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TIES Living Lab: Accelerating the adoption of MMC and Innovations through cultural change

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Transport for London, Endeavour Square, London

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‘To accelerate the wider adoption of MMC through promotion of the value of the demonstrators identified through TIES benchmarking intelligence, to ultimately transform productivity within construction.’


Introducing… TIES Living Lab: Accelerating the adoption of MMC and Innovations through cultural change, the first instalment of 2 live events showcasing the latest information on the innovations to come out of TIES Living Lab, the two-year ground-breaking collaboration of 25 partners, which is due to end in July 2022. These innovative projects in Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) will demonstrate the key themes that an invited audience of government officials, arms-length bodies (ALBs) decision-makers and industry leaders will be keen to learn about.


These themes are particularly focused around value for money and productivity, and we will be discussing how the outcomes of the physical demonstrator projects will help drive a new approach to future transport infrastructure projects, with a greater consideration of whole life value from the outset.


This event is a fantastic opportunity for delegates to engage with senior leaders across the transport infrastructure sector, who will share their vision on how the work of TIES Living Lab will support a drive for cultural change in their organisations, so that a clear and lasting legacy is created through panel discussions and workshops. Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Minister Lee Rowley, will be providing a speech setting the context of TIES Living Lab (pre-recorded). We are also delighted to be showcasing an augmented reality model, developed by ARki, which allows delegates to view our MMC Ava Footbridge virtually in action, directly from their mobile phones.


Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Minister Lee Rowley


Our host, Antony Oliver, former Editor of NCE magazine (The Institute of Civil Engineers journal) and Infrastructure Intelligence magazine (Association of Consulting Engineering journal) will introduce the event, as well as host panel sessions with senior leaders from ALBs and the Supply Chain.


Antony Oliver


A downloadable copy of the full event programme can be found here. We kindly ask all delegates not to print this out, as a copy will be provided to you on the day.


Event Agenda


9.30  Registration and morning refreshments


10.00  Introduction of the event and welcome by our host, Antony Oliver


10.10  Minister for Business and Industry keynote speech setting the context of TIES Living Lab

Speaker: Lee Rowley, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business and Industrial Strategy, BEIS (pre-recorded)


10.20  Reflections of TIES Living Lab and expectations for Cultural Change

Speaker: Neil Robertson, CEO, The National Skills Academy for Rail


10.40  The benefits and opportunities: Major Infrastructure Project Perspective

Senior Leader Panel Discussion

Speakers: David Coles, Chief Engineer, Department for Transport, Stuart Harvey, Chief Capital Officer, TfL, Toufic Machnouk, Director, Industry Partnership Digital, Network Rail, Neil Robertson, CEO, The National Skills Academy for Rail, and Phil Webb, Managing Director, Walker Construction


11.25  Introduction to the MMC AVA Footbridge

Speaker: Antony Dewar, AVA Footbridge Project Sponsor, Network Rail


11.40  Project Roundtable: MMC AVA Footbridge

The ‘AVA Footbridge’ aims to revolutionise the way we approach footbridge design in both manufacture and installation. It focuses on; a pre-approved system for shorter pre-construction time, faster assembly for reduced costs, minimised whole life carbon, a revolutionary ‘plug and play’ lift system, and high-quality durable materials. The TIES project partners are Expedition Engineering (design), X-Treme Systems (manufacturing) and Walker Construction (assembly), with Network Rail as the primary client.

Speakers: Noel Lovatt, Director, X-Treme Systems, Eva Macnamara, Associate Director, Expedition, Andrew Davies, Infrastructure Sector Lead, Hawkins Brown and Phil Webb, Managing Director, Walker Construction


12.15  Lunch and networking


13.15  Introduction to the MMC Signalling Equipment Rooms, MMC Cable Route Management System and MMC Cooling Panels

Speaker: Kiren Kainth, Project Manager AV and Cooling and TIES Living Lab projects MMC Signalling Equipment Rooms, MMC Cable Route Management System and MMC Cooling Panels, TfL


13.30  Project Roundtable: MMC Signalling Equipment Rooms

The Signal Equipment Room, managed by Transport for London (TfL0 and developed by Mavin Powercube, intends to promote a new generic template for modular equipment rooms which are built off-site, reducing future infrastructure investment time, cost and risk.

Speakers: Russell Bartley, Founder/Director for Client Services, Mavin Powercube, Peter Jones, Premises Engineer, TfL, Craig Rides, Project Director, Mavin Powercube


14:00  Project Roundtable: MMC Cable Route Management System

Also managed by TfL, the Cable Route Management System (CRMS), is supplied by Bryden Wood Technology. They are delivering a digital tool to show how automation can assist with cable route management feasibility analysis and design. It shows the potential to reduce time, financial cost, risk (especially team safety risk), by using automated CRMS design software as part of the design process.

