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UK CONSTRUCTION WEEK SHOW PREVIEW


New tech hits the headlines at UK Construction Week


UKCW 2019 will be bringing cutting edge technology to the NEC in October, helping make it a must-attend event for any architect who wants a peek into the future


onstruction was told three years ago it had to ‘Modernise or die.’ That statement has clearly resonated with parts of the sector with new technology and techniques entering the industry, but what about the rest of the sector?


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This drive for innovation encouraged UK Construction Week (UKCW) to “throw down the gauntlet and ask the new disruptors to step forward and show others the way towards the next industrial revolution,” said the organisers.


Real innovation The new Innovation Zone, partnered with the Construction Innovation Hub (the Hub), is only hosting exhibitors with genuinely innovative products, and it has really pushed the innovation boat out. Products range from quiet heat pumps to BIM-related innovations, from bricklaying robots to passive fire protection. Nathan Garnett, UKCW event director


says, “We really want to encourage true innovation at this year’s show. With assistance from our advisory board and input from the Hub we have some fascinating new products to showcase in the Innovation Zone. The journey towards a more modern industry has begun, although there is still a way to go. Our hope is that UKCW will demonstrate a new possible future, which will challenge and inspire others to change.”


From robots to heat pumps Examples on display include robotics, with the Semblr Catus robots out in force at the show. Working in small swarms, they build brickwork at faster speeds and lower


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costs than larger robots. Speeding up this heavily manual process will make a huge difference to the delivery of buildings and other brick structures.


Sharing tasks and information can be time consuming, especially if big files are included. PlanRadar has developed an all new task management system which works in 3D. This is essentially a 3D BIM version for designers, architects and builders and makes sharing plans much easier. Air source heat pumps have caught the attention of the Government as a low carbon heating option. Mitsubishi’s Ecodan ultra quiet air source heat pump, for example, is breaking new ground because it is so quiet it can be located closer to homes. It is also more efficient and helps reduce the reliance on fossil fuels. Fire has been on everyone’s agenda since Grenfell, with many companies adding fire


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