24 Oct, 2019
An overview of London Build Construction and Design show
This article provides a quick overview of London Build, currently the largest and leading construction and design show for London and the UK. London Build is organised by Oliver Kinross, an award winning international trade shows and global business Events Company for the built environment.
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London’s leading construction and design show is back for 2019 and this time it is bigger and better than ever before. Spanning across two floors, London Build is more than just an exhibition. Not just your average construction show, the event is jam packed with content, networking and entertainment. This year will have an important focus on mental health, well-being, diversity and equality on the main stage and throughout the exhibition, as well as opportunities to get up to date with upcoming major construction projects and opportunities across Greater London and the UK!
What’s on at London Build?
London Build will be boasting CPD accredited sessions across eight different summits, hosted by the most sensational line-up of speakers at any construction show in history, and featuring accredited training workshops in everything from sustainability and BIM to Advanced Digital and Social Media Construction Marketing. Our extensive programme of over 500 esteemed speakers includes the likes of Juliemma McLoughlin the Chief Planner – Development, Enterprise and Environment at Greater London Authority, Fergus Harradence the Deputy Director of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Gillian Charlesworth the CEO of BRE, Graham Watts the CEO of Construction Industry Council, Sharon Duffy the Head of Transport Infrastructure at Transport for London and David Speight the Project Delivery Director Heathrow Expansion of Heathrow – to name a few.
Over 350 exhibitors will fill the venue including: Procore, Powerday, Recticel, JLG, BT Openreach, Epson, Panasonic, Bauder, Beaulieu International, Roof Maker, Autodesk/Plangrid, George Boyd/Saint-Gobain, Wurth, Resapol and Bostik. The Humans of Construction photography exhibition will be displaying 1,000 of the most influential and inspiring professionals working in the UK’s built environment, featuring individuals from a wide array of fascinating backgrounds in the industry, from CEO’s to architects, pioneers to students and future leaders.
Business Networking at London Build
London Build is looking forward to welcoming over 25,000 registered contractors, architects, engineers, developers, councils and construction professionals over the two days. We’re expecting a high level of attendance from the UK’s top 100 contractors and architects, offering an unbeatable opportunity for networking with peers and clients alike. We want you to leave London Build armed with a wide range of new connections and friends, and make sure you become part of an ongoing exciting and vibrant new community of like-minded professionals.
Networking opportunities include our first ever LinkedIn Networking Lounge – a ground-breaking networking initiative which enables attendees to network and make new contacts whilst simultaneously building their online network through LinkedIn using QR codes and a timetable of Speed Networking events. We’ll also be hosting networking events such as Meet the Buyer by Constructionline, CIOB Hub in the Pub, Constructing Excellence Club Breakfast, BIM & Tonic, #TeqDen10×10, Diversity in Construction, and the UK’s largest ever networking meeting of Women in Construction – plus many more.
“London Build is an Event like No Other”
London Build believes that doing business should be fun, and includes within the event the Festival of Construction. Featuring comedy acts, entertainment, live music, celebrity guests, London Beer Festival, gin tastings and prize giveaways, the Festival of Construction promises to be the biggest festival in construction, offering you the chance to rub shoulders with big industry names and celebrity guests, whilst indulging in London’s finest food, drinks and live entertainment.
Charity contests will be taking place across the two days, including our very own world record attempt! We’ll be striving to break the world record for the greatest number of Movember Moustaches at one event to raise funds for men’s health. This truly is a show like no other, built for those in the industry who want to have fun, be inspired, and meet with thousands of architects, developers, contractors, local councils, housing associations, and more!
Where is London Build?
London Build is delighted to announce that to accommodate the show’s growth the 2020 edition will be moving into the Olympia Grand, the largest hall at the Olympia London. The Olympia Grand provides over 22,000 m2 of exhibition space when paired with the Olympia West hall and is famous the world over for its stunning Victorian architecture. The iconic hall has hosted some of the most famous events of all time, including the International Motor Exhibition between 1905 and 1936 and the Olympia Horse Show since 1907.
