Pinsent Mason/Alliance Steering Group/ On Pole collaborative Construction Report 23.11.2017

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Venue: Room 14.12 – Pinsent Masons, 30 Crown Place, Earl Street, London EC2A 4ES
Time: 17.00 – 18.30
The ASG, Pinsent Masons and On Pole invite you to join them at a discussion event around the Pinsent Mason Collaborative Construction report launched in September. The report can be downloaded from:

Key topics will include:

Contractual Structures and Changing Risk Profiles

  • Supply Chain Involvement
  • BIM and its impact on Procurement
  • Effective Team Working
  • Industry Leadership


We will also be discussing the role of the independent adviser and collaborative working, the team coach and/or the ‘Corporate Fool’.

We hope you will join the conversation.

The ACA will be at London Build on 24+25 October – to register for tickets visit:

We are curating a session on Thursday 25 October on the #Future London Summit on the Role of the Architect

Come and meet us and join the conversation













FOR: Rab Bennetts, Bennetts Associates

AGAINST: Walter Meneth, Walter Meneth Architects

MODERATOR: Alfred Munkenbeck, Munckenbeck & Partners

In an ideal world, the concept architect should be engaged to continue to complete a detailed project. However, problems arise with the issue of whether or not planning consent should be linked to the continued use of the concept architect. Some architects are entirely capable of delivering their own concepts but their services are often terminated at the delivery stage; a disadvantage for both the scheme and for architecture in the long term. Conversely, tying a concept architect to the consent effectively forces a client to use someone who may not be competent. Which goes against local authority due diligence. Our speakers will debate these issues as well as that of “delivery architects” and whether to make delivery an essential part of design so that the reason for separating them goes away.

The ACA Soapbox is a series of informal debates intended to let you have your say and hear a full spectrum of views on topical issues in a convivial setting. You don’t have to be a member of the ACA or an architect to come and join in!

Event details
• For all architects in practice
• Practice managers
• Clients
• Architectural Technologists
25 April, 2017. 18.00 – 21.00

Bennetts Associates
1 Rawstorne Place


e: or @ Eventbrite
Cost: Free to attend, £5 contribution for refreshments at door



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Alliance Steering Group Conference – Monday 24 October

Venue: Devonport House, King William Walk, London SE10 9JW

Conference Rates:

ACA/SPACES/ PPCUG/ King’s College £155 + VAT

Half Day Delegate £80 + VAT

Networking Dinner £50 + VAT

Client/Public Sector £55 + VAT

The Alliance Steering Group’s 2016 conference will be challenging the power of alliancing in infrastructure, housing and construction. With a keynote by BJ Cunningham, we will question construction practice through a series of workshops, plenary sessions and guided panel debates maximising opportunities for delegates to network at the event. Confirmed panelists include Tony Bingham, Mike Nevin, Darren Pace, Nick Sterling, Alan Long, Christine Townley and Neil Franklin.

This year we will be showcasing the powerful results alliancing can deliver in housing, construction and infrastructure projects.
An invigorating keynote on risk and brand management by entrepreneur, BJ Cunningham will kick start the conference followed by breakout sessions on:
• People, behaviour and culture in delivering successful projects,
• Skills and training to bring the right people into construction and infrastructure,
• Analysing the impact and potential of the new FAC-1 Framework Alliance Contract;
• Case studies of alliancing in action including housing projects at the Royal Borough of Kingston, Dacorum Borough Council and the Ministry of Justice for the Hillsborough enquiry court rooms.
We will be introducing our ground breaking and innovative FAC-1 Framework Alliance Contract at the event letting you learn how to procure successful alliances.
This is a conference for clients, advisers, consultants and contractors including SMEs. Our combination of keynote sessions with interactive breakout sessions will ensure you get the maximum from the event whilst enabling you to engage with speakers and to network with colleagues.
The conference will be followed by a networking dinner in the convivial setting of Devonport House, Greenwich.



