A year down the line since the launch of UK Construction Week, events company Media 10’s decision to host the largest construction event in Birmingham has been justified.
With figures emerging that London has dropped out of the top ten European cities for property investment, it is clear that the focus has shifted north to the midlands. Birmingham appears sixth, for the second year running, and is the only UK representative inside the top ten.
The main reasons behind Birmingham’s desirability are companies such as HSBC, who are starting to move their business there, alongside the proposed investment in HS2 and cheaper prices compared to the capital.
The UK Construction Week Main Stage played host to these key issues in the ‘Birmingham Development Forum’ where Birmingham-born Architect Ken Shuttleworth, Sir Albert Bore of Birmingham City Council, BDP Director of Architecture, Dan Smith and Liz Peace, Chairman of the Curzon Regeneration Company, highlighted the unique opportunities facing the UK’s second largest city as it ‘comes of age’.
UK Construction Week, which launchedat the NEC last October, has committed to four more years at the venue; cementing its commitment to the city’s development. Over 24,352 trade professionals flocked to Birmingham to see the latest products on the market, hear leading figures debate current issues, and network with peers.
Richard Morey, Group Events Director at Media 10, commented: “Before launching the event we looked across the whole of the UK and decided on the location that was best suited to fit the needs of the visitor, but also reflected the changing landscape of the UK property market. We chose Birmingham because of the city’s potential and its position at the heart of the country, making it easily accessible for visitors around the UK. We felt the market had become too London-centric, therefore we wanted to promote the industry where it would be best represented for all.”
UK Construction Week will run its second edition on 18-23 October 2016 at the NEC, Birmingham.