Taking place at The National Space Centre in Leicester on Thursday 25 April, the PCA’s Speaker Programme runs from 10am to 1.30pm and is likely to be of interest to a wide-range of property and construction professionals.
The programme is free of charge to all PCA members and just £25+VAT for non members. For those participating in the CPD scheme, each short seminar is worth two CPD points and there are eight points available for the whole programme.
Early booking is strongly recommended as places are limited. For further information contact sue@property-
This year’s speakers include Bruce Osborne, Senior Lecturer at University College Dublin and President of the Federation of European Societies of Plant Biology (FESPB), who will be talking at the event about the threats posed from the proliferation of non-native invasive weeds, such as Japanese Knotweed, in the UK and Ireland.
The chairman of the Radon Council Peter Atchison – a geosynthetic specialist with over 25 years’ experience - will provide guidance and the latest information on the implications of ground gases, including radon in buildings.
And Graham Ellis, Associate Director at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), will talk about the ways in which building surveyors and specialist sectors within the construction industry can work together for the benefit of professionals and consumers.
Finally, the programme will include the official launch of the PCA’s Code of Practice for the Control of Japanese Knotweed. Mark Fennell, Senior Consultant Ecologist - who has been instrumental in drafting the new Code - will introduce the document.
The launch of the Code marks a further progression for the PCA’s Invasive Weed Control Group, launched last year to signpost consumers to professional treatment companies offering assurance and certainty in tackling the problem.
Steve Hodgson, Chief Executive Office of the PCA, said: “We are delighted to have such influential and important speakers taking part in this year’s programme.
“The subjects are of interest to many working in the property and construction sectors and we would urge anyone interested to book as soon as possible as spaces are limited.”
As well as hosting the Speaker Programme, the PCA will also hold its awards dinner ceremony on the evening of the 25 April, at The Hub at the Space Centre.
This year’s categories - which are open to PCA members only – include Innovation and Sustainability, Training and Staff Development, Project of the Year and Contractor of the Year.
Notes To Editors
Noted for its training and technical expertise, the PCA incorporates the British Wood Preserving and Damp-proofing Association (BWPDA), which has been in formation for almost 80 years.
Its contractor members are all carefully vetted before being awarded membership - and are then subject to rigorous auditing procedures once admitted to the Association.
The trade body represents the UK’s structural repair sector, as well as the structural waterproofing, wood preservation, damp-proofing, flood remediation and invasive weed control industries.
As well as delivering a trusted repair procedure, PCA members are able to carry out specialist surveys as part of the house-buying procedure to identify potential problems – as well as a range of other services designed to preserve and protect homes and buildings across the UK.
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Press release issued by Jane Shepherd, Shepherd PR Limited, 01538 308685, 07985 129315