Networking construction newcomers get a peek at the Informatics Forum, Scotland's new world-class IT research facility

Around 50 lucky newcomers to the construction industry in Edinburgh got to snoop around one of its best new buildings last Thursday, at the latest of Building's Phase One networking events.

The Informatics Forum at the University of Edinburgh is one of the top-five most advanced research facilities in the world, so for mere mortals not possessing a PhD in extreme geekery it is usually impossible to get through the doors.

The structure is also one of the first buildings in Scotland to get a BREEAM Excellent rating right through the construction process, and architect Bennetts Associates has made it look pretty spectacular inside to boot.

Bennetts project director John Miller led a rapturous crowd on tours of the building and spoke about the unique design features - such as the atrium where the world's top IT brains can fly their robots.

Those attending the event also heard from Colin Hunter, chief executive of the massive Edinburgh Waterfront development, on what the Granton area will look like in years to come - and a very candid assessment of how he is going to maintain its funding through the credit crunch.

Phase One is a unique opportunity for newcomers to the construction industry. You can meet new contacts from across all disciplines, hear from key clients on some of the most exciting developments in your city and get inspired by outstanding new buildings and the story behind them.

Come along, have a drink - and don't forget to bring plenty of business cards and your most challenging questions for our speakers.

The next event takes place in Bristol on 9 October. To sign up or receive more details, click here. .