing in Cumbria.

The new Club will officially launch with a free event for the construction industry looking at Extreme Weather and its impact on Cumbria.


Extreme Weather and the impact on Cumbria

SPEAKER: Dr. Bingu Ingirige – University of Salford

Dr Bingu Ingirige MRICS, is a Senior Lecturer at the School of the Built Environment, University of Salford.

He is the co-investigator of the EPSRC funded "community resilience to extreme weather events (CREW)" project and leads a work package on SME adaptation and coping measures against extreme weather events such as floods, heat waves and storms. His research team has conducted surveys, interviews and case studies with small businesses (members of the Federation of Small Businesses) on measures of property level protection and business continuity. Very recently he was awarded an RICS Education trust grant titled "DEFENCES" (Developing Flood Expert Knowledge in Chartered Surveyors).

The presentation will highlight results of the studies already done by Bingu's research team on existing SME coping measures, good practices and to what extent behavioural changes can be achieved. The presentation will also discuss some of the initiatives taken by policy makers in this regard. The aim of the presentation is to establish long term collaboration with the Cumbria best practice club members to establish stronger links to gain mutual benefits.

Construction Act – How it affects you

SPEAKER: Kenny Ling, Construction and Engineering Solicitor – Burnetts Solicitors

Kenny is from Carlisle and graduated from Liverpool University with a geography degree, then completed a law conversion course at Northumbria University and subsequently qualified with Burnetts.

Working within the firm's Construction and Engineering team, Kenny is involved in advising on and drafting amendments to standard and bespoke forms of building contracts, appointments, sub-contracts, collateral warranties, parent company guarantees and performance bonds. Kenny is also involved in advising employer, contractor and designer clients in construction disputes. In addition to Construction and Engineering work, Kenny advises on and drafts contractual documents for procurement projects commenced by local authorities, housing associations and higher and further education institutions.

Kenny's presentation will cover payment rights in construction contracts and in particular rights implied into construction contracts by the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 ("the Construction Act"). Kenny will also be discussing some of the other rights that arise in conjunction with payment rights which contractors, subcontractors and consultants are entitled to under the Construction Act.

H&S and Corporate Manslaughter

SPEAKER: James Johnston, Personal Injury and Regulatory Solicitor – Burnetts Solicitors

James is also from Carlisle. James read law at Durham University and subsequently qualified with Burnetts. James works within the firm's Personal Injury and Commercial Regulatory department and has a specific interest in the laws governing safety in the workplace and the obligations placed on commercial organisations, ranging from small employers to large businesses.

James' presentation will highlight some of the health and safety issues that businesses need to be aware of in the course of the everyday work environment and will also address on the new and difficult area of corporate manslaughter

There is also another linked event in Cumbria afterwards at CREA – Knowledge Transfer Event.


To reserve a place at this event please email Leanne Croft on or telephone 0161 295 5076

Tea, coffee and bacon sandwiches will be served during registration