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Medway matters -countdown to major regeneration exhibition

Date: 17/09/2008           Category: Medway Renaissance

A major event designed to help local people take advantage of the opportunities being created by the growth of Medway and Kent is now just a week away. Construction Expo 2008 will allow developers, contractors, training providers and schools to plan how they will take advantage of the huge opportunities for new business and jobs set to be revitalise the Thames Gateway. Keynote speaker Wayne Hemingway will be joined by other experts at the event, which takes place on Wednesday 24 September at Chatham Historic Dockyard between 8am and 4pm. More than 100 companies will be represented at Construction Expo, which has amalgamated with Kent’s Future Live, the regeneration show that has been held successfully as part of the Kent Show for the past two years. The event, organised by North Kent Construction Skills with support and funding from Medway Council, is being opened by Cllrr Jane Chitty, Portfolio Holder for Strategic Development and Economic Growth. “This is a great opportunity for anyone with an interest in the future of Medway to find out more about the way the area is growing and to plan how to take advantage of that growth,” she said. “While growth affects everyone in Medway, it is the construction industry that leads that growth and physically makes it happen. This is a chance to learn more about that process and about the opportunities that it creates.” Visitors to the event, which is free, will be able to tour the stands and talk to exhibitors about the opportunities on offer, as well as listening to the conference speakers. Alongside designer and business leader Wayne Hemingway, the conference will hear from Stephen Stone, the Chief Executive of Crest Nicholson, the company that is building the flagship development at Rochester Riverside. Other speakers include Pete Halsall, Managing Director of BioRegional Quintain, the company behind the ‘green’ construction methods being used at Rochester Riverside, Paul Toben and Jane Ollis from Business Link Kent and David Liston-Jones, Chief Executive of the Thames gateway Kent Partnership. He commented: “Although the credit crunch has impacted hard on the construction industry, especially those involved in house building, the area remains attractive to investors, who recognise its significance to the economic success of London and the South East. “Across the area there are companies, many of which will be at Construction Expo, that are helping to make a real difference by making things happen. “Economists may be predicting that the slowdown will continue for the next 18 months, but it is important to recognise that in the lifetime of Thames Gateway this is only a short period. “I’m glad to be able to report that both the public and private sector remain committed to transforming the region and creating a new and sustainable economy in the region.” Construction Expo will give visitors a chance to meet and network with representatives from the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA), contractors, architects, developers, planners, suppliers, training providers and many others. There will be practical demonstrations of modern building methods as well as interactive sessions featuring brickwork, painting and decorating, carpentry and roofing. Denne Construction is holding a ‘mini-expo’ - aimed at schools - in a separate marquee. For more information visit: www.constructionexpo.co.uk or phone 01303 817172.