Sep 19, 2018 Last Updated 8:58 AM, Sep 17, 2018

UK Construction Week returns for 2018

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The construction industry is brimming with projects, products, innovations, debates and regulations, and keeping up is challenging.

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That’s why UK Construction Week (UKCW), one of the UK’s largest events for the built environment, returns to Birmingham’s NEC between 9 and 11th October featuring stimulating seminars, invaluable CPD sessions, endless networking opportunities, hundreds of exhibitors and 10,000 products.

The event covers nine shows spanning the whole construction industry: 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.

Be inspired

With more than 650 exhibitors at the show, visitors will see new products including VELUX’s futuristic smart window system; IDS’ new quick-to-lay vinyl flooring collection; and The Builder’s Pal’s new networking tool.

EON Energy, Libra Energy and Rolec EV will be on hand to advise professionals on the latest in the energy sector, including proposals for electric vehicle charging points to be standard in all new builds.

The Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) will be showcasing its new online system, ECS Check, that allows main contractors and clients to verify the skills and qualifications of electrical personnel working on projects.

Fibo will showcase its wall panels that provide an instant and affordable waterproof alternative to tiles; and Rothoblaas will show the systems, fixings and equipment necessary for making timber a success in any project; and the Flooring Industry Training Association (FITA) will again be hosting its Floorlaying Demo Zone.

The future of construction

The Innovation Trail explores the latest innovative ideas, products and systems from companies including 3Thermo, Addex Group, Canon, Ecovolt, Fischer Fixings, GEWISS, Impress Surfaces, Kingspan, Magnum Heating and Solecco Solar.

The Future of Construction Hub provides an immersive opportunity to discover digital construction, 3D printing, robotics, AI and AR and modern methods of construction.

Unmissable speakers

Topical debates will take place on the UKCW Stage, including the affordable housing crisis; economic forecast; Brexit and rebuilding faith in the industry. New for 2018 is the Working at Height stage, brought to you by the AFI, and championing safety when working tall.

Keynote speakers include Barbara Res, the Project Manager behind Trump Tower, discussing her experiences as a female in construction; and former British Politician, Lord David Blunkett, discussing how technology and diversity can turn the skills gap around.

Visitors can also advantage from the free CPD programme.

Opportunities to unwind at UKCW

Celebrations include the Construction Enquirer Awards on 9th October, hosted by George Clarke, followed by the Voltimum Smart Solutions Awards, hosted by Steph McGovern, and the STA Structural Timber Awards, hosted by TV Presenter Mark Durden-Smith on 10th October.

The Beer Festival, sponsored by VELUX, will feature 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. The Central Bar, located in hall 9, will be sponsored by Elliott Group.

Registration, sponsored by Total Gas & Power, is live now. Get your free visitor tickets from the website below.

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