UK Construction Week promises more than ever

If there’s one event that should take priority in the calendar of any built environment professional, it’s UK Construction Week. For the third year in a row, UK Construction Week will be held at the Birmingham NEC, and attending this year is more important than ever before.

The construction industry has seldom been in the news more – from the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, to the uncertainties and potential impacts of the UK’s imminent departure from the EU, to the countrywide housing shortage. The chance to influence, share, learn and network at UK Construction Week has never been more important.

Event director Nathan Garnett of Media 10, organisers of the event, said: “The UK’s construction industry is more topical than ever. Not only is it at the forefront of political debate and public opinion, it’s also clear that we’re moving towards a new age of innovation and change, with topics such as off-site construction, modular and BIM driving conversation. This will be our biggest event to date, and we’re looking forward to bringing the industry together to debate, learn and do business, as well as showcase a diverse range of products and services.”

Nine specialist shows

Running from 10am to 5pm on Tuesday 10th, Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th October, the multi-award-winning UKCW is trade only, and free to enter. Visitors will benefit from a total of nine shows: The Build Show, Timber Expo, Smart Buildings, Grand Designs Live, Surface Materials, Energy, Plant & Machinery Live, HVAC,

also clear that we’re moving towards a new age of innovation and change, with topics such as off-site construction, modular and BIM driving conversation. This will be our biggest event to date, and we’re looking forward to bringing the industry together to debate, learn and do business, as well as showcase a diverse range of products and services.”

Nine specialist shows

Running from 10am to 5pm on Tuesday 10th, Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th October, the multi-award-winning UKCW is trade only, and free to enter. Visitors will benefit from a total of nine shows: The Build Show, Timber Expo, Smart Buildings, Grand Designs Live, Surface Materials, Energy, Plant & Machinery Live, HVAC,

and Civils Expo. More than 650 leading exhibitors, including construction’s biggest names, such as Velux, Screwfix, Easy-Trim and more, combine to make this the largest industry event in Britain.

In between exploring the industry’s most innovative products and services, visitors can attend an array of debates, seminars and specialist building safety workshops hosted at six hubs and the UKCW main stage. The CPD-certified workshops run on all three exhibition days, but will book up fast, so early registration is advised.

Thought-provoking themes

As you’d hope from a show bringing together the industry’s big thinkers, as well as huge diversity of information, the organisers are focusing on several key themes this year.

Offsite construction of course features heavily. It’s the future of the how we build, and visitors will find more exhibitors focusing on offsite and modular construction than any other area. This part of the event is supported by the Modular and Portable Building Association (MPBA)
and the Structural Timber Association (STA). There’s a dedicated offsite award ceremony plus a theatre, with key speakers

focusing on volumetric construction in the residential sector, including Urban Splash chairman Tom Bloxham, Rory Bergin –
a partner at Sustainable Futures at HTA, plus insights from industry-leading manufacturer Knauf Insulation.

On the subject of innovation, the Building Research Establishment (BRE) is hosting the BIM Prospects Theatre. Here, experts will offer insights on the skills gap and delivering BIM level 2, and update on the government mandate requiring collaborative 3D BIM.

Building safety should be at the forefront of every construction professional’s mind at all times – and UK Construction Week has made safety, quality and fire prevention an absolute priority at this year’s event. Free CPD advice will include changes to legislation on safety, guidance on product safety, fire prevention strategies, and your role in the construction process, among others. It’s an area where nobody can afford to be complacent, with spaces expected to be filled very quickly by architects, facilities professionals, developers, and local housing authorities and associations.

What else is new?

You’ll find a brand new layout and floor plan for this year’s show – all the better to showcase an unprecedented number of exhibitors and seminars. UK Construction Week has also introduced the Innovation

Trail to highlight the latest products on the market.

New, specialist awards have been added to the awards ceremonies too, including the Offsite Awards, BIM Awards and several new World Architecture News awards.

Social networking

UK Construction Week makes it easier than ever to share knowledge, meet new contacts and make lasting connections.
In person, visitors and exhibitors are guaranteed entertainment as well as great networking opportunities. The beer and ale festival – a huge hit last year – is open throughout each day and both nights, featuring live music, entertainment, 15 beers and hot food.

UK Construction Week has also arranged special perks in the form of casino nights on the 10th and 11th October at Genting International Casino at Resorts World Birmingham, just a five-minute walk away from the NEC.

To book your free tickets and guarantee a space at your preferred seminars and workshops, visit www.ukconstructionweek.com