UK Trade Exhibition Calendar
There are many national and regional exhibitions relating to construction and allied industries, offering a wide range of opportunities for marketing, selling and networking - and this updated calendar (below) features over 280 future events scheduled for the period to end 2019.
Like so much else in the industry, the construction exhibition sector has seen many changes over the last decade. Most notable was the demise of 'Interbuild', which originally began life in 1895 as the ‘Building Trades Show’ (it then became the ‘International Building Exhibition’ and, later, ‘Interbuild’): it dominated the UK’s construction sector for over 100 years, in its later life spanning many halls at Birmingham's NEC.
Anyone who, perhaps understandably, might have imagined this marked the beginning of the end for construction exhibitions in the UK would have been proved very wrong. Ecobuild, having emerged in 2004 as a small ‘green building’ conference in London, subsequently grew into one of the world’s main construction exhibition brands, with annual events held not just in the UK, but also in Mexico and South East Asia. (From 2019, Ecobuild will become Futurebuild.) In October 2015, the inaugural UK Construction Week* saw the concept of the multi-sector construction exhibition successfully return to the NEC, spanning five halls. With nine individual shows in one event, it confirmed that the construction exhibition sector had returned to health - and the fourth edition is scheduled for October 2018. Regionally-focused, multi-sector events also entered the market (such as Oliver Kinross's London Build* and Scotland Build*), whilst in April 2017, London played host to the inaugural Materials 2017 show, which was billed as the first conference and exhibition to be focused on materials for architecture, construction and design.
Readers may also like to refer to our articles on Exhibiting at Trade Shows and Specialist Stand Designers. In addition to providing pertinent information on issues to consider when exhibiting and when selecting and appointing stand designers, the features also include relevant publications and links to guides on the dos and don'ts of exhibiting.
* Construct UK acts as a media partner to these events
We have compiled a comprehensive listing of around 280 of the UK construction industry’s main national and regional events scheduled for the period to end 2019. Where possible, each entry provides previous attendance figures and approximate space-only exhibiting costs. Up-to-date audited attendance figures for certain construction exhibitions may be obtained by visiting the website of the Audit Bureau of Circulations. This is a useful resource which covers many of the major industry events and is searchable online by event, organiser or industry.
The listing is available as an Excel database on the Downloads page (a separate database of over 800 forthcoming worldwide construction exhibitions, sortable by date, is also available to download). If you are not logged in, you will see below only those companies who have enhanced their entries**; non-subscribers may refer to our construction events calendar, which references all the UK exhibitions. Please log in to view the full list.
(** Construction industry exhibitions are researched by us and automatically listed, but organisers may enhance their events to appear below.)