innovation for the construction site of the future

What is Futureworx?

FUTUREWORX  is a new and exclusive event driven by the CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT ASSOCIATION and our PLANTWORX delivery team. It is a two-day combination of VIP visits, conference speakers, presentations, technology exhibits and a networking evening event.

The first FUTUREWORX will address three themes presenting key challenges and opportunities for the construction industry i.e.

The human interface

with automation, autonomy and AI


driving change and productivity


the Net Zero challenge

FUTUREWORX seeks to identify, demonstrate and discuss the technology and innovation that will drive sustainability and productivity on the construction site of 2030 and beyond. 

Our aim is, “To bring together senior professionals with the want and need with those that have the new and innovative ways of delivering the solutions”.

FUTUREWORX is supported by, and developed in consultation with, the following organisations;

Hosted at the East of England Arena & Events Centre, Oundle Road, Alwalton, Peterborough.

Thanks to our Sponsors

Registration sponsors

Sponsors of the FUTUREWORX Atrium

Sponsors of lanyards and catering

What to see and hear

Both days of FUTUREWORX are hosted at The East of England Arena & Events Centre, Oundle Road, Alwalton, Peterborough.
Wednesday 30 March 2022

16.00 hrs: PREVIEW OF EXHIBITS (Invitation Only)
18.00 hrs: DRINKS RECEPTION (Show floor)

Thursday 31 March 2022
East of England Arena & Events Centre, East of England Showground
SESSION 1: 09.30 to 11.40 hrs
Harnessing technology to deliver productivity and sustainability

Welcome from Suneeta Johal – Chief Executive – Construction Equipment Association.

Endorsement video from Lee Rowley MP – Construction Minister – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.

Introduction of session moderator – Chris Sleight – Managing Director, Off-highway Research.

Mark Lawton CEng FCInstCES, Head of Engineering, Surveying and GIS, Skanska
“Design for machines and the productivity will come”.

Holger (Hopi) Pietzsch, VP Marketing (Heavy Construction), Hexagon Geosystems
“People, Project… Planet! – Building WITH and FOR Society”.

Lara Young MIEMA CEnv AMEI, Group Climate Change Director, Costain Group PLC
“Delivering Net Zero in the Built Environment”.

Mats Bredborg, Head of Customer Cluster Utility, Volvo Construction Equipment.
“Lessons from Construction: Tackling hydrogen fuel cell technology and battery development”.


Mark Lawton, Holger (Hopi) Pietzsch, Lara Young, Mats Bredborg
Jennifer Thompson, Chief Growth Officer, MachineMax
Sam Mercer, Chief Operating Officer, Plantforce Rentals

SESSION 2: 12.00 to 13.00 hrs
The HS2 Panel

James Cadman, Plant Group Lead, Supply Chain Sustainability School.
“Introduction to the work of the SCSS Plant Group”.


Neil Wait, Head of Environmental Sciences, HS2 Ltd

Panel Members:

Peter Miller, HS2 Environment and Town Planning Director
Jasmine Ng, BEIS Energy Innovation Programme Manager
Daniel Marsh, Imperial College London Programme Manager (Centre for Low Emission Construction)
Breffni Quinlivan, SCS Environment & Sustainability Director
Paul Andrews, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, OakTec

SESSION 3: 14.00 to 16.00 hrs
Decarbonisation – the Net Zero challenge

Moderator: Alex Woodrow, Managing Director, Knibb, Gormezano & Partners (KGP).

Professor Colin Garner FREng PhD, Emeritus Prof. of Applied Thermodynamics (Loughborough Univ.)
“Heavy duty powertrains: what is the best energy source?”

Dr Anthony Velazquez, Head of Environment and Decarbonisation, TRL
“Decarbonised plant: circularity, decarbonisation, digital twin and zero emission trials”.

Andrew Barker, Managing Director, Taylor Construction Plant Ltd; and Geraint Bruton, Business Manager Clean Fuels (Hydrogen), BOC UK.
“Hydrogen – the fuel of the future, today.”

Dr Niall Caldwell, Senior Director, Research and Development, Digital Displacement, Danfoss Power Solutions.
“Energy efficiency, a shorter route to Zero.”


Prof. Colin Garner; Dr Anthony Velazquez; Andrew Barker, Geraint Bruton, Dr Niall Caldwell
William Tebbit, Chief Executive Officer, Green Biofuels Ltd UK

Closing comments:

Suneeta Johal
Chief Executive, Construction Equipment Association.

Exhibits & Demonstrations

See the latest in the innovation pipeline from…

Click on the logos to find out more.

BOMAG + BRIGGS & STRATTON + CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT ASSOCIATION + COMIT2DRONES + DANFOSS SCOTLAND + DATATAG ID + FTC GROUP + GKD TECHNOLOGIES & SITEZONE + GOMACO INTERNATIONAL + HITACHI CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY (UK) + HS2 LTD + intesco – EcoPost + Komatsu uk + Merlo uk + National Highways + OnGrade + OnWave + Plantforce Rentals + Prolectric + Safety Shield + supply chain sustainability school + SMT GB + Snorkel + Spillard Safety Systems + TCP Group + Xwatch + Welfare Hire Nationwide Ltd + ETC.

Who will be there?

ATTENDEES: the goal of the event is to attract the participation of invited visitors who are….

  • senior executives/directors, strategic planners and policy setters.
  • innovators, thought leaders and other curious professionals.
  • major contractors.
  • leading plant-hire companies.
  • academia, project planners and specifiers.
  • the experts who can inform, challenge and debate the ever-nearing future.
  • key influencers nominated by our partner organisations.

Register your place now!

Please note, registration is required.

NOTE! National Highways CAP project invites are being handled through the CAP mailbox

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