Grand designs, tiny homes, offsite constructions and high-rise towers – they all need a roof over their heads – but designing, specifying and installing the right solution requires knowledge, insights and networks.
As part of UK Construction Week (UKCW), architects, specifiers and roofing contractors can access innovative products, exhibitors, seminars, CPD sessions, an Innovation Trail and networking opportunities at Birmingham’s NEC, 9–11 October.
The roofing products turning heads
Who said roofing wasn’t glamorous? Discover the innovative and stylish roofing products that are transforming projects and attracting buyers at the dedicated Roofing, Cladding and Insulation section.
- Velux’s smart roof windows and curved glass rooflight that stands out internally and externally;
- Permavent’s Easy Roof System that enables any slate roof to be installed at a low pitch;
- Kytun’s Dry Verge System, which prevents wind uplift and weather damage to slate and tile roofs;
- Solecco Solar’s roof-integrated solar tiles that create a clean and contemporary finish, while saving money on electricity bills.
Meanwhile, an Innovation Trail follows a journey of pioneering ideas, projects and products such as ANS global’s green roof systems, Danosa’s waterproofing, MAX’s fastening tools and Hekim Yapi’s roof and wall sandwich panels.
Staying safe working high
There’s no excuse to lag behind on health and safety knowledge or best practice, with the CPD sessions across UKCW, including:
- Three CPD hubs, covering asbestos, fire safety during hot works and more;
- The Working at Height hub, supported by the Access Industry Forum, with 40-minute sessions using RMD Kwikform’s full-size Ascent Screen and Megashor Tower, alongside virtual reality;
- The Scaffolding Association, providing safety advice and information about its new training scheme, at stand C452; and
- OM Group’s health and safety sessions from its stand.
The ‘Future of Construction’
Professionals won’t have to climb very high to see into the future with this year’s theme. The Future of Construction Hub, in collaboration with Birmingham City University, immerses visitors in digital construction, 3D printing, robotics, AI and AR and modern methods of construction. Attendees can then experience life as a site manager, in Coventry University’s virtual reality simulator.
Finally, with offsite construction and tiny homes pitched as the future, visitors can see how roofing solutions operate in these different environments. Visit Vision Built’s two-story modular apartment at the Offsite Theatre, supported by the MPBA and STA; Offsite Solutions’ high-end bathroom POD, destined for an upmarket Canary Wharf hotel at the Offsite section; and Carwyn Lloyd Jones’ tiny timber frame home at Timber Expo.
There is plenty for all to take advantage of over UKCW’s nine shows, including:
- Political debates and hot industry topics on the UKCW stage, with speakers including: Barbara Res, the female project manager behind Trump Tower; Lord David Blunkett, discussing the skills gap; and Kunle Barker, property expert and TV presenter, leading a discussion on political correctness gone mad;
- Announcement of the UKCW Role Models Campaign’s role model of the year, on 10 October; and
- The Hall 11 Central Bar, sponsored by Elliott Group; the Hall 9 Bar, sponsored by Germany Trade & Invest; and the Beer Festival, sponsored by Velux, with street food, rockaoke, a gin and fizz bar, and FIX Radio.