“London Build Makes Grand Move to the Olympia London’s Largest Hall”
Event Director of London Build, Selena Moseley has commented ‘We are thrilled to bits for London Build that it’s moving to the Olympia Grand. The Olympia Grand is arguably the most famous and recognisable exhibition hall in the world. The hall is steeped in history and with it’s impressive Victorian architecture and listed-status is the perfect setting for a show about London’s built environment. More importantly our move to the Olympia Grand provides London Build with a greater amount of ground floor space to accommodate exhibitors wishing to exhibit large plant & machinery. London Build has become a major, must-attend show in the global construction industry calendar and it’s move to the Olympia Grand is an exciting opportunity for the show to grow even further in the years ahead’. London Build 2019 takes place on November 27th & 28th in the National and Central Halls of the Olympia London. London Build 2020 will take place on November 18th & 19th in the Olympia Grand Hall of the Olympia London.
London Build 2019 – Speakers Announced
2019 will see London Build into its fifth year, and with it the most sensational line-up of speakers at any construction show in history! London Build will feature CPD accredited sessions across eight different summits: Future London, Sustainability, BIM & Digital Construction, Fire Safety, Infrastructure, Innovation, London Design, Interiors & Fit-out, and the brand new BIM & Geospatial Clinic.
In this new age of sustainability, alongside London’s ever-growing housing and infrastructure developments, our panels and talks will be digging deep into London’s construction goals and future, as well as hard-hitting topics affecting the industry in 2019. We’re tackling mental health in construction, elevating the voices of women in construction, and helping to create a future of inclusive and diverse workforces. We’ll also be diving into the ongoing questions around the housing crisis, and debating a Sustainable Built Environment.
We’ve listed some of the fantastic London Build speakers below, but with more exciting names to be announced in the lead up to the event – including top contractors, architecture practices, government bodies, and housing authorities, you’ll be spoiled for choice with our 2019 agenda.
London Build features 500+ high-level speakers including:
The top-level speakers that are presenting and teaming up on our panel discussions for our Future London Summit include:
- Juliemma McLoughlin, Chief Planner, Greater London Authority – presenting on London: The Challenges Ahead Worth Investing In
- Fergus Harradence, Deputy Director, Construction, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy – as part of the panel discussion Let’s Talk Brexit – Opportunities and Challenges
- Gillian Charlesworth, Chief Executive Officer, BRE – presenting on Shifting Culture in the Construction Industry
- Dan Hawthorn, Director of Housing, Regeneration and Planning, Haringey Council– as part of the panel discussion Local Councils and their 2050 Vision
- Lisa Fairmaner, Corporate Head of Planning, Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames – as part of the panel discussion Local Councils and their 2050 Vision
- Faisal Butt, Lead Commissioner for Housing and Development, London Borough of Barnet – as part of the panel discussion Local Councils and their 2050 Vision
- Jennifer Peters, Head of London Plan and Growth Strategies, Greater London Authority – as part of the panel discussion The Housing Crisis, What is Being Done?
- Ken Glendinning, Head of Strategic Land, Homes England – as part of the panel discussion The Housing Crisis, What is Being Done?
- Christina Riley Senior Construction Planner & Equality Diversity Inclusion Specialist, Kier Group – moderating the panel discussion Creating an Inclusive and Diverse Workforce
- Hollie Woodard, Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, VolkerWessels UK – as part of the panel discussion Creating an Inclusive and Diverse Workforce
- Pam Sherwood, Safety Leadership Specialist, Berkeley Homes – as part of the panel discussion Tackling Mental Health in Construction
- Robert Cheeseman, Occupational Health Operations Manager, Balfour Beatty – as part of the panel discussion Tackling Mental Health in Construction
- Pamela McInroy, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, High Speed Two – as part of the panel discussion Women in Construction
- Sharon Duffy, Head of Transport Infrastructure Engineering, Transport for London – as part of the panel discussion Women in Construction
- Michaela Wain, Apprentice Finalist 2017 and Director, We Connect Construction – as part of the panel discussion Women in Construction
- Dr Judith Grant, Director of Health and Well-being, Mace – presenting on Well-being in the Workforce
- Michelle Gonnella, Health, Safety and Environmental Manager, Willmott Dixon – presenting on Preventing Re-offending Crime by Producing Employable Ex-inmates into the Construction Industry
The top-level speakers in the BIM & Digital Construction Summit include:
- Steven Eglinton Chair, BIM4 Infrastructure UK; Principal BIM Tutor, ICE; Director, BIM Enable – Chairperson for Day 2
- Jack Dearlove, Senior BIM Manager, ISG – as part of the panel discussion Disruptive Technologies, How is the Industry Adapting?
