WAN to partner UK Construction Week as the industry enters a crucial phase
For the second year running, World Architecture News is delighted to announce its appointment as a major media partner of UK Construction Week, the country’s largest and most important built environment industry event. UKCW, which launched last year, will once again take place at the NEC, Birmingham from 18 to 20 October 2016.
WAN will be hosting a number of exciting initiatives during the event, but - together with UKCW - will be getting the ball well and truly rolling in the lead up with a highly topical Brexit Briefing in May. At the Briefing, a panel-led discussion will be fuelled by the results of a survey being conducted by UKCW to determine how those in our industry view the potential commercial and practical effects of a vote to leave Europe.
Michael Hammond, CEO of WAN’s parent company, Built Environment Media, commented: “We’re delighted to be part of UKCW again this year, and excited about our role in providing an international platform for the event through our global Awards and news channel. UKCW is fast becoming the voice-piece for the industry, and 2016 promises to be the most significant crossroads for construction in the UK in a generation.
“We are facing the Europe referendum, London’s Mayoral election, and the Heathrow decision – all of which are heaping pressure on an acute, and escalating, housing crisis. It’s never been more important for industry professionals to speak up and air their views, so we will be providing a number of opportunities throughout the year for our readers to get involved in UKCW and make a difference: starting with the Brexit Briefing in London on 26th May.”
Nathan Garnett, Event Director of UKCW added: “We are delighted to be working with WAN again. This year’s partnership will see us working on two awards presentations at the event in October, as well as a collaboration on the Brexit Briefing as part of The Clerkenwell Design Week Fringe programme. We enjoy working with like-minded organisations like WAN to bring the industry’s leading thinkers together.”
At an official reception during UKCW itself this October, WAN will be announcing the winners of two of its WAN Awards 2016 categories. These are the Concrete Award and the Infrastructure Award, sponsored by the Build Show and the new Civils Expo respectively. The shows are two of a total of nine taking place under the UKCW umbrella this year.
Last year some 24,000 AEC professionals attended UKCW. With the industry facing the unique set of changes and challenges it now does, that figure is surely set to grow.
We very much look forward to meeting you and sharing ideas there.