Speakers: Simon Stockley, Lead Design Engineer, TfL and Phil Langley, Director, Bryden Wood Technology


14.30  Afternoon refreshments


14.45  Project Roundtable: MMC Cooling Panels

The third and final TfL managed project, Cooling Panels, are developed by SRC Infrastructure, and are composed of a curved ‘radiator’ with internal cooling pipework and forced air distribution. The objective is to discover if they can deliver the same cooling outputs as the Underground’s Platform Air Handling Units (PAHU), yet be significantly easier to maintain. With the upgrade of the Piccadilly line trains from 2025, replacing the fifty-year old 1970’s fleet, TfL want to ensure the new walk-through air conditioned trains will be faster and more reliable.

Speaker: Tony Ridley, Senior Engineer, TfL, Anthony Adamson, Portfolio Delivery Manager, SRC Infrastructure and Vasileios Vernikos, Executive Director, SRC Infrastructure


15.15  Effective Exploitation of Innovations within Infrastructure Delivery

Speaker: Sarah Sharples, Chief Scientific Adviser, Department for Transport


15. 40  Summaries and Q&A session led by Antony Oliver


16.00  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.


Speaker Programme



Antony Oliver – former Editor of NCE magazine (The Institute of Civil Engineers journal) and Infrastructure Intelligence magazine (Association of Consulting Engineering journal)


Antony Oliver works with a range of clients across the infrastructure sector to boost communication and marketing strategies and to stimulate discussion and action in the industry through the creation and delivery of thought leadership articles and events. He has spent the last three decades working as a journalist and editor, initially with New Civil Engineer magazine, and most recently as creator of the website Infrastructure Intelligence. He is a chartered civil engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and started his career with Owen Williams and Partners and Balfour Beatty. For the last four years he is has served as a Trustee of the Built Environment Trust which exists to inspire, connect and empower people to improve the quality of our built environment.




Neil Robertson – CEO, The National Skills Academy for Rail


Neil Robertson has been CEO of the National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR) since 2015, leading NSAR’s current priorities: skills, data and workforce planning, productivity, standard setting, social value, and quality assurance of training and assessments in the rail sector. NSAR has subsequently developed a suite of products to help industry and governments improve productivity and is managing the TIES Living Lab project.





Stuart Harvey – Chief Capital Officer, TfL

Stuart Harvey joined TfL in 1981 as a signalling apprentice in London Underground. After various roles in signalling he then moved into delivery roles as he negotiated and set up a team to deliver the Piccadilly line extension to Terminal 5 Private Finance Initiative (PFI). This was followed by leading the Connect PFI providing fibre, trains and station radio across the London Underground network and the delivery of the below ground emergency services network after the 7/7 bombings. Stuart then took on the role of Tube Lines Director of Projects and was instrumental in the completion of the Jubilee and Northern line signalling upgrade programmes. This led to his role of negotiating the new signalling contract and establishing delivery of the Four Lines Modernisation programme, one of the largest signalling projects in the world. Leading the newly formed Major Projects Directorate in 2017, Stuart oversaw the delivery of several flagship projects, including the Northern line extension. As Chief Capital Officer, Stuart is responsible for TfL enhancement projects, driving their capital efficiency progress and Programme Management Office improvements, as well as setting engineering standards and providing engineering and asset strategy expertise to the business.




Anthony Dewar – Network Technical Lead Buildings and Architecture, Network Rail | AVA Footbridge Project Sponsor

An experienced Civil Engineer and design professional, Anthony Dewar has over 20 years of industry experience and has spent his career in a number of private and public sector bodies. Anthony is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Royal Society of Arts.  He is as a member of the National Infrastructure Commission Design Group and New London Architecture Transport and Infrastructure Expert Panel.

Anthony has led on elevating the importance of design within rail infrastructure amongst his peers and the industry’s leadership. His notable achievements include forming the Network Rail (NR) independent design panel, development of NR design principles, reinvigorating NR’s design approach via design competitions and introduction of built environment design guidance.




Eva MacNamara – Associate Director, Expedition Engineering

Eva MacNamara is an Associate Director at Expedition Engineering. She enriches the built environment as a practising structural and civil engineer, and innovation consultant. Her technical and architecturally minded expertise was exemplified by her successful delivery, from inception to completion, of the AJ Infrastructure award winning Chiswick Park Footbridge. Eva is well versed in converting unusual project challenges and aspirations to successful built solutions. As an engineering team leader, Eva has been successfully developing and delivering the engineering for some of the practice’s most cutting-edge projects, including the AVA footbridge for Network Rail and Innovate UK. Eva was part of the UK-GBC Future Leader’s programme, focusing on innovation in the areas currently challenging our industry and has contributed to industry guidance on circular economy, and its practical implementation.




Phil Webb – Managing Director, Walker Construction

Phil Webb joined the family business Walker Construction as a Site Agent in 1993.  He has been influential in the development of the rail division and was promoted to Divisional Rail Director in 2006.  With a hands on and problem solving approach he has helped deliver some of the more challenging contracts within the rail sector over the course of his career. In 2012 Phil also took on the role of Safety Director and was instrumental in the development & implementation of the companies behavioural safety programme with a vision to Change Minds, Change Ways & Change Safety. He has developed strong leadership skills with extensive management experience across all Building & Civil related contracts and was rewarded for his endeavours in 2013 when he was promoted to Managing Director of Walker Construction (UK) Limited.  A position that up  until his appointment had only ever been held by members for the Walker Family.




