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UK Construction Week launched

A week of events dedicated to construction, including the Build Show and Grand Designs Live, is being held in Birmingham next year

Posted by Dave Higgitt | November 24, 2014 | Events

Media 10, the design and build event company, has launched UK Construction Week which will bring together the newly acquired Build Show and the successful Grand Designs Live. In addition, a further seven dedicated events will accompany UK Construction Week to create a comprehensive construction-focused event. 

The dedicated week of industry-dedicated events will be held at the Birmingham NEC from 6 to 11 October 2015 and will bring together a spectrum of construction industry sectors under one roof.

The Build Show already has support from a significant range of exhibitors, associations and media. Grand Designs Live, with over 24,000 trade attendees, and the portfolio of other construction-related events give UK Construction Week a projected trade attendance of 50,000, making it the largest event in construction for some time.

Media 10’s CEO Lee Newton said: “For the first time Media 10 is able to combine our experience and leading events to create the strongest trade event the building and construction industry has ever seen. Apart from incorporating Grand Designs Live into UK Construction Week, we are proud to add the Build Show to this impressive event offering every profession valuable exposure to the latest innovation in the build industry.

“We already attract more architects, designers and specifiers to our events than any other organiser through 100% Design, Clerkenwell Design Week and Grand Designs Live. Therefore this event is perfect for Media 10 as we believe we are the only company that is capable of delivering such a large and ambitious project.”

Designed to promote construction at a time of renewed growth and optimism in the industry, UK Construction Week will be supported by the UK government and a raft of industry associations, as well as trade and consumer media, with the sole aim of increasing productivity and profit in a sector which employs 2.2 million people in the UK.

Paul Godwin, who with colleague Matthew Glover launched Build Show late last year, said: “The response received to the Build Show from the industry has been tremendous. It is the right event at the right time in the resurgence of the building and construction industry and, combined with the resources and existing events within the Media 10 Ltd stable under the UK Construction Week banner, it will deliver an event worthy of Britain’s most important sector. We are delighted that Media 10 will be taking Build Show forward.”

“The NEC and Media 10 create the ideal partnership to bring together a range of dedicated events under one roof, delivering a high profile, comprehensive and well-connected construction-focused national event,” said Ian Taylor, the NEC’s venue sales director. “We create national market places for people to come together and do business, and we’re proud to be the home of this exciting new venture from Media 10, one that UK plc so greatly needs at a perfect time of renewed optimism.”

Each of the nine event sections at UK Construction Week will retain its own feature areas, as well as gaining a seminar and debate programme. This will now be supplemented by new additional content in the expanded programme of event – which will include show homes, live building areas, CPD, political debate, skills workshops, heavy plant demos, materials and surfaces features and smart building demonstrations.

Attracting tens of thousands of construction professionals, UK Construction Week will generate publicity and optimism in the marketplace, culminating in the large trade and consumer audience which regularly attends Grand Designs Live.

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