UK Construction Week returns for third year

The UK’s biggest names from across construction will be gathering at the NEC, Birmingham, for UK Construction Week from 10 -12 October.

Returning for its third year, the event brings together over 650 exhibitors with 30,000 trade visitors in what is set to be the largest gathering of the built environment community.

UK Construction Week comprises the Build Show, sponsored by EasyTrim, Timber Expo, sponsored by Steico, Civils Expo, sponsored by Finning CAT, Plant & Machinery Live, sponsored by AutoTrader Plant, Energy 2017, sponsored by G2 Energy, Smart Buildings 2017, sponsored by KNX, Surface & Materials Show, sponsored by BLFA, HVAC 2017, sponsored by Flat Group, and Grand Designs Live.

The event caters for the entire spectrum of the industry including builders, architects, innovators and consultants and each show provides exhibitors with the opportunity to network alongside decision makers and purchasers while showcasing their services and products to thousands of visitors.

There will be a wide range of exhibitors and international pavilions from Turkey, China, Belarus and Poland.

Nathan Garnett, event director at Media 10, which runs the show, said: “We can’t wait to be back at the Birmingham NEC for our third year. We anticipate that this year’s UK Construction Week will be our biggest and boldest yet, with a stellar line-up of speakers, exhibitors, sponsors and products, in addition to a packed agenda that will drive and inspire conversation over the course of the three days.”

Back by popular demand is The Innovation Trail, which will bring visitors the latest products, services and innovations that are changing the way we build. Confirmed to appear as part of this year’s line-up are Central Alliance, Texo Drone, Linus Industries, among others.

The BIM Prospects Theatre, hosted by BRE, will introduce and educate those engaged in the built environment and interested in better information management. In collaboration with Constructing Excellence, six seminar groups of construction domains will be orchestrated by BRE staff and associates.

Visitors can join BSI at its Construction Forum on 10 October to explore some of the key trends coming up in the built environment. Planned sessions include ‘Standards Supporting Global Growth’ as well as ‘Digitalisation & BIM’.

The pod home concept from Estonia’s ÖÖDHOUSE will feature at the Surface & Materials Show, where spectators can discover first-hand how quickly and easily the timber and glass structures can be constructed.

With offsite construction methods becoming increasingly popular it seems inevitable that the future of the building industry will include a significant element of prefabrication, offsite assembly, volumetric modular building and automation.

There will be an area dedicated to offsite construction, supported by the Modular and Portable Building Association (MPBA), and exhibitors include Portakabin, Tremco Illbruck, Tufeco, LHC, and Containex.  There will also be an Offsite Theatre, sponsored by Premier Modular.

Building safety, quality and fire prevention remain a priority and free CPD advice will include changes to legislation on safety, guidance on product safety, and fire prevention strategies. There will be a demonstration from Exova, which includes a ‘full-scale’ simulated cross-corridor set-up to demonstrate best-practice installation of passive fire protection measures.

Also taking place at the show is IEMA’s Skills & Sustainable Infrastructure Conference, which will launch its latest research report, delving into the role that sustainability skills are playing in enabling the ‘UK’s Golden Age of Infrastructure’ on 11 October.

The UKCW Stage will features discussions, debates and learning opportunities fronted by chairs and speakers, including architect and broadcaster, George Clarke, business journalist and broadcaster, Steph McGovern, and architecture critic and TV presenter, Tom Dyckhoff. Key seminars include an update from Heathrow Airport’s Expansion Programme director, Phil Wilbraham, and Mark Farmer, CEO of Cast Consultancy, will bring the audience up to date on what has happened in the year since the Farmer Review: Modernise or Die and explore was published.

As the Official Automotive Partner, Isuzu will be occupying three stands at the Surface and Materials show, where visitors can discover the New Generation Isuzu D-Max and register for an on-site test drive.

Additional zones and theatres include Health and Safety, Windows & Doors, Roofing & Insulation, Tools, the Builders Merchants Federation Pavilion, a Development and Regeneration Hub, ‘How to Theatre’ sponsored by Trimaco and the Education Hub in partnership with BSI.

Visitors will be able to meet suppliers, buyers and decision-makers as part of the Hosted Buyer Programme, sponsored by Lloyds Bank. A beer and ale festival runs throughout, plus a dodgeball tournament and casino nights.

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