Event: Futurebuild 2019
Dates: 5 – 7 March 2018
Location: ExCel, London
About the event
Futurebuild, the evolution of ecobuild, promises a “bold vision” and new approach for the event which will continue to be the industry platform for fresh thinking, new innovations and leading partnerships and exhibitors.
“Futurebuild 2019 represents everything we set out to achieve. It will be an event for the industry, by the industry, and 100% committed to championing innovation and sustainability for the future of the built environment,” explained Martin Hurn, managing director of Futurebuild Event Ltd. “After all, unless the future is sustainable, and unless we think beyond the status quo, we won’t have a future at all.”
Central to Futurebuild 2019 will be a new, dedicated ecobuild conference. bringing industry experts, academics, community leaders and politicians together to debate and explore cutting-edge thinking around the most critical social and environmental issues. A series of curated exhibits will immediately surround the arena, acting as a discussion point for key sustainability topics.
There will also be six ‘Futurebuild Hubs’, focusing on wider construction issues and bringing industry together to flesh out the big thinking and facilitate practical delivery. Each dedicated to a crucial aspect of the built environment, the Hubs will host cutting-edge exhibitors and deliver comprehensive content and educational programmes, including evidence-based seminars, onsite products, and in-practice demonstrations.
- Buildings: Covering all aspects of building – including new build, retrofit and refurbishment. The place to explore and debate building technology, procurement, legislation, facilities management and maintenance
- Energy: Bringing together all areas of the sector, including emerging new approaches, such as district energy, autonomous buildings and renewables
- Offsite: Showcasing and championing the latest thinking and innovations – including all aspects of design and delivery – in this growing area of interest for the construction industry
- Materials: Combining the latest innovations, research and understanding in mainstream materials, including concrete, timber, steel and masonry, as well as emerging new materials
- Urban Infrastructure: A space dedicated to all aspects of the city, apart from the buildings themselves. Discuss and discover all things around infrastructure, water, urban greening, the public realm, well-being inclusivity and anti-terrorism
- Interiors: Dedicated to all aspects of domestic and commercial interiors. Championing ‘design with purpose’ and placing a focus on crucial design elements such as colour, sound and materials
This year’s event promises to be bigger than ever with a 20% increase in floorspace due to unprecedented demand and a record number of re-bookings following ecobuild 2018.
The expansion will see the introduction of a host of new, innovative features and exhibits and makes way for a number of major new pavilions, including Made in Britain, ADE and Mindful Materials. It also provides an exciting opportunity for many start-up companies to find a home at the event, alongside major brands, including Bauder, Hadley Group and ROCKWOOL.
The Waste Zone – a further, separate exhibition and talks programme dedicated to exploring waste as a resource and the circular economy – is returning to the exhibition for a second year to the exhibition with a range of new features.
The expansion also makes way for the Knowledge Forum – a new feature which has been designed to meet the ever-evolving needs of visitors and their desire to enhance their skill sets. Within the forum, industry-leading partners, academia and professional bodies will offer a comprehensive look at the biggest issues facing the built environment and offer solutions and guidance to take back to the office. The Futurebuild Knowledge Forum will host workshops across four key themes: digital construction and quality in construction; built environment research and education, leadership and professional practice; skills and delivery and working with manufacturers.