UK Construction Week, Britain’s largest construction trade event, took place at Birmingham’s NEC from 9th – 11th October and opened its doors to thousands of visitors who took advantage of the opportunity to attend this free event. With nine separate events which included more than 650 exhibitors, thousands of new product launches and hours of useful seminars and workshops, the event attracts the biggest players in the UK construction industry today. 2017’s UK Construction Week’s opening ceremony welcomed a group of cyclists who pedalled from London to Birmingham, raising more than £5,000 for Construction Youth Trust, a charity which helps youngsters choose better futures with acce4ss to training, education and employment opportunities in the sector.
This year’s event was the most successful so far in its three year history with a record 33,697 construction professionals in attendance and an 11% overall increase in the audience. The event is a great place to see all the latest innovations in construction and keep up to date with all the news and views within the industry. One of the most popular attractions at the show was the Innovation Trail which featured all the very latest products that are helping to transform today’s construction industry for an exciting future. Offerings included the world’s first UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) services for construction surveying, bringing a much needed level of safety to surveying activities, especially those which would involve work at height.
Another big crowd pleaser was the POD Point exhibition. POD Point is the UK’s leading supplier of EV (electric vehicle) charging points for developers, wholesalers and distributors. With electric vehicles becoming more popular by the month, providing methods of charging these vehicles is likely to become big business in the future.
The Development and Regeneration Hub proved a veritable magnet for those interested in promoting the rebirth of social housing here in the UK. With the government’s pledge of an extra £3 billion specifically ring fenced for social housing and the repercussions of the tragedy at Grenfell Towers fresh in our national psyche, UK Construction Week featured a comprehensive free CPD programme to tackle issues on building quality, safety and fire prevention. A wide range of subjects was covered, including Flammable Building Materials, Building Regulations, Fire Prevention, Improving Safety through Technology as well as common or garden Health and Safety issues. This was a series of workshops designed to give attendees the chance to both share their knowledge and gain new insights by asking relevant questions of industry experts.
It seems that in its short, three-year history, the UK Construction Week event has become the most important and popular trade show for the construction industry here in the UK. It’s likely to become even more popular over the coming years as all of us working in the sector flock to attend the event. Construction Week 2018 is already being planned, with a large amount of its space already committed to by exhibitors, so if you want to attend next year’s show, be sure to plan early so that you don’t miss out.