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TIES Living Lab: A catalyst for cultural change in the Transport Infrastructure sector – achievements, lessons and legacy

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Transport for London, 5 Endeavour Square, London E20

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TIES Living Lab: A catalyst for cultural change in the Transport Infrastructure sector – achievements, lessons and legacy

This conference on the policy impacts of the TIES Living Lab is its final showcase event following a two-year delivery programme. It will be an opportunity to demonstrate how this work furthers Government’s policy ambitions, enables the delivery of the Construction Playbook, the Transforming Infrastructure Performance (TIP) Roadmap 2030 and to set out its legacy.

We will hear how partners from across the transport infrastructure sector have used new ways of working to shape their thinking around the development of new tools, systems and processes that support project delivery and accelerate the adoption of innovations within their schemes.

Attendees will be able to consider opportunities to trial these ways of working on future transport infrastructure projects. Also, where they can drive greater value for money, productivity, and whole life value within their infrastructure programmes.

During the day, we will share the outcomes, lessons, and achievements of the TIES Living Lab programme, establish its legacy and ensure this will inform and enable government’s and industry’s plans to improve infrastructure delivery. Specifically we will highlight:

• New forms of collaborative working
• Communities of Practice – cross-sector subject specialist groups
• Standards harmonisation across specific assets
• Improving data-sharing and benchmarking
• Accelerating the adoption of MMC

We are delighted to be welcoming back our host, Antony Oliver, former Editor of NCE magazine (The Institute of Civil Engineers journal) and Infrastructure Intelligence magazine (Association of Consulting Engineering journal), who will introduce the event. It will be live-streamed to an audience joining remotely as well as taking place in-person.

We are even more pleased to be able to welcome the Minister for Transport, Andrew Stephenson to the conference who will not only be making a keynote speech but will be chairing a Round Table with senior leaders from across the construction sector.


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Event Agenda

Morning Session

Registration opens

Welcome by host, Antony Oliver

09.35 TIES Living Lab Programme – the journey, benefits, and legacy
– Neil Robertson, CEO, NSAR

10.00 Keynote Speech by Andrew Stephenson MP,
Minister of State at the Department for Transport

10.15 Roundtable Chaired by Andrew Stephenson MP

Theme: Construction ReformHow can we work more collaboratively to drive the right societal outcomes and deliver greater efficiency savings?

Neil Robertson, Chief Executive, NSAR
Nick Smallwood, Chief Executive, Infrastructure and Projects Authority
Mark Reynolds, Chair of Construction Leadership Council and MACE CEO
Ed McCann, President of the Institution of Civil Engineers.
Sue Kershaw, Managing Director of Transportation, Costain.
Stuart Harvey, Chief Capital Officer, Transport for London
Jeremy Damrel, Development Director, East West Railway Company

Adam Simmons, Director, Future Road Investment Strategies, National Highways
Sam Stacey, Challenge Director – Transforming Construction at UKRI.
Mike O’Hare, HS2 Commercial Director
Darren James, Chief Executive Officer, Keltbray Group

Christian Irwin OBE, Rail Investment Centre of Excellence Director, Network Rail

11.00 Tea/coffee break

11.15 Standards Steering Group, chaired by Andy Gordon, TfL

The TIES Standards Collaboration Steering Group has developed a methodology for standards harmonisation to enable collective procurement of the Living Lab demonstrators across appropriate client groups

12.00 Lunch and Networking


13.30 Antony Oliver – Introduction of afternoon sessions

13.35  Cost Performance and Benchmarking

Theme: New benchmarking governance structures, performance metrics, collaborative processes, technologies, operating models and systems to share data and strengthen the partner’s capabilities.

  • Policy impacts of the enabling benchmarking processes and technologies

 Nick West (TfL), Liz Holford (NR), Gerard Toplass (Loop), Chris Fry, (Accelar), Dr Doug Forbes (WLC), Tom Hall (RSSB)

14.15 TIES Partners – Impacts of the Lab on future Infrastructure delivery

Theme: Based on the successes of the Living Lab, Transport for London and Network Rail are working partnership to scale dedicated Living Labs to drive wider organisational improvements.

Kuldeep Gharatya (TfL)

14.35   Afternoon refreshments

14.50 A Government perspective: The direction of Construction Reform:

  • Delivery of the Transforming Infrastructure Performance (TIP) Roadmap 2030 and the Construction Playbook

Nick Smallwood, IPA; and

  • DfT Initiatives that are preparing the ground for Construction Reform

Caroline Botwood, DfT Director, Chief Portfolio Officer

15.20   Final comments

15.30   Close



Venue Details


Transport for London
5 Endeavour Square
E20 1JN


The best way to travel to the venue is via TfL London Underground services, and the nearest station is Stratford.