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18th January 2019
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UK Construction Week building nicely...
Featuring nine shows under one roof, the UK's biggest construction event in decades arrived with a bang last week - as more than 85,000 visitors and over 1,000 exhibitors flocked to UK Construction Week at the Birmingham NEC.
Organised by Media 10, the inaugural six-day event spanned five halls of the exhibition centre and attracted visitors from across the entire spectrum of construction - from high-end architects, interior designers and infrastructure engineers, to self-builders and home renovators.
Providing an event of which everyone in the construction industry can be proud, UK Construction Week began on Tuesday 6th October with eight strictly trade events: the Build Show incorporating Civils Expo, Timber Expo, HVAC 2015, Smart Buildings 2015, Energy 2015, Kitchens & Bathrooms Live, Plant & Machinery Live and the Surface & Materials Show. Grand Designs Live then opened on Thursday 8th October, providing a unique crossover experience with the trade element of UK Construction Week. The trade shows closed on Thursday 8th October, leaving Grand Designs Live to run until Sunday 11th October.
Visitors eagerly attended the numerous seminar theatres where well-known TV personalities and industry stalwarts Kevin McCloud, George Clarke and Craig Phillips were among the names taking to the stage to debate the hottest issues facing construction today. Hosted by leading journalists John Humphrys, Steph McGovern and Krishnan Guru-Murthy, the UKCW Main Stage in particular saw some lively and thought-provoking discussions.
Meanwhile, with a combined purchasing power of around £8.5 billion, the 25,000+ trade attendees included more than 60% of the UK's biggest names in construction, such as Wilmott Dixon, Travis Perkins, Redrow Homes, Balfour Beatty, Galliford Try and Saint Gobain, as well as over 7,000 individual companies, all discussing current and future projects, with numerous high value orders being placed at the show.
Richard Morey, group events director at Media 10 comments: "It's an exciting time to be involved in the construction industry. Construction growth is continuing to drive the UK's economic recovery and with more than 2.2 million people employed in this sector, output and productivity is only set to increase. We recognised that there is a very real desire for an event like this brings the whole industry spectrum together, providing a much needed opportunity to network, learn and do business - as well as simply celebrating the industry at a time of renewed optimism.
"It was an ambitious undertaking but we couldn't be happier with how the show turned out. There was a real buzz throughout the three days and the quality of visitors has been excellent. We're also pleased that so many of our housebuilding and architectural visitors really recognised the value and the synergy between Grand Designs Live and the more trade-focused shows.
"We're looking forward to developing the show even further over the next few years - we've already confirmed the NEC until 2019."
Sarah Gyde, Marketing Manager at Build Show exhibitor Mila, commented: "There is a real buzz about the Build Show which I think is exciting for visitors and exhibitors. We've been impressed with both the quality and quantity of people coming to our stand and the response to our new product launches has been fantastic. We'll be back next year."
Howard Flood, Projects Director at HVAC 2015 exhibitor Warmup Plc also commented: "UK Construction Week has provided an excellent platform for us to meet all the right people. We were able to raise the profile of Warmup as a brand and generated a real interest in our products such as the 4iE Smart WiFi Thermostat and Total-16 Low Profile System. The atmosphere was brilliant and Warmup is delighted to have exhibited at UKCW this year and will return in 2016."
Image: Kemi GmbH
16th October 2015