UK Construction Week: The event of the year

If there’s one event that should be a must-attend in the calendar of any built environment professional, it’s UK Construction Week (UKCW). For the third year in a row, the mammoth event will be held at the Birmingham NEC from 10 – 12 October, with critical themes under the spotlight.

The construction industry has seldom been in the news more – from the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, to the uncertainties and potential impacts of the UK’s imminent EU departure, to the countrywide housing shortage. In this context, there has never been a greater chance to influence, share, learn and network.

Nathan Garnett, event director of UK Construction Week organisers Media 10, comments: “The UK’s construction industry is more topical than ever. Not only is it at the forefront of political debate and public opinion, it’s also clear that we’re moving towards a new age of innovation and change, with topics such as offsite and modular construction and BIM driving so many conversations. This will be our biggest event to date, and we’re looking forward to bringing the industry together to debate, learn and do business, as well as showcase a diverse range of products and services.”

Nine specialist shows

Running from 10am to 5pm on 10, 11 and 12 October, the multiple-award-winning UKCW event is trade only, and free to enter. Visitors will benefit from a grand total of nine shows: The Build Show (sponsored by Easy-Trim), Timber Expo, Smart Buildings, Grand Designs Live, Surface Materials (featuring Kitchens & Bathrooms Live), Energy, Plant & Machinery Live, HVAC and Civils Expo. More than 650 leading exhibitors, including construction’s biggest names, such as Velux, Screwfix, Easy-Trim and more, combine to make this the largest and most varied industry event of its kind in Britain.

What else is new?

Visitors will find a brand new layout and floor plan for this year’s show – all the better to showcase an unprecedented number of exhibitors and seminars. UK Construction Week has also introduced the Innovation Trail to highlight the latest products on the market.

New, specialist awards have been added to the awards ceremonies for UKCW this year too, including the Offsite Awards, BIM Awards and several new World Architecture News awards to be presented.

Social networking

UK Construction Week is making it easier than ever to share knowledge, meet new contacts and make lasting connections. In person, visitors and exhibitors are guaranteed entertainment as well as unbeatable networking opportunities. The beer and ale festival – a huge hit last year – is open throughout each day and both nights, and features live music, entertainment, 15 beers and hot food.

UK Construction Week has also arranged special ‘perks’ such as casino nights on the 10 and 11 October at the Genting International Casino at Resorts World Birmingham, just a five-minute walk away.

To book your free tickets and guarantee a space at your preferred seminars and workshops, visit the website.