Exhibition News November 2018 - Page 23

COVER FEATURE REFLECTING AN INDUSTRY How construction events inspire and challenge the industry they serve Words: Nicola Macdonald I t’s hard to think of an industry that has more impact on our daily lives than construction. From the roads we drive to the infrastructure we rely on to the roofs over our heads, it’s ever- present. And, like many industries, the construction industry is in a period of evolution and flux. HS2 and Crossrail are set to have a major impact on England’s transport infrastructure. New technologies have come crashing into the market, changing the very fundamentals of design, health & safety, planning, building management and more. Issues like equality, recruitment and sustainability have been making headlines – and not always for the right reasons. And, tragically, events like the Grenfell Tower fire have thrust the construction industry into the national and even international spotlight. So, where does an industry turn when it needs to learn, debate and make new business connections? Hopefully, for all our sakes, to its trade shows. For this feature EN spoke to the organisers of UK Construction Week, London Build, Digital Construction Week and Futurebuild to take the temperature of construction events, and to hear how each has tackled the issues most pertinent to the sector. Grand designs In early October, EN took a trip up to the NEC in Birmingham to catch up with Media 10 portfolio director Nathan Garnett in the midst of a busy edition of UK Construction Week. The sprawling construction event is comprised of nine distinct shows – Timber Expo, Build Show, Civils Expo, Plant & Machinery exhibitionnews.co.uk | November 2018 23