Doors open on November 20th, 2019 at London’s ExCeL exhibition centre for edition 5 of this top class event specialising in offsite construction (OSC).

According to show director, Steven Callaghan, offsite construction (OSC) is now more in the news than at any time since he launched the show in 2015.

“Housing shortages in the UK, in particular the lack of affordable housing, have seen OSC advanced as something that could make a major contribution to solving these particular problems. This has lead to a wider appreciation of the other benefits of OSC such as improved quality of the finished product and, vitally, improvements in health and safety at work.

Shortages of skilled labour are another good reason why OSC needs to be considered very seriously – many employers are finding that current entrants to the workplace are less enthusiastic about working on a windswept building site than their fathers and forefathers, this is the digital generation” Steven adds.

Head of Sales, Maddie Maclellan takes up the story. “We organise the show in association with London based organization, buildoffsite, who we call the ‘voice of the offsite construction industry’. They are a membership based organization whose sole role is to promote the use of offsite construction technology and it only takes a brief glance at their list of members online to see the extent of their influence – it’s a real who’s who of end clients, contractors, manufacturers even government departments.

“A very popular feature of the Offsite Construction Show is the buildoffsite Seminar Theatre and I’m pleased to confirm that it will be making an appearance once again in 2019. The programme is yet to be published but for a flavor of what can be expected, please follow this link to see details of the 2018 presentations in the programme of events – there is also a series of Masterclasses plus the show’s own seminar theatre and programme and it’s all absolutely free of charge”, says Maddie.

The organisers feel that the show’s high turn out and excellent visitor quality is strongly influenced by it’s location in London, one of the Worlds most dynamic cities and the home to many spectacular flagship OSC projects. “London ExCeL is located in the heart of the Docklands and is a truly World class venue,” continues Steven Callaghan, “with superb facilities for visitors and exhibitors,” and nowhere is this more evident than with it’s communication links, he stresses.

“Visiting the show could not be easier,” says Maddie, whether by public transport or by your own car. “ExCeL has 2 of it’s it’s own onsite DLR Stations (Docklands Light Railway) and this is the most popular way of travelling to the show – fast, cheap and efficient however if you do prefer to come under your own steam, the venue has an underground parking garage with over 3000 spaces.”

“Register online on the show website  – for your free entrance ticket beforehand, it will save you time on arrival at the show hall’.

According to the organisers, this means that the show has easy access to the many thousands of senior construction, design and specifying personnel based in the capital city, as well as both central and local government.

In 2018 the show was attended by over 4,000 people, a record attendance, and a similar number are expected in 2019, with up to 100 exhibitors anticipated to show at the latest event, ranging from specialist manufacturers of offsite buildings, construction technology and design to product supply chain producers and the 2019 show will feature at least 20% brand new, first time exhibitors.

“The show is THE place in the UK to do offsite business” says Maddie and we cater for all aspects of the process – whether your reason for visiting is to learn more about OSC with a view to incorporating it in your future projects or to look to develop your supply chain, the show has something to offer you,” concludes Maddie.

For more information please visit www.offsiteconstructionshow.co.uk

Visit Glass, the dedicated flat glass showcase set to debut at FIT Show 2019, has seen a number of high profile brands sign up to exhibit at the NEC this May (21st to 23rd).

The lineup has grown considerably in recent months to include the likes of Lisec, GGR Group, Flat Glass Solutions, Edgetech and Saint-Gobain. Visitors can expect an impressive display of the latest processing machinery, products and equipment.

Experts from a number of Visit Glass’ exhibiting brands are scheduled to deliver key notes as part of the main FIT Show learning programme. Topics that will be covered include ‘the evolution of glass’, ‘flat glass technology’, ‘automation’, ‘pushing the boundaries of glass design to meet creative trends in large scale commercial architecture’, as well as ‘the comfort and health benefits of glass’.

