2021 Southern Construction Summit

November 17, 2021

Clayton Hotel, Silver Springs, Cork

A 21st century vision for Cork’s built environment

8:00

Registration/Networking & Exhibition Viewing

9:00

Welcome from the Chair

Jonathan Healy

Jonathan Healy

Broadcaster

9:10

Welcome Address from Deputy Lord Mayor of Cork

Deputy Lord Mayor of Cork

Deputy Lord Mayor of Cork

Councillor Fergal Dennehy

9:25

Welcome from the CIF

Frank Kelly

Frank Kelly

President, Construction Industry Federation

The vision for Cork city 2022-2028

9:35

Our City, Our Future: The transformation of Cork City

Creating Ireland’s first 15-minute city…

Ann Doherty

Ann Doherty

Chief Executive, Cork City Council

9:45

PANEL DISCUSSION:  Creating Cork’s “new city”

Our panelists share their perspectives on the new urban agenda for Cork city’s sustainable development.

Conor O’Connell

Conor O’Connell

Director Southern Region, CIF

Anne Graham

Anne Graham

CEO, National Transport Authority

Michael O’Sullivan Green

Michael O’Sullivan Green

Chair, CIF Cork region and Director, O’Leary & O’Sullivan Developments Ltd (OLOS New Homes)

10:20

FDI outlook and Cork’s growing life sciences hub

Ray O’Connor

Ray O’Connor

Head of Department, Regions & Enterprise Development, IDA Ireland

10:40

Morning Break & Networking

Building Cork’s vital infrastructure

11:10

Why you should switch to digital construction in 2022

David explains how you can make better project decisions with cloud -enabled collaboration.
Illustrated with real-life examples, he discusses the benefits of technology adoption for digital project delivery and why you should switch to digital construction in 2022.

David Purdon

David Purdon

Technical Director, Diatec Group

Diatec

Building Cork’s vital energy and water infrastructure

11:30

The gas network: Ireland’s ready-made decarbonisation solution

An overview of how Gas Networks Ireland is working to drive the evolution of Ireland’s energy system and respond to the challenge of climate change while providing a safe and secure energy supply to over 705,000 customers.

Fran McFadden

Fran McFadden

National Customer Acquisition Manager, Gas Networks Ireland

11:50

Ireland’s renewable energy revolution

 Russell discusses the current renewable energy sector landscape and shares his recent experiences and insights of the Irish market focusing on the opportunities and challenges for the Cork and Munster region to be at the centre of the global renewable energy revolution. 

Russell Smyth

Russell Smyth

Partner, KPMG in Ireland

12:05

PANEL DISCUSSION:

Renewable energy: Putting Cork at the centre of the global renewable energy revolution

Insights from our panel of energy innovators on how Cork could become a beacon for the rest of the world when it comes to renewable energy.

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch

Resident Partner, Cork, KPMG, Ireland

Fran McFadden

Fran McFadden

National Customer Acquisition Manager, Gas Networks Ireland

Adam Cronin

Adam Cronin

Head of Offshore, DP Energy

Dr Val Cummins

Dr Val Cummins

Managing Director, Simply Blue Group

Russell Smyth

Russell Smyth

Partner, KPMG in Ireland

12:40

Irish Water’s capital investment plan for the Cork region

Brian Sheehan

Brian Sheehan

Head of Asset Delivery, Irish Water

12:55

Eirgrid Celtic Interconnector project update

Michael Mahon

Michael Mahon

Chief Infrastructure Officer, EirGrid

1:05

Q&A with speakers

1:15

Lunch break

Housing for All….but, will it be affordable?

2:15

Cork property market outlook: Residential and commercial

Marian Finnegan

Marian Finnegan

Managing Director, Residential & Advisory, Sherry FitzGerald

2:35

The CIF’s response to the Housing for All plan

James Benson

James Benson

Director of Development, Planning & Housing, CIF

2:45

CLOSING PANEL DISCUSSION:

What does Housing for All mean for the Cork region?

Our panel give their reaction to the plan and what it will mean for affordable housing in Cork

Michael O’Flynn

Michael O’Flynn

Chairman and CEO, O’Flynn Group

Parag Joglekar

Parag Joglekar

Head of Development, Respond

James Benson

James Benson

Director of Development, Planning and Housing, CIF

Stephen McCarthy

Stephen McCarthy

Managing Director, Astra Construction Services Ltd

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch

Director of Services Planning & Development, Cork County Council

3:25

Closing remarks and summit close

Tom Parlon

Tom Parlon

Director General, CIF