Clearview National April 2017 - Issue 185 - Page 10

INDUSTRYNEWS EMPOWER YOUR SPECIFICATION Conference chair, Ruth Slavid, gives her view on why Materials 2017 is a must-attend event for architects... » » RUTH SLAVID IS A freelance architectural writer and consultant as well as author of seven books on architecture including three books on wood plus Extreme Architecture: “Building for challenging environments (2009). The top architectural journalist and former editor of the Architects Journal who will be chairing the event’s conference has demonstrated strong support for the event, explaining why architects should attend: “I think it’s really important to have an event that focuses on materials. Architects, of course, talk about form, space, and light, but in order to create those you have to create them with the materials - whether they’re structural materials or the building envelope.” Regarding the Materials 2017 conference programme Ruth said: “There’s a really good line- up of speakers, a combination of practitioners and people from industries who are at the forefront of development. People like Andrew Waugh of Waugh- Thistleton Architects who has really pioneered the use of CLT in building, and people like Tim Macfarlane who’s done some of the most innovative work in glass. “We all know that knowledge is power, and knowledge about the best and newest materials will give architects the power to make the wisest and most imaginative choices in their designs. This should not only give them an edge when bidding for work; it should also help them to defend their designs and to ensure that the materials they specify are used, through the ability to explain just why they made the choices that they did. The result should be better, more beautiful and more effective buildings.” Materials 2017 is the new conference and exhibition focused entirely on the cutting- edge of material solutions for architecture, construction, and design. It was conceived from the burning necessity for a nuanced perspective on building product specification and procurement. In addition to showcasing striking aesthetic designs created with different materials, the conference and exhibition will explore functionalities of materials which extend beyond the visual. The emphasis on materials for structures, envelope, façades and finishes is testament to the fact that Materials 2017 adopts a comprehensive and multifaceted approach to architects’ needs. Free workshop aims to inspire more women into the trades » » ON FRIDAY 10TH FEBRUARY WOMEN from across London attended a free ‘trade’ taster workshop focused on Repairs & Maintenance organised by Mears Group. After the success of the first two workshops last year in Nottingham and Cardiff, a third Taster Day was held at the Construction Youth Trust, Training Centre in Bermondsey last week. The series of workshops around the UK aims to provide a practical and inspiring learning experience for women who wish to ‘have a go’ at a trade before deciding on whether to pursue a career in building maintenance. The taster session consisted of practical training work in several trade skills including plumbing, joinery, and painting and decorating led by a qualified trades trainer. The women were also informed of career opportunities in the Repairs & Maintenance sector and the progression and support systems open to them. 10 » A PR 2017 » CL EARVI E W- UK . C O M Another 3 taster sessions are planned for this year in Manchester, Brighton, and Canterbury. One of the participants commented: “We need more of these initiatives for every borough … I wish I had brought all the women I know to this event.” Gainor Keeton, Mears Project Manager, said, “ Only 1% of construction trade operatives in the construction sector are female. We are determined to do better than this and to increase the number of tradeswomen across the social housing building maintenance sector. We also support other organisations to get the message out that there are good careers for women to be had in social housing maintenance. This is not only the right thing to do but we know that the best workforce is one which reflects the communities in which we serve. ” Wendy Heller, Training, Development and Curriculum Manager at Construction Youth Trust commented, “15 women came through the door today with very little or no previous knowledge or experience of the building repairs and maintenance sector. After participating in various tasks and workshops, 11 confirmed they would now happily consider a career in the sector. Clearly, knowledge is the key here; knowledge of the industry itself, knowledge of potential opportunities, skills knowledge and the assurance that, given these opportunities, women can enjoy a long, productive and successful career in the building repairs and maintenance sector.”