Titanic Belfast was the setting for the recent Chartered Institute of Building’s (CIOB) Conferring Ceremony.
Over 150 people were in attendance at the event, where 48 people were awarded Chartered membership, two members were upgraded to Fellow membership of the Institute, and two companies – namely Woodvale Construction and Forrme Construction – were awarded CIOB Chartered Building Company status.
The CIOB is the world’s largest and most influential professional body for construction management and leadership and has a strong base in Northern Ireland.
The ceremony commenced with opening remarks from Councillor Deirdre Hargey, the Lord Mayor of Belfast, who commended the work of construction professionals in shaping the city’s new skyline.
Rebecca Thompson, Immediate Past President of the CIOB, was the keynote speaker. During her address she spoke about the significance of CIOB qualifications in helping to increase professional standards throughout the construction industry. She also highlighted the exciting range of professional career opportunities that are available.
Ivan McCarthy, a Trustee of the CIOB, took the opportunity to remind the attendees that membership of the CIOB is becoming an increasingly sought-after qualification for not just individuals, but also for companies to help demonstrate professionalism.
Philip Corr, member of the CIOB Belfast Hub committee and Project Manager at Titanic Quarter Limited, delivered a presentation on the major redevelopment of Titanic Quarter.
Gerard Graham, Chair of the CIOB Belfast Hub, hosted the ceremony and commended Woodvale Construction for having the most graduates. He also thanked the attendees, including their families, for making the occasion such a success.