Roofers Getting Ready for the Future at the Build Show 2018

Construction output is reportedly on the rise again, but risks from the economic uncertainty around Brexit, post-Grenfell regulatory changes and the well-documented skills shortages in building trades are raising a lot of questions about the future for the roofing industry.

That’s why the Build Show is aiming to give roofers the most well-informed, forward-looking predictions, innovations and insights they need, as part of the construction industry’s largest event UK Construction Week (UKCW) which returns to Birmingham’s NEC from 9 to 11 October this year.

Focusing on UKCW’s theme for 2018, the ‘Future of Construction’, the Build Show will feature the latest advancements in building products, policy and projects, all designed to help roofers stay up-to-date and one step ahead of their competitors. Exhibitors at the show include: Knauf Insulation, Permavent Ltd, Res-Tec Roofing Systems, Rockwool, Styrene Packaging & Insulation and Tuff Waterproofing.

Nathan Garnett, UKCW event director, said: “It’s a rare opportunity to get hundreds of manufacturers, trade associations and industry experts together under one roof to address issues within construction, but more importantly to identify what is being done to move things forward.

“That’s why the Build Show is always an unmissable event for specialist trades and general builders. But this year in particular it is also a much-needed opportunity to be inspired and encouraged, to make deals, and to take away lots of new ideas and products to apply straight away.”

New for 2018 are four additional sections to the show, with more than 100 exclusive product launches planned in Roofing, Cladding and Insulation; Offsite; Doors, Windows and Glass; and Tools, Health and Safety.

The most innovative products will be on display throughout the Build Show via the Innovation Trail with the opportunity to talk to manufacturers about the solutions their products can offer. Companies being featured in this year’s Innovation Trail include: Britmet Tileform Ltd, Danosa, Hush Acoustics, Quinn Building Products, Rawlplug, Soudal and Velux.

Highlights at the Build Show include:

This year also sees the launch of the UKCW Role Models Campaign to champion the existing talent in the industry and to inspire the next generation.

37 inspiring men and women have recently been shortlisted for this campaign, and the overall Role Model of the Year will be announced on 10 October.

Debates on major national and international construction issues will take place on the UKCW Main Stage. Speakers already confirmed include Phil Wilbraham, expansion programme director at Heathrow; Bridget Rosewell OBE, commissioner at the National Infrastructure Commission; Ben Derbyshire, RIBA president; and Ruth Davidson, National Housing Federation executive director.

Other benefits for visitors include an extensive programme of free CPD sessions, the Beer & Ale Festival with hot food and live entertainment, and a chance to celebrate with the Construction Enquirer Awards.

Last year was UKCW’s most successful yet with more than 30,000 trade visitors. This year is set to be even bigger with a forecast of 35,000 visitors.

If you want to share your latest product launch or service or just want a platform that gets you directly in front of your customers, there’s still a chance to grab an exhibitor spot. Register your interest via the Build Show Exhibitor page.

Free tickets for visitors are also available now available at

Tickets also allow access to the other UK Construction Week shows: Building Tech Live, Timber Expo, Civils Expo, Surface & Materials Show, Plant & Machinery Live, HVAC 2018 and Energy 2018, as well as Grand Designs Live on 10 and 11 October.



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