An important date in the construction diary

This year’s UK Construction Week promises to be the most impressive yet, with 35,000 visitors and more than 650 exhibitors. It takes place at the NEC, Birmingham, from 10 to 12th October.

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It’s one of Britain’s biggest construction industry events, with business networking, knowledge-sharing and, of course, the first public viewing of plenty of innovative products. And it’s completely free for construction professionals.

Nine shows

Nine shows cover every area of building, design and construction; the Build Show sponsored by Easy-Trim, Timber Expo, Smart Buildings 2017, Surface & Materials Show (featuring Kitchens & Bathrooms Live), Energy 2017, Grand Designs Live, Plant & Machinery Live, HVAC 2017 and Civils Expo.

Among the exhibitors are some of the industry’s best-regarded specialists, including Easy-Trim, Rockwool, VELUX, Portakabin, Steico, CAT, Cemex, Gripple, Screwfix, plus HS2, HP and a long list of international names, such as Bisen Smart Access Co, Hauff-Technik, Kessel, Randek and the Jiangxi Songtao Bamboo Industry Company. There will also be international pavilions from Turkey, China, Belarus and Poland.

Show premieres

Along with demonstrations of the latest in construction techniques, materials and new products to benefit every domestic and international sector, the show is proud to be hosting a world premiere. Ten Fold will give the world’s first-ever live demo of the TF-64 – a fully relocatable building that arrives, self-unloads and self-deploys in minutes using almost no power. These units are furnished, ready for immediate use and can fold away and move on effortlessly.

UK Construction Week is also hosting ÖÖDHOUSE’s first UK unveiling. It’s a simply incredible rapid-construction pod building made from timber and privacy glass so that it reflects its exterior surroundings.

Three major motifs

Off-site construction is a recurring theme; it’s the future of the way we build. This part of the event is supported by the Modular and Portable Building Association and the Structural Timber Association.

The present and future of BIM.

Experts will share insights on delivering collaborative 3D BIM at the Building Research Establishment’s BIM Prospects Theatre.

Building safety is an absolute priority. Visitors will benefit from free CPD advice covering changes to legislation, guidance on product safety and fire prevention strategies.

Seminar speakers

This year’s impressive line-up of speakers includes TV Architect George Clarke and Architecture Expert Tom Dyckhoff, Zaha Hadid Architects, drMM, Arup, Pier Architects and Design for Homes, Heathrow Airport, Network Rail and HS2 Growth Partnership.

Extra zones and theatres include the Offsite Theatre in association with the Modular and Portable Building Association, the Development and Regeneration Hub, the BIM Prospects Theatre delivered by BRE, the Education Hub featuring the BIS conference and How-to Theatre, sponsored by Trimaco.

The Innovation Trail

UK Construction Week will showcase the very latest products and services to the largest gathering of construction professionals of the year via the Innovation Trail including: Innovative Mobile Mapping from Central Alliance, Solar EV-Port Systems from Solisco and woven dome buildings from Linus Industries.

What else is happening?

In a unique communications partnership, the Chartered Institute of Building and ITN Productions are producing a news and current affairs-style programme which explores the opportunities, challenges and future of the UK construction industry live at the event.

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