Get the most from UK Construction Week

For busy architects planning days out of the office can be difficult, but understanding what new developments are influencing architecture is essential to stay ahead of the curve.

With just weeks to go to UK Construction Week (UKCW) at the NEC on 8-10 October, now is the time to register and cram as much into your day as possible.

Products galore
No matter what you need to source look no further than UKCW. Back by popular demand, the MaterialDistrict Expo will return for a second year showcasing the latest smart, circular, biobased, recycled and lightweight materials for a more sustainable and healthier built environment. Titled ‘Material Innovation’, this part of the show will offer samples of products that address the current global issues including energy, general health and available resources.

Pinnacle Infotech will be showcasing their range of Building Information Modelling (BIM) and CAD services. While the Innovation Zone sees PlanRadar launch its new task management system which works in 3D. This is essentially a 3D BIM version for designers, architects and builders.

Learn from the experts
UKCW brings together more than 300 experts. Hear from Steve McIntyre, urban environment consultant from ANS Global who will be discussing sustainable and biophilic architecture; Peter Ungar, director Ungar Architects will look at maximising small and ‘difficult’ spaces; and Lee Bennett, partner at Sheppard Robson will cover timber building case study: Hardman Square Pavilion.

And with Brexit looming attending ‘Brexit Boom or Bust? Industry Economic Forecast 2020’ on the UKCW Main Stage is a must.

Health and wellbeing
Mental health needs to be talked about particularly within architecture and construction. Launching at UKCW this year, the Mind Your Head campaign is designed to promote mental wellbeing for those in construction. Advice will be on hand to take back to your business.

Modern Methods of Construction (MMC)
MMC exhibitors will be showcasing timber, light gauge steel and concrete frames, modular volumetric systems, digitalisation of construction, 3D printing, robotics, AR and VR, autonomous plant, equipment, drones and digital surveying, as well as a wide range of products and services manufactured offsite.

And relax…
Relax at the Beer Festival, sponsored by NBS and don’t forget the ‘Rockaoke’ on Wednesday night.

UKCW is made up of: Build sponsored by Easy-Trim, Building Tech, Civils, Energy and HVAC, Surface and Materials, and Timber. It also features Concrete Expo (8-9 October only) and Grand Designs Live (9-10 October only).

Single registration gives access to all areas of the show