Flat Glass Solutions will be showcasing a water treatment centrifuge, a new and innovative eco-friendly polishing wheel for processors, a rotary table and snip saw for IG manufacturing, along with a vacuum lifter for glass. Speaking about their decision to exhibit, Managing Director David Cahill said: “As a brand that is still in its infancy we want to expose our new products and ideas to the industry. Visit Glass will allow us to do just that.

“We’re looking forward to meeting with prospective customers, with the potential to rapidly expand our customer base, speaking directly to our target market. It’s such a long time since we had a glass show in the UK, I’m excited to see how the glass industry responds to Visit Glass.”

Edgetech Managing Director Chris Alderson comments: “We always look forward to the FIT Show, but this one is shaping up to be particularly special. We’ll be taking the opportunity to celebrate Super Spacer’s astounding success over three decades with friends throughout the industry. We’ll be introducing customers to our new e-commerce system. And, after a lot of intensive research and development behind the scenes, we’ll be unveiling our cutting-edge new spacer product.

“I’m also delighted that Joe Erb, one of Edgetech’s most senior and long-serving employees, will be making the journey to share his wisdom with us!”

Recent preregistration data has reinforced the quality audience that is being driven to this year’s FIT Show. As well as registration being significantly higher than the same period in previous campaigns, 45% of those registered for FIT Show 2019 have a turnover of over £1m, with more than half of those registered being C-suite decision makers or higher.

FIT Show Event Director, Nickie West added: “We’re delighted with the support that has been shown for the inaugural Visit Glass. We knew that there was a gap in the market to create a dedicated showcase for flat glass, and Visit Glass will do just that.

“This new feature has broadened our appeal to architects, specifiers and commercial installers too. We look forward to welcoming faces old and new to the NEC this May.”

For more information www.fitshow.co.uk/visit-glass

FIT Show, the UK’s only dedicated event for the glass and glazing industry, has announced the launch of its free three-day learning programme for its 2019 show (Birmingham NEC, May 21st – 23rd).

The showstopping programme is made up of over 20 hours of learning content, with 50 sessions that have been developed to reflect the wants and needs of the industry, as well as FIT Show’s broadened audience.

Sessions will tackle key industry issues such as the skills gap, and bring expert content in the form of CPD certified seminars. Alongside this, the programme will deliver practical advice through workshops, business clinics and practical product demonstrations.

The full schedule, which will kick start at 10.30am on the opening day of the show (Tuesday 21st May) can be accessed via the FIT Show website. Visitors can choose from two theatres, the ‘Insight Theatre’ and ‘Discovery Theatre’, with sessions running concurrently across the three days.

FIT Show 2019 visitors can expect a diverse mix of topics, including tackling mental health in construction, driving leads and making your business more profitable, guidance on legislative changes, upskilling, automation, flat glass processing, smart home technology and much more.

Practical product and tool demonstrations will be delivered by the likes of BBC Young Carpenter of the Year and multi-award-winning tradesman, Tibby Singh. Business clinics will be delivered by various exhibitors on their stands.

A special marketing village will be hosted across the three days by Insight Data and Purplex Marketing. Visitors will be able to access firsthand information about how to better market their business, generate more sales leads, how to maximise data, and receive support and practical guidance about on and offline marketing channels such as social media.

On the third and final day of the show (Thursday 23rd May), the learning programme will commence at 10.00am with the focus shifting to skills under the badge of ‘Skills Thursday’. Skills Thursday will include content specifically designed to attract new talent into the fenestration industry in partnership with a number of key training and education provides, as well as Building Our Skills.

Employers will be able to receive advice about attracting the right talent, salary banding, unlocking funding for schemes such as apprenticeships and then how to retain that talent and upskills the workforce they have.

For college leavers, ex servicemen and career changers, there will be seminars and panel debates designed to showcase the length and breadth of opportunities that a career within fenestrations presents. Content will include CV writing advice, guidance on apprenticeships and training initiatives and real life success stories from people within the industry.

