Building on last year’s success

The Build Show 2017, sponsored by Easy-Trim, is the largest of the nine shows taking place as part of UK Construction Week at the Birmingham NEC from 10 – 12 October. Already recognised as the benchmark exhibition for the building industry, and responsible for connecting thousands of construction specialists and tradespeople, this year’s event provides an unprecedented platform for business development and transformation. And it’s completely free to attend.

More than 400 exhibitors, including CAT, ScrewFix, Hewlett Packard, Jigtech, and Festool will be displaying the latest and most innovative products and services available in the UK, with an estimated 35,000 building industry specialists attending across the three days.

There’s a series of dedicated seminars and CPD-credited workshops, plus a beer and ale festival running throughout all three days and the evenings of Tuesday and Wednesday. And as if that wasn’t enough, a ticket to The Build Show also gives free access to the other eight shows taking place in the halls of the NEC: Timber Expo, Smart Buildings, Grand Designs Live, Surface Materials (featuring Kitchens & Bathrooms Live), Energy, Plant & Machinery Live, HVAC and Civils Expo. A new layout and floorplan has been devised to make it easier to navigate the entire exhibition space and ensure that visitors gain maximum benefit from their time at the shows.

Definitive safety courses

In light of recent tragic events, The Build Show has launched free, unbiased, factual workshops to anyone working in the industry. These free, one hour CPD-certified sessions will address the specification and use of products from the viewpoint of safety, quality and fire prevention in buildings to ensure that all participants are given the most up-to-date advice and guidance on the main issues affecting the built environment.

These topics have been under intense public scrutiny at a national level, and while Grenfell will change the construction industry forever, companies must come to terms with the fact that ‘doing enough’ is no longer good enough. The industry has a responsibility for the safety of every user or inhabitant of every building in the UK, and with an ever-zealous media looking to apportion blame, and the threat of prosecution and prison now a stark reality, these workshops will ensure that our industry is completely informed with the latest views, findings and legislation.

Offsite construction

Offsite construction is a trend that grows stronger every year, and it seems inevitable that the future of the building industry will include a significant element of prefabrication, offsite assembly, volumetric modular building and automation. There will be a dedicated Offsite Theatre at The Build Show, and it has earned a special category at the exhibition awards. The theme is being supported by the Modular and Portable Building Association (MPBA) and Structural Timber Association (STA), organisations heavily involved in promoting the benefits and advantages of offsite and volumetric modular construction.

There are more exhibitors specialising in this area of construction at the show than any other, including Wernick Group, Portakabin, GTX Containex, Tufeco and Modularize. It’s also likely that many of the breakout products to be found on the Innovation Trail will be aimed at this fast-developing area of construction.

Back at The Build Show 2017, and on the UK Construction Week main stage, must-attend seminars and talks are being given on volumetric construction, with several keynote speeches concerning the residential sector, plus insights into the training and skills shortages faced by the housebuilding industry.

What else is new?

Other new features at this year’s show include a Regional Development Hub exploring development opportunities in the Northern Powerhouse, Midlands Engine, and major cities across the UK. You’ll also find additional zones and theatres, including Health and Safety, Windows & Doors, Roofing & Insulation, Tools, the Builders Merchants Federation Pavilion, and the BIM Prospects Theatre delivered by BRE. There’s even a ‘How to Theatre’ featuring product demonstrations and advice for SMEs, and an Education Hub will offer CPDs in partnership with BSI.

A number of new, specialist awards will feature at this year’s event. These include: Low Carbon Vehicles Awards, BIM Awards, Offsite Awards and the WAN Transport, Concrete in Architecture and Adaptive Reuse Awards. The UK’s best companies in the industry will also be recognised at the Construction Enquirer Awards on the opening night of the show.

With so much at stake, and with so much potential for transformation, it’s a major competitive advantage to exhibit and attend.

Book your free ticket – and reserve spaces at seminars and CPD-certified workshops – online at