30-31 March 2021

New Horizons

Building the Recovery


Wednesday 31 March

The delivery of major infrastructure and construction projects will be crucial to the UK’s social and economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The current crisis is shining a spotlight on the essential role that mineral products and heavy building materials will play in repairing Britain’s economy and employment prospects. From HS2 and major highway schemes, to repairing local roads and building new homes, schools, hospitals and flood defences, innovation and collaboration will be key to meeting both current and future infrastructure challenges as the UK looks to ‘build back better’.



Exploring the key issues and opportunities for aggregate, asphalt and concrete suppliers in responding to the UK’s infrastructure needs, Hillhead Digital will examine the need for collaborative working within the supply chain to ensure successful project delivery, as well as the use of emerging technologies to improve processes and drive up productivity.


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Susannah Streeter

The day will be hosted by Susannah Streeter a leading broadcaster and financial commentator.  Susannah has anchored flagship BBC business news programmes on TV and radio and moderated at major summits, conferences and events, around the world, including the recent World Green Economy Summit in Dubai.

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Susannah Streeter

Get involved in the infrastructure debate

Click here to register your interest.  After completing this short form, a member of the Conference team will be in touch to provide more details on our selection criteria and assist you with the submission process.  If you require guidance before completing the form, please call 0115 945 3889 or e-mail us. 

Your content must be relevant to one of the three sessions outlined below.  The format for each of these sessions follows a short introduction and overview to each topic by Susannah Streeter; proceeded by four presentations with live questions at the end of each of them; and then finally a panel discussion at the end of each session.  

To ensure a fast-paced and punchy delivery which lends itself to the online environment, your presentation needs to be between 10 and 25 minutes in length, depending on the nature of your material and guidance from the Organisers.

Technical support and guidance will be provided to assist you with your presentation. 


Important dates

Friday 15 January 2021 Submission deadline
Friday 22 January 2021 Decision date
Friday 12 February 2021 Draft version deadline
Monday 8 March 2021 Final version deadline




Sessions include

  1. The delivery of major infrastructure and construction projects will be crucial to the UK’s social and economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, and modernization of the country’s rail network will be at the core. With work on Phase 1 of HS2 now underway and an Integrated Rail Plan set to deliver transformational improvements in rail across the Midlands and the North, the mineral products sector and heavy building materials and equipment will have an essential role to play.
  2. From major highway projects to regional and local schemes, road construction will also offer a host of opportunities for the sector. With a £27.4 billion budget for investment in England’s strategic road network between 2020 and 2025, Highways England has set out its plans for the next five years, which include the start of 12 new major road-building projects. The £2 billion Stonehenge tunnel to upgrade the A303 and the £7 billion Lower Thames Crossing will be among the marquee construction elements.
  3. Government plans to drive the UK’s recovery and level up for a greener, stronger future include £100 billion of capital spending next year for schools, hospitals, housing, flood defences, wind and nuclear power etc, plus a £4 billion Levelling Up Fund for local infrastructure. This will be supported by the new National Infrastructure Strategy and a new UK infrastructure bank to work with the private sector to finance major new investment projects as the UK looks to build back better. 

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