Seminar programme unveiled for the Build Show

  • 11 May 2015

UK Construction Week will take place between 6-11 October – with the trade only days from 6-8 October) and will feature 1,000 exhibitors and an expected audience of 55,000 visitors.

The Build Show will take place during the first three days of UK Construction Week at the Birmingham NEC.

The Build Show seminar programme is split into the Homebuilding and Site Zones, with a varied schedule of industry leading speakers in each.

Visitors will be able to access additional content such as the Careers Centre in association with the House Builders Federation, a commercial vehicle test drive zone and a dedicated section for civil engineering.

Richard Morey, Group Events Director at Media 10, the event company producing UK Construction Week, commented: “Throughout the planning process, we have kept our visitors’ business needs firmly in mind and have developed the seminar content accordingly.”

The Homebuilding Theatre

Aimed at professionals in all areas of residential construction, the Homebuilding theatre will feature debates, discussions and presentations across a broad range of topics.

Led by representatives from the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technicians and the Federation of Master Builders, the keynote session will begin with a panel discussion addressing the state of house building in the UK – looking at issues such as housing prices, shortages and possible solutions to the current crisis.

Allan Wilén from Glenigan will then lead a discussion into the future of the market; looking at mortgage availability, household incomes, consumer confidence and other key indicators of market buoyancy.

Topics on the first day will also include opportunities in the build-to-rent and affordable housing market, land supply, the future of Garden Cities and green belt land development.

The second morning will have a strong focus on training, with sessions looking at overcoming the skills shortage and the best practice approach to apprenticeships.
Meanwhile the afternoon sessions will concern to BIM, off-site construction and financing issues for house builders and home-buyers.

Energy efficiency is the central focus of the final day. The opening debate will ask “is the energy crisis worse than politicians care to admit?”

Whilst subsequent sessions will look at the reality of zero carbon homes, the performance gap in UK properties, the Passivhaus model and an update on government schemes designed to improve the energy efficiency of UK housing stock.

Site Zone

The Site Zone will focus on helping builders and contractors ‘Learn to Earn’. It will offer an interactive experience involving training, workshops and demonstrations about competing for and winning work, managing costs and cash flow and practical ways to save time and money on site.

There will be a range of sessions on the first day, from issues such as identifying high street lenders that will support builders, to making the most of government funding and tracking down alternative financing sources.

Workshops on the second day will look at winning business, with a bidding workshop in the morning, followed by sessions on the repair, maintenance and improvement (RMI) market.

There will also be a communications master class, providing SME builders insights on PR marketing and social media.

The final day will begin with a workshop about winning work in the public sector, moving the focus to BIM in the afternoon, by looking at the impact and opportunities it can offer SME builders. The seminar programme ends with a roundup of legislation changes including the Consumer Rights Bill and the CDM regulations.

Infrastructure Hub

Another attraction at the Building Show will be the Infrastructure Hub, which will host topics for civil engineers including the expansion of England’s motorways and main A roads, the high speed railway system and the potential construction of nuclear power stations.

Industry experts will discuss these issues and how the sector will cope with the challenges ahead.


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