FIT Show Event Director, Nickie West commented: “We’re extremely proud of the content that has been curated for the FIT Show 2019 learning programme. We’ve been inundated with support from our exhibitors and experts from across the industry who have offered their guidance on the topics that need to be covered.

“Across the two theatres, we have compiled a showstopping programme which has been designed to bring the right people together to debate key industry issues, such as the skills gap, as well as delivering CPD approved content that will help our visitors do better business when they leave the show.

“There is less focus on brands, and a stronger emphasis on delivering rich and diverse advice, support, guidance and engaging content that we know will really add value to our visitors. And unlike previous years, much of the content will be one-off so if visitors miss it, then they run the risk of missing out!”

For a full breakdown of the programme, visit www.fitshow.co.uk/sessions-2019

 

FIT Show 2019 is set to deliver a record breaking industry showcase with more brands, products, materials and overseas exhibitors than ever before. With so much crammed into the 2019 schedule, here’s a preview of what visitors can expect when they descend on the NEC from May 21st to 23rd.

More Brands, More Products –

A showcase of everything you need to deliver the very best projects, all under one roof, across three days. 300 industry leading brands. 5,000 cutting edge products. Expect to see windows, internal and external doors, orangeries, conservatories, sky lights, hardware, tools, sealants and much more. From UPVC and timber, through to aluminium and more.

International Showcase –

Over 70 overseas companies will be making their FIT Show debut. Expect an unrivalled showcase from companies from countries including the USA, Turkey, China, Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Greece, Norway, India, Serbia and Morocco.

Exclusive Show Offers –

There will also be more competitions and exclusive show offers and incentives than previous years. FIT Show 2019 will see the launch of a brand new voucher scheme with huge discounts and savings on purchases made at the Show. Brands such as Makita, Korniche, Epwin and Eurocell have thousands of pounds worth of products and prizes to giveaway at the Show.

Time to Learn –

Over 20 hours of learning content. 50+ sessions that have been developed to reflect the wants and needs of the industry. Sessions will tackle key industry issues, such as the skills gap, and bring expert content in the form of CPD certified seminars. Alongside this, the programme will deliver practical advice through workshops, business clinics and practical product demonstrations.

Take the Trails –

FIT Show 2019 will see the introduction of a series of trails to help guide visitors around the show content which is most relevant for them. This includes a brand new installer trail, new product trail and Wood Window Alliance (WWA) backed timber trail.

Late Night –

Take advantage of ‘Late Night Tuesday’, when the show opens until 8pm on the second day of the event. Expect a real party night when this industry does what it does best connects, socialises, entertains and celebrates.

Glass Goes Big –

For the first time ever, get set to see glass on a large scale. Visit Glass is a dedicated flat glass showcase within the show that will see the very best in flat glass processing equipment, machinery and technology on the floor.

Gala Networking –

Join the industry’s biggest celebration. The FIT Show 2019 Gala Dinner is going back to its roots with an emphasis on networking. FIT Show is the main industry platform to get together with every link in the supply chain, build on existing relationships and make new connections. The gala dinner will focus very heavily on these connections, providing a real industry celebration as well as raising funds for GM Fundraising and Hope House Children’s Hospices in the process.

If you have yet to register for FIT Show, don’t miss out on your chance to be part of FIT. Register today: https://www.fitshow.co.uk/why-visit.

A smart hub that let’s you take control of door, window and safety systems is being launched by GEZE UK at the Smart Buildings Show, (7-8 November 2018) at the Barbican, London.

GEZE Cockpit acts as ‘a brain’ – intelligently integrating door, window and safety technology into building management systems – and giving building designers greater options to create the next generation of smart buildings.

The hi-tech system, which is the first of its kind, uses the latest technology with open interfaces, and can be seen in operation on the GEZE UK stand, in Hall 2, Stand F3.

Offering more efficiency, security and convenience, combined with intelligent smoke and heat extraction and dynamic fire protection to protect targeted escape routes, the GEZE Cockpit can be used as stand-alone solution or integrated into an over-arching building management system (BMS).

