Key trends in the construction industry for 2022

Event: 08 Dec 2021 / 08 Dec 2021 - 11:00 - 13:00

We’re bringing in the experts to talk about the construction trends you’ll see in 2022.

An expert panel including representatives from BRE (Building Research Establishment), Barbour ABI, BIM Alliance, and Lee Evans Partnership, will talk about how the construction industry is changing. They’ll cover the impact on SMEs of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), Brexit, and COVID-19. Hear the latest about sustainability, digitisation, and innovation. As a member, you’ll also get the opportunity to put your questions to the panel.

This interactive session is set to be our most insightful event yet.


11.00 am: Lobby opens.

11.05 am: Welcome, Anita Thornberry, Executive Director of the Haven Gateway Partnership.

11.10 am: Introduction, Brian Horton, Horton Strategic Limited, I-Construct Industry Expert.

11.15 am: Panel speaker introductions with Ed Suttie, Building Research Establishment (BRE); Tom Hall, Barbour ABI; Liz Gibney, Lee Evans Partnership and Casey Rutland, BIM Alliance.

11.45 am: Panel discussion on key trends, including interactive audience questions.

12.50 pm: Summary and closing remarks, Brian Horton.

Meet your speakers

Brian Horton, Horton Strategic Limited, I-Construct Industry Expert

Brian has over 30 years of professional experience in the Housing and Development sector and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing.

As Strategic Housing Advisor at SELEP Brian works with all the local authorities across Kent, Essex, and East Sussex to promote the delivery of housing and share best practice. He also works in partnership with central government and Homes England to accelerate housing delivery across the South East to facilitate significant economic growth. 

Brian is a Board Member at West Kent Housing and Co-opted Member at Kent Housing Group Executive Board. He also works through Horton Strategic with Institutional Investors, SME’s, Housing Associations, and larger developers in an advisory capacity.

Ed Suttie, Research Director, Building Research Establishment (BRE)

Ed is a Research Director at BRE and leads consultancy and research to support sustainable construction products.

BRE's research areas include health and wellness, biophilic design and wood and wellness; Collaborative research on construction projects and products; Life Cycle Analysis; Timber and bio-based materials in construction; tools and methods for measuring and communicating environmental impacts of products, refurbishment solutions, and fit-out.

Ed is passionate about material sustainability, health and well-being in the built environment, people, forestry, and rural supply chains In April 2016 he ski-trekked to the North Pole raising £60,000 for some amazing charities.

Tom Hall, Chief Economist, Barbour ABI

Tom is Chief Economist at Barbour ABI and AMA Research. His role is to provide analysis and economic insight for the construction and related sectors, assessing the trends and developments that impact the industry.

He offers his clients bespoke research and tailored analysis and works closely with journalists and other industry bodies to provide commentary on the built environment.

Tom previously worked in the water and utilities sector and has always been drawn to working in sectors that perform useful societal functions. He has a strong analysis and research background and believes economics delivers the best results when it's overlaid with real-world experience and other disciplines’ knowledge.

Liz Gibney, Partner / Master Planner / Urban Designer, Lee Evans Partnership

Liz is a partner at Lee Evans Partnership, having previously worked for a leading provider of social housing in the UK, Home Group

Liz has extensive architectural, master planning, and urban regeneration experience. She is passionate about the effect of architecture on people. In 2013 she co-founded the charity ‘Dover smART Project’, a charity aiming to provide support to people within her home community of Dover through creative arts projects, helping them to discover their potential, a sense of belonging within their community, and to develop personal confidence.

Liz is also a respected design advisor for Design South East, and currently chairs its Ashford and Swale Design Panels. She has also previously been an advisor to the Essex Design Advisory Panel the Building Schools for the Future initiative.

Casey Rutland, Vice-Chaire, BIM Alliance

Casey is a digital advocate with a focus on company transformation from a people perspective.

With over 20 years of experience as an architect working in and leading multidisciplinary teams to deliver sports stadia, city centre developments, healthcare facilities, and heritage buildings. Casey brings a clear, concise empathy-driven communication method to the seemingly vast topic of 'digital transformation'.

Casey is chair of buildingSMART UK&I and founder of, where he helps businesses realise the value of digital, through workshops, written papers and the successful (and free) BIMOpenMic series of events.


This event is open to all I-Construct members. It will be particularly useful for contractors and developers, sub-contractors, and suppliers of the construction industry.

The I-Construct Network helps UK-based SMEs access opportunities in the construction market and develop new products and services within their businesses.

If you're not a member but are UK-based and interested in joining, you are welcome to attend one of our events to see what our network has to offer.


Registration closes at 9 am, Wednesday 8 December 2021.

Submit your panel questions in advance when you register for the event, or email [email protected]. Our panel chair, Brian Horton, will then invite you ask them on the day.