Amazing Spaces star George Clarke is promoting a Tees-based building initiative at a top national conference this week.
Accompanied by the Tees Valley Combined Authority, the celebrity architect is engaging with exhibitors and visitors at the conference to promote the Ministry of Building, Innovation and Education (MOBIE), a social enterprise which works with Teesside University to deliver revolutionary home building courses, at UK Construction Week.
Clarke will be talking about MOBIE and its work across Teesside, and delivering high-level briefings to the media in attendance.
UK Construction Week is considered the highlight of the construction industry calendar, and is being held at Birmingham’s NEC from October 10-12, where it is expected to attract more than 650 exhibitors and in excess of 30,000 visitors.
MOBIE developed a suite of courses in Advanced Home Construction, in conjunction with Teesside University and with the support of the Tees Valley Combined Authority.
These include a Higher National Certificate and Diploma, an undergraduate degree programme, BSc (Hons) Advanced Home Construction (top up) and a postgraduate degree course – MSc Advanced Home Futures.
Clarke said: “UK Construction Week is the highest-profile construction event in the country, so it was essential that we attend to raise the profile of MOBIE and the opportunities it is offering in building design, in Tees Valley with the support of the Combined Authority and Teesside University.
“There is a real buzz about the need for new homes, and in order to deliver them in the quantity and quality required we must go beyond traditional construction methods.”
Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “I would like to personally thank George for flying the flag for Tees Valley at UK Construction Week.
“New degree courses like the ones developed by Teesside University and MOBIE, which will teach innovative ways of solving existing and future problems, are one way Tees Valley will establish its competitive advantage in the new economy. To stay ahead we have to be smart, and that’s exactly what we’re doing here.”
Professor Stephen Cummings, Dean of Science, Engineering and Design at Teesside University, said: “Innovation in construction, as in other industries, is the driving force for growth and productivity, which is why it is essential for business and the higher education sector to work together.
“It stands as a testament to the strength of the partnership between Teesside University, MOBIE and Tees Valley Combined Authority that our courses are being promoted at this nationally significant event.”