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UK Construction Week London gears up for ExCeL return in May

UK Construction Week is gearing up for its return to London’s ExCeL on 7-9 May.

UK Construction Week is gearing up for its return to London’s ExCeL on 7-9 May.

The multi award-winning construction show will debut several new features, including a Live Demo Theatre with demonstrations from Rubberseal, Instagrid, Metrotile, Kore Insulation and more. There will also be a Skills and Training Hub, a construction-specific Recruitment Zone, new C-Suite summits, and a host of international exhibitors.

Visitors to the show can look forward to thought-provoking talks and panels hosted by high-profile speakers, including businesswoman and television personality, Sara Davies MBE, former England international footballer, Trevor Steven, and Andrew Lewer MP.

Sara Davies will be speaking at UKCW this year

Steven, whose football career included 36 England caps, is now a mental health ambassador at Causeway Technologies, and will be speaking on day one of UKCW London (7 May). Also in the line-up is Andrew Lewer MP, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for SME Housebuilders and LUHC Select Committee, who will discuss his plans for a Builders’ Manifesto.

Entrepreneur Davies will reveal her lessons learnt as a successful entrepreneur and draw upon her expertise in product innovation, design, and manufacturing to welcome the ideas of emerging innovators.

Networking opportunities

A number of initiatives will present numerous networking opportunities. They include the debut of the Networking Lounge, co-hosted by CIOB (Chartered Institute of Building) and BSF (Building a Safer Future); a networking breakfast and drinks event, both hosted by BETA (Built Environment Technology Association); and a host of interactive sessions and talks which will encourage networking and participation. Companies such as Quinn, Balfour Beatty Vinci Systra and Persimmon Homes will also provide networking opportunities.

Back for its seventh year running, the Role Models Awards will, for the first time, host three categories to broaden its acknowledgments: Rising Star for Apprentices; Pioneer; and Icon. Entries are now closed, with the shortlist to be announced at the London show, and the winner crowned at UKCW Birmingham (1-3 October 2024).

The Role Models Awards will, for the first time, host three categories

The awards campaign welcomes anyone who works in the sector, including architecture, engineering, construction technology and property development. It aims to inspire others to share their stories and career journeys, as well as offering an opportunity to showcase their unique skills, achievements and innovative approaches.

Talks and seminars

Across the three days, UK Construction Week London will host a range of insightful and interactive talks and seminars on architecture, sustainability, building safety culture and many more industry topics, including:

Building Britain’s Future: Government Investment Strategies for a Sustainable Tomorrow
(7 May, 10:30am – 11:15am)
Join David Hancock, construction director, and Jon Loveday, director of infrastructure, as they discuss the government’s strategic investment plans and explore their focus on climate resilience, modernising prisons, enhancing schools and hospitals, and addressing the housing crisis.

New Insights from the HSE Regulator on the Building Safety Act
(8 May, 3:45pm – 4:15pm)
Visitors can hear from Phillip White, director at the Health & Safety Executive, as he shares his findings and common issues encountered under the Building Safety Act.

Building Green Together: Collaborating with your Supply Chain for Scalable Sustainability Solutions
(9 May, 10:15am – 11am)
Join this insightful talk at the Infrastructure Hub to discover strategies to drive innovation, reduce environmental impact and create a ripple effect of positive change throughout the construction industry.

The Robotics Theatre will once again showcase innovation in the sector


UKCW London will once again be co-located with Concrete Expo and The Offsite Show, as well as the UK’s premier event for the self-build sector, Grand Designs Live.

Registration for UKCW London is now live (and free) through the new-look website. The Show Preview is also now available to view.

UKCW Birmingham, which takes place at the NEC from October 1-3, complements the London show.

The NEC was the birthplace of UK Construction Week in 2015 and the trade show has grown to become the UK’s largest built environment event. Details on the Birmingham programme of events and speakers will be announced in due course, but exhibition space is already filling up. To enquire for your business, contact [email protected]

To find out more about both shows and to register for UKCW London for free, visit

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