What to expect at 2018’s UK Construction Week

  • 22 Aug 2018

This year’s UK Construction Week offers over 10,000 products and 650 exhibitors, stimulating seminars, invaluable CPD sessions and endless networking opportunities. The theme this year is ‘Future of Construction’, focusing on providing visitors with the opportunity to see, touch and hear all about what’s driving the construction industry forward.

The show comprises nine shows: Build Show; Energy 2018; Timber Expo; Surface and Materials Show; Building Tech Live; HVAC 2018; Civils Expo; Plant and Machinery Live and Grand Designs Live at Birmingham’s NEC between 9 – 11 October.

Screen Shot 2018-08-22 at 11.58.14The Future of Construction Hub provides an immersive opportunity to discover how digital construction, 3D printing, robotics, AI and AR and modern methods of construction can deliver the new Construction Sector deal, and is a new collaboration with Birmingham City University. Alongside this will be the state of the art Construction Simulator from Coventry University used by construction firms for professionals and students.

An Innovation Trail will take visitors on a journey of the latest innovative ideas, products and systems from companies including: 3THERMO, Bruag, Canon, Ecovolt, Kore Wireless, Marsh Industries, Quinn Building Products, Rockwool, and Soudal.

Gooee will host the Internet of Things (IoT) Arena at Building Tech Live. The arena will showcase Gooee’s award-winning IoT ecosystem with its partnered companies, including Aurora Lighting.

A wide variety of speakers will be speaking on the UKCW stage, from Barbara Res, project manager behind Trump Tower, to Phil Wilbraham, expansion programme director at Heathrow, and Paul Nash, pas president of the CIOB and chair of CIOB Construction Quality Commission. Issues to be covered will include what it’s like as a female to work with Donald Trump, what the future holds for UK infrastructure post-Brexit, building in quality, and much more!

Beyond the UKCW stage each of the shows will host at least one seminar programme discussing sector-specific issues with a wealth of industry experts:

– The Regeneration Hub will explore planning for growth with Victoria Hills, chief executive at the Royal Town Screen Shot 2018-08-22 at 11.58.47Planning Institute, and Passivhaus at the heart of regeneration.
– The Digital Construction Hub will delve into BIM maturity for all the supply chain and project management in construction. 
– The Offsite Theatre will discuss hybrid concrete solutions and factory-built bathrooms.
– The Building Tech Live Theatre will discuss topics such as cybersecurity for smart buildings and market networks.
– The Sustainability Hub will cover air quality and the benefits of centralised LPG connections for residential developments.
– The Timber Focus Theatre will cover topics such as ‘How tall we can build in wood’ and ‘How specifiers research and source timber products’.
– The Surface and Materials Hub will include discussions on trend and colour forecasts and bionic buildings.
– The Infrastructure Hub will discuss major UK infrastructure projects and industry issues including Crossrail and advice on how to win that construction bid.
– The REA Theatre will cover topics including Power for a Cleaner, Quieter World and Green Strategy – Energy Policy Post Brexit.
– And finally, the Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) Time for Timber workshop will be delivered by the Structural Timber Association, Timber Trade Federation, Trussed Rafter Association, British Woodworking Federation.

Following the huge success of the fully-booked CPD sessions last year, there will be hubs covering building regulations, high rise and high-risk buildings, fire doors, and sound insulation. Booking is essential for all CPD sessions as spaces are limited so book your space early. UKCW H&S sponsor, OM Group, will also be hosting CPD sessions from its stand.

UKCW will play host to a number of conferences including the BRE Conference, Midlands Construction Summit, IEMA Conference and the first BMF Young Merchants Conference as the BMF focuses on youth recruitment and succession planning.

As part of the Construction Youth Trust, the show will champion future leaders with help from the Construction Youth Trust, to inspire others and raise awareness of the breadth of roles available in the construction industry. The winner will be announced on 10 October on the UKCW Stage from a shortlist of 36 people of more than 130 high-quality entries.

UKCW 2018 will also see the launch of the Passivhaus Student Competition for 2019 which aims to arm the next generation of architects and designers with the tools and design skills needed to deliver sustainable buildings.

The event will see various exhibitors introduce new products, including VELUX with its new futuristic smart window system, Fibo with its new wall panels, the Electrotechnical Certification Scheme with its new online system, and EON Energy, Libra Energy and Rolec EV will be there to advise professionals on the latest in the energy sector.

Visitors will also benefit from the Beer Festival, sponsored by VELUX, which will take place throughout the event with live bands, street food and rockaoke. There will also be a Gin and Fizz bar and FIX Radio will be broadcasting from the festival for all three days.

You can get your free visitor tickets on the UKCW website.


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