UK Construction Week concluded last week as more than 85,000 visitors and over 1,000 exhibitors attended the six-day event which featured nine shows at the Birmingham NEC.
Spanning five halls of the exhibition centre, the exhibition drew visitors from across the entire spectrum of the industry – from high-end architects and interior designers to self-builders and home renovators.
The event began on Tuesday 6th October with eight trade events: the Build Show, Timber Expo, HVAC 2015, Smart Buildings, Energy 2015, Kitchens and Bathrooms Live, Plant & Machinery Live and the Surface and Materials Show.
This was then followed by the opening of Grand Designs Live on Thursday 8th October, the final day of the trade shows. Grand Designs Live then ran until Sunday 11th October.
High profile event
Hosted by journalists John Humphrys, Steph McGovern and Krishnan Guru-Murthy, the UKCW Main Stage in particular drew in some lively debates discussing the industry.
Various well-known TV personalities and industry stalwarts took centre stage at the event, including Kevin McCloud, George Clarke and Craig Phillips.
Elsewhere, with a combined purchasing power of around £8.5 billion, the 25,000 plus trade attendees included more than 60% of the UK’s biggest names in construction, such as Wilmott Dixon, Travis Perkins and Saint Gobain.
An additional 7,000 individual companies also attended, to discuss and view current and future projects and products.
Richard Morey, Group Events Director at Media 10, said that the company “could not be happier” with how the show turned out.
He commented: “It’s an exciting time to be involved in the construction industry. Construction growth is continuing to drive the UK’s economic recovery and with more than 2.2 million people employed in this sector, output and productivity is only set to increase.
We recognised that there is a very real desire for an event like this brings the whole industry spectrum together, providing a much needed opportunity to network, learn and do business – as well as simply celebrating the industry at a time of renewed optimism.
There was a real buzz throughout the three days and the quality of visitors has been excellent. We’re also pleased that so many of our housebuilding and architectural visitors really recognised the value and the synergy between Grand Designs Live and the more trade-focused shows. We’re looking forward to developing the show even further over the next few years – we’ve already confirmed the NEC until 2019.”
UK Construction Week will by hosted once again at the NEC Arena in 2016, taking place from the 18-20th October next year.
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