The Build Show is a must see on the trade calendar

As part of UK Construction Week, the largest construction trade event in the UK, the Build Show has been established as a must see on the trade calendar with an abundance of exhibitors signed up and a raft of prestigious event partners showing their support.

Taking place at the NEC in Birmingham from 6 – 8 October, the Build Show is free to attend and will provide a powerful opportunity for exhibitors and visitors to network, learn new skills, source new solutions, share recent successes and trade together as the market enters a new phase of prosperity.

In addition, the show will also incorporate Civils Expo – a dedicated section bringing together leading suppliers of the latest technologies, systems and products required in the civil engineering sector.

The show is also fully supported by the industry’s leading trade groups and associations, some of which include the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), the Construction Products Association (CPA), the National House Building Council (NHBC), the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), the National Federation of Builders (NFB), the Home Builders Federation (HBF), Glenigan, the Building Research Establishment (BRE) and the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC).

What’s on at the show?

As a result of the show’s strong backing, its comprehensive seminar programme is bursting with high quality content that will make visiting well worthwhile, with the opportunity to learn new skills and get a heads up on developments in the industry.

The seminar content is split into three main streams: The Homebuilding Theatre, the Site Zone and the BIM Prospects Theatre. Visitors will also be able access additional content such as the Careers Centre in association with the House Builders Federation and a commercial vehicle test drive zone.

Another key attraction at the show will be the Infrastructure Hub, which will host the hottest topics for civil engineers, including the expansion of England’s motorways and main A roads, the high speed railway system and the potential construc- tion of new nuclear power stations. Experts from across the field will discuss these burning issues and how the industry will cope with the challenges ahead.

The BIM Prospects Theatre will feature a packed programme of seminar content examining how BIM can increase efficien- cies, save time and reduce costs. Topics covered will include: practical delivery of COBie, delivery of International Foundation Class (IFC), making BIM work for product manufacturers, classification of products and making sure your business is ready for BIM Level 2.

Aimed at professionals in all areas of residential construction, the Homebuilding Theatre will feature high-level debates, discussions and presentations across a broad range of topics. Led by representatives from the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technicians and the Federation of Master Builders, the keynote session will kick things off with a lively panel discussion about the state of house building in the UK – looking at issues such as housing prices, shortages and possible solutions to the current crisis. Other topics under discussion will include opportunities in the build-to-rent and affordable housing market, land supply, training, skills shortages, energy efficiency and overcoming the performance gap.

Focused on helping builders and contractors ‘Learn to Earn’, the Site Zone will offer a hands-on interactive experience with training, workshops and demonstrations about competing for and winning work, managing costs and cash flow and practical ways to save time and money on site. Sessions will focus on issues such as identifying high street lenders that will support builders, making the most of government funding and tracking down alternative financing sources.

On the second day, the workshops will look at winning business with a bidding workshop in the morning, followed by sessions on the repair, maintenance and improvement (RMI) market and a communications master class to give SME builders the lowdown on PR, marketing and social media.

The final day kicks off with a workshop about winning work in the public sector, before moving the focus to BIM and the impact and opportunities it can offer SME builders. The seminar programme comes to an end with a roundup of legislation changes including the Consumer Rights Bill and the CDM regulations.