Futures Group: Will print survive the digital delivery of news…

Journalism, print and trust will they survive in a digital world?

Thursday 27 July at 18.30

A panel of award winning editors and communicators will discuss with the audience how they maintain trust in an era of “fake news” and the value of print vs digital.

In the format of a conversation the panel consists of:

Joanna Bourke, London Evening Standard
Commercial Property Writer 2016

Mark Hansford, Editor, New Civil Engineer
Magazine of the Year (Non-Weekly) 2016

Emma Maier, Editor, Inside Housing
Housing/Residential Journalist (Pete Apps) 2016

Peter Haddock, Consultant, Edson Evers
Best Integrated Campaign 2017

Declan Bennett, Account Executive, London Communications Agency
Young Communicator of the Year 2017.

Join the audience and add to the discussion. Places are limited, email Gerald Bowey at
gerald@geraldbowey.co.uk to secure your place.

Hosted by Edelman UK at:
Southside, 105 Victoria Street
London SW1E 6QT

Carry on networking and talking at the Albert pub, right out of Southside and across the road in Victoria Street.

IBP Communication and PR Awards 2016 – Winners Announced

IBP Communication and PR Awards 2016
The following are the Winners and Highly Commended in each category. The Awards Bulletin will be available to view by Tuesday, with the full details and citations.

Best Business Communications Campaign
Stone Stories: Goodfellow Communications

Integrated Campaign
Winner: London Communications Agency
Highly Commended: Holistic

In House Communications Team
Winner: Colliers International
Highly Commended: Galliford Try

Young Communicator of the Year
Amelie Barrau, Press Officer
WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

PR Consultancy Team
London Communications Agency

Campaign of the Year
Stone Stories: Goodfelloe Communications

Communicator of the Year
Alan Jones, Galliford Try

IBP President’s AGM Report 2015

I hope all IBP members will join me in feeling proud that over the past 12 months we have retained and enhanced the most valued elements of the IBP’s offer to its members while innovating and evolving as all good organisations must.

The atmosphere at the annual journalism awards at the Four Seasons Hotel in October was competitive and yet warm – a testament to how highly valued these awards are and at the same time how membership of the IBP bestows a real sense of being part of the built environment journalism community. National Housing Federation chief executive David Orr’s keynote speech illustrated just how much housing and the built environment would be hotly debated topics in the run up to the general election and beyond.

Housing was a central topic too at the annual Strategic Land Debate in November. The theme, ‘Whose Land Is It Anyway’ brought forth spirited discussion from the distinguished panellists on the green belt, garden cities, the private rented sector and High Speed 2.

Claer Barrett of the Financial Times chaired her final Futures Group event in May – a thought-provoking panel discussion of the ways digital media have changed and will continue to change the way we all work and the content we produce. On behalf of the board, I’d like to thank Claer for so successfully chairing the IBP Futures Group since its inception. She is succeeded by Nick Duxbury, executive editor, Inside Housing, who brings fresh ideas for a programme of events beginning in September.
I am delighted that we launched the new IBP website this year – it has more video, is more interactive and makes it even easier to get involved.

The PR and Communication Awards in July moved up in the world – this year taking place at the Sky Bar overlooking the rooftops of St Paul’s, a stunning backdrop to the winners’ celebrations.

This year the IBP Journalism Awards will join the PR Awards in offering an online entry process which we hope will attract even more submissions. The entries will be carefully sorted by a number of new judges from across journalism and the built environment who join the prestigious judging panel.

The IBP’s social media presence continues to grow, with a LinkedIn group and an ever growing band of Twitter followers. Twitter is one great way to get in touch to suggest other things we should be doing for our members and to attract new recruits. And, on that note, if you have a colleague who isn’t yet a member, do encourage them to join us. There’s plenty more to come this year!

Rebecca Evans
Editor, Construction News
President, IBP

No White Elephants for 2012 Project

Opening comments from Jack Lemley CBE, Chairman, The Olympic Delivery Authority at the morning session of IBP Question Time in London last Thursday.

As Chairman of the Authority tasked with delivering the venues and infrastructure for the 2012 Games, I am excited by the physical transformation that will take place in East London over the next few years. But I am also acutely aware of the opportunity for the Games to contribute to the economic and social renaissance of the parts of the East End that suffer from unacceptable levels of deprivation.

If we are to leave a lasting legacy in East London we must plan for it. Let me assure you now that both David Higgins and I have made sure that detailed planning is in the DNA of this Authority. Effective planning now its worth its weight in gold in the future. We must make sure we avoid having to change track mid-project that will only place unnecessary pressures on the delivery timetable and the costs of the Games. So good planning is central to the whole process and we have already made important decisions to improve the delivery of the Games and the legacy of the venues.

When I took up my position as Chairman of the ODA, I wanted to create a simple, yet effective, description of the timetable for delivery. I am now on record as describing this project as – in essence – a 2-4-1 delivery strategy. Two years to acquire the land and planning permissions, start to clean it up and do the planning, design and procurement, four years for construction allowing test events to be staged from one year before the Games.

We are now over halfway through the first part of that equation and we have taken significant decisions that not only improve the programme for delivering the facilities we are tasked to do, but also enhance the legacy plans post 2012.

Let me give you an example. We have undertaken a thorough review of the plans for the Olympic Park. We have made sure the Masterplan meets a selection of key tests, one of which is legacy usage.