09.00 Registration
09.30 Welcome Shane Hughes, Chairman, Alliance Steering Group
09.40 Keynote, BJ Cunningham: “Risk and Reward: The Challenge for Effective Construction”
10.40 Refreshments and networking in the sponsorship hall
11.00 Workshops: Choice of 1 from “Decoding the DNA” , “FAC-1” and “Alliancing Contracts”
12.10 Panel Session: “SKILLS” chaired by Tyron Stalberg, Osborne with Neil Franklin and Christine Townley
13 .10 Lunch and networking
14. 00 Workshops: Choice of 1 from “Decoding the DNA” , “FAC-1” and “Alliancing Contracts”
15.10 Workshops: Choice of 1 from “Decoding the DNA” , “FAC-1” and “Alliancing Contracts”
16.10 Refreshments and networking
16.30 Panel Session: “THE POWER OF ALLIANCING” chaired by Jason Russell, Surrey Council with Tony Bingham, Mike Nevin, Nick Sterling, Dean Wincott and Alan Long
17.10 Summing up and conclusions


Networking Dinner

18.30 Drinks Reception
19.00 Networking Dinner
23.00 Carriages
Dress code: Smart Business or Suits


Risk and Reward: The Challenge for Effective Construction - BJ Cunningham

BJ is a successful entrepreneur and acknowledged thought leader in the field of branding, brand marketing and communications. He has an MA in 3-Dimensional design and a BA Economics and Social History starting his first enterprise importing cars. This stopped abruptly when the market collapsed and he lost everything except his overdraft.
He created DEATH™ Cigarettes which threatened to overturn the tobacco industry and truly open up Europe for the consumer, including the EU Court of Justice where, up against the combined might of the tobacco industry and every Member State of Europe, he lost his case. He will challenge you to re-examine the truth and your brand.

Skills - Chaired by Tyron Stalberg, Osborne

Neil Franklin – National Skills Agency Rail and Christine Townley – Construction Youth Trust will give an overview of the work they carry out in the sector whilst considering the challenges of attracting the right skills into the sector. The impact of  Government policy, Brexit, skills shortages and natural challenges will be discussed in order to future proof the sector for the next generation?

The Power Of Alliancing  - Jason Russell, Surrey Council

Jason will close the day with a panel discussion on what the power of alliancing really is. Drawing from the wealth of experience of sector leading panellists including Mike Nevin – Alliance Strategic Consulting, Tony Bingham – Barrister and raconteur, Nick Sterling  - MD of Osborne, Dean Wincott – Commercial Director of Langley and Alan Long – Executive Director of Mears.

Decoding the DNA of Collaborative Realities  Emma-Jane Houghton & Charlene Witter, KPMG

This workshop is designed to decode the DNA of collaborative structures by exploring the building blocks that shape collaborative success.  The format of the workshop includes a presentation on KPMG’s ‘Collaborative Delivery System’ where the levers to a successful collaborative environment and culture are explored.  This is followed by interactive sessions with delegates to compare and contrast ‘perception’ and ‘reality’ determining which areas really deliver collaborative benefits.  Delegates will have the opportunity to share their collaborative experiences in this forum and to contribute to building a picture of collaborative action across a variety of sectors and projects.

FAC-1 – Framework Alliance Contract - Chaired by Professor David Mosey, King’s College, London

An in depth exploration of the new FAC-1 contract highlighting methods to create  effective frameworks with like-minded teams, whilst improving value and working effectively with the supply chain. Case studies  from Futures Housing Group, the first adopters of the FAC-1 contract  and pragmatic legal opinion from Trowers & Hamlins will help you learn why this new contract is becoming the contract of our time.

Alliancing Contracts – Case Studies - Shane Hughes, Savills

Shane will guide  you through a selection of case studies from successful Alliancing Contracts highlighting the pitfalls and positives learned from the MoJ Hillsborough enquiry court led by Kevin Murray to Royal Borough of Kingston Council/ Dacorum’s new homes framework.


Online bookings:

If you need help with accommodation, please contact us for information.

Conference Fees / Dinner Fees ACA, PPC/TPC User Group, SPACES Members: £155.00 + VAT Full Day Conference Fees / £55.00 + VAT Dinner Fees
Conference Fees / Dinner Fees Non Member:  £195.00 + VAT Full Day Conference Fees / £75.00 + VAT Dinner Fees
Public Sector / Client Rate:  £55 + VAT Full Day Conference Fees /£55.00 + VAT Dinner Fees

Group Booking Discounts : Buy 3 get 1 free Does not apply to Public Sector / Client Rate

For full information visit:


ACA at London Build 26 + 27 October 2016

Join the ACA at London Build (October 26th & 27th, Olympia). The leading construction expo focusing exclusively on construction projects and opportunities in London and the South of England. London Build is attended by thousands of ‘movers & shakers’ in the UK’s construction industry from: contractors, developers, government, architects, local councils, property developers, suppliers, solution providers and more.

