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The Surface & Materials Show Announces a Dynamic Programme of Issue-based Seminars, Talks, Workshops and Features

This year’s Surface & Materials Show (18 -20 October) will come at a crucial time for the construction industry, when the sharing of knowledge and ideas is ever more vital.

In October, the worlds of architecture, design and construction will converge on the NEC Birmingham to explore the industry in post referendum Britain. With nine shows under one roof at UK Construction Week, including the Surface & Materials Show, there’s a broad and comprehensive agenda – and a key opportunity to sharpen the focus in an engaged and networked way.

For the Surface & Materials Show, together with inspiring products from a range of UK and international exhibitors, a packed programme of events will reflect the challenges and opportunities post-Brexit.

Core focus for seminar subjects include the importance of modernising architectural education, the use of smart materials for better building and ways to enhance trust in terms of sustainability in the surface market. The UK Construction Week main stage will also host discussions on why the Northern Powerhouse has become even more important, thoughts on plugging the gaps between productivity, innovation, investment and skills, and how to get future-ready.

Some highlights from the series of debates, workshops, panel discussions and interactive demonstrations include:

Surface & Materials Seminar Hub:

  • Trend spotting - how to keep up with future consumer lifestyle drivers
    Speaker: Laura Perryman - Co-Founder, Colour of Saying

  • Sustainability and Trust in surfaces and materials

Speakers: Dr Shamir Ghurma - Head of Responsible Sourcing, BRE

Scott Campbell - Director, Surface Matter

Justin Furness - Technical Director, Council for Aluminium in Building (CAB)

Richard Frost - European Responsible Sourcing Manager, CRH

  • Understanding bespoke in surfaces and materials

Speakers: Daniel Heath - Independent Designer, Daniel Heath Studio

Joanna Lush - Business Development Manager, Gx Glass

  • Modernisation of architectural education for future generations

Speakers: Wilf Meynell - Director, Studio Bark

Alexander P Naraian MCIAT ICIOB - Associate Director, ADAM Architecture

Ewan Jones – Partner, Grimshaw

Paul Laycock - Vice President Education CIAT & Programme Leader BSc (Hons), Architectural Technology at Birmingham City University, Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists

  • Downcycling, recycling, upcycling - are we doing enough for our industry?

Speakers: Thomas Robinson - Managing Director, Adaptavate

Kristian Steele - Senior Consultant - Advanced Technology and Research, Arup


  • News in the Façade Solutions World

Speakers: Paul Hughes - Director of Sales, UK, FunderMax

Emma Flynn - Associate, Research and Development Lead, Astudio

Paolo Vermicatti - Associate Principal, Grimshaw

Jonathan Thurlbeck - Sales Manager - Façades, Remmers UK

Elaine Toogood -  Senior Architect, The Concrete Centre

  • SMART materials for better buildings

Speakers: Ian Hunter - Director, Materials Council

Dr Robert Quarshie - Head of Materials and Nanotechnology, Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN)

  • Inside the mindset of an architect vs engineer - Role of BIM in driving successful collaboration

Speakers: David Frise - Chief Executive, Finishes and Interiors Sector (FIS)

Paul Oakley - Associate Director of BIM, BRE Group

Peter Murray - Chairman, New London Architecture

UKCW main stage:

  • A Tale of Three Cities - Birmingham: the impact of regeneration and the importance of the Northern Powerhouse for post referendum Britain

Speakers: World Cities Network, Gensler, KPMG, Curzon Regeneration Company

In association with World Architecture News and the Birmingham Development Forum

Feature installations and workshops:

  • Material Lab

The central feature at the Surface & Materials Show will display a curated selection by Material Lab. Products chosen will be at the cutting edge of the industry and designed to meet the evolving needs of architects, interior designers, facilities managers and specifiers.

  • Flooring Workshop (FITA)

The Flooring Industry Training Association (FITA) will hold flooring workshops covering all areas of contract flooring, including wood, carpet, vinyl, laminate, tools and accessories.

  • Wiki House

Visitors to UK Construction Week Smart Buildings Theatre will see in the flesh a model Wiki House – an open source home design concept. Wiki House is a trailblazing affordable housing alternative, which allows for easy self-assembly and customisation and incorporates the latest smart technology.

Connect with manufacturers:

The Surface & Materials Show will host over 1,500 sqm of stands featuring both established and emerging brands within the industry - from external cladding and paving to internal flooring, anti-bacterial work surfaces and elegant wall-treatments to stylish sound insulation. The latest in sustainable products and practices will be presented, while opportunities to engage, network and socialise will be abundant.

View the full seminar programme here

The Surface & Materials Show (NEC Birmingham, 18-20 October 2016, part of UK Construction Week), showcases the latest solutions for architects, designers and industry professionals seeking a broad range of innovative and high-performance products.

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