POSTPONED- Design for Safety – UK Perspective


Supported by the Construction Industry Group



Alan Binns, Safety Director, Ryder Architecture

Professor Billy Hare, Deputy Director BEAM Research Centre, Glasgow Caledonian University

Chris Northwood, Healthcare Technical Leader, Laing O'Rourke

Jamie Johnson, Board Director, Head of Global Systems, Bryden Wood



Robert Gordon, Director, Buro Happold Hong Kong


Design for Safety – UK Perspective

The construction industry faces a continuing challenge with significant accident and fatality rates. There are many causes and root causes, but one of these can be linked to the design. Design for Safety has been legislated for in the UK since 1995 under the CDM Regulations. The impact of legislation and its revisions will be explored. Construction technology has also changed in recent years with the evolutionary steps in modern methods of construction that also bring with them the potential to mitigate safety related incidents. In this webinar, we will explore and learn from the UK situation.


About the speakers

Allan is the Safety Director at Ryder Architecture. Since joining the Ryder in 2018, Allan has overseen the integration of the principal designer role into practice and continues to lead on health and safety initiatives including the new roles, duties and challenges posed by the Building Safety Act.

Allan is a Regional Representative for the APS’ Central Region and an Executive of the Building Safety Alliance.

Professor Billy Hare is the Deputy Director BEAM Research Centre at Glasgow Caledonian University. He joined GCU in 2002 as a Professor of Construction Management after a career in construction contracting. He delivered research on several HSE, IOSH, EPSRC, CITB and industry funded projects totalling over £1m, and published 50+ peer-reviewed publications and Impact Case Studies for the UK Research Excellence Framework. His research portfolio is focused on improving safety health and wellbeing within the construction industry. Currently, he is International Coordinator of the ‘International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction’ Safety Health and Wellbeing Working Group. His expert commentary is often sought by the media, including the BBC.


Chris is Technical Leader for UK Healthcare in Laing O'Rourke. He specialises in developing some of Laing O'Rourke's most challenging and complex building projects through pre-construction and into construction. Throughout his 23-year career, Chris has assembled and led highly successful multidisciplinary teams to deliver the best possible outcomes for stakeholders, recently including Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary and The Factory performance arts venue in Manchester.

Having also spent tenures leading the development of Laing O'Rourke's Digital Engineering capabilities and MMC solutions, Chris is a strong advocate for modernisation and change and the value this can bring to our industry.


Jaimie joined Bryden Wood as employee #1 in 1995. He is a recognised global authority on industrialised construction, working with government and private sector clients in UK, US, Europe and Asia.

Together with others at Bryden Wood, Jaimie is the originator of the Platforms approach to DfMA and the author of four books on this topic. He is a leading thinker on the future of the sector and is at the forefront of ambitions to adopt manufacturing-led design and construction practices globally.

Jaimie is the author of benchmark strategy documents that have been adopted as a foundation for the UK Government’s drive to create more productive, value-driven infrastructure and was awarded an MBE for services to construction in 2021.


About the moderator

Robert is a Director for Buro Happold in Hong Kong.  He is a Chartered Civil Engineer, and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers with over 25 years’ industry experience.  Robert has led the design and implementation of a range of civil infrastructure and building-related projects in the UK, Asia and Middle East.  Robert is also the Chairman of Lighthouse Club International, which has charities that financially assist victims of construction accidents and their families. He has organized the Lighthouse Club’s International Design for Safety Competition and presented on the topic at conferences and webinars.


Supporting Organisation




  • Member: HK$140
  • Non-Member: HK$250


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9/19/2023 4:30 PM - 5:45 PM
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