ACA members will be acting as moderators and chairs at various event during the technical sessions.

The ACA will also be running two dedicated sessions. These will be at 11 – 12 on each day with sessions to include Planning, Alliance Contracts, the New Towergate PII scheme and the launch of the new Architect Design Management Contract.

  • Conference sessions giving insight and case studies of the latest projects and investment opportunities across the capital, including top level speakers from the Greater London Authority, LCCI, Balfour Beatty, Transport for London, Lendlease, Peabody, Foster and Partners and Heathrow Airport to name a few.
  • CPD Accredited Workshop floors providing 30+ hours CPD training from a wide-range of industry experts.
  • 200 Booth Exhibition featuring a very-wide and fascinating range of leading international solution providers, suppliers and project developers.
  • Multiple Zones and Feature Areas including: the Architects Hub, Skills Hub, Tools & Tradesmen Show, Infrastructure Zone plus much, much more!
  • The BIM Summit featuring The BIM VIP Networking Lunch and conference sessions discussing BIM implementation, achievements and expectations for BIM Level 2.
  • The Sustainability Summit with discussions into government initiatives for supporting sustainability in the built environment, sustainable materials, technology and best practice, and the future of sustainability in the built environment – what comes next?
  • The Civil Engineering & Infrastructure Summit giving insight to London’s major infrastructure developments plans and the future of engineering.
  • The Health & Safety Summit discussing the latest in CDM, technology and best practice, occupational health, the latest legislation and more.
  • VIP Luncheon & Meet the Buyer sessions providing face-to-face meetings with a wide range of VIP attendees from leading Contractors, Architects, Local Councils, Housing Associations and Developers (please note, attendance to Meet the Buyer sessions is limited to exhibitors only).
  • The construction industry’s first-ever and very own Oktoberfest Beer Festival - network, unwind and have fun!
  • Huge amounts of entertainment, competitions and prize give-aways!


We look forward to meeting you at London Build.

ACA Study Tour 2015

Hostry at Norwich Cathedral







The 2015 ACA tour is something of a change from recent years, being UK based and offering a chance for a personal introduction to the delights of Norwich and North Norfolk. Given its relative accessibility, the 2015 Tour offers the opportunity to join in on a day basis for those who wish to do so.

As ever it offers a subtle blend of architecture, modern and historic, with a rare chance to visit properties not open to the public, together with some very good food and drink and a little relaxation.

The full itinerary starts on Thursday evening 15th May, with a welcome dinner in one of the local restaurants.  Friday’s programme includes a guided walking tour of the city centre and a visit to the  Cathedral Hostry as well as a visit to the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts – Art Fund Museum of the Year Finalist 2014.

Saturday’s activities are based around a private visit to the historic Gunton Park, not normally open to the public. Restoration of this historic designed landscape, won the Country Life Genius of the Place Award for 2007 and the visit will include the unique water-powered sawmill,  St.Andrew’s Chapel – the only complete Robert Adam Church in England, the south terrace gardens, and the West Wing.

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After refreshment at The Gunton Arms – in receipt of rave reviews in the national press and complete with serious art – we will head for the North Norfolk coast.  Saturday and Sunday evening will be spent at the award-winning Victoria at Holkham Village between the estate grounds and the world famous expanse of Holkham beach.

Sunday’s itinerary offers various options including a boat trip to view the seals at Blakeney Point or alternatively visiting a number of award-winning projects. After lunch, choices include a trip on the Heritage North Norfolk Steam railway or a visit to Houghton Hall with its sculpture park.

On Monday morning, there is a private visit to the Holkham Estate for a presentation on the various development projects being undertaken by the estate, including its involvement in Green Energy, residential projects and its new visitor facilities being designed by Hopkins Architects.

After the presentation, there will be an opportunity to visit the Hall and grounds and for lunch, before leaving for transfer back to the train from Kings Lynn or Norwich back to London.

