The College of West Anglia

Industry Titans Visit the College to Hold Eastern Regional Conference

On Friday 2nd November, industry-experts descended upon the college for the annual DesignEng Eastern Regional Conference, which was organised by the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE).

The day-long event was attended by over 65 delegates, exhibitors and sponsors, including a wide range of industry professionals currently working within the built environment as architects, building control officers, designers, surveyors, planners along with many students. This is the second year that CABE have chosen to host the event at the college, and hopefully this will follow again in 2019.

Over the course of the day, delegates listened to speeches about safety practices, fire engineering, building standards, ground gas protection and ecology from industry-experts and leaders in their respective fields.

Keynote speaker, David Taylor, CABE President, and managing director of King’s Lynn based architectural design and contract management practice, David Taylor Associates (UK) commented:

“The conference has enabled professionals in our industry to collaborate and engage in sharing knowledge and raising standards. Passing on experiences and talking about ventures and changes that we’re currently going through in regards to the building regulations, standards, planning policy and associated guidance. Following the tragedy of Grenfell, there are many changes anticipated to the building regulations and there will be many more to follow once these changes are in place. This is the key theme of today’s conference, and others which are taking place throughout the UK.”


CABE president, David Taylor, with CEO, Dr Gavin Dunn.


Delegates were also provided with the opportunity to meet with exhibitors and sponsors, including Aluline, Catnic, Envirograf, PAGeoTechnical and Recticel during the day, as well as networking with other delegates and professional colleagues attending the event.

CABE CEO, Dr Gavin Dunn, said: “Fundamentally the purpose of the day is about bringing our members together in a way where they can learn and share ideas, build local networks, and being able to host it in a facility like the college is brilliant. We can hopefully create links to not just our members, but students as future members too.”

CABE is the leading body for professionals specialising in the design, construction, evaluation and maintenance of buildings in the UK and internationally, currently operating in 62 countries around the world.  The organisation was founded with the principal objectives to promote and advance the knowledge, study and practice of each and all the arts and sciences concerned with building technology, planning, design, construction, maintenance and repair of buildings.

CABE have a strong tradition of working closely with the college to deliver both the level 4 and 5 BTEC Diploma in Construction (HNC) and the Built in Environment. The organisation also holds monthly CPD meetings here for employers, the college’s HNC students and the level 2 learners and well as the staff who are invited to attend industry talks from specialists in their fields.

Dermott Brennan, programme manager of construction and plumbing at the college, said: “The work that CABE do in collaboration with the staff and students from the college is crucial to keep learners in-line with current building regulations, which in turn makes them ultimately more employable.”

David Taylor, said: “We engage with many colleges and we have various professionals who go in and talk to college students about a variety of subjects, including building control, surveying and architecture. It is extremely important for us to engage with the next generation of industry professionals to continue to progress.”

College plumbing students attending the day-long conference.