Construction Industry Council (CIC) Economic & Policy Briefing

CIC are offering AA Members a discount on tickets to their next Economic & Policy Briefing on Tuesday 2 April 2019 at the Institute of Civil Engineers, Westminster London. The session runs from 9.30am – 12.30pm and feature three speakers:

  • Dr Sadie Morgan – Director, dRMM Architects and HS2  Design Panel Chair on Inclusive Design
  • Sir John Armitt CBE, Chair – National Infrastructure Committee
  • James Hastings, Head of Construction Futures –  Experian will give an economic update on the industry

Tickets for AA Members are just £30.00 (plus booking fee) .

Tickets for non-AA members are £50.00 (plus booking fee)

In 2019 all sessions will be held at the Institution of Civil Engineers, Westminster; the remining dates are as follows: 14 May, 9 July, 8 October, 12 November.

Chaired by Rt. Hon. Nick Raynsford, the CIC Economic and Policy Briefings provide regular economic analyses, policy updates and comments on major commercial projects in construction industry. The briefings bring together leading policy-makers, economists and senior  industry players to discuss the key topics in an informal setting.



Further thoughts on creating a healthy built environment for older people

Free seminar starting at 1pm with a free networking lunch on 21st March 2019.
Time: 13:00-16:00
Venue: St Peters House, Oxford Road, Manchester. 

Healthy ageing is a headline policy ambition, but are we creating built environments that will help to achieve that objective? This event will focus on the physical aspects of designing to support an ageing population, building on presentations given at the MICRA event in April 2018.

An accessible, comfortable and energy efficient home is of particular benefit to older people.Sue Adams will talk about the elements of domestic dwellings that can enable healthier ageing, noting the impacts of specific housing features on health, considering current evidence (national and international), gaps in knowledge and areas where further research is needed, plus a reflection on inequalities and drivers for change.

To support healthy ageing and encourage the continued involvement of older people in community life we must design physical environments in ways that enable them to move around both inside and outside their homes with confidence. Joan Rutherford will outline some of the current thinking around the inclusive design of homes and outside spaces. BS: 8300 has been described as the ‘bible’ for designing an accessible environment. Rob Turpinwill focus on Government policy, legislation and the role of professional codes of practice in ensuring inclusive designs. He will build on research that BSI has undertaken to develop guidelines for ‘conditions of the mind’ including dementia, autism and learning difficulties, and outline other developing themes relating to our ageing society.

Registration in advance is required:

Further thoughts on creating a healthy built environment for older people registration





‘Access All Areas’; accessible transport exhibition

Discover the latest in accessible transport

Access All Areas, London’s largest accessible transport event, is coming to ExCeL London on 19 March.

Hosted by Transport for London (TfL), it’s an opportunity for those interested in accessible transport to meet with decision makers, engineers and businesses, and to learn more about accessible services and innovations. Visitors will also be able to try out the latest public transport and vehicle designs.

More information and booking: Access All Areas



Disabled Access Day 16 March 2019

Disabled Access Day logo

Disabled Access Day stems from an experience of Founder Paul Ralph in the summer of 2014. A powerchair user, Paul knew that Lothian Buses, in his hometown of Edinburgh, were wheelchair accessible. However, he hadn’t tried them out for himself, so he didn’t know if the logistics would work with his own chair. He went to an Open day event at the Lothian bus depot where he was invited to try out the wheelchair access on a double decker bus. From that point on, Paul became a bus lover because he knew he could access any bus in Edinburgh.

This experience became an idea that there should be more opportunities like this out there for disabled people who see things they would like to try but aren’t quite sure how they’d get on. A series of focussed ‘try something new’ events and opportunities that otherwise wouldn’t be so easy to arrange.


Living with Buildings

Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE

How does our built environment affect us? This major exhibition about health and architecture examines the positive and negative influence buildings have on our physical and mental health.

Architects, planners and designers can have a powerful influence on our health and self-esteem, as well as ideas around community and society.

We spend more time than ever within the structures of our cities, and more people than ever live in metropolitan areas. The recent tragedy at Grenfell Tower in west London, in which 72 people lost their lives, draws urgent attention to the connections between our homes and health, as well as to wider social and political priorities.

Living with Buildings, examines some of the ways in which architecture and the built environment interact with concerns of health and wellbeing. From the slums of 19th-century London to the bold experiments of postwar urban planners to therapeutic spaces for people affected by cancer, look anew at the buildings that surround us and shape us.