To reserve your place email us on:

Soapbox Debate: Can Garden Cities Solve the Housing Crisis

Date: January 14, 2015

Venue: Paper Dress Vintage, 114 – 116 Curtain Place, London EC2A 3AH

Costs: £4




Nicholas Falk, the co-creator of the winning Wolfson Economic Prize entry and co-director of URBED, will be presenting on behalf of garden cities and Adrian Jones, transport planner/writer/author/professor, will be speaking on how garden cities help fuel the housing crisis.


This debate follows the award of the £250,000 Wolfson Economic Prize  on the topic of “How would you deliver a new Garden City which is visionary, economically viable, and popular”?  David Cameron and Nick Clegg have both been cited as saying garden cities are credible responses to the UK’s housing shortage and many architects and urbanists, notably Richard Rogers, claim that the award is encouraging a proposal that aims to “empty out existing cities and that is a ridiculous idea.” Additionally something in the vicinity of £140M was allocated to the infrastructure of a new planned garden city in Bicester in the Augumn Statement .

Advanced tickets can be purchased from:

PPC/TPC Conference:  Delivering Social Value through Collaborative Construction – making the money go further


Date: Monday 3 November

Venue: Royal College of Surgeons, 35 – 43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London. WC2A 3PE

Costs: Conference rate : £195 + VAT for ACAmembers

Awards Dinner : £65 + VAT for ACA members

We are delighted to announce the conference speakers for this year’s conference. This year we are mixing up our format to encompass both keynote sessions and also interactive panel sessions. Our venue is the stunning Edward Lumley Hall at the Royal College of Surgeons on the ground floor and our confirmed keynote speakers include Peter Hansford, Government Chief Construction Adviser; Dr Nelson Ogunshakin OBE, Chief Executive ACE and, Richard Harrison, President ACA

Key themes this year include:

• What is social value and why is it important?

• Can social value can be combined with financial savings?

• What does this mean for local government and housing associations?

• Have social benefits been achieved through new procurement models?

• How is added value being generated on the largest prison project in Europe?

• Do social value initiatives fit with BIM and EU procurement?

• What new opportunities can be created for SMEs?

For full details on the conference visit: and

email to reserve your place:

Breakfast Seminar Successful Project Delivery Models

Date: 18 September 2014

Venue: Alan Baxter Gallery, 75 Cowcross Street, London. EC1M 6EL

Time: 08.00 – 09.30

City Academy, Hackney PPC2000 was the contract of choice used to deliver on time and within budget, one of the most striking academy buildings of the last five years.

This £30m project was completed in August 2009 with a partnering team made up of the City of London Surveyor’s Department, Studio E Architects and Willmott Dixon.

Learn more about the delivery issues facing the team with a tight timetable, tricky site and the issues involved with a conservation area.


Andrzej Kuszell –  Studio E Architects, Partner

Peter Snowdon – Formerly City of London Surveyors Department



Non Members £25.00 + VAT


William Morris Gallery: Discussions with the Architect, Client and Collections Consultants and tour of the new Galleries

Date: 29 July 2014 Venue: Venue:William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park, Forest Road, Walthamstow. E17 4PP Time: 17.00 - 20.00 We are delighted to invite you to the William Morris Gallery on the 29th July. Lorna Lee, Head of Cultural and Community Services, London Borough of Waltham Forest and Karsten Weiss project architect of Pringle Richards Sharratt will discuss the new extension and will also discuss the recent Conservation Management Plan with Collections Consultant Frances Halahan, Halahan Associates. Full event information can be found at:  William Morris Gallery tour and discussion 2014 The event will be followed by the AGM and then a networking buffet.

ACA AGM: July 2014

Date: 29 July 2014 Venue: Venue:William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park, Forest Road, Walthamstow. E17 4PP Time: 6.15 for 6.30pm. Please see news for more information on this event.

Soapbox Debate: Do Politics Work for Or Against Architecture?

Proposer: Nick Raynsford MP vs Max Farrell Date: to be confirmed More details to be confirmed nearer the event

ACA Visit to Royal Academy: Sensing Spaces

Date: Friday 28th March, 2014 The ACA will be visiting the RA Sensing Spaces exhibition on Friday 28th March at 7pm. If you would like to join our group, please get in touch.

