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Following on from the success of our PPP in Northern Ireland series, we are pleased to present a revised and updated conference on Infrastructure Investments in Northern Ireland for 2009.  With the global credit crisis impacting heavily on the projects market, this event will take a look at where finance investment is coming from, have case studies from existing projects with a focus on how they are continuing through the difficult economic climes, and an in-depth look at the revised investment strategy.

This opportunity is not to be missed; local authorities will present alongside construction firms, lawyers and solution providers to give you a comprehensive overview of what is really happening in the Northern Ireland projects market at the moment, as well as a view on where investments may be happening in the coming months.  The two day conference will provide a forum where you can discuss with key parties involved in infrastructure projects the latest issues in the field and develop thoughts on proactive strategies to adapting projects to the unstable economic climate.

DISCOVER how existing projects are continuing in difficult times

DISCUSS how to approach new procurement strategies with experts in the field

LEARN from those with experience in infrastructure projects at this CPD accredited event

HEAR from both public and private sectors for a comprehensive overview

DEVELOP your knowledge of the current and future project markets for NI

  • Managing Directors
  • Contractors
  • Construction engineers
  • Project Directors
  • Financiers
  • PPP Advisors
  • Financial advisors
  • Local government
  • Directors of service
  • Construction companies
  • Legal advisors
  • Executive engineers

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

John-George Willis

John-George Willis, Partner, Tughans

9:10 Assessing Projects Through a Downturn

David Jackson

David Jackson, Senior Auditor, NI Audit Office

·                Improving departmental planning

·                Building capacity

·                Achieving value for money

·                Building effective relationships

 

9:50 Financing Issues - the Outlook for Northern Ireland

Paul Hollway

Paul Hollway, Partner, Corporate Finance, KPMG

·         Funding approaches

·         Where is the investment coming from?

·         Risk management

·         Comparison with the rest of the UK

 

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 A Funders Perspective on Financing Projects North and South of the Border

Donal Murphy

Donal Murphy, Director, Global Project Finance, Bank of Ireland

· How has the current economic climate affected the progression of infrastructure projects, North and South?
· Lessons learnt from procurement strategies North and South
· Developing proactive strategies for funding of Infrastructural Development

11:40 The Complexities of Funding in Northern Ireland

·         Where the main problems lie

·         The elusive straight-forward solution

·         Comparing investments in NI to ROI: where the differences lie

·         Developing new approaches to funding investments

 

Roger Alexander

Roger Alexander, Partner, Project finance and Consultancy, Mazars

David Donnelly

David Donnelly, Director, Mazars

12:20 Networking Lunch

13:50 Risk Management in Modelling for Projects

Julian Downes

Julian Downes, Instructor, T105 Risk Modelling Course, Financial Mechanics

·                Dealing with an unpredictable climate

·                Modelling credit risk in construction and operation

·                Using models to highlight potential pitfalls

·                Defining and maintaining your risk strategy

 

14:30 The Role of CEEQUAL in Improving Sustainability in Civil Infrastructure Projects

Roger Venables

Roger Venables, Managing Director, Crane Environmental

  • The fundamentals of sustainability
  •  Its application to civil engineering infrastructure projects
  • The role of the Institution of Civil Engineers in promoting and driving the sustainability agenda in infrastructure delivery
  • The role of CEEQUAL in helping project teams to improve environmental & social performance, and thus contribute to improving sustainability in civil infrastructure projects
  • 15:10 Should the Negotiated Procedure Now Ever be Used and When?

    Patrick McGovern

    Patrick McGovern, Partner, Arthur Cox Solicitors

    ·         Consideration of topical issues including in the context of the Credit Crunch and Recession

    ·         Key features of Competitive Dialogue

    ·         Key features of Negotiated Procedure

    ·         Conditions of access to each Procedure

     

    15:50 Chairman’s Closing Remarks

    16:00 Afternoon Tea and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    John-George Willis

    John-George Willis, Partner, Tughans

    9:10 The Titanic Quarter Development

    Mike Smith

    Mike Smith, CEO, Titanic Quarter

    ·         What is the development?

    ·         Rolling out investment in regeneration

    ·         Using regeneration to encourage economic prosperity – what the development will bring to the area

    ·         Future plans for the Titanic Quarter

     

    9:50 Inter-authority Waste Partnerships

    John Quinn

    John Quinn, Chief Executive, Arc21

    ·         What it means in practice

    ·         Management and dividing work between councils within authorities

    ·         Legal procurement structures

    ·         Understanding inter-authority partnerships from a business perspective

     

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 The Belfast Transit Project

    Ciaran De Burca

    Ciaran De Burca, Director, Belfast Rapid Transit Division, Department for Regional Development

    • Worldwide development of Bus Rapid Transit systems
    • The plans for the Belfast project – an overview
    • Developments in the project to date
    • The future for Belfast transit infrastructure

       

    11:40 The A5 Project

    John White

    John White, Director of Strategic Programmes (Roads Service), Department for Regional Development

    • Funding
    • Procurement
    • Scheme Development

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 Infrastructure Requirements in the new 2009 Derry-Londonderry Transport Strategy

    • Previous transport plans for Derry
    • Planning background and objectives
    • The 2009 transport strategy
    • Infrastructure requirements for walking and cycling
    • Infrastructure requirements for traffic and parking
    • Infrastructure requirements for better public transport

       

    Malcolm Buchanan

    Malcolm Buchanan, Director, Transport Planning, Colin Buchanan and Partners

    Stephen Wood

    Stephen Wood, Project Manager, Colin Buchanan and Partners

    14:30 Funding Through Toll Roads

    Sharon Kindleysides

    Sharon Kindleysides, Managing Director, Kapsch Trafficom

    • Using toll road projects to develop investments in infrastructure projects
    • A case study of austrian toll roads
    • Where the benefits can be found
    • Should this approach be applied in NI?

       

    15:10 Infrastructure of the Czech Republic

    Martin Burianek

    Martin Burianek, Environmental specialist, The Municipality of Frydek-Mistek

    • Where infrastructure stood previously in the CzechRepublic
    • Improvements made
    • Developing roads as a form of infrastructure development
    • Case studies and lessons learnt

       

    15:50 Chairman’s Closing Remarks

    16:00 Afternoon Tea and Close of Conference

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