Building cultural change in 2022

More than 25,000 people are expected to come together at UK Construction Week (UKCW) London on 3-5 May, at the ExCeL centre – the country’s largest live show for the construction industry

UKCW London will explore how the industry implements new behaviours, best practice, and a true cultural shift in how it builds for the future.

The event is likely to be the biggest construction event the capital has seen in many years, with over 40,000 m2 of exhibition space, more than 300 exhibitors, 10,000 products on show, 300 expert speakers, seven theatre stages, multiple specialist hubs, and 150 hours of CPD content.

The event will provide insights into the issues affecting the way in which buildings are designed and the emerging markets, technology innovations and global design trends to watch. Some of the major companies taking part include HS2, ABC+ Warranty, Bosch, Hanson Plywood, Xero, Entserv UK and Construction Industry Solutions Ltd.

Nathan Garnett, UKCW event director is excited to bring UK Construction Week to London. “2022 is the year to focus on how we achieve the systemic changes we’ve been discussing for some time and to share the learning from the organisations who have already made a strong start.”

Conference programme explored

Day one will include updates on the new rules around public procurement, the new regulatory regime on building safety, the forthcoming Building Safety Act, and the new ways in which the industry works on projects as wide ranging as prisons, hospitals, road and rail infrastructure, education buildings and housing. Day two will be a deep dive into digitalisation, Net Zero and energy futures, and day three will focus on people, including diversity, health and wellbeing, recruitment and retention issues.

The main stage will be sponsored by COINS, while CEMEX will be sponsoring the Infrastructure Hub. Expert speakers from the Infrastructure Projects Authority and Barbour ABI will showcase learning from major projects like HS2, Thames Tideway, Royal Docks London and the West Midlands Growth Engine as well as analysing government policies that will affect infrastructure over the next 10-15 years.

The Sustainability Hub includes sessions on best practice in low carbon building and retrofit from Europe, regenerative design and biomimicry, hydrogen innovation, 3D printing, waste issues and building for disassembly.

The Digital Construction Hub in partnership with Build in Digital will deliver practical workshops on digital strategy, BIM, cloud computing, cybersecurity, use of Big Data and how technology can improve efficiency, productivity and profitability.

The Offsite Alliance Hub will share learning from Alliance members who work alongside leading organisations, government, local authorities and housing associations to increase the uptake and delivery of offsite technologies across the residential sector.

UKCW Awards campaign

UKCW’s Role Models awards campaign – an opportunity to recognise talented professionals – also returns for its fourth year after receiving a record number of nominees last year from all areas of construction, including a large number of architects.

Entries for the 2022 Role Models awards are now open and will be closing on 25 February. This year’s shortlist will be announced at UKCW London, with the winner crowned at UKCW Birmingham, 4-6 October at the NEC.

UKCW is a chance to “celebrate the sector’s achievements and some of the best thought leaders and innovators construction has to offer,” say the organisers.

UKCW, supported by other sponsors including Aico, Northgate Vehicle Hire and Bosch, will run alongside co-located events Concrete Expo (3-4 May), the Offsite Show with Buildoffsite, (3-5 May), and Grand Designs Live (30 April – 8 May), and industry conferences including the Timber Trade Federation conference on 3 May and the Future of Work in Construction conference on
4 May.

Free registration to UK Construction Week London is now open with one entry badge also providing access to the Offsite Show, Concrete Expo and Grand Designs Live.

Download the free UKCW app and book one-to-one appointments with delegates and exhibitors. It is available from both iOS and Android app stores.

To get regular updates on the event, follow UKCW on social media using the hashtags #UKCW2022 #UKCWLDN

If you’re interested in visiting UKCW London 2022, register for your place at