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.