The year’s must-visit construction event promises more than ever

If there’s one event that’s a priority in the calendar of any built environment professional, it’s UK Construction Week. For the third year in a row, UK Construction Week will be held at the Birmingham NEC, and this year attending is arguably more important than ever before.

The construction industry has seldom been more newsworthy – from building safety to the uncertainties and potential impacts of the UK’s imminent EU departure, to the countrywide housing shortage – the chance to influence, share, learn and network has never been more opportune.

Event Director Nathan Garnett of Media 10, which runs UK Construction Week, said:

“The UK’s construction industry is more topical than ever. Not only is it at the forefront of political debate and public opinion, it’s also clear that we’re moving towards a new age of innovation and change with topics such as offsite construction, modular and BIM driving so many conversations. This will be our biggest event to date, and we’re looking forward to bringing the industry together to debate, learn and do business, as well as showcase a diverse range of products and services.”

This year the event is set to be its most popular yet with some of the industry’s biggest names already signed up to exhibit, including CAT, Gripple, Jigtech, Knauf Insulation, Portakabin Group, Screwfix, and Velux Modular Skylight, as well as a stellar line up of speakers from Urban Splash, Heathrow, AECOM, Cast Consultancy, Kier, and Network Rail.

Nine specialist shows

UK Construction Week will run from 10-12 October, is trade only, and free to enter. Visitors will benefit from nine shows: The Build Show, sponsored by Easy-Trim, Timber Expo, Smart Buildings, Grand Designs Live, Surface Materials (featuring Kitchens & Bathrooms Live), Energy, Plant & Machinery Live, HVAC and Civils Expo.

In between exploring the industry’s most innovative products and services, visitors can attend an exciting array of debates, seminars and specialist building safety workshops hosted at six hubs and the UKCW main stage. Timetables are available on the UK Construction Week website. The workshops, all of which are free and CPD-certified, run on all three exhibition days, but will full up fast so people are advised to register as soon as possible.

Three thoroughly thought-provoking themes

As you’d hope from a show bringing together the industry’s big thinkers, as well as huge diversity of information, UK Construction Week will focus on several key themes this year.

There has never been a more important time to learn about building materials and regulations, which is why the Timber Expo has introduced a series of free CPDs bringing together leading authorities to deliver advice and guidance on key issues including:

  • Essential guidance on safety and fire prevention in buildings
  • Guidance on sprinklers, fire doors and dampening
  • Latest advice on cladding and other flammable building materials
  • Health & Safety – responsibilities in the construction process and protecting you and your employees
  • Improving safety through technology

Offsite construction features heavily; it’s the future of the way we build, and visitors will find more exhibitors focusing on offsite and modular construction than any other area. This part of the event is supported by the Modular and Portable Building Association (MPBA) and Structural Timber Association (STA). There’s a dedicated offsite award ceremony plus a theatre, with key speakers focusing on volumetric construction in the residential sector including Urban Splash chairman Tom Bloxham, Rory Bergin – a partner at Sustainable Futures – plus insights from the industry-leading Knauf Insulation.

On the subject of innovation, the Building Research Establishment (BRE) is hosting the BIM Prospects Theatre. Here, experts will offer insights on the skills gap and delivering BIM level 2, and update on the government mandate requiring collaborative 3D BIM.

With the adoption of modular housing, how can lenders, local authorities and developers be assured that the industry is committed to building quality, healthy, well designed housing? An esteemed panel will debate the merits of modern methods of construction, and provide advice on how to retain quality and design without slowing down the build process.

So what else is new?

An all-new layout and floor plan will feature at this year’s show – all the better to showcase an unprecedented number of exhibitors and seminars.

Imagine a building that turns up and virtually installs itself, and uses almost no energy in the process. Premiering at UKCW is Ten Fold’s extraordinary TF-64 building – a live demo of a fully relocatable, self-building building.

One of UK Construction Week’s main aims is to act as a showcase for innovation in the industry, whether it’s new ways of working, sustainable products or evolving technologies. The Innovation Trail will bring visitors the latest products, services and innovations that are changing the way we build and have never previously been showcased in the UK. Companies can apply for their product to feature on the Innovation Trail by visiting the website.

A number of new, specialist awards will also feature at this year’s event. These include: LowCVP Low Carbon Champions Awards, BIM Awards, Offsite Awards and the WAN Transport, Concrete in Architecture and Adaptive Reuse Awards. The UK’s best companies in the industry will also be recognised at the Construction Enquirer Awards on the opening night of the show.

As one of the leading voices of the construction industry, UK Construction Week 2017 will deliver its most comprehensive and diverse show to date with support from leading associations including The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Construction Products Association (CPA) and Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

To register your free tickets and guarantee a space at UK Construction Week’s seminars and workshops, visit: www.ukconstructionweek.com