Starts on the construction of educational buildings surged at the beginning of 2018, with universities in particular investing heavily in new projects. Done right, the impact of this development programme is far-reaching, boosting inward investment, economic growth and the regeneration of many UK cities. But getting best value and high-quality development is also critical.
That is why HE building professionals won’t want to miss out on this year’s UK Construction Week (UKCW) featuring exhibitors, exclusive product launches, unmissable seminars and free CPD sessions at Birmingham’s NEC between 9 and 11 October.
Innovation and radical change
The most innovative products will be uncovered via UKCW’s Innovation Trail with the opportunity to talk to manufacturers about the solutions their products offer. The Innovation Trail promises inspiration from an interactive display of digital construction applications, 3D printing, robotics, AI, AR, VR, pre-manufacturing, offsite methods of construction and other fast-moving technologies.
This past year has seen an influx of issues facing and shaping the UK construction industry. Industry commentators and experts will provide their predictions, innovations and insights as part of the industry’s largest programme of talks, including:
● The Digital Future of Construction
● Infrastructure in Post-Brexit Britain
● Disrupting the Industry Delivery Models
● Top Innovations in Construction
Speakers already confirmed include Barbara Res, engineer, lawyer and project manager behind Trump Tower; George Clarke, architect and TV presenter; Bridget Rosewell OBE, commissioner at the National Infrastructure Commission; Kunle Barker, property expert and TV presenter; Robert Spencer, director of sustainable development at AECOM; and Carol Lynch, Construction Youth Trust chief executive
Building Tech Live
The Internet of Things (IoT) offers the solutions required by universities to reduce energy waste, increase security and provide comfort. The newly named Building Tech Live, formerly Smart Buildings Live, will feature the Gooee Theatre. Gooee will present its award-winning Enterprise IoT ecosystem to help visitors understand what the IoT means for the built environment.
“Last year was UKCW’s most successful yet with over 30,000 trade visitors and this year is set to be even bigger, with an anticipated 35,000 stakeholders attending.”
Energy 2018 is solely focusing on renewable energy this year. The REA Theatre will discuss innovations in clean fuels, reducing carbon, battery storage, and electric vehicles and how they work with the built environment.
Speakers include Sheffield MP, Natalie Bennett, and Nina Skropuska, REA CEO who will be talking about energy policies.
Other shows include: Timber Expo, HVAC 2018, Civils Expo, Plant and Machinery Live, and Grand Designs Live.
New industry talent will be celebrated through the Role Models initiative which is actively supporting a new wave of leaders to engage with the next generation and to illustrate the diverse career opportunities in the built environment. Inspiring men and women have been shortlisted for the overall Role Model of the Year, announced at UKCW on 10 October.
Free CPD programme
Industry organisations will deliver an extensive, free CPD programme.
In addition to brushing up on technical and industry knowledge, visitors can attend sessions around practical solutions to promote diversity, equality and inclusion, safety and mental health and wellbeing.
Last year was UKCW’s most successful yet with over 30,000 trade visitors and this year is set to be even bigger, with an anticipated 35,000 stakeholders attending.
Register your free attendance for the October 9-11 event now: ukconstructionweek.com