With its open BACnet standard integration, GEZE Cockpit can be managed remotely using a PC, tablet or smartphone, providing flexible control via an IO 420 interface.

It can monitor external and internal temperatures and provide CO2 management – automatically opening vents to dissipate stale air and allow fresh air into the building to improve conditions for those inside.

GEZE Cockpit also features a night time ventilation programme which can reduce internal temperatures and provide the ideal climate for those entering the building in the morning. The system works with any autonomous ventilation system that the building may have in place and can also work alongside any mechanical system.

In a fire situation, GEZE Cockpit can quite literally be a life saver. It enables the automatic release of escape routes, opening doors and clearing emergency exits to provide a faster escape for people in the building.

GEZE Cockpit can be fully integrated into any building management system using the BacNet protocol but also has its own application package which can be accesssed remotely using a range of devices.

For more information visit www.cockpit.geze.com or to see GEZE UK’s comprehensive range of automatic and manual door closers call 01543 443000 or visit www.geze.co.uk

The world’s largest manufacturer, supplier, and installer of raised access floor solutions – has launched a new range of architectural floor finishes at London Build 2018. StoneWorks, WoodCraft and Resilient will deliver greater flexibility when designing first-class commercial spaces.

Integrated, bonded and overlay finishes include a wide variety of Terrazzo, Porcelain and genuine timber, all of which will be on display at stand G10. They will allow architects, designers and specifiers to elevate their interior spaces whilst ensuring practical access to the services underneath. The Kingspan Architectural Finishes are:

  • Integrated finishes, comprising a solid concrete core fused to a steel sheet with an edge band, which provide a rugged range of decorative concrete finished floor surfaces with all of the advantages of raised access flooring.
  • Bonded floor finishes which combine the outstanding visual appeal of natural wood and stone surfaces with the performance benefits of an access floor panel. The selected surface finish is bonded to the high-density particle board core and sits within a galvanised-steel tray.
  • Overlay tile finishes which is an innovative modular dry-install system that encompasses a ceramic tile fixed to a steel sheet with an injection moulded plastic connector frame and rubber joining strips. This has been developed specifically for challenging, high-traffic commercial environments, such as airports, offices and retail stores.
  • Attiro – an overlay engineered timber solution– includes magnetised staves which provide the look and feel of a traditional wooden floor, whilst allowing access to the void.

Kingspan Access Floors provides effective and efficient systems for swift access to sub-floor service voids in commercial, education and data centre buildings. The access flooring systems are practical applications by design, but the high-quality aesthetic finishes ensure architectural intent is never compromised. This makes them the perfect choice for prestigious developments.

A copy of the new Kingspan Architectural Finishes brochure can be requested by emailing KAFinfo@kingspan.com

For more information please call 01482 781701, email KAFinfo@kingspan.com or visit www.kingspanaccessfloors.com

The debut will take place at two near-future education exhibitions.

Armstrong Ceilings is following up the launch of a new education brochure by exhibiting at a brace of education shows this term.

The leading UK manufacturer will debut a virtual reality ceiling installation in a classroom at the Education Estates exhibition at Manchester Central from October 16th to 17th (stand G11) and at the Education Buildings exhibition at Edinburgh International Conference Centre from November 21st to 22nd (stand B9).

On the Armstrong stand, users of the new VR experience will find themselves transported to a typical classroom setting which has not been acoustically treated. Amidst the students, they will hear for themselves how typical classroom noise and clatter effects intelligibility and acoustic comfort.

Finally, the user will personally experience the acoustical transformation of the learning environment through the installation of a typical classroom ceiling system solution, using Ultima+ acoustic tiles (the first mineral ceiling tile range in Europe to win Cradle to Cradle™ certification), Blind Boxes, Axiom transitions, and Prelude 24 TLS suspension system .

