Countdown to UK Construction Week

WITH JUST DAYS to go to UK Construction Week (UKCW), the UK’s largest built environment event, now is the time to book your place and plan your visit with military precision.

Held at the NEC in Birmingham between 8-10 October 2019, the free to attend show is a must for forward thinking roofers.

Product paradise

The Build section of UKCW, sponsored by Easy-Trim, covers every facet of the building industry. It is broken down into specific product areas to make the search easier. These include roofing, cladding and insulation; health and safety; and tools.

By attending Build, you can walk away with practical information on new technologies, systems, products and collaborations from around the world that would otherwise take months to research.

Key roofing exhibitors include Easy-Trim, Isover, SPS Envirowall, Trimaco, Fischer Fixings, Rawlplug, Quinn Building Products and Tradepoint.

Other exhibitors on hand include Tuff Waterproofing Limited who uses the latest liquid polyester resins, glass fibre mat reinforcement and flexible trims to create a completely waterproof, seamless finish with a 25 year guarantee on materials.

Permavent offer low pitch roofing solutions, speciality membranes and insulation. To keep it all together is Samac, a leading distributor of screws, nails, fixings and roofing products. UKCW will see the launch of Samac’s newest product brand, Viper collated nails. Samac is offering competitions, demonstrations and exclusive show offers.

Cure It roof is a roofing resin and topcoat with a 20 year guarantee. The system has also been adapted for the changeable British weather and can be installed even at zero degrees. Britmet is exhibiting with its traditional British roof profiles. While Carlisle CM Europe is a waterproofing solutions provider for flat roofs who will be running hot air welding demonstrations at the show.

Brexit or bust

As the Brexit deadline is now just days away its important to know what direction construction needs to take. The new construction minister Nadhim Zahawi MP is set to make his first industry appearance at UKCW on Wednesday 9 October.

Mr Zahawi MP was appointed in July as the third Construction Minister so far this year.  He will be giving a keynote address on the UKCW Main Stage, at 2:15pm. Pre-booking is strongly advised if you wish to attend this eagerly awaited address.

A recent survey of over 900 construction professionals conducted by UKCW revealed a strong focus on Brexit, however there is a split between those who want the Government to ‘Get Brexit completed’ (37%, with the vast majority of those favouring a “no ifs or buts” approach), and those who want to ‘Cancel Brexit altogether’ (32%).  The minister’s address will be essential viewing.

Expert advice

Besides the construction minister there are many more experts on hand to help you learn and develop.

The Office for Product Safety and Standards will be holding workshops on timber regulations and the impact of a no-deal exit on timber importers. The Department for Work and Pensions will be advising construction professionals in the UKCW Careers Centre and HMRC is in the Civils area of the show (stand C21) for any tax queries. In addition, the Department for Education will be promoting apprenticeships and talking about educational options in the UK for EU nationals post-Brexit.

Dr Mike Wiseman from the British Board of Agrément (BBA) will be discussing how the BBA assesses roofing systems to be fit for purpose, Assessments of warm roofing systems, also on Tuesday 8 October at CPD Hub 2.

Tony Seddon, managing director at Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training (FASET) will be presenting on Keeping people safe while working at height on Tuesday 8 October at the Working Well Together Theatre.

There is also a wealth of mental health seminars in the Wellbeing Zone. The Working Well Together Theatre includes sessions on: how to manage the issue of alcohol and drugs effectively in the workplace and mental health in the work place – an industry perspective.

The Main Stage is also covering: Wellbeing in Construction: Tackling work-life balance, mental health & diversity; Mental Health in the Work Place – an industry perspective.

UKCW is one event with many sections, including Build sponsored by Easy-Trim, Building Tech, Civils, Energy and HVAC, Surface and Materials, and Timber. It also features Concrete Expo (8-9 October only) and Grand Designs Live (9-10 October only).

Single registration gives access to all areas of the show. For further information visit www.ukconstructionweek.com.

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