UK Construction Week returns for 2019

One of the UK’s largest construction events, UK Construction Week (UKCW), returns next month at the NEC, Birmingham. Here, FC&A lists six reasons to visit the event this year.

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Staying up-to-date with all the latest technology is essential to find the right product for the job. So, if you need to source a new heat pump, find a new sustainable material, discover new roofing products or even new BIM software, then look no further than UKCW. With over 10,000 products being showcased at the event, it makes it the ideal marketplace to source your new product. With eight different sections ranging from build to timber and from surfaces to civils, everything you need is right there under one roof.

2. That lucky encounter

Meeting face-to-face is the most engaging way to do business, and UKCW can facilitate that. If you have spotted a business that you want to connect with, contact them through the exhibitors’ portal and arrange the meeting in advance. 4000 business meetings were booked by UKCW visitors prior to the show last year, and exhibitors reported that they had generated 70,000 new business leads at the event. To help with meetings, there’s a new business and networking lounge with free Wi-Fi.

3. Genuine innovation, not another widget

This year, UKCW is shining a spotlight on the serious change-makers in construction. To aid the search, a new Innovation Zone has been established in partnership with the Construction Innovation Hub (the Hub). Another new addition for this year is the Innovation Station in partnership with On the Tools. This is a demonstration area specifically for power tools, with all the latest biscuit jointers and heavy-duty bench grinders from top trade brands in action. Visitors can pick up tips from the experts on how to get the most from their range, try out the latest products, and cut a deal with the manufacturers as show discounts will apply.

4. Your own personal industry MBA

Condense your strategic business learning into one, two or three days of insights. UKCW brings together more than 300 expert speakers. The UKCW main stage is the place to head to. It offers a programme of keynote talks and panel discussions on many of the big issues of the day around Government policy, digital innovation, MMC, sustainability, diversity, house-building, productivity and skills. And if that’s all a bit too high level, get stuck into the details at a wide range of workshops. This year, there will be more than 150 hours of CPD content available.

5. A bit of myth-busting on MMC

Everyone knows that modern methods of construction (MMC) are back in vogue, but what is the reality this time? MMC is a strong theme at this year’s UKCW. Full-scale builds will be erected on site with live demos of MMC technology in action. Head to the MMC Hub for other digital demos and simulations too.

6. An experience not easily forgotten

Make a beeline for the Coventry University stand and its site simulator. It’s hailed as one of the most powerful experiences of any construction show. If you’re feeling brave, you can step into the site hut, take on the role of the site manager and get first-hand experience of what it’s like to work on a busy project.

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