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What did we learn at Wembley?

With Vision Construct now wrapped up, it’s important to look back on the panels we hosted, the presentations on offer and the reveals that took place.

In a world where innovation is the driving force of progress, Vision Construct was an opportunity to show off those innovations to a wide audience of construction professionals, first-hand. Taking over Wembley Stadium for two days, Resibuild joined forces with The Institute of Construction Management (ICM) to make Vision Construct a true vision of the future of construction.

With panels, presentations and connection opportunities galore, it’s easy to see why so many people were excited about attending Vision Construct. We’re going to dive into what you missed:

Panels – What did we learn?

We learned about the future of construction from over 30 panellists during the two days of Vision Construct, diving deep into conversations on the future of our industry with Deepa Mistry, George Stevenson, Carol Massay, Michaela Wain, Sir Ken Knight, David Jones, Chris Waterman and many, many more.

We learned from our Future of Construction panel that the newer requirements of Part L and Part O have the broader challenge of bigger cavities and that there are conflicting challenges between the two that make them difficult to fulfil whilst ensuring fire safety.

We also looked into the pressing topics our industry has been eager to discuss – the importance of inclusion of women in construction, how mental health has affected the workforce, the impact of regulations and remediation on the end user, whether AI will develop as a hindrance or asset and how the industry can reach net zero targets in a reasonable timeframe.

We learned from our Apprenticeships and Labour panel that the simplest things can make the largest difference to people new to our industry. For example, making sure the PPE available is the correct fit for everyone on-site, or making sure that restrooms for all genders are available, accessible and well-maintained on-site in order to not just avoid awkwardness but provide the bare minimum for new professionals.

We learned from Sir Ken Knight on our fire safety panel that the government has changed their position slightly on the second stair core and that a grace period will be provided to allow the changeover, but that a building without a second stair core isn’t necessarily unsafe.

Finally, we learned from Sapphire Balconies that a key difference between success and failure can be how your data drives you. At Wembley Stadium, Sapphire learned that they maintained the grass by hiring scientists as opposed to gardeners. By hiring those with a knowledge of data, they can more purposefully steer their success. The same can be said of carbon. By following science-based targets, reducing the carbon in a project can be data-driven and more purposeful as a result.

The Next Generation – What did we learn?

The biggest reveal from day one of the exhibition was Sapphire Balconies’s reveal of their Next Generation suite. The reveal by John Sisk & Sons’ Ger Hayes and Sapphire’s Murray Hone displayed innovations signifying a turning point for the manufacturer and supplier, blending cutting-edge technology with a sustainable approach that sets the standard for Sapphire's future offerings.

The Next Generation has reduced CO2 emissions by a remarkable 19% throughout construction stages A1-A5 and have reduced moment forces on the building down to as little as 4kNm. The four key benefits of the Next Generation suite, Lighter, Safer, More Possibilities, and Kinder, are in place as a commitment to more sustainable practices and a truly ‘kinder’ system moving forward.

The Next Generation suite is available to be specified – to learn more, visit Sapphire’s website:

ICM/Sysmax Collaboration – What did we learn?

On day two of Vision Construct, The Institute Of Construction Management and Sysmax announced a unique partnership in order to champion safety in the construction and social housing sector.

The collaboration’s focus, announced by Peter McAteer and David Jones, lies in enhancing safety measures across social housing and construction. Competency and compliance management and improvement systems will now be accessible industry-wide, ensuring a standardised approach to safety in construction. The compliance and competency management systems are compliant with PAS8671, offering the most up-to-date safety guidelines.

Sysmax, inspired by lessons from the Deepwater Horizon disaster, has harnessed its groundbreaking features for the construction sector.

Discover Sysmax's systems, Benchmax, Casmax, and Sawmax, available on their website. For more information about this exciting collaboration, visit

In summary...

What did we learn at Wembley?

We gained valuable insights from a diverse group of panellists who brought their expertise to the forefront. We watched incredible presentations from fascinating companies covering a wide range of topics, making thought-provoking points and leaving our attendees with a deeper understanding of the complexities of construction.

We watched Sapphire Balconies launch their Next Generation suite of balcony innovations, and saw ICM and Sysmax announce their partnership, unveiling a promising improvement to competency and compliance standards in construction.

What we learned at Wembley was that the future of construction is promising. There’s a grand future for construction in 2024 and beyond and we’re excited to watch it unfold.

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