Wednesday 15 June 2016, 17.30 - 19.00 (UK time)

George Buckley Lecture Theatre, University of Huddersfield and live via Adobe Connect

Organisers: Prof Angela Lee and Prof Patricia Tzortzopoulos

With current opinion polls showing that up to 85% of the construction industry want the uk to remain in the EU, this debate will facilitate a discussion between industry and academic experts on the potential impact of BREXIT on the sector.

Could it worsen the construction sector's skills shortage? Constrain investment in new house-building and further worsen the UK's housing shortage?

How would key changes, for example in taxation and restrictions on labour migration from other EU states, affect the cost of construction projects? What would the impact be on the sector's supply chain?

As any changes to the freedom of movement provisions are likely to have repercussions for the property industry, how will this affect UK businesses?

This event will provide an opportunity to learn from industry and academic experts on the likely impacts this referendum will have, not only on the uk construction sector, but also on individual property owners, investors, and UK businesses in general.

Chatham House rules apply!



Bernard Ainsworth OBE - Bernard has been in the construction industry for over 40 years, the majority of those spent with firm J. Laing. He has led the delivery of many major projects, which have included the Millennium Dome at Greenwich, for which he received an OBE. He has also been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Huddersfield.

Panel participants

Peter Cartwright - Director of the architectural practice Cartwright Pickard, for which he heads the Leeds and Manchester offices.

Mike Connolly - Director of multi-national infrastructure firm Turner and Townsend

Prof Christopher Bovis - Professor of Business Law at University of Hull. International business and trade law and European Union law are among his specialities.

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