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UK Construction Week: leading exhibitors, beer festival and much more

UK Construction Week will this year offer hundreds of industry leader’s exhibitors, several new industry awards and entertainment.

Following the success of last year’s event, which saw over 24,000 trade visitors, UK Construction Week aims to offer even more, whilst celebrating excellence in the sector. The event, which takes place at the Birmingham NEC from 18-20 October, combines nine shows in one location.

The event, which is free to enter for all UK Construction Week visitors and exhibitors, will this year include a beer and ale festival, which will create a vibrant and social way to unwind at the show with more than 30 craft ales to try and live music. There will also be a selection of gourmet food options from various stalls.

The show boasts over 1,000 exhibitors, with visitors able to attend Timber Expo, the Build Show, Civils Expo, the Surface and Materials Show, Energy 2016, Plant & Machinery Live, HVAC 2016, Smart Buildings 2016 and Grand Designs Live.

VIP packages will be made available to exhibitors prior to the show.

A UK Construction Week casino night will be held on the second evening of the show (19 October), at Genting International Casino at Resorts World Birmingham, just a five minute walk from the doors at UK Construction Week.

The event will host several new industry awards including the Concrete Awards as part of the Surface & Materials Show in partnership with World Architecture News (WAN), the Infrastructure Awards as part of Civils Expo in partnership with WAN also, the Structural Timber Awards in partnership with the Structural Timber Association (STA) and the BIM Awards in partnership with the Building Research Establishment (BRE).

Nathan Garnett, Event Director for UK Construction Week, commented: “Anyone who makes the decision to attend a trade event does so because they know they will get enormous value from their time spent there. UK Construction Week can demonstrate its value to trade professionals in spades due to its size and content. We have been adding new networking opportunities, awards to celebrate excellence in the sector and fun events to bring people together from the length and breadth of the country.

“We are excited about the growth of this event in year two and all it has to offer people. We are confident that those staying over to experience the evening schedule won’t be disappointed.”

A number of other useful events will be taking place during UK Construction Week including breakfast briefings with Glenigan and the Construction Products Association (CPA). The National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA) will also be announcing the winner of £5,000 and its Self Build on a Shoestring competition at Grand Designs Live. In addition, ITN Productions in partnership with the Home Builders Federation (HBF) will be launching its ‘Foundations for the Future’ news-style programme at the Build Show. The programme will explore the state of the home building industry today. Furthermore, the coveted Irwin Tools Tradesperson of the Year award will also be announced during the show.


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