CROWDS flocked to the NEC as UK Construction Week (UKCW) returned to the region.
Opened by Channel 4 presenter George Clarke, UKCW Birmingham attracted visitors and exhibitors from across the globe, including China, Czech Republic, India, Latvia and Turkey.
This year’s speakers and the seminar agenda featured industry leaders including Councillor Ian Courts, leader of Solihull Council and Marsha Ramroop, executive director – equity, diversity and inclusion at Building People.
Topics discussed across the conference included culture change, sustainability, mental health and HS2.
Across a range of dedicated sectors, visitors were able to discover the latest innovations and technologies in robotics, digital construction, Net Zero, offsite construction and infrastructure.
Barbara Akinkunmi, founder of Girls Under Construction, was named UKCW Role Model 2023; as a young black woman in construction, Barbara strives to be a visible leader who actively helps other young women to navigate their career journeys in the construction industry.
Organisers said attendance up eight per cent year on year, attracting 24,377 visitors to the three-day show.
Sam Patel, UKCW incoming event director, commented after the show: “It’s been another fantastic year for us here in Birmingham.
“With so much going on within the industry at the moment, it’s great that we can offer the opportunity for visitors of the show to get ahead of the game and we feel privileged that our visitors see the show as the place to do that.”