An unmissable aspect of UK Construction Week, The Surface & Materials Show celebrates its third year with an inspiring package of seminars, stands and events. In 1,600 m² of space, the Surface & Materials Show is a key element of the multiplex of nine shows under one convenient roof, presenting a fascinating opportunity to explore a wide range of products, technologies and services.
Whether seeking to increase knowledge, discover new materials, or to network with the brightest and the best of industry, the Surface & Materials Show is the place to be from October 10-12. Last year’s event saw a 38% increase in visitor numbers, with over 30,000 people attending UKCW overall and 3,633 members of architecture and design practices making a beeline for the Surfaces & Materials sector to engage with 56 exhibitors.
A recent survey conducted by UKCW with over 1,000 professionals revealed some noteworthy opinions on architecture and construction post the general election – including preferring Sir Richard Branson to head up infrastructure, demanding greater investment in council house building, and pushing for increased brownfield site use. These are interesting times for the industry, and never more vital for a wide cross section of its members to come to together at events such as this.
Features of the show include:
Material Lab Central Hub:
Once again curated by award-winning experts Material Lab, the central feature at the Surface & Materials Show will gather the latest and most intriguing surface innovations for visitors to explore. The hub brings together leading established manufacturers with rising stars in the surfaces world , in collaboration with sponsors Johnson Tiles and Dulux.
An innovative concept from Estonia, Oodhouse is a pod home / hotel cabin with serious style credentials. A standardised solution with a quick and flexible construction process, Oodhouse is made from sleek timber and privacy glass that also elegantly reflects its surroundings to the exterior. Visitors can experience a completed example at the Surface & Materials Show. www.oodhouse.com
The Surface & Materials Show will also host informative talks, debates and CPDs from event partners, including BRE, Grimshaw Architects, The Design Concrete Centre, Envelope Architects, The Cambridge Graphene Centre, Rachel Bevan Architects, Canon 3D Printing and Dulux. A stimulating and topical programme brings together suppliers, innovators, manufacturers and specifiers and covers issues from sustainability to wellbeing, current technologies to future material and design trends, and ways of reducing waste to the circular economy.
Flooring Workshop (FITA):
In conjunction with the Flooring Industry Training Association, leading Master Fitters have been recruited for informative presentations covering all areas of contract flooring, including wood, carpet, vinyl, laminate, tools and accessories.
Meet the Exhibitors:
From high performance products for large scale specification to elegant and high-impact feature designs, from exterior to interior finishes, and now also with a dedicated kitchen & bathroom section, the Surface & Materials Show presents both established and emerging brands. Visitors can investigate a key selection of decorative and durable finishes, learn about kitchen design CAD services, discover waterproof or hygiene critical solutions, and much more. Exhibitors include The Aluminium Federation, London Art, The Decorative Panels Group, Minercell, Dural (UK) Ltd, Autokitchen, Finishes & Interiors Sector, Fibo, William Smith, Composite Fibreglass Mouldings, Hygienic Finishing Systems, Toupret and The British Laminate Manufacturers Federation.
UKCW Event Director Nathan Garnett says, “The Surface & Materials Show goes from strength to strength, representing a dynamic sector of the construction industry at the cutting edge of design, technology and debate. This year, having listened closely to feedback, we have a new position and layout for this exciting zone. Close to the connection with the Grand Designs event, the show now also incorporates a dedicated kitchen and bathroom section, and centres the more decorative finishes around the innovation hub and seminar theatre, circling outward to the heavier duty products and the flooring workshop, which will have its own separate area.”
Event spokesperson George Clarke adds, “Materials, surfacing solutions and finishes are such a vital area of knowledge for me. As an architect, builder and developer, I need to keep up to date with advances in product design and manufacture, as they can make or break the final aesthetic and the long term performance of a project. I will be keeping a very close eye on this area of the UKCW event again this year, as over the last two years I have been delighted, surprised and motivated by what I have discovered there.”
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