There’s less than a week to go until UK Construction Week at the NEC in Birmingham, the focal point for the nation's construction trade. This free event will feature over 650 exhibitors, 10,000's of products and services and an inspiring seminar programme all under one roof. Alongside the largest product showcase in the industry, the show provides the perfect platform to network and open new business opportunities.
For the second year running, World Architecture News is delighted to be a major media and content partner of UK Construction Week. WAN will be hosting three theatre sessions involving city leaders and professionals.
With Brexit on the horizon and as often happens in times of recession, infrastructure projects in the fields of transport and energy are seen as safe havens for investment funds. The session concludes with the winning announcement of the WAN Infrastructure Award 2016, highlighting some of the key international projects being realised today.
With the coming of HS2, and longer term links to the Northern Powerhouse, a once in a generation window of opportunity is opening to shape the regeneration of the city centre.
The winning announcement for the WAN Concrete in Architecture Award will also take place at this year’s show on Wednesday 19th October between 14.30 – 16.00 Concrete to the rescue…again?, Surface & Material Hub in Hall 2 at the NEC. There will be an inspirational discussion on the marvels of concrete followed by an excellent networking opportunity, with drinks and canapes.
Some other highlights at this year’s event include a panel session on the Modern Slavery Act on 18th October which is also being held on Anti-Slavery Day which is a great tie in and should attract a good crowd. Experts on the subject will be speaking including Dr. Aidan McQuade, director of charity Anti Slavery International, the world’s oldest international human rights organisation and barrister Ben Douglas-Jones who was involved with assisting the Home Office on the Modern Slavery Act white paper.
On the same day Graham Edgell from Morgan Sindall will be discussing how a supplier can be part of a T1 contractor’s supply chain which will be highly popular with a number of delegates when it comes to tendering for sub contracts.
On 19th October there will be a session on the Midland Engine for Growth which will be of interest to a number of local businesses especially looking at how this effects the local economy and impacts on the local supply chain. Local and central government will be taking part along with Bill McElroy, Managing Director from Turner and Townsend who helped write the guidance for the government.
On 20th October there will be a session on Building a Northern Powerhouse which is a flagship policy for the government to help with the North West, North East and Yorkshire and Humberside becoming a world class region capable of competing with any major city in the world.
Opening Times at the NEC in Birmingham, UK
Tues 18th October: 10:00 - 17.00
Wed 19th October: 10:00 – 17:00
Thurs 20th October: 10:00 – 17:00
WAN’s sessions are as follows:
Tuesday 18th October
11.00 – 12.30 – Inspirational Infrastructure, Civils Show
12.15 – 13.15 – A Tale of Three Cities: Birmingham, Main Stage
Wednesday 19th October
14.30 – 16.00 – Concrete to the rescue…again?, Surface & Material Hub