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UK Construction Week London to focus on culture change

by Sion Geschwindt
UK Construction Week London to focus on culture change in construction

Over 25,000 people will gather at UK Construction Week (UKCW) London to discuss how the industry can implement new behaviours, best practice, and a true cultural shift in how it builds for the future. 

Running from 3-5 May this year, UKCW is the country’s largest live show for the construction industry.

Some of the digital technology companies exhibiting include Cloudview UK Ltd, DXC Technology, Re-flow, Remato, Xero, Xpedeon, BIM BOSS consultants, Fonn, PlanRadar, Q Point, and Thinkproject UK

Nathan Garnett, UKCW event director, commented: “We’re really excited to bring UK Construction Week to London. 2022 is the year to focus on how we achieve the systemic changes we’ve been discussing for some time and to share the learning from the organisations who have already made a strong start.

“We need to ensure there’s not a corner of construction that doesn’t know how to live its core values, implement new policies and behaviours, and be transformed by culture change. 

“As always with this event, there’s also so much to see, with many displays, exhibitors, shows and products you won’t find anywhere else. It will be a chance to celebrate the sector’s achievements and some of the best thought leaders and innovators construction has to offer. This is must-attend event for anyone that wants to have their finger on the pulse of all things construction.” 

UKCW London will consist of over 40,000 sq.metres of exhibition space, more than 300 exhibitors (600 including co-located shows), 10,000 products, 300 expert speakers, seven theatre stages, multiple specialist hubs, and 150 hours of CPD content and activities. 

Specialist ‘hubs’

Working with content partner Build In Digital, the Digital Construction Hub will deliver practical workshops on best practice in digital strategy, BIM, cloud computing, cybersecurity, use of Big Data and the whole range of ways in which new technology can improve efficiency, productivity, and profitability. 

CEMEX is sponsoring the Infrastructure Hub which also brings in expert speakers from the Infrastructure Projects Authority and Barbour ABI to showcase the learning from major projects like HS2, Thames Tideway, Royal Docks London and the West Midlands Growth Engine.

Other specialist stages include The Sustainability Hub, looking at best practice in low carbon building and retrofit, and the Offsite Alliance Hub, which will feature learnings from Alliance members aimed at increasing the uptake and delivery of offsite technologies across the residential sector.

Events and conferences

UKCW London will include a main stage programme featuring the pioneers of culture change and debating how best to foster this across the whole sector. Sponsored by COINS, the main stage is at the heart of the show and hosts all the biggest keynote speakers.  

UKCW, supported by other sponsors including Aico, Northgate Vehicle Hire and Bosch, will bring a host of new products, innovations, and business and networking opportunities, and will run alongside co-located events Concrete Expo (3-4 May), the Offsite Show with Buildoffsite, (3-5 May), and Grand Designs Live (30 April-8 May). 

A series of industry conferences will also run next to UKCW, including the Timber Trade Federation conference on 3 May and the Future of Work in Construction conference on 4 May.

UKCW’s Role Models awards campaign also returns for its fourth year after receiving a record number of nominees last year. Entries for the 2022 Role Models awards are now open and will be closing on 25 February. This year’s shortlist will then be announced at UKCW London, with the winner crowned at UKCW Birmingham on 4-6 October at the NEC. 

Another set of awards to be announced at UKCW London in May will be the Fix Radio Tradesperson of the Year awards for the country’s leading and most innovative tradesmen and women. The winners will be chosen by a panel of industry experts and announced at a ceremony hosted by Clive Holland. Nominations close on 31 March.

Free registration to UK Construction Week London is now open with one entry badge also providing access to the Offsite Show, Concrete Expo and Grand Designs Live.

Image credit: UKCW

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