After an absence of two years, MIPIM returns to Cannes next week. As a MIPIM first-timer, I’m really looking forward to getting stuck in having heard so much about the event and the value it can bring for consultancies.

MIPIM offers us a great forum to engage with like-minded people from across the construction industry, be they representatives of sites, local authorities or developers.

For us, the benefits of MIPIM are two-fold. Not only does it give us the opportunity to meet with prospective partners, but it’s just as important that we connect with fellow consultants. The nature of how our industry works means that engineers are intrinsically linked with other consultants throughout any project, so having the opportunity to strengthen existing relationships and start to ignite new ones is great.

The value of strong relationships is clear to see – for example, we’ll be working closely at MIPIM alongside other members of our four-firm consortium that was recently awarded a place on an ESPO framework.

Having those relationships gives Rodgers Leask better access to procurement routes, so working closely and collaboratively with other consultants isn’t just a nice thing to have – it’s critical to the way our business works and how we deliver on projects for our clients.

Frameworks are becoming an increasingly important procurement route for local authorities and public sector bodies – especially with upcoming tweaks to the Construction Playbook centring around a ‘gold standard’ – so our ability to deliver on them is important for us as a business.

As a multi-disciplinary firm, our work with local authorities spans everything from geo-environmental surveys to transport planning and pretty much everything in between, so we’re looking forward to diving head-first into MIPIM and expanding our horizons.