While social value is increasingly highlighted as a crucial requirement on construction and infrastructure projects, and more and more clients are asking for the companies they work with to quantify the social good they can deliver on projects, there is still some confusion around the term and what it means in practice.
Social value comes in many different guises and many organisations still do not understand what it is, how to create it and how to measure it. As a result we are not always putting people and their needs at the heart of how we design and deliver projects and we are still missing out on ensuring as positive a social legacy as possible.
Andy Walker, editor of Infrastructure Intelligence, and host of the conference, says: “An ‘outcome-based’ model for infrastructure planning, with social value embedded at its heart, will be essential in ensuring the UK can build back better as a unified nation. The time to ‘think think think’ before we ‘build build build’ is now, to make sure we’re designing infrastructure that will be of long-term benefit to all of us socially, environmentally and economically.”
Kicking things off at the online event on Friday 26 March 2021 at 10.00am is Samantha Butler, head of Social value and skills at the Cabinet Office, who will explore the Government’s new social value policy for procurement. Her address will be followed by two panel discussions featuring a range of prominent industry thought-leaders from organisations including Atkins, Costain, Construction Innovation Hub, Skanska, University of Salford and many more.
Thanks to the generous support of Infrastructure Intelligence’s events partner BECG places are free.