It makes it easy to see why 65% of teachers in a London South Bank University survey reported voice problems during their career – a point the VR experience also makes as well as the fact that up to 30% of what is said in classrooms is missed due to extraneous noise. The presentation also shows that a high light-reflecting ceiling can also help with eye strain and fatigue.

Designed for specifiers to experience for themselves how to create a better and more sustainable learning environment, whether it is new-build or refurbishment, the VR experience will be joined on stand by the new education brochure and demonstrations of Armstrong’s online selector tool. This advises specifiers on the well-being requirements for a variety of school rooms including auditoriums, classrooms, gyms, cafes, lobbies and corridors.

Case studies on the use of Armstrong solutions at UK schools including Ystalyfera Welsh Medium Comprehensive School in South Wales, Royal Holloway University of London and Parsons Tower at Newcastle College, will also be featured.

More information is accessible via the Armstrong Ceilings website https://www.armstrongceilings.com/commercial/en-gb/.

According to recent reports, the UK now lags behind Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands when it comes to offsite construction and the efficiencies this can offer the housing market in particular.

So all eyes will be on the Offsite area at this year’s UK Construction Week (UKCW). Discussing and dissecting the developments in modular and volumetric building technologies, products and techniques, scrutiny will be on the proof of performance of this fast-growing sector and how well, in reality, it can address critical issues such as skills shortages in the construction industry.

This year’s UKCW event includes the return of the Offsite Theatre, supported by the Modular and Portable Building Association and showcasing the latest news, products and discussions in premanufacturing, volumetric and all other types of offsite construction, at Birmingham’s NEC between 9-11 October 2018.

Industry experts and commentators will take centre stage to provoke discussion and outline plans for how offsite construction can tackle the housing crisis, and how the supply chain can keep up with the unprecedented demands to come.

Offsite Innovations

Ahead of the official release of the Offsite Theatre seminar programme, UKCW has announced a selection of Offsite exhibitors including CTX Containex, Extenda Line, Smart Panel, KC Cabins Solutions Ltd, Kerkstoel, Fermacell, REM, MPBA and Portakabin; alongside more than 100 exclusive product launches.

Nathan Garnett, UKCW event director, said “If you work in the construction industry, it’s a must-attend event. It’s an opportunity to see new products, discuss deals with suppliers, meet with your peers and hear what’s going from leading industry experts.

“For any forward-thinking business, the knowledge that will be taken away is invaluable.”

The Offsite Theatre links three of UKCW’s nine shows including:

Build Show
Centred around the Regeneration Hub, sponsored by Easy-Trim, the Build Show will uncover the latest developments, trends and projects in building refurbishment, repair and maintenance, alongside three new sections to the show: Doors, Windows and Glass; Roofing, Cladding and Insulation; and Tools, Health and Safety.

Timber Expo
The Timber Expo, supported by TRADA, returns with a new feature – the Confederation of Timber Industries’ workshops on issues such as fire safety and the successful use of wood in construction. These will take place alongside an array of timber-related talks, installations and exhibits.

Surfaces and Materials Show
The Surface and Materials Show will deliver workshops on hybrid concrete construction and modern materials, alongside a digital display hub which promises a tangible and visual experience that will inform your future projects.

Innovation Trail
A trail of innovation will flow through each of these shows, as well as Energy 2018, Building Tech Live, Surface & Materials Show, HVAC 2018, Civils Expo, Plant and Machinery Live, and Grand Designs Live; cementing UKCW’s 2018 innovation theme.

Talks, workshops and free CPD sessions will bring you up-to-speed with the innovative ideas shaping the future of the offsite construction industry. Bookings for CPD sessions are now live so register quickly as spaces are limited.

Other highlights of the week include the Beer & Ale Festival with hot food and live entertainment, and a chance to celebrate the Role Model of the Year, following the official shortlisting of 37 inspiring men and women.

