Featuring the latest innovation and technology, cutting edge equipment, famous faces and an abundance of networking opportunities, UK Construction Week (UKCW) has revealed its list of the top recommended things to see and do at the upcoming London show in May (2-4).
The event opens next week and will see over 300 market leading brands exhibiting. The event will bring together construction experts and passionate individuals gather at the ExCel in London for the three-day exhibition, here are the key features you’ll want to keep an eye out:
- To get the show off to a rather compelling start, UKCW has once again teamed up with Construction Sport in the form of a boating regatta which will see four teams race boats made from construction waste materials across Royal Victoria Dock on the opening morning of the show’s first day, Tuesday 2nd May.
- A plethora of world-class seminars, CPD sessions and presentations are what’s in store for visitors throughout the show. The packed programme of seminars will focus on a myriad of important industry topics, complemented by 150 hours of dedicated CPD opportunities across 9 hubs dedicated to Sustainability, Infrastructure, Offsite Construction and more.
- Shining a spotlight on the unsung heroes and talented professionals in the construction industry, the shortlist for the show’s Role Models Campaign, now in its sixth year, will be announced on Wednesday 3rd May at 15.30 and presented by Victoria Derbyshire.
- Celebrating Culture Change in Construction, the London show will host three days of debate and discussion from top speakers on how the industry can move forward to tackle its biggest issues. Confirmed speakers include: Mark Thurston (HS2), Caroline Gumble(CIOB), Bola Abisogun (BIM Academy), Rebecca Lovelace(Building People) BBC editors and presenters Simon Jack and Victoria Derbyshire and more! The show also features a dedicated Culture Change Hub with programming from National Federation of Builders, Building People and Design & Build.
- Visitors can expect appearances from high-profile industry leaders including Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Energy Efficiency and Green Finance Lord Callanan, and TV personality George Clarke who will be officially opening the show.
- Robotics, sustainability, and productivity will all be highlighted in Future Lab, including exciting UK show exclusives and innovative exhibitors from around the world. Each product featured in Future Lab is the beginning of something new in building a home or building: from renewable mycelium products to 3D printers, telescopic steel frames to recycled bricks, bio-cement to robotic systems, radiative cooling paint and more…
- Join Amit Oberoi, Executive Chairman at Considerate Construction Scheme, as he hosts a talk on culture change and what it means for the construction industry. Amit has over 20 years of experience in leadership roles across many sectors and worked across multiple markets with governments on high profile transformation and infrastructure projects, including the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
- Three full scale builds will be at the show from top innovators British Offsite, @Home Systems and Zero Construct in partnership with Automatic Construction.
- Interactive demos will be hosted by HP who will premiere their autonomous site layout printer and COBOD, the world leader in 3D construction printing will be doing VR demos of the BOD2 3D construction printer.
- Within the show’s packed programme of workshops and talks, UKCW are putting health and safety at work high up on their agenda. Visitors can experience featured debates and discussions around themes such as building safety and regulation; mental health and wellbeing; quality control and more.
Nathan Garnett, show director for UKCW London, commented: “Visitor numbers for this year’s show indicate that attendance will be at a record breaking high. We can’t wait to get the whole construction industry together once more to debate, discuss and resolve important issues and marvel over exciting innovations in the sector. We’re also really excited to see the vessels created and cheer on our teams at the Construction Sport boating regatta to mark the opening of the show – we know it’s going to be bigger and better than ever before.”