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3 Reasons to Attend UK Construction Week

Good things come in threes, and there are three things that we love about UK Construction Week (UKCW):

1. It’s the UK’s largest built environment event

2. What’s more, the event is free to attend

3. It may be one event, but it consists of nine shows

These nine shows include Timber Expo, Build Show, Civils Expo, Plant and Machinery Live, Energy 2018, Building Tech Live, Surface and Materials Show and HVAC 2018. What’s even better is that this show runs from 9-11 October. Last but not least, the 9th show is Grand Designs Live, which is running from 10-11 October this year.

Grand Designs Live from UK Construction Week at the NEC

Hosted at Birmingham’s NEC, UKCW brings together 35,000 construction professionals and over 650 exhibitors under one roof. The event showcases innovation from all sectors with the aim of making it easier for any professional to update their CPD, be inspired by projects and gain practical information on the latest technologies, products, systems and collaborations from around the world.

If you are interested in updating your CPD early, there are a variety of RIBA approved seminars focusing on flooring that you can attend. Find them here.

From a flooring perspective, each of the nine shows sound right up our street, from the ideal surfaces and flooring materials to use in different locations, to making grand statements with the largest canvas at your disposal – the floor. It’s great to see so many areas of the construction industry connected in one place.

In just it’s third year, the show grew by 11% from 2016 to 2017, and is still the only show that covers every facet of the interconnecting construction industry for architects, interior designers, flooring contractors and facilities managers. This year, the show is expected to have 36,000 visitors; here’s how you can be one of them.

So what can you expect?

Timber Expo

From timber frames, CLT and fixings and fastenings, timber expo covers a wide breadth of timber application.

The Timber Expo explores a variety of timber applications

Build Show

This features solutions and new products to enhance projects and businesses. This also hosts Plant and Machinery Live, where exhibitors can showcase their machinery to visitors

Building Tech Live

If you are interested in the latest advancements in IoT, automation, security, Li-Fi and lighting, this is the show for you

HVAC 2018

The UK show dedicated to heating, ventilation and air conditioning

Energy 2018

You’ve guessed it; this one is dedicated to renewable energy and power solutions within the build environment

Surface and Materials

This showcases the latest in surface solutions for architects, interior designers and specifiers

Surface and Material Show inspires and informs on the latest surface solutions

Civils Expo

A show for civil engineering and construction, bringing together leading suppliers of the latest technologies, systems and products

Grand Designs Live

Presented by Kevin McCloud, this show offers visitors top expert advice, new product launches and inspiration across six project zones; Build, Gardens, Interiors, Kitchens & Bathrooms, Technology and Design Arcade.

As well as inspiration and information, UKCW will be tackling some tough topics, such as combustible cladding, transport infrastructures, housing crisis and more.

Will you be attending? Get in touch, we’d love to know what you’re looking forward to most about the event.

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Stephanie Samuel

Stephanie Samuel is the Digital Brand Ambassador at the global resin flooring manufacturer Flowcrete Group Ltd. Steph's role includes social media marketing, online brand advocacy and managing the allthingsflooring.com blog.

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