- Edonis Jesus, BIM Leader, Lendlease – presenting on Is BIM Level 2 Business the Norm? What Lies Beyond Level 3?
- Vicki Reynolds, Digital Manager, Multiplex – presenting on Effective BIM Collaboration and part of the panel discussion
- Nick Leach, Strategic BIM Manager, Sir Robert McAlpine – as part of the panel discussion Unlocking the Build Environment’s Digital Future
- Daniela Balanoiu, BIM and Digital Engineering Lead – Major Projects, Mace – presenting on Embracing a Culture for a Digital Transformation and part of the panel discussion Women in BIM
- Joel Martineau, Associate, Stantec – as part of the panel discussion Let’s Talk Big Data
- Andrew Gamblen, Digital Manager, Willmott Dixon Construction – presenting on Our Digital Journey: Case Study and part of the panel discussion Overcoming BIM Deployment Challenges
- Athina Papakosta, Carbon Specialist, SCS Railways – co-presenting on 5D+ Integrated Cost and Carbon Estimation
- Maciej Kindler, Head of BIM, Skanska – co-presenting on 5D+ Integrated Cost and Carbon Estimation
- Robert Toon, BIM Co-ordinator, Kier Group – presenting on Forget about Data: Why Digital Transformation Should be about Empowering People
The top-level speakers in the Infrastructure Summit include:
- David Speight, Off Airport Project Delivery Director for Heathrow Expansion, Heathrow – presenting on Heathrow Expansion: Building for the Future
- Norrie Courts, Stations Director, Network Rail – presenting on Tomorrow’s Living Stations
- Steven Eglinton Chair, BIM4 Infrastructure UK; Principal BIM Tutor, ICE; Director, BIM Enable – Chairperson for Day 1
- Fergus Harradence, Deputy Director, Construction, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy – presenting on Let’s Talk Brexit and Infrastructure
- Isayas Tecleberhan, Sector Director – TFL Projects, Morgan Sindall – as part of the panel discussion London’s Major Infrastructure Projects Update
- Harbinder Birdi, Partner, Head of Infrastructure and Transport, Hawkins/Brown – presenting on Designing Resilient Landscapes
- Mark Kennor, Commercial Director, Taylor Wimpey Central London – as part of the panel discussion London – A Collaborative, Connected and Responsive City
- Karla Jakeman, Innovation Lead for Connected Transport, Innovate UK – presenting on Encouraging Collaboration in Transport Innovation and part of the panel discussion The Future of Smart Vehicles
- David Hancock, Head of Construction, Infrastructure and Projects Authority – presenting on Bring Construction into the 21st Century
- Carlo Gabriele Borri, Estimator and Quantity Surveyor, AECOM – presenting on Utilities Cost Estimation for Infrastructure, Assess the Impact of Assurance, Diversion, Monitor and Protection
- Samer Ali, Project Director, Mott MacDonald – presenting on The Infrastructure Digital Revolution
The top-level speaking in the London Design, Interior & Fit-out Summit include:
- Rob Thomas, MCIAT, Vice-President Practice, Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists – presenting on The Role of Technologists in Practices
- Lia Silva, Development Director, Wates Residential – presenting on Leaving a Legacy: Creating Great Places to Live
- Chinedu Ahiauzu, Design Manager, Mace – presenting on Business by Design – Winning Work and as part of the panel discussion Design for Wellness
- Raj Kumar Suresh, Senior Urban Designer, Atkins – presenting on Cities of the Future – Challenges of Architecture and Design
- James Pinkerton, Architect, Foster + Partners – as part of the panel discussion Design for Wellbeing
The top-level speakers in the Sustainability Summit include:
- Dimitra Kyrkou, Associate Partner, Senior Sustainability and Environmental Designer, Foster + Partners – as part of the panel discussion Championing Sustainability
- Joaquin Monge, Associate Architect, BDP – presenting on Sustainable Urban Design
- Alan Somerville, Director of Building Performance Group, BRE – as part of the panel discussion A Sustainable Built Environment
- Marion Baeli, Partner, PDP London – moderating the panel discussion Climate Action Begins at Home and part of the panel discussion A Sustainable Built Environment
- Angela Dapper, Principal, Grimshaw Architects – as part of the panel discussion A Sustainable Built Environment
- Nidhi Baiswar, Head of Sustainable Design and Construction, Bouygues UK – as part of the panel discussion Redefining Sustainability Across the Sector
- Juan A. Morillas Martin, Associate Architect, BDP – as part of the panel discussion Redefining Sustainability Across the Sector
- Angela Brady, OBE, Director and Architect, Brady Mallalieu Architects – as part of the panel discussion Championing Sustainability
- Davide Stronati, Global Sustainability Leader, Mott MacDonald – presenting on Sustainable Development Goals
- David Cheshire, Regional Sustainability Director, AECOM – presenting on Circular Economy in Construction
