Ian Kilvington is the business development manager for the Thames Valley Regional Building business at Kier.  As part of Ian’s role, he has created a bi-monthly event called the Kier Breakfast Club, that brings together a range of people and organisations across the construction industry to share best practice.  Here, Ian explains the thinking behind this initiative and the benefits they are bringing to Kier, its clients, supply chain and beyond.

“We started running the Kier Breakfast Clubs in the Southern and Thames Valley regions just over a year ago. The reception to these bi-monthly events has been excellent. Bringing together stakeholders from across the industry, from customers, supply chain and special interest groups such as consultants, investors, developer and local authorities, the Kier Breakfast Clubs are an opportunity to learn, share insights and discuss best practice.

Recognising the importance of bringing together all of these stakeholders to discuss our industry, the breakfast clubs were established. Typically, the breakfast clubs last no more than two hours and are finished by 10am.  This allows delegates, of which there is typically 40, to attend, learn about a topic of interest and network, without significant intrusion on their daily schedule.

At our most recent breakfast, we heard from Stuart Beales, director at Eco Modular Buildings, who shared an insight into how offsite construction has been integrated in to our modular housing project at Bath Road in Taplow.  Stuart commented “I was pleased to have the opportunity to discuss our innovative modular construction methods at the breakfast, being able to share best practice with my peers was extremely beneficial, along with the networking opportunities the event provides”.

At previous meetings, we have heard from Solum Regeneration regarding developments at Guildford Station, the British Aviation Group discussing UK airport developments, as well as Kier focused thought leadership topics such as Building Information Modeling (BIM).

So far, each breakfast club has been held at The Lighterman at Kings Cross. The building is significant to the forum as it was built by Kier and opened in 2016.  The building overlooks the regeneration of Kings Cross, providing a real time reminder of the impact of the construction and property industry.

Holding these events has allowed Kier to work as a collaborator and link our supply chain with customers and other stakeholders, allowing for best practice to be shared. We have created the twitter hashtag #kierbreakfastclub to allow attendees to share their thoughts after the meetings.”

To find out more about Kier Breakfast Clubs, please get in touch with Ian Kilvington at Ian.Kilvington@kier.co.uk.