UK Construction Week and WAN team up in Birmingham

Nick Myall
Thursday 21 Sep 2017

Once again World Architecture News is lined up to be a major media and content provider at this year’s UK Construction Week - the UK’s largest construction trade event

There’s less than a month 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, with an audience of over 30,000 trade visitors 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 third year running, World Architecture News is delighted to be a major media and content partner of UK Construction Week. WAN will be hosting five theatre sessions involving city leaders and professionals and presenting two WAN Awards at the event - Transport and Concrete in architecture.


Civils Theatre 12.45 – 14.15 

WAN Transport Award

The WAN Transport in Architecture Award, hosted by Michael Hammond, is one of the two awards to be presented at UK Construction Week. This category seeks to identify and reward ideas that enhance movement and access. Whether large or small, designs from across the whole transport spectrum are considered, from train stations to transit hubs, airports to seaports, and parking structures to pedestrian schemes.


Main Stage: 16.00 - 16.45

Keeping our Capitals moving

The age of the train is back.  TV celebrity architect George Clarke goes underground in Moscow, Paris and London and talks to the teams behind some of the most advanced construction projects of the 21st Century. What are the challenges facing project teams when delivering mass transit projects underground.

  • Magda Kmita, Partner, Blank Architects
  • John Mark Clancy, General Director, Clancy Engineering (head shot & bio attached)
  • Matthew Piker, Director of Development and Communications, OUALALOU+CHOI 
  • Colin Hutchison, Deputy Managing Director, EGIS/Elioth (head shot & bio attached)
  • Nigel Hayward, Arcadis, Major Projects Director, Crossrail 2

WED 11th OCT

Main Stage: 13.15 - 14.00 

Breathing new life into Cape Town’s V&A waterfront

TV presenter, Steph McGovern goes in search of the DNA of a successful project. What makes Heatherwick Studio's re-adaptation of a concrete grain silo into the exquisite Museum of Contemporary Art for Africa it is today.

  • Mat Cash, Group Leader, Heatherwick Studio


Surfaces & Materials Theatre: 15.00 - 16.30 

The WAN Concrete in Architecture Award

The WAN Concrete in Architecture Award will be presented by WAN's Michael Hammond at this year’s UK Construction Week. This is a specialist category that recognises bold, daring designs that explore the sculptural and expressive possibilities of this highly versatile material across all building types, whether a private residence or public building. Different treatments, textures and colours are all features of buildings made from this hard wearing, popular material. Judged by some of the industry's most renowned figures, the panel of experts are committed to advancing standards within concrete construction. They'll be rewarding excellence in design, manufacturing and craftsmanship across all building types, whether a private residence or public building.


 Main Stage 15.00 - 15.45

Hard Talk

British writer, broadcaster and historian on architecture, design and cities, Tom Dyckhoff talks to the project team behind award-winning Concert Hall CKK "Jordanki" in Poland. Tom asks the architect Fernando Menis how the building’s intriguing form gets created from the hard stuff and why concrete has got a whole new lease of life.

  • Fernando Menis, Fernando Menis Architects


UK Construction Week


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