- Simon Tranter, Head of Sustainability, Willmott Dixon – presenting on Defining Your Sustainability Strategy
The top-level speakers in the Innovation and Fire Safety Summit include:
- George Holder, Innovation Manager, Mace – presenting on Shaping the Industry Through Innovation
- Robert Toon, BIM Co-ordinator, Kier Group – presenting on How to Develop a Culture and Environment that Encourages Innovation
- Michael Cully, Senior Health and Safety Manager, Multiplex – as part of the panel discussion Innovation in Health and Safety
- Gam Jhutti, Health Safety and Environmental Lead for Central Government and Defence and Manager for the South West Region, Interserve – as part of the panel discussion Innovation in Health and Safety
- Phillip Dowland, Senior Health, Safety, Environment and Quality Advisor – Major Projects, Keller – as part of the panel discussion Innovation in Health and Safety
- Niall Rowen, Chief Executive Officer, Association for Specialist Fire Protection – moderating the panel discussion on Association for Specialist Fire Protection Update
- Vincent Dean, Fire Safety Manager, Southwark Council – presenting on Building a Safer Future for London
- Richard Huntley, Fire Safety Lead, Mace – presenting on Fire Safety in Construction
London Build – Women in Construction
London Build has been celebrating women within the construction industry since 2015, hosting an annual Women in Construction networking attended by over 1,200 women working across all sectors – making it the UK’s largest meeting of Women in Construction. This free-to-attend session gives professionals the opportunity to learn from a panel of established experts and rub elbows with some truly inspirational women who have made a significant impact on the industry.
The event will look at issues of gender imbalance and inequality within the built environment, as well as highlighting the outstanding achievements of those who are driving change across the industry. Kicking off at 10.30am on day two of London Build (28th Nov), we’ll see the Women in Construction panel take over the main stage – an upgrade from 2018 in order to accommodate the ever-increasing audience. Moderated by Cristina Lanz Azcarate, London and South East Chair – NAWIC, the panel will feature five renowned speakers:
- Ruby El-Kanzi, Senior Design Manager I Construction London – Wates
- Pamela McInroy, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Manager – High Speed Two
- Sharon Duffy, Head of Transport Infrastructure Engineering – Transport for London
- Michelle Hands, Director – N J Engineering
- Michaela Wain, Managing Director – We Connect Construction
After the panel, the event will move to the Built Environment Networking Hub – a chance to network with established experts including the event’s Women in Construction Ambassadors and discuss the untapped opportunities for both women and men working in construction, diversity and equality.
Becoming a Women in Construction Ambassador
Part of London Build’s commitment to amplifying the voices of Women in Construction is its active recruitment of professional and talented individuals driving change within the construction industry. We seek out ambassadors to represent the extraordinary skill sets and expertise the industry has to offer. Both women and men are welcome!
London Build focusses on showcasing the advantages of being a woman in construction, and strives to have a strong female line-up in its content programme. This mission to ensure that businesses within the construction industry have every opportunity to thrive, by telling inspiring and motivating stories from exceptional women, is something that we encourage industry professionals to become a part of.
You can get involved by joining industry-leading names such as Christina Riley, Angela Brady, Alison Coutinho and Angela Dapper in becoming a Women in Construction Ambassador. By promoting the Women in Construction Networking Event and London Build to your contacts, you’ll have a WIC Ambassadors’ badge, priority seating at the conference, first-hand introductions during the networking event to help you gain an active role in promoting the WIC initiative and keep striving to make incredible change in the UK’s construction industry.
Women in Construction at the London Construction Awards
The London Construction Awards are the leading construction awards for London, recognising achievements, developments and innovation in London’s booming construction industry. A recognised industry accolade, the London Construction Awards have niche award categories to suit each specialism – and continues the London Build theme of championing equality, diversity and inclusion with its tailored Women in Construction and Diversity and Inclusion awards. Both categories are free to enter, and entries close at 5pm on 27th August 2019 (an extension on the deadline).