Our industry is ever evolving – and this year’s UK Construction Week (UKCW) Birmingham reflects that, with the three-day show highlighting the biggest issues, including culture change, diversity, skills, fire safety, sustainability, offsite manufacturing, mental health, and improving diversity and inclusion.
Visitor registration for UK Construction Week Birmingham (UKCW Birmingham), the UK’s largest event for the built environment, is now live, with the popular three-day show returning to Birmingham’s NEC from 4th to 6th October 2022.
Officially opened by architect and Channel 4 presenter George Clarke, UKCW Birmingham is the must-attend construction event this Autumn and is expecting around 25,000 attendees.
There’ll be plenty to see, hear and do; UKCW Birmingham will see over 6,000 products on display from over 300 exciting exhibitors including Bosch, Schneider Electric, Google, Graco Distribution, Wavin, Cemex, Hanson Plywood and many more. This year, the multi award-winning show has also attracted an abundance of overseas exhibitors, including brands from as far afield as Australia, India, Norway, Turkey and the UAE.
What’s more, details of a packed programme of seminars, CPD talks and careers presentations have been announced; seminars at UKCW will focus on a myriad of topics including skills, social value, business, innovation and regulation, major projects, procurement and housing – complemented by 20 dedicated CPD sessions across the three days, covering everything from Supply Chain Resilience to the Building Safety Act.
Seminar highlights include:
- Skills: UKCW Birmingham will look at the skills agenda, and on the solutions that have been found by industry leaders, such as Rick Lee OBE, Chief People Person at Willmott Dixon, who was instrumental in securing the RICS Inclusive Employer Quality Mark for the Tier One Contractor.
- Social Value: Ann Bentley, Global Board Director at Rider Levett Bucknall, and board member of the Construction Leadership Council, has led the way on bringing about behaviour change and unlocking social value through changes in the construction process. She will give her reflections on the launch of the value toolkit and what it can do for the sector.
- Business, Innovation and Regulation: Including the new Building Safety Act, the ongoing digital revolution, and the challenges facing the supply chain brought about by the pandemic and war in Ukraine.
- Economic Outlook: What does the economic outlook for the sector look like? Top economists Professor Noble Francis, Economic Director at the Construction Products Association, and Tom Hall, Chief Economist at Barbour ABI, will offer crucial information for those planning the months ahead.
- Major projects, procurement and housing: bringing together the solutions from the conference programme to the biggest challenges of the day. These include retrofitting the majority of UK housing stock, creating net infrastructure, and a look into the regional opportunities in the West Midlands region enabled by HS2 and its satellite projects.
Furthermore, the Careers Centre will offer visitors an array of informative talks aimed at those interested in a career in construction, whether that be graduates, students in further education, or those looking at a career change.
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