Take Part

The Build Show takes place between 9-11 October at the NEC in Birmingham. Free tickets for visitors are now available at www.buildshow.co.uk. Tickets allow access to the other UKCW shows.
There’s also still time to take part in the UKCW as an exhibitor. If you want to share your latest product launch or service with those who matter, register your interest via the Build Show Exhibitor page.

Keep up to date with the latest information about exhibitors, product launches and speakers at the Build Show via the website www.buildshow.co.uk and on Twitter at @BuildShow or using the hashtag #BuildShow2018.

Rinnai has announced a series of contractor/installer-based training courses for the coming months. The courses – titled Rinnai Installation, Service and Repair will take place at the company headquarters in Runcorn, Cheshire on the following dates: Thurs 26/07/2018; Thurs 30/08/2018; Thurs 27/09/2018.

Rinnai’s continuous programme of training modules has been revised to meet and exceed the needs of heating engineers & contractors as specifiers from all sectors strive for energy saving benefits and high performance in the delivery of commercial levels of hot water.

Rinnai claims to have the only complete and comprehensive range of highly efficient ErP labelled A-rated continuous flow water heaters on the UK market, from the smallest domestic model to the super-sized industrial units.

The company’s purpose-built training facility is based at its Runcorn, Cheshire Headquarters. Equipped with all the latest training aids, attendees can familiarise themselves with all aspects of continuous flow technology – from system design and installation through to maintenance.

The hands-on training courses, tailored to the range of customers served by Rinnai, cover both traditional and new technologies for commercial water heating and the dramatic cost reductions that can be achieved by utilisation of a continuous flow hot water system.

Courses can be arranged to suit individual requirements either at Rinnai’s HQ or, if preferred, the company’s training team will take the module to the workplace or other venue convenient to delegates. “For example,” says Rinnai training specialist Phil Nolan, “we have recently organised in-house installer training courses for some of the big energy companies, councils, independent contractors and other public and private sector organisations in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.”

CPD Roadshow courses are also available, designed by the company for M&E consultants and specifiers, design and build engineers, facilities managers and gas contractors. These courses have already attracted praise from CIBSE. For example, it says of the CONTINUOUS FLOW WATER HEATING SYSTEM SIZING AND DESIGN course in an appraisal: “The course delivers what it outlines and is well constructed.”

“Our flexible training offering ensures key market personnel at all levels can benefit from nationwide training from our highly skilled team of technical experts, guaranteeing they are up to speed with changes in legislation and product developments,” says Chris Goggin, Rinnai UK Associate Director.

For more information contact Phil Nolan direct by emailing him on PhilNolan@rinnaiuk.com
For more details on RINNAI products visit www.rinnaiuk.com

Two divisions of the global building materials manufacturer Kingspan Group will be sharing their extensive knowledge and expertise at FIREX International this June.

The exhibition, which takes place at ExCeL London, runs from 19th – 21st June and will bring together experts from across the industry to demonstrate and discuss the latest life safety solutions and share best practice when it comes to fire safety. Located on stand A590, both Kingspan Insulated Panels and Kingspan Insulation will be showcasing a variety of products, solutions and services which will help contractors and specifiers to meet requirements. The stand will also host a live simulation of a roofer’s torch test similar to ISO 11925-3 (Reaction to fire tests: Ignitability of building products subjected to direct impingement of flame) at intervals throughout the show.

Kingspan’s expert technical and sales teams will be on hand throughout the three-day event to answer any questions visitors may have and provide up-to-date information.

Kingspan are also sponsoring the first day of the 5th International Tall Building Fire Safety Conference, which is running alongside the FIREX Exhibition. Technical Director at Kingspan Insulated Panels, UK & Ireland, Tony Ryan, will be delivering a talk on Fire Testing of Tall Building Façade Systems on 19th June.

Kingspan Insulated Panels Website: www.kingspan.com/gb/en-gb/about-kingspan/kingspan-insulated-panels/fire-safety
Kingspan Insulation Website: https://www.kingspan.com/gb/en-gb/products/insulation/kingspan-insight/fire