11-12 November | Victoria Park Plaza

2019 Programme

SEMINAR DAY: Improving future connectivity and sustainability seminar - 15 May

Delving into how we can create better connected and more sustainable airports and the impact for existing and future assets.


Main session

13:30 Registration and refreshments

Chair’s Welcome
Mark Hansford, editor, New Civil Engineer


What airport expansion means for the rail network
Exploring the strategic planning process, financing and maintenance responsibility of the increased demands for rail networks across the UK. In response airport expansion, discover what is being done to provide sustainable methods of transport to meet growing passenger numbers.
Rupert Walker, strategy and planning director, Network Rail


Case study: Luton DART: An insight into the £200 million joint investment
Creating the Direct Air to Rail Transit to meet demand and expansion plans and understanding how it will integrate with existing transport assets and networks.
Phil Hobson, project director, VolkerFitzpatrick-Kier JV
Anita Gackowska, service director, London Luton Airport Limited


How can improved surface access change passenger experience?
Evaluating current passenger trends to ensure a sustainable solution is created that meets the demands and expectations of passengers and their air travel experience.
Ian Wright, head of innovation and partnerships, Transport Focus


Question and answer session

15:25 Networking and refreshments break

Reducing the carbon footprint through off site manufacturing
Discovering how off-site manufacturing in hubs is contributing to Heathrow’s driving force of becoming a carbon neutral airport and what this means for logistics, traffic management and CO2 emissions in the supply chain.
Darren Colderwood, development director, Heathrow


Question and answer session


Discussion: To what extent do airport materials, design and infrastructure need to change to meet growing environmental constraints?
Analysing how future airports will be constructed within sustainable and climate conscious constraints and the impacts for the industry. What alternatives are the industry able to look at and the implications for the safety? How can airports reduce cost, CO2 emissions and expand efficiently?
Dr Martyn Kenny, Sustainability Director, Tarmac
Julian Sheppard, director, BuroHappold


Chair’s closing remarks
Mark Hansford, editor, New Civil Engineer

17:00 Close of seminar

Main conference day - 16 May


Main sessions


8:20 Registration and refreshments Breakfast Briefing (invite only)
Is technology a sustainable solution to airport expansion?

Investigating how using technology can improve airport asset performance and the efficiency against a trend of growing passenger numbers.
9:00 Chair’s Welcome
Mark Hansford, editor, New Civil Engineer
Strategic Outlook

Opening address: Airports as intermodal transport hubs
Taking a futuristic look into how airport operations can facilitate how and where terminals operate synthesising the city’s airports with the urban centre.
Henrik Rothe, senior lecturer, Cranfield University


Question and answer session


The big interview: Karen Dee, chief executive, AOA
Discussing the major challenges UK airports will face in the coming decade and providing a perspective on connectivity, sustainability and technology in relation to airports and their future.


Panel discussion: Effects of new technology and changing social factors on airports and their assets
As technology advances, there are potentially significant impacts for an airport’s traditional revenue streams. Hear three experts discuss how advancements will challenge revenue streams and what this means for the design, infrastructure landscape and strategic planning of airports.

Tom Carpen, infrastructure and energy planning associate, Barton Willmore
Cristiano Ceccato, associate director, Zaha Hadid
Peter Adams, chief asset and programmes officer, London City Airport


Networking and refreshments break

Major Development Plans

Gatwick Airport: Planning for future growth and development to meet demand
Revealing Gatwick’s masterplan to meet demand of growing passenger numbers and what this means for existing and new assets.
Raymond Melee, chief construction officer, Gatwick Airport

Boardroom Briefing (invite only)
Using technology to bridge the skills gap
Exploring the impact that investments in technology can have for reducing the volume of people required on a project, how this affects safety, project time and procurement and what is holding back UK airports.


Bristol Airport: Choosing a preferred and futureproofed masterplan to achieve expansion
Understanding how they have created their preferred masterplan and the projects required to achieve the desired development and efficiency.
Simon Earls, planning and sustainability director, Bristol Airport


London Stansted Airport: Managing unprecedented passenger growth and procuring expansion
Outlining the steps London Stansted will be taking to drive efficiency of their assets and improve capacity through their £600m expansion project.
Paul Willis, programme delivery director, MAG


Dublin Airport: Developing the consultative infrastructure plans for expansion.
Exploring how Dublin engaged with stakeholders to ensure they can future proof their airport’s infrastructure for short-long term expansion and what opportunities lie ahead in next five years.
Stephen Byrne, head of design and delivery, Dublin Airport 


Heathrow: Collaboration to design preferred masterplan and gearing up for growth
Looking at Heathrow’s engagement with a wide range of stakeholders to shape the airport’s preferred masterplan, and how collaboration will continue with Heathrow’s delivery model and innovation partners process
Phil Wilbraham, expansion programme director, Heathrow


Question and answer session


Networking Lunch

Technology and the future of airports


Striving to improve airport knowledge through smart technology and analysis
Discussing best practice in using drones for airport asset management and how they can help drive efficiency over the life of an asset reduce through more proactive maintenance.
Michael Kehoe, principal ITS engineer, Amey

The International Hub

Gain insight into the development plans of three global airports and discuss how they are using modernising their assets, through a series of live digital presentations. Attendee will be able to hear from the speakers and pose questions. Airports to include:

  • Istanbul
    Mark Middleton,
    partner, Grimshaw Architects
  • Hong Kong
    Ian Taylor,
     global aviation business leader, Arup
  • Beijing New Airport Headquarters
    Cristiano Ceccato,
    associated director, Zaha Hadid

Using technology to advance design and delivery of aviation projects
Understand the benefits of Chip Thinking and the importance of taking advantage of the technology currently at our disposal to improve future expansion plans and keep at the forefront of the industry.
Tim Ryan, director, Bryden Wood


Heathrow: What role does automation play in increasing capacity through improving efficiency of T5?
Insight into Heathrow’s project to increase Terminal 5 passenger numbers by 25% to 40 million. How can we best use the space we already have? What role does automation play?Tim Houghton, T5 / T3 programme director, Heathrow 


Revolutionising passenger experience through digitising airport operations
Discover how technology can enhance passenger experience and increase airport efficiency through a live case study demonstrating how remote check-in could be integrated into the Paddington station which will serve Heathrow Airport.
Joshua Jones, architect, Weston Williamson + Partners


Question and answer session

15:00 Afternoon refreshments and networking

Innovation Gateway

A competition searching for the best SMEs and Start-ups who have bold ideas on how to drive productivity and efficiency of airports to enable more passenger to use their facilities.

Hear from the top 3 finalists as they present their pioneering ideas to drive productivity in airport projects and assets to a panel of esteem industry judges.

You and the judges will have a chance to vote for the one you believe could have the greatest impact for the sector before the winner is announced at the end of the day. 

Jason Fowler, partner, Gardiner & Theobald
Mark Middleton, partner, Grimshaw Architects
Jacqui Johnson, managing director, JCJ Consulting
Anita Gackowska, service director, London Luton Airport Limited


Closing Keynote:
Matthew Butters, director, Pascall+Watson
Airport design is changing to keep pace with the evolving nature of air travel. What are the features that are most likely to change in the next decade and how will this change the character of our airports?


Question & answer session

16:35 Innovation Gateway winner announced
16:50 Chair’s closing remarks

Close of conference

17:00-18:00 Drinks reception

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