Innovation is Alive and Well at UK Construction Week

DISRUPTORS ARE NOW present in many different markets, so this year UK Construction Week (UKCW) is shining a spotlight on the change-makers in construction. A new Innovation Zone has been established in partnership with the Construction Innovation Hub (the Hub).

Exhibitors in this area must have a truly innovative product. One such exhibitor is Semblr who have produced a bricklaying robot. The cat-sized robots are designed to operate in a swarm to speed up bricklaying – perhaps they will take on roof tiles next!

Practical products

Ground-breaking technology is interesting and will certainly bring advantages in the future, but what about here and now? The Build section of the show, sponsored by Easy-Trim, is the place where roofers should head to. It covers roofing, cladding and insulation, all the latest tools, health and safety, and Modern Methods of Construction (MMC).

Tepe Betopan is offering a variety of fibre cement boards which have just been launched. ‘Through coloured’ and ‘Painted’ are both available and can be discussed at UKCW. BLM British Lead and BLM Roofing Tools will discuss their offerings, including their lead sheet which is made from 100% recycled raw material.

While Res-Tec Limited is launching Flexitec 2020. This system is similar to fibreglass, but it uses a powder hardener for rapid curing and is reinforced with fibreglass chopped strand mat (CSM) for extra strength and crack-resistance. The finished membrane is extremely tough and due to its unique flexible technology. Flexitec 2020 is able to coat all common roof surfaces such as felt, concrete, asphalt, GRP and timber.

Roser Co Ltd is launching PLANO a new flat roof tile with a modern look. The clean lines and colour tones make PLANO and ideal choice for contemporary building design

Innovation Station

Another new addition this year is the Innovation Station in partnership with On the Tools where all manner of power tools are available for demonstration. Visitors can pick up tips from the experts on how to get the most from their range, try out the latest products, and cut a deal with the manufacturers as show discounts will apply.

Spotnails will be showcasing the TJEP gas stapler. This high power, adjustable stapler is ideal for Fermacell boards, it’s precise, has low recoil and it’s light weight for easy handling, which is perfect when working at height.

Health and safety

Staying safe at height is always a hot topic. The Working Well Together Theatre includes sessions on how to manage the issue of alcohol and drugs effectively in the workplace, keeping people safe while working at height, and mental health in the work place – an industry perspective.

Speakers include: Tony Seddon, managing director of Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training (FASET); Kate Walker, CEO at Diabetes Safety Organisation; Sarah Palfreyman, HSE Inspector at Health and Safety Executive (HSE); Roger Willey, managing director of ASC Risk Group; Barri Millar, Association of Project Safety; and Alison Rodgers, health and safety manager at CITB.

If you are feeling sporty enrol your business in UKCW’s first multi sports cup, in conjunction with STEAM; a mental health charity. Exercise is beneficial to those who suffer with mental health issues, so the aim of the tournament is to promote the wellbeing benefits of sport and exercise. Teams will play a round robin of football, netball and touch rugby. It’s sure to set hearts racing.

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 free access to all areas of the show. 

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