Largest construction industry event returns

With nine trade shows taking place at the Birmingham NEC this November, UK Construction Week promises a rich variety of exhibitors and topical debates in its 2017 edition.

One of the leading voices of the construction industry, UK Construction Week 2017 promises to 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).

Running from 10am to 5pm on Tuesday 10th, Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th October, the multiple-award-winning UK Construction Week (UKCW) 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 array of debates, seminars and specialist building safety workshops hosted at six hubs plus the UKCW main stage. Free and CPD-certified workshops are running throughout the three days, but delegates are advised to register as soon as possible to secure a space.

Big names to exhibit

Among the exhibitors will be LHC, the leading provider of free-to-use framework agreements used by local authorities, social landlords and other public bodies; UK Contractor Lettings, provider of affordable accommodation solutions for contractors; and scaffolding and construction specialist Embassy Site Service. Some of the industry’s biggest product manufacturers, suppliers and service providers will also exhibit and attend the show. Those include Rockwool, 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 Group, and Network Rail.

Safety & offsite construction

UK Construction Week will focus on several key themes this year, which the industry’s big thinkers will explore at the conference.

Safety, quality and fire prevention are all priority at this year’s event. Free CPD advice will include changes to legislation on safety, guidance on product safety, fire prevention strategies, and your role in construction. Spaces are expected to fill very quickly, so registering your place early is advised.

Offsite construction features heavily in this year’s conference, with 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, partner at Sustainable Futures, plus insights from the industry-leading Knauf Insulation.

Part of the discussion will focus on how lenders and local authorities can be assured that the industry is committed to building quality, healthy, well-designed housing, with an esteemed panel including Andrew Carpenter, Chief Executive of the Structural Timber Association and Constructing Excellence South West, Ayo Allu, Chairman and Committee Member at CIOB’s London Branch; and Mark Jones, Business Development Director (Acting) from NHBC 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.

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. 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, including LowCVP Low Carbon Champions Awards, BIM Awards, Offsite Awards and the WAN Transport, Concrete in Architecture and Adaptive Reuse Awards.

Social networking

UK Construction Week is making it easier than ever before to share knowledge, meet new contacts and make lasting connections. In person, visitors and exhibitors are guaranteed entertainment as well as unbeatable networking opportunities. The beer and ale festival – a huge hit last year – is open throughout each day and both nights, and features live music, entertainment, 15 types of beer and hot food. UK Construction Week has also arranged special perks for casino nights on the 10th and 11th with Genting International Casino at Resorts World Birmingham.

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