November 25th, 2013: ACAPAG Planning Update Seminar

Topics covered included: Revised 1APP and appeal procedures: Red Tape Challenge; Changes to CIL: implemented and proposed; Neighbourhood Planning: emerging Forums; The NPPF and its new technical/ policy advice; CIL, viability and the future of section 106; Pre-app. fees/ validation/ information requests; Permitted Development: an ongoing review; Assets of Community Value and Listed Buildings; The end of Regional Spatial Strategies?

October 24th, 2013: ACA Talk: Are Architects ready for a Low Carbon Industry?

Venue: Hoare Lea Ofices, Kings Cross, London  Paddy Conaghan, consultant and former director of Hoare Lea, Gave a very engaging talk which turned out not to have a great deal to do with the low carbon issue. The main thrust of Paddy’s talk was the changing role and status of the architect over the last 50 years or so. With a quite telling analysis, had a set out to convince us that we need to look very carefully at architectural education if we are to survive as a viable profession in the 21st-century. Is talk that led to lively debate and added to our continuing attempts to chart a course for the architectural profession. Those who attended the talk valued the opportunity to hear the views of a voice from outside the architectural profession but one who had great sympathy for our cause.

October 7th and 8th, 2013: PPC/TPC Annual Conference and Innovation in Partnering Awards 2013

Venue: Savill Court Hotel and Spa, Great Windsor Park, Surrey The title and theme of this conference was ‘Stimulating Recovery: Combining Savings with Added Value’ The conference Keynote Speaker was Peter Hansford, Chief Construction Adviser and there were many valuable and stimulating talks and workshops as ever, including contributions from Andrew Butt of the Cabinet Office and partnering Godfather David Mosey.

January 9th, 2013: ACA Spoapbox: The RIBA Plan of Work: if it ain’t broke why fix it?

Venue: The Duchess of Cambridge, 320 Goldhawk Road, London W6 0XF Speaking for the new RIBA plan of work – Dale Sinclair BArch MArch RIBA RIAS, Director of Dyer Speaking against the new RIBA Plan of Work – Alfred Munkenbeck RIBA ACArch, Partner of Munkenbeck + Partners The RIBA Plan of Work has become a recognised and respected road map for design, procurement and construction, both in the UK and abroad and with all its peculiarities has provided a model defining how architects should operate for generations. It has evolved subtly over the years, and the RIBA is now replacing its hallowed alphabetical stages with new numerical ones that are supposed to support the new government initiative of BIM and make the multiplicity of other service providers feel equally warm and wanted. A very livey debate took place at his ACA Soapbox over mulled cider. Dale Sinclair, who has been instrumental in the development of the new Plan of Work, defended the RIBA’s proposal. On the other hand, Alfred Munkenbeck, a highly respected practising architect who is passionate about his art,  eloquently promoted the motion explaining his concerns about the loss of crucial work stages.

December 6th, 2012: ACA Planning Seminar: Planning, localism and Pickles

Venue: Alan Baxter Gallery 75 Cowcross Street, London. EC1M 6EL The highly successful ACAPAG seminars returned with an essential update focussing on topical issues including Localism and CIL, Neighbourhood Planning, NPPF and PPG/PPS and CIL. Developments in Use Classes were reviewed and discussion took place on the upgrading of 1APP and other online changes including Listed Building Consents and self certification. The session included comments on and discussion of Eric Pickles’ plans to free up permitted development.

November 1st, 2012: President’s Reception and ACA Members Private View: Gerald Stamp “Spirits in Stone”

Venue: Menier Gallery, 51 Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU A very enjoyable evening for ACA members and guests included an excellent talk by Gerald Stamp about cathedrals and churches in English art. Steps to the Chapter House, Wells

June 19th and July 12th, 2012: Breakfast ‘kickstart’ PPC2000 and TPC2005 training seminars

Venue: Alan Baxter Gallery 75 Cowcross Street, London. EC1M 6EL These seminars offered the opportunity to learn from the author why PPC2000, TPC2005 and the other documents in the ACA Suite of Partnering Contracts have been adopted as part of the new Government Procurement Strategy. The seminars were offered as bite sized training sessions.