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UK Construction Week (UKCW) is back for its third year running  with a new floor plan and layout for 2017! Bringing together nine shows under one roof to form the largest industry event in decades, UKCW will return to the Birmingham NEC on 10-12 October 2017 along with a stellar line up of speakers from Urban Splash, NHS, Heathrow and Cast Consultancy to name a few. So, what’s new for UK Construction Week 2017? 

A new look for construction

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Does construction have an image problem? Renowned architect and TV star George Clarke thinks so, and he’s decided to do something about it.
George has launched MOBI, the Ministry of Building and Innovation, a new initiative aiming to transform the way we think, design and construct homes by pushing the current building boundaries and using the creative minds of the next generation. At UKCW, George will interview construction students live on stage about their vision for the future of the industry, in the hope that they will inspire others to choose construction as a future path and improve its image. 

The future is bright, the future is offsite

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Offsite Construction will be a major theme at this year’s UK Construction Week and is supported by Modular and Portable Building Association (MPBA) and Structural Timber Association (STA).
The industry has embraced the latest technologies that allow the sector to build quicker, more efficiently and at a quality not achievable before. There will be hundreds of exhibitors specialising in offsite at UKCW, including Portakabin, Containex, and Wernick Group.

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With a dedicated offsite theatre and awards, this is the perfect opportunity to exhibit with UKCW in October and show why offsite construction will become the indispensable way to build in the future. Click here for more information.

Awards for the industry’s shining stars

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UKCW recognises the brilliant work the industry is doing and wants to reward it by launching number of new, specialist awards at this year’s event. These include: Construction Enquirer Awards, Low Carbon Vehicles Awards, BIM Awards, Offsite Awards and WAN Awards


At this year’s UK Construction Week in Birmingham several WAN Awards will be presented. The World Architecture News WAN AWARDS are a unique international architectural awards programme. A total of 22 categories are represented throughout the year across areas as diverse as Adaptive Reuse, Transport, Performing Spaces and Waterfront Architecture. The Transport in Architecture Award is one of the three 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.

Concrete in Architecture
The WAN Concrete in Architecture Award will be also presented 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.

Adaptive Reuse
The third WAN Award that will be presented at UK Construction Week is the WAN Adaptive Reuse Award which celebrates and promotes the best in international Adaptive Reuse attracting entries from all over the world. It provides a global platform to showcase renovated, restored, redeveloped or recycled buildings.
In the pursuit of sustainable development and preserving the past for the next generation, many buildings are being given a new lease of life – a move that significantly reduces both waste and energy, and scales down the consumption of materials. Projects that deliver the most striking transformative effects, while remaining sympathetic to the building’s original character will always stand out from the rest in this fascinating category.

 Construction Matters

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Construction Matters is UKCW’s new blog championing the construction industry and the two million professionals working in it. UKCW is looking for contributors, so get in touch with ideas and suggestions on what Construction Matters should be reporting on from the frontline of the industry! Click here to read the latest blog posts.


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