UK Construction Week London leaves a lasting impression on industry leaders looking to the future of construction

After three days of debate and discussion about changing the culture in construction, feedback from visitors to UK Construction Week (UKCW) showed a clear sense of optimism and opportunity about how the industry is progressing. to tackle its biggest issues, from fire safety to decarbonization, digitalization, offsite manufacturing, diversity and inclusion.

London’s UKCW show – its first in the capital – brought together over 20,000 visitors last week (3-5 May 2022), alongside 300 exhibitors showcasing over 10,000 products, some of which were showing for the first time .

Demonstrating the high demand and clear need for a dedicated construction show at all levels, 71% of visitors to UKCW London had never attended UKCW before, and bookings for the Birmingham show (4-6 October ) are already ahead of expectations.

The event attracted participants from a wide range of sectors and professions, the most important being contractors, builders and property developers, architectural firms, local authorities and housing associations. Not only was this an ideal opportunity to learn, but it also provided a wealth of networking and new business opportunities with 68% of visitors having direct buying power and many saying these goals were largely met.

Nick Whelan, Commercial Director of Kingspan, said: “It’s our first time here, and we’ve had lots of good leads and interest, particularly from contractors, which has been great. fantastic. There was a good mix of CPD and business orientation, so much so that we have already signed up for next year.

The key theme of both UKCW shows this year is culture change in construction, making it the industry’s biggest event to tackle and debate the industry’s most critical issues. No area of ​​construction has been left behind with topics such as Net Zero goals, sustainability and biomimicry, the energy future, renovation, digitalization, modern building methods, health and well-being. -being and diversity. The event also looked closely at how to adopt best practices and real changes in building safety and the latest government regulations.

These topics were moderated by 15 keynotes and 300 specialist speakers who presented on multiple theater stages and in hubs dedicated to innovation, DPC, offsite construction, sustainability, digital construction and infrastructure.

Alison Parmar, London Regional Manager at ECA, commented: “There was a really friendly and positive atmosphere and a fabulous list of speakers and presenters. It’s great to see diversity and inclusion so important on the agenda because it’s such a hot topic. »

Tim Seabrook, Managing Director of Scanland Built Environment, added: “UKCW showcased an incredible range of innovations and my participation allowed me to contribute to some of the roundtables with leading industry figures on change. of culture, professionalism and recruitment, purchasing and Net Zero. There has never been a time in this industry where there has been so much incremental change, opportunity and innovation. »

On building safety, Charlotte Collins, Head of Marketing and Communications at the Fire Protection Association, said: “We have really enjoyed working with the industry and keeping the important role of fire safety at the forefront. of the built environment agenda. It was the perfect platform for us and we look forward to connecting with those who visited our booth to help them reduce fire risk and build resilience against the threat of fire.

Gavin Skelly, director of Fireaware, added: “We’ve done a few shows since the lockdown was lifted, and I have to say this one has been the best. It’s the diversity of people we can talk to at UK Construction Week. So many different sectors – the breakdown of visitors is really helpful to us. The quality was also excellent.

As part of the event, many awards were given to exhibitors with the best stands, including Bosch, Xero, LAMILUX, Planet Mark and SEMIN.

Another cause for celebration was the announcement of the coveted UK Build Week Model shortlist nominees and well-deserved winners of the Fix Radio Tradesperson of the Year awards. The final winner of the Role Models Awards will be announced at UKCW Birmingham.

Dip Powell, head of concept implementation at Bosch, said: “We have attracted interest from visitors ranging from students, retirees, contractors and suppliers and everything in between. Seeing young people and some of the role models engaging with us and the industry like this has been especially great and really encouraging.

Summing up the show, Event Director Nathan Garnett said:

“It was wonderful to spend our first show in London with so many inspired and talented construction professionals, changemakers and disruptors who are truly dedicated to driving the positive culture change we are seeing in the industry. We are honored to have been joined by such passionate and knowledgeable speakers and innovative exhibitors who embody these themes, and we are extremely grateful for the positive feedback we received from our guests.

“Every visitor to UKCW is part of driving this positive change, and it has been fantastic to come together as an industry to debate, demonstrate and celebrate in equal measure how much construction is improving and changing, and witnessing the transformation that has taken place in the last year.Thank you to everyone involved for making it the success it has been and for giving the show such a warm welcome in London.

UK Construction Week will return to London in May 2023, but are now looking forward to Birmingham on October 4-6 at the NEC. Once again it will run alongside co-located shows, the Offsite Show, Concrete Expo and Grand Designs Live.

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