Industry agrees the future has arrived, as Futurebuild 2019 concludes

  • 8 Mar 2019

Futurebuild came to a close on Thursday, with a resounding call for the built environment to make a real commitment to tackling the major environmental and societal issues facing us all, by moving beyond words and taking positive action.

The three-day event saw thousands of professionals come together to find collaborative and innovative solutions to meet the challenges facing the industry, both today and in the future.

Setting the bar high in terms of creating an action plan for change that unites all sections of the industry, the event kicked off with a bang.


The urgency of ‘now’ was highlighted right from the opening session of the ecobuild Conference, with The Rt. Hon. Lord Jack McConnell, Chair of the APPG for the SDGs, joining leading thinkers from across industry and academia to explore the need to act immediately if we are to meet the ambitious targets set by the UN SDGs.

Other conference highlights included Ben Derbyshire, Chair of HTA Design LLP and RIBA President, declaring the ‘building quality debate is a critical one that addresses major issues that face everyone on the planet’.


Agenda-setting discussion was not just limited to the conference arena. On day two, the visionary Professor Dr Michael Braungart told a packed Waste Zone to be ‘patiently impatient’ to realise a thriving health and happy economy.

Hundreds visited the seminar theatre to listen to the author of the seminal ‘Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things.’

Across the event floor, it was standing room only at many of the other ten seminar theatres – all of which were focused on providing practical insights and inspirational case studies across key built environment themes.


Visitor Mark Cessford, who is a Senior Architectural Technologist from GSS, commented: “I’ve always had an interest in sustainability and emerging technologies, which was why attending Futurebuild was a must for me.

“As well as having a personal interest, the company I work for is looking to increase their focus on sustainability. Attending the seminars has allowed me to learn more about the latest material options. I’m looking to host my own CPD sessions so all the information I’ve learned from Futurebuild, I will take away and incorporate into these classes.”

The focus on encouraging and supporting real change continued on day three. BEIS Director of Energy Efficiency, Ben Golding, joined Cristina Gamboa, of the WGBC, to make a passionate and rousing plea for the construction industry to step up and build ‘net positive’, if it is to create a built environment fit for the future.


Meanwhile, the Innovation Zone, a new and exclusive area delivered by BEIS, in conjunction with Innovate UK, proved highly popular, with its combination of inspiring talks centring on the opportunities presented by tackling climate change, a showcase of more than 40 innovative start-ups, and a dedicated business bar focused on knowledge sharing and one-to-one expert advice.

Industry endorsement in Futurebuild continued to gain momentum over the three days, with exhibitors and partners hailing the event a huge success at its close.


Linda Stevens, RIBA Head of Client Services commented: “Three days in, the empty shelves in our bookshop speak for themselves, we’ve sold lots of books.

“On a more strategic level, the partnership we have with Futurebuild and indeed our wonderful sponsors at ROCKWOOL and Rockpanel works extremely well for us.

“It enables us to be here with substantial presence and give an opportunity to one of our chartered practices to actually create something that has major impact, and this year’s stand, designed by Gundry + Ducker, has more impact than we’ve ever had before at Futurebuild.

“As well as that we’ve worked with the organisers to create lots of speaker opportunities for our RIBA president and expert members and practices.

“It’s clearly a successful partnership and we would most definitely like to build on what we’ve done over the last couple of years.”

Hadley Group, which sponsored the central Hadley Drive, agreed, with Dan Martin, Director of Marketing, adding: “Futurebuild has given us the opportunity to showcase our expanding offering and to engage with existing and new customers, as well as allowing us to increase the presence of the Hadley brand.

“The quality of the visitors at the show has been a highlight for us and being surrounded by professional colleagues and fellow exhibitors has allowed us to showcase our innovations in an exciting market.”

Visit Futurebuild's website



Leave a Reply

More articles

Improving Air Quality with Flowcrete’s M1 Certified Floors

Flowcrete UK has successfully achieved the M1 standard of emissions classification for its new Comfort Resins flooring collection.

Posted in Articles, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Building Regulations & Accreditations, Floors, Health & Safety, Innovations & New Products, Interiors, Posts

Armaflex insulation for pipe penetrations

Armaflex Protect from Armacell allows penetrations for both non-combustible and combustible pipes to be sealed off more simply than ever before.

Posted in Articles, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Pipes, Pipes & Fittings, Plumbing, Posts, Walls


Hauraton drainage systems at Bonus Arena - Hull Venue

Hauraton has ensured the multi-storey car park of a newly opened shopping district has a top quality surface water drainage system, courtesy of heel-safe gratings from the company.

Posted in Articles, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Building Services, Case Studies, Civil Engineering, Drainage Services, Drainage, Guttering, Soffits & Fascias, Posts


Cembrit HD is in the Wings at Twickenham

Cembrit HD (heavy duty) board has recently been installed in the newly redeveloped East Stand at the home of England Rugby, Twickenham.

Posted in Articles, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Case Studies, Facades, Posts, Restoration & Refurbishment, Retrofit & Renovation, Walls