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08–10 OCTOBER 2019 | NEC | BIRMINGHAM News

Innovation to take centre stage at this year’s UK Construction Week | Construction Buzz #220

06 Jun 2019

One of the UK’s leading industry events has this year partnered up with the recently launched Construction Innovation Hub to put innovation in the spotlight across the construction supply chain.

UK Construction Week, which has rapidly become the go-to event for building firms, engineers, architects and many others, will work in partnership with the Construction Innovation Hub to deliver an ‘Innovation Zone’ at this year’s event, which is expected to see upwards of 40,000 attendees from right across the construction supply chain and beyond.

The Construction Innovation Hub, launched in November of last year, brings together the world-class construction sector expertise of the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), BRE (Building Research Establishment) and the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB). The Hub aims to be a focal point for the promotion, research and development of new digital and manufacturing technologies for the construction industry, to create high-performing buildings and infrastructure with strong levels of safety, quality and energy performance.

An innovation advisory board made up of construction clients, contractors and consultants has also met to shape how innovation is placed at the heart of this year’s event. It will assist in scrutinising the latest projects, products and technologies being pitched for the new Innovation Zone.

Arbiters from Willmott Dixon, Luton Airport, Bryden Wood, Mace, TfL, The Princes’ Foundation, Castle Planning and the Hub will decide what will appear in the Innovation Zone and will also choose the winner of UKCW’s Innovation Award 2019, which will be announced on the second day of the show.

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Keith Waller, Construction Innovation Hub programme director says:

“UK Construction Week is fast becoming one of the most essential industry events of the year. At the Construction Innovation Hub, we are eager to reach out and engage with all stakeholders within the built environment. This will be crucial to our success in the coming months and years.  

By partnering up with a key event like UK Construction Week, we want to give visitors the chance to experience first-hand the Hub's vision of a transformed construction sector. We will share how we are planning to use digital and manufacturing technologies to help build smarter, greener and more efficient buildings much faster and cheaper than we currently do, and how players - big and small – from right across the construction sector, and its supply chain, can get involved.”

Nathan Garnett, UKCW event director says:

“Scratch the surface, and you find that the construction industry is actually one of the most innovative industries. It is full of examples of new ways of working, sustainable products, collaboration and continually evolving technologies. We want our visitors to experience this first-hand, to talk to others who are leading by example and to boost uptake of these significant new developments.

“That’s why working with the Construction Innovation Hub is an ideal partnership from our perspective. We chose innovation as a theme for this year’s UKCW and the Hub’s support helps us to deliver on that message. The Hub has a four-year mission to be a catalyst for change and that is exactly what we want to achieve through our event.”

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