As the UK’s largest construction event, it is important to get the most out of 2018’s UK Construction Week, 9-11 October at the NEC. Here are five simple steps to help navigate the event and ensure you make the most of the event in one visit.
Four new areas have been added to this year’s show. The Future of Construction Hub, will provide an immersive experience of digital construction, 3D printing, robotics, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, augmented reality and experimental methods of construction.
Whilst, the Digital Construction Hub will update you on all things BIM, and follow the UKCW Innovation Trail – a self-guided tour around selected exhibitors with amazing new things to show off.
The UKCW Stage will see some keynote presentations from UK and international speakers and celebrities, including Barbara Res, the trailblazing engineer who will spill the beans on working with Donald Trump during the years when she project-managed the construction of Trump Tower.
Or you can join BBC Breakfast’s Steph McGovern for discussions on housing policy, quality and how we stop future building failures, the digital future of construction, diversity and political correctness in the industry, economic forecasts, Brexit and the Government’s proposed new quality mark for home improvement and low energy retrofits.
This year’s show will also offer free, fully accredited CPD sessions. But be sure to pre-book to save time as there are more than 35 to choose from and they will be popular!
The BRE Academy will also be hosting CPD workshops on BIM, offsite construction and urban planning and design; OM Group is holding health and safety CPD sessions on its stand; the Access Industry Forum is delivering working at height CPD sessions; and there are also specialist seminars in the Regeneration Hub and the Offsite areas of the show.
Key exhibitors at this year’s show include: 3Thermo, Easy Trim, American Softwoods, Aurora Lighting, Cemex UK, G2 Energy, Pfleiderer and Tradepoint (B&Q) to name but a few.
To save time, make sure you book online in advance to arrange your meetings with exhibitors.
Finally, remember that UKCW is also one massive meeting place. Network with customers, suppliers and industry influencers, or even grab a beer with a competitor at the Beer Festival. This year’s Beer Festival is sponsored by VELUX and will offer street food and live bands among a variety of drinks.
There is also a central bar in Hall 11, sponsored by the Elliott Group and the Timber Bar in Hall 9 sponsored by Germany Trade & Invest. Where better to meet up with old friends.
You can keep up to date with the latest information about exhibitors, product launches and speakers at UKCW via the website.
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