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Innovation was the Theme at Recent CAB Members Meeting

Richard McWilliams, Director of Research, Development and Innovation at Capita Symonds

Over 60 companies attended CAB’s mini-conference and members meeting on the 31st October at the Coventry Transport Museum. These highly productive meetings allow members to network and explore new opportunities, this meeting did not disappoint, and with the additional positive feedback on two recent membership surveys, the mood was very positive.

Speaker Ian Harris, Director at Maber Associates, looked in detail at some exciting innovations in the construction of ‘pod’ classrooms for schools. There was a clear message to the CAB members that there are always opportunities to innovate and also to partner with architectural practices to enhance and refine any such product development. Ian highlighted one particular school project where it was decided to take on the efficient plan form of a ‘shed’ and then to use ‘pods’ inside it to ‘carve out’ spaces as required. Where the brief called for ‘open plan’, it was left ‘open plan’, but where the brief called for an enclosed space, a ‘pod’ was planned. The ‘pods’ were made from an aluminium partitioning system around a structural frame. The result was the look and feel of a classroom with acoustics and thermal performance to all the relevant standards.

Speaker Richard McWilliams, Director of Research, Development and Innovation at Capita Symonds, highlighted the results of an Innovation survey carried out amongst CAB members just before the event. Richard was delighted with not only the level of response from CAB members but also that the results showed a very positive and proactive approach to research and innovation; a trend that he said put CAB members well above the norm for the construction sector.

CAB also presented its first figures from its own Market Trends survey carried for Q3, 2012 amongst its members. The overall feedback showed a positive outlook for the future, with the majority of members being upbeat about prospects for growth. While some of this may be down to the rising popularity of the material in construction in general, it is also likely to be due the growing market for aluminium products in home improvement and the increase in refurbishment projects in the commercial sector. Interestingly the rise of aluminium’s popularity has also been reinforced by recent independent market research which highlights an increasing number of PVCu fabricators that are adding aluminium to their product range.

CAB welcomes new members to the association; with a detailed program of activities to support member for 2013 and a rising market for aluminium, there has never been a better time to join the association.

For more information on joining CAB and its activities view the associations website at www.c-a-b.org.uk, contact the office on 01453 828851 or email julie.harley@c-a-b.org.uk

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