More than 60 senior highways managers from some of London’s boroughs have attended a supply chain forum hosted by Tarmac, Riney and Total, designed to encourage collaborative working in the capital.
Tarmac is the UK’s leading sustainable building materials and construction solutions business, Tarmac-owned Riney is a civil engineering and highway maintenance contractor, and Total, is a supply chain partner to Tarmac.
Debate and discussions focused around a range of topical industry issues which included regeneration, funding challenges, the latest technical and sustainable product innovations, and the results of the AIA Annual Alarm Survey. Key speakers were drawn from Riney, Tarmac, Total and from London local authorities, which included Newham and Bromley, as well as from the private sector, including Metis and Waterman.
The forum – the first in London – is the latest in an ongoing series of accredited learning events for local authority highways professionals organised by Tarmac, which encourage debate on the challenges and opportunities facing local government in maintaining the road network.
Chris Moore, the managing director of Riney, who spoke at the forum, said: “We were delighted with the positive feedback from delegates. The way roads are built, maintained and managed in the city is undertaken against a shifting landscape of funding and legislative changes and challenges. As the volume and expectations of road users continue to rise, and budgets face continued pressure, there is a growing recognition of the need for continued collaboration to improve the management of our highways, which is why events like today’s are so helpful.”
Rick Ashton, Total Bitumen’s market development manager, who also spoke at the event, added: “This was a hugely successful CPD event for Tarmac, Riney and Total Bitumen. It was a great demonstration of collaboration and across Tarmac’s regional customer base. We are delighted that this strong partnership continues to provide tangible benefits for Tarmac’s clients through sharing best practice, driving efficiencies in the city, as well as assisting their customers to best support materials selection.”
The forum was held at The Crystal, one of the world’s most sustainable buildings, on 27 June in London, with delegates receiving Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for their participation.