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CIPR: Successful infrastructure communications

Northern Spire: Hard Hats & Sequins – the secret to successful infrastructure communications

It’s all about hard hats, sequins and having a narrative that can really engage the community.

Successful infrastructure projects take years to deliver – so where do you start, how do you keep people engaged and what do you need to do to get your regional project in front of 11 million people on Strictly on a Saturday night?

Hear from the award-winning communications team behind the success of Northern Spire – Sunderland’s new bridge.

Karen Westcott from DTW will be joined by Paula James from Sunderland City Council to give a behind the scenes look at all things ‘Northern Spire’ and outline how the project team has engaged the local community, stakeholders and the media over the past three-and-a-half years.

Get the inside story on hosting William and Kate on a secret Royal visit to a live construction site, running a school site visit programme for 2,300 children, persuading construction teams to create 10-metre high media viewing platforms at a day’s notice, dealing with the Strictly team, achieving 99% positive/neutral media coverage and all the other things you need to do to put communications at the heart of a major engineering and infrastructure project like Northern Spire.

DTW Managing Director Chris Taylor will also share his insight on devising and delivering long-term campaigns for major projects tackling difficult topics, looking at issues like strategic planning, engaging at Board level, partnership working and staying on track through good times and bad.

All that and a bacon sandwich with a view overlooking the 105 m high Northern Spire, the north east’s tallest structure and newest landmark – what more could you want for a Wednesday morning!

You will get 5 CPD points by attending this event.

Wednesday 14th November, 2018
8:00 am - 10:00 pm

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Liberty Brown Timber Beach Road
Sunderland, SR5 3XG United Kingdom
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T: 0191 516 9009