UK Construction Week is to stage London and Birmingham editions in 2021 in 18-month plan to capitalise on Government construction commitments
The UK is entering a period of unparalleled government investment in homes and infrastructure. With £40bn committed to infrastructure and housing in recent weeks, it is clear this government sees the construction industry as a key driver to economic recovery.
As the leading event platform for the construction industry, UK Construction Week (UKCW) have been working with key stakeholders to create an 18 month UKCW road to recovery that capitalises on the government commitments made towards the construction industry through major infrastructure investment and the new green homes grants.
UK Construction Week London (4th – 6th May 2021) will connect the whole supply chain in an event designed to oil the wheels of construction commerce. With Government support and education on how to tap into major investment opportunities in Housing and Infrastructure, UKCW London will be the must attend construction event next Spring.
Co-located with Grand Designs Live, the UK’s leading self-build and custom build home show, UKCW London will provide a way for sustainable construction products to capitalise on the consumer demand created by the £3bn Green Homes Grant.
UKCW London will benefit from 4 established Construction Summits staged at the same time, Quality, Wellbeing, Diversity and Marketing, as well as a Lean in Construction Training Workshop.
UK Construction Week Birmingham (5th – 7th October 2021) will return with a bang in 2021 as we deliver the UK’s largest built environment event at the NEC Birmingham. Along with four conferences, 15 CPD and Workshop hubs and three major award presentations, UK Construction Week Birmingham 2021 will mark a celebratory focal point as construction can share learnings from the recovery and look to a bright future.
The UKCW roadmap to recovery will also be partnered by The Times, with editorial support for the event.
Nathan Garnett, Director for UK Construction Week said: “The pandemic has put construction in the spotlight, from building NHS hospitals to pioneering COVID secure sites, and it has met all of the challenges head on. Now it has been asked to be the catalyst for the economy, and drive the recovery, and we will use all of our events and digital communities to assist in meeting that challenge head on as well.”
John Newcomb, CEO of Builders Merchants Federation and a member of the CLC Task Force added: “BMF members have been exceptionally busy over the lock down and have provided a crucial service to keep things moving. We are delighted that UK Construction Week will be providing an 18-month plan that allows us all to recover and adapt to the new normal and capitalise on the opportunities now appearing for the sector.”
The October 2020 edition of UK Construction Week has been postponed to 5-7 October 2021. Pilot events will be taking place to assess the viability of running exhibitions in September, but the organisers took the view that the re-start date of 1 October has come too late for an event on the scale of UK Construction Week to run successfully.