Northern Spire to provide inspiration as DTW MD joins speakers at project management conference

Photo of the Northern Spire Bridge illuminated at night

DTW MD Chris Taylor will be speaking at the Association for Project Management conference in Manchester on 7th November.

Chris will be joining Duncan Ross Russell, Regional Director at Faithful+Gould, to showcase Sunderland City Council’s award-winning Northern Spire project and pass on lessons learned to other project managers from around the UK.

Chris and Duncan are speaking as part of the conference’s Smarter Thinking stream. It is all about inspiring project professionals to review their approach and mindset to deliver projects that provide broad benefits, including social, environmental and economic impact.

Northern Spire is a £117 million project to build a stunning new bridge at the heart of Sunderland’s new strategic transport corridor.

Chris said: “Project managers need to focus on improving people’s lives and their role in delivering investment and economic benefits. That means creating a team ethos and a narrative that puts outcomes and real people at the heart of the scheme from day one, and that’s what we all did as a team in Sunderland. I’m looking forward to the APM event as there are some great speakers and it should be a fascinating conference.”

DTW was appointed by Sunderland Council to deliver strategic PR and stakeholder engagement support alongside the three-and-a-half year construction programme. Faithful+Gould were the project managers for the scheme on behalf of Sunderland Council.

DTW has won awards for its work on Northern Spire from the CIPR, PRCA and UK Public Sector Communications Awards body.

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