Noel Lovatt – Director, X-Treme Systems

Noel Lovatt has been working within the TIES Living Lab AVA consortium as the manufacturing partner. He and his team will be manufacturing and assembling the AVA demonstrator. Noel has 20 years of experience in manufacturing and developing organisations in this industry.




Kiren Kainth – Project Manager AV and Cooling and TIES Living Lab projects MMC Signalling Equipment Rooms, MMC Cable Route Management System and MMC Cooling Panels, TfL

Kiren Kainth has worked within the rail industry for 6 years. She is the Air Velocity (AV) and Cooling Project Manager at TfL and is currently managing 3 of the TIES Living Lab Demonstration projects, which includes Cable Route Management Systems (CRMS), Signal Equipment Room (SER) Modular Build and the Cooling Panel. Kiren is passionate about innovation initiatives that looks to reduce Co2 emissions, save time, reduce whole life costs and improve health, safety and wellbeing of those involved in the delivery, operation and maintenance of the assets.




Peter Jones – Premises Engineer, TfL

Peter Jones has worked in the rail industry for 30 years as both a Building Surveyor, Delivery Manager and Discipline Specific Asset Engineer, covering mainly the Built Environment and receiving assurance. He has worked on a diverse range of projects including the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, Jubilee Line Extension, East London Line Extension, Jubilee Northern Upgrade Project and the Kings Cross Station Upgrade.  The experience gathered during these and other projects has inspired Peter to identify and implement better methods of delivering the necessary engineering outcomes in these increasingly challenging times.




Russell Bartley – Founder/Director for Client Services, Mavin Powercube

Following the creation of the Mavin Global in 2005, Russell Bartley went on to develop Powercube’s award-winning, custom containerised modular DataCentre and Special Container Solutions. As well as working with public sector organisations; the NHS, Education, Rail and Defence, Russell has also assisted many large enterprises, such as Vodafone, Weetabix and Yell, to surpass some of their operational goals. Russell advocates a no-nonsense approach, open communication, and common goal collaboration, for which he is well respected within the industry. Placing high value on professional integrity and corporate responsibility his primary responsibility within the TIES Living Lab Modular Signalling Equipment Room (SER) is to lead innovation design and the collaboration between Mavin Powercube and Transport for London (TfL) during the development of the ground-breaking SER project.




Simon Stockley – Lead Design Engineer, TfL

Simon Stockley has worked in the rail industry for 20 years as both a project manager and engineer, covering infrastructure, signalling, rolling stock and PWay. He was the engineering lead for the design and build phases of the infrastructure related aspects of the 4LM upgrade, including Signal Equipment Room (SERs), Cable Route Management System (CRMS) and Low Voltage Alternating Current (LVAC) works. It is the experience gathered during these installs that he has brought to the TIES Living Lab demonstrator projects.



Tony Ridley – Senior Engineer, TfL

Tony Ridley is a Tunnel Ventilation Engineer with 10 years’ experience in the industry. He specialises in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis and ventilation design. Tony conceived the idea of the Cooling Panel back in 2016, creating a small-scale prototype to demonstrate the proof of concept, and has been leading the design since then to the present day.




Vasileios Vernikos – Executive Director, SRC Infrastructure

Vasileios Vernikos is the Executive Director of SRC Infrastructure, heading up Operations and Commercial functions of the firm. Vasileios has had both contractor and consultancy experience through roles such as Framework Director in LendLease or Project Director in Jacobs. He has had one of the largest project portfolios in CH2M’s Rail business, managing the delivery of a series of programs and frameworks. Vasileios has a Civil Engineering degree with a Masters on Earthquake Engineering. He has also a Doctorate on Offiste Construction within a BIM environment. He was Rail’s Practice Technology Director and Head of BIM Development.




Anthony Adamson – Portfolio Delivery Manager, SRC Infrastructure

Anthony Adamson is a Portfolio Delivery Manager with SRC Infrastructure, delivering project services to client organisations. He has undertaken a lead project engineer role on the TfL cooling panel demonstrator and has a number of years’ experience within multi-discipline projects within the railway industry. Anthony has worked on several high-profile projects within TfL such as 4LM, Northern Line Extension and Piccadilly Line Upgrade.




Sarah Sharples – Chief Scientific Adviser, Department for Transport

Professor Sarah Sharples is the Head of the Science and Engineering Profession (HoSEP) at and Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department for Transport (DfT). She is a Professor of Human Factors in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Nottingham and from 2018 to 2021 was Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and People. As well as being founder and co-director of the EPSRC Horizon Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT), she has led research programmes examining the implementation of new technologies in rail, highways and aviation, and currently leads the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Connected Everything Network Plus. She was President of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors from 2015 to 2016.

Sarah is responsible for the DfT Science Plan, providing advice and independent challenge to ministers and senior officials while ensuring that science and engineering evidence is robust, relevant and high quality and that there are mechanisms for science and engineering to underpin policymaking and the delivery of services and operations.



Please note, this event is by invitation only.