27 September 2004
The Newcastle office of WYG, consultants to the built natural and social environment took centre stage recently at COBRA 2004 a major international construction conference held recently in Leeds which was hosted by the Yorkshire and Humber region of RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors).
Paul Newby, Technical Director and Graham Munday, Regional Director with WYG presented a paper about the firms’ involvement on the RICS award winning Devonshire Building at Newcastle University, to delegates from as far afield as, Australia, Hong Kong, South Africa and the USA as well as representatives from leading construction faculties in Reading Loughborough, Salford and Glasgow.
WYG provided mechanical and electrical design services as well as carrying out BREEAM assessments for the Devonshire Building which achieved an ‘Excellent’ BREEAM bespoke rating and the RICS North East Renaissance and Sustainable Building of the Year Award.
Entitled “Responding to Change”, the conference covered a number of themes including best value, bridging the skills gap, designing for all, legal and commercial relationships, social, ethical and corporate responsibility, and sustainability and climate change.
Neil Thomson, Director for WYG's Newcastle office, commented;
“WYG operates at the forefront of change within the construction sector. Regardless of an organisation’s size or maturity, collaboration with external strategic partners provides instant access to new ideas, new technologies and new market sectors. The international flavour of Cobra 2004 provided the ideal platform for this type of knowledge transfer and to share examples of best practice with fellow professionals.”