Let me be clear in my assertion that we want a culture of no “white elephants” in this project – venues that are either unused or dislocated from the local community. I am confident that the planning up to this stage has done much to address this, and we will continue to plan the details of the park with legacy at the forefront. By committing ourselves to planning Games and legacy together, we maximise the different opportunities open for the post-Games use of the facilities.

The London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympics Games will play an important role in a wider regeneration legacy. Even though the ODA’s lifespan is short, we can be part of a much wider legacy proposition. We will play a key role in the physical change of the region, but we also have the opportunity to contribute to improvement in the social capital of the area.

Expectations of what the 2012 Games will deliver are high. While the project is still in its early days, we are convinced that partnership working will enable us to deliver a project that is remembered for its sustainable legacy as much as for the fantastic experience of the Games themselves.

Delivering the venues and infrastructure is our job, but delivering the regeneration legacy is our ultimate aim.

New IBP Chairman Sets his Agenda

Alan Smith
Alan Smith
Incoming Chairman of IBP, Alan Smith, Public Relations Director of HBGUK sets his agenda.

Firstly, I’d like to thank all those confident enough to elect me as the new Chairman of IBP. Secondly, I’d like to thank Patrick Gulley, my predecessor, for all his consistency and efforts over the past years – his will be a very hard act to follow.

I would like to take this opportunity in chairing the IBP Board Meeting for the first time to share with you, very briefly, some of my aspirations for the continued development of IBP with the support of Aaron Morby as President, Gerald Bowey as Chief Executive and all the Executive Board Members.

The over-riding objective, however, is to maintain the existing momentum in building the IBP brand and its services to its members. However, within that context, I believe we have four main tasks or objectives ahead of us…and they are in this order:

Green paper: IBP ‘The Way Forward’

This paper, currently being developed by Gerald, for presentation to the executive board outlines some potential solutions to taking over, gradually, much of the current workload delivered personally by our Chief Executive. Once presented to the board I believe it is imperative that we take some decisions on this as soon as possible, not only to meet that main objective, but to help develop IBP’s events and activities to attract new members as well as improved services to existing members. Indeed, this is essential to the success of the next three points:

International Journalism Award

This initiative, started by Gerald (and endorsed by the Board) at MIPIM last year, has a massive potential to widen the IBP brand and membership as well as membership services. I will give my full support and effort to develop this as a major theme of IBP’s growth in 2007 and beyond.

Construction, property and architecture organisations are, today, largely of a Global scale in terms of operations, supplies or influence. Whether it is Richard Rogers, Skanska, Vinci, Bovis Lend Lease, Gardiner & Theobald or Royal BAM Group, most major UK players are, actually, international operators. Developing IBP’s international credentials can not only further appeal to members but particularly to the construction press – here and internationally.

As well as the linkage with MIPIM/Reed Midem, perhaps we could also develop a relationship with FIEC, the Federation de l’Industrie Europeene de la Construction (European Construction Confederation) in Brussels with a view to sharing their journalists’ database?


All IBP’s efforts are to deliver relevant services to its members and to further develop new membership. Construction is not an isolated business. It is disparate and it involves a very long, diverse supply chain from client, property developer, architect and planner, through contractor and subcontractor to supplier.

Perhaps we need to try and engage more property development and subcontractor/supplier in-house PR people as well as the wider press: PPPBulletin; Concrete Journal; Sustain magazine; Highways & Tranportation; Martime & Port Construction, etc? And maybe look more closely at the wider industry bodies (like Andy Walker’s ACE participation) including: ICE; CECA; CIOB; MCG; CC; CIBSE; CITB construction skills, etc.?

Corporate Affairs

Given the recent initiative by IBP to engage the All Party Built Environment Group, I believe that we should capitalise on such links to become more proactive in encouraging Corporate Affairs-linked events and membership. The more we develop this side, the more gravitas IBP will develop within the industry at large.

In conclusion

At the end of the day, IBP is about sharing and knowledge and contacts. Therefore our greatest contribution to the membership has to be the ‘Social’ element. I fully endorse the continued emphasis on a regular calendar of social events that have become a hallmark of IBP’s success.

IBP Executive Committee – 2005/06

Aaron Morby President (Construction News)
Clive Branson Vice President
(Commercial Property Register)
Patrick Gulley Chairman (Gardiner
& Theobald)
Giles Barrie Vice Chairman (Property Week)
Ben Roskrow Vice Chairman (Housebuilder)
Rhodri Harries Hon Secretary (GCI London)
Richard Aylwin (Aylwin Communications)
Gerald Bowey (Communication Solutions)
Denise Chevin (Building)
Andrew Geldard (Willmott Dixon
David Helsen (Helsen Corporate Communications – c)
Harriett Hindmarsh (Sheppard
Alan Hughes (Bulletin Editor)
Dominic Morgan (Tamesis Business
Antony Oliver (New Civil Engineer)
Ruth Slavid (AJ Focus/AJ Special Projects)
Jo Smit (Regeneration)
Alan Smith (HBG UK)
Kristina Smith (Construction Manager)
Andy Walker (Association for Consultancy and Engineering)

Aaron Morby President (Construction News)
Paul Finch Hon Vice President
(Architectural Review)
Patrick Gulley Chairman (Gardiner
& Theobald)
Ben Roskrow Vice Chairman (Housebuilder)
Gerald Bowey Chief Executive
(Communication Solutions)
David Helsen (Helsen Corporate

Paul Finch (Architectural Review)
Peter Bill (Estates Gazette)
Adrian Barrick (CMP Information
Clive Branson (Commercial Property

c: Co-opted