Studiostand @ UK Constrution Week
This autumn, UK Construction Week heralds the start of a period of great change in the built environment. During this exciting show, vital construction information was shared with thousands of professionals who attended the three-day event.
The changes we are going to see over the next decade in this sector will have long lasting effects on all of us form many years to come, and will be seismic in their impact. We will see new building controls, changes to regulations resulting from Brexit, the rise of offsite construction, fluctuating materials costs, massive innovation, solutions to the skills shortage and the digitalisation of construction – to name a few.
The 3rd edition of UK Construction Week is the most important yet, as the industry grapples with the impacts of BREXIT and the repercussions of the Grenfell tragedy. The 9 dedicated shows that came under its umbrella were packed full of innovation, thousands of products that span every aspect of the built environment, and a line-up of industry pioneers that shared their vision and advice for the future.
The Surface & Materials Show
The Surface & Materials Show is the event for architects, interior designers, specifiers and industry professionals looking to source the latest of everything, from cladding to coatings, panels to plumbing. Hosting some of the most cutting-edge suppliers, the Surface & Materials Show arranged to display an array of exclusive industry innovations, including Estonian conceptual accommodation designer, OODHOUSE, which has an interactive demonstration of one of its pod homes. Show partner, Material Lab is once again the focal point of the event, displaying a huge range of products and initiating conversations at the Surface & Materials Hub.
One not-to-be-missed feature at the show was The Flooring Industry Training Association (FITA), which is offered a series of live floorlaying demonstrations at their Floorlaying Demo Zone. FITA training gurus Steve Ramsden and Tim Nicholas promoted installation best practice and techniques for architects, interior designers and industry professionals alike.
As the leading UK event dedicated to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning industries, HVAC 2017 is the ultimate event for installers, engineers, contractors, architects, facilities and energy professionals to convene and discover new products and innovative ideas. The HVAC Hub, is playing host to HVAC's industry gurus sharing knowledge on the current hot topics: the future of heating, air quality and temperature control and much more.
In addition to over 50 hours of free seminar sessions covering the latest product developments, energy—saving initiatives and the future of HVAC, visitors could meet an array of suppliers.
Smart Buildings 2017
The definitive integrated building technology show, Smart Buildings 2017, is back for its third year and giving vi
sitors the chance to meet with the leading suppliers offering the latest products and services. Cutting-edge solutions spanning the main realms of building were on display at Smart Buildings 2017. With the pace of technological change moving so fast, Smart Buildings 2017 is worth a visit for specialists and generalists alike. Home automation, workplace technology, access and security controls and climate control were set to feature.
The practical application of the products was also explored at the Smart Buildings HUB and Voltimum Theatre - two content stages. The focus went on cyber security, the influence of building revolutions on climate control and what to expect for the future.
As if it wasn’t enough, Smart Buildings 2017 hosted its first ever Voltimum Smart Solutions Awards, championing the best installers, projects and products during a bright evening of celebration and networking.
The Build Show
Bringing together every discipline of the building trade under one roof, The Build Show attracts thousands of construction professionals to the NEC Birmingham, who are looking for solutions and new products to enhance their projects and businesses. Covering the spectrum of professionals, from tradesmen and house builders to contractors, the event has quickly established itself as the benchmark for business and innovation within the sector.
Promising to educate, inspire and influence, The Build Show proposed to showcase its best seminar programme yet, with large amount of content for the visitors. Over 50 hours of sessions were on offer at the Development & Regeneration HUB, BIM Prospects Theatre, the Offsite stage and, new for this year, CPD-certified building safety workshops.
Energy 2017 is the energy sector's hub at UK Construction Week. Here, energy professionals from all backgrounds were invited to further their knowledge on energy saving, power management and renewable.
biggest questions of 2017In the Energy Hub and The REA Theatre, the energy sector’s thought leaders explored the : 'How will Brexit affect the UK’s energy policy?', 'What are solar tiles?‘ and 'Are renewable too expensive?’ - were just some of the topics discussed.
The Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) discussed also its latest research report, with a full day of presentations from sustainability industry leaders.
Civils Expo is the UK's leading event in civil engineering and construction. Bringing together civil engineers, contractors, commercial home builders and local authorities, Civils Expo has massively grown its following over the course of the past three years.
Among the extensive exhibitor list is H52; the body behind the UK ‘s new high speed trainline infrastructure. Not only H52 showcased its services at the show, it also shared its wisdom at the Infrastructure Hub —where you could find delivery of key areas of discussion at the event, such as Brexit’s effect on the construction industry, sustainability, supply chain, drones among others.
Timber Expo, the UK’s number one showcase for the timber industry, is back and its huge audience of timber merchants, architects and manufacturers didn’t miss to show up for three days of networking and to view new products at the country’s only dedicated timber event.
TRADA showcased its plywood structure made by students from the Emergent Technologies and Design Programme at Architectural Associations School of Architecture, promoting the importance of innovative and sustainable design.
In addition to the endless opportunities to learn new techniques and best practice, visitors could also visit the Innovation Trail, an interactive pathway brought to life by the most influential and inspiring suppliers to the industry today. These include cutting-edge accommodation designer OODHOUSE and its arresting range of sleek timber and privacy glass structures.
To end this list, mentions go to Plant & Machinery Live, a dedicated show for the heavy machinery and equipment sector of the construction world who provided visitors the most powerful opportunity available to connect face to face with suppliers and contractors, and Grand Designs Live, a big home show hosting 400 exhibition stands set across six trade show sections.