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New innovation partnership targets construction supply chain

Businesses from all parts of the construction
supply chain are set to benefit from a new collaboration between the Construction
Innovation Hub and UK Construction Week (UKCW),
in a move designed to boost take up of innovation in the industry and
realisation of the Government’s sector
deal ambitions.

The Construction Innovation Hub will sponsor the UKCW
Innovation Zone at this
year’s show. An innovation advisory board made up of construction
clients, contractors and consultants has also met to shape how innovation is
placed at the heart of this year’s event. It will assist in scrutinising the
latest projects, products and technologies being pitched for the new Innovation

Arbiters from Willmott Dixon, Luton Airport, Bryden Wood, Mace, TfL, The
Princes’ Foundation, Castle Planning and the Hub will decide what will appear
in the Innovation Zone and will also choose the winner of UKCW’s Innovation
Award 2019, which will be announced on the second day of the show.

Keith Waller, Construction Innovation Hub programme directorsays:

“UK Construction Week is fast becoming one of the most essential
industry events of the year. At the Construction Innovation Hub, we are eager
to reach out and engage with all stakeholders within the built environment.
This will be crucial to our success in the coming months and years.  

By partnering up with a key event like UK Construction Week, we want to
give visitors the chance to experience first-hand the Hub’s vision of a
transformed construction sector. We will share how we are planning to use
digital and manufacturing technologies to help build smarter, greener and more
efficient buildings much faster and cheaper than we currently do, and how
players – big and small – from right across the construction sector, and its
supply chain, can get involved.”

Garnett, UKCW event director says:

the surface, and you find that the construction industry is actually one of the
most innovative industries. It is full of examples of new ways of working,
sustainable products, collaboration and continually evolving technologies. We
want our visitors to experience this first-hand, to talk to others who are
leading by example and to boost uptake of these significant new developments.

why working with the Construction Innovation Hub is an ideal partnership from
our perspective. We chose innovation as a theme for this year’s UKCW and the
Hub’s support helps us to deliver on that message. The Hub has a four-year
mission to drive change and that is exactly what we want to achieve through our

The Hub brings together
expertise from BRE, the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) and the Centre
for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) to help implement the strategy. Funded by UK
Research and Innovation through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, the Hub
is driving collaboration to transform the way buildings and infrastructure are
designed, manufactured, integrated and connected within the built environment.

Looking to the future of construction the Hub is
also supporting MOBIE’s design challenge. This is aimed at young people aged
between 11 and 16 years of age and it is encouraging them to design a 21st
century home.

Registration to UK
Construction Week is now open. The show takes place at the NEC, Birmingham from 8-10 October

registering once, visitors will have access to multiple sections: Build,
Building Tech, Timber, Civils, Energy & HVAC, Surface & Materials
the newly launched Concrete Expo (8-9 October only) and Grand
Designs Live
 (9-10 October only), which will also be taking place at
the same venue.