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Industry professionals flock to UK Construction Week

News   •   Oct 21, 2016 15:28 BST

Final day of UK Construction Week buzzing with high-level debate from industry experts and exciting new products.

The final day of the UK’s largest construction trade event UK Construction Week has seen high-level debates from some of the industry’s biggest names, as well as the reveal of exciting new products and special offers.

Television presenter and business journalist Victoria Fritz hosted the main stage content and chaired several engaging seminars including one that looked at the impact of BIM six months on from the Government’s soft landing deadline.

Joined by panellists from Crossrail, NBS / RIBA Enterprises, the Building Research Establishment (BRE), Bluebeam Inc and Faithful+Gould, Victoria asked questions such as: has it worked in practice? And what does the industry need for level 3 to be a success?

Among the panellists there was a consensus that technology will not be the problem but instead the human element of BIM, that is the trust, collaboration and new methods of working, is what will need the most work. It was also said that to progress to the next level SMEs must be accommodated for and supported as they make up the majority of the industry.

“How can we better hardness the potential of SME builders?” was another important question raised on the main stage industry leaders Paul Bogle, Policy Manger at the National Federation of Builders (NFB), Sarah McMonagle, Head of External Affairs at the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), James Talman, CEO of the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) and Conrad Ford, Chief Executive of Funding Options.

JCB has been showcasing its new Teletruk, which is the world’s only telescopic counterbalanced forklift truck.

Mark Hobbs, Business Development Manager at JCB, commented: “It’s been a very good day with a great amount of quality business leads coming through for the Teletruk. Being able to showcase the product at our stand has been a massive help and it has definitely increased footfall.”

Another new product at the show came from Civils Expo exhibitor and global provider of aluminium access systems Instant UpRight Ltd, which launched its new heavy-duty Instant HD Modular Scaffolding System to the UK. The new system is stronger, 50 per cent lighter, safer and faster to assemble than conventional systems.

Another new product at the show came from Civils Expo exhibitor and global provider of aluminium access systems Instant UpRight Ltd, which launched its new heavy-duty Instant HD Modular Scaffolding System to the UK. The new system is stronger, 50 per cent lighter, safer and faster to assemble than conventional systems.

Another exciting feature which took place was the Construction Products Association (CPA) Networking Lunch at the Timber Expo Restaurant. Hosted by Peter Caplehorn, Deputy Chief Executive of the CPA.

The lunch was an opportunity to learn the latest news and views from the UK’s leading trade association for construction product manufacturers and distributors. It included an overview of the CPA’s work with government on infrastructure and housing, regulations and standards, BIM and digitalisation, and also the latest construction industry forecast.

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