Trade shows are a highlight of the construction industry, and a space where we can share innovation, knowledge and insight. In light of trade shows going online for the time being, Plant Planet have compiled an itinerary for you, featuring our top picks for upcoming digital construction events in the next few months.
UK Construction Week (UKCW):
9and 16 March 2021 and 5-7 October in Birmingham
Whilst the in-person London show has been postponed to 2022, UKCW are hosting two separate virtual events, focusing on Net Zero Housing on 9 March and Sustainable Infrastructure on 16 March. The second event will feature a Meet the Buyer session, debates, CPD Sessions, and various opportunities to network.
On their website, UKCW describe their event as “the largest event dedicated to knowledge sharing, best practice, problem solving and product sourcing”, as UKCW creates “the environment for the whole industry to discover, develop, discuss and do business; providing all the answers for how we build for our future.” As one of the UK’s largest construction events, it will be a great way to connect with the rest of the industry. UKCW are planning an in-person event in Birmingham from 5-7 October, with an in-person UKCW London show set to return in May 2022.
30-31 March 2021 and 22-24 June
Hillhead is the UK’s largest quarrying, construction and recycling exhibition. This year, their digital event focuses on recovery. They have launched the digital event in order to complement the live show, and to pave the way towards a new start after the setbacks that Covid-19 brought to the respective industries.
According to their website, the digital event will present “a multi-stream conference, virtual exhibition and extensive networking opportunities, all from the comfort of your own home or office.” They emphasise that the conference will engage in discussions on “meeting the challenges that are facing the industry and sharing best practice.”
Hillhead are set to host an in-person event from the 22-24 of June.
Energy from Waste Virtual:
10-12 March 2021
This three-day event features a full schedule, with multiple international speakers sharing their insights on the latest technical and market information. Discussions on how waste is key in the drive towards becoming carbon neutral are key to EFW, as experts will share what this means for plant operators and owners, as well as the rest of the industry.
On the discussions in the conference, EFW write:
“With sessions on feedstock, plastics, CCS, hydrogen and high-value outputs, heat networks, project delivery, operational excellence, finance and investment and growth market opportunities, it’s a packed programme of expertise and topical debate, all delivered on a platform designed to make engagement and networking as easy as possible.”
If zero-emissions targets are on your mind, this event is not to be missed.
London Build Online: 15-24 March
London Build Expo: 17-18 November in London
With over a hundred speakers, London Build Online say they will cover topics ranging from “Future London, BIM & Digital Construction, Sustainability, Health & Safety, Contracts & Tenders and much more.” London Build Online will also feature the largest-ever virtual networking event for women in construction. Having held successful exhibitions in the past, they are expecting thousands of attendees from various industries, and they encourage networking with “one-on-one meetings and a business matchmaking service”. London Build Online features skill-building events, with “CPD-accredited training workshops and panel discussions” offered as part of the event. Provided Covid-19 safety guidelines are met, London Build Expo will return as an in-person event later this year.
Read more about upcoming industry events in the April edition of Plant Planet magazine.