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London’s construction industry gathers to assert its predominance

October will see the return to London’s Olympia of the highly successful London Build exhibition and conference. Since its launch four years ago London Build has established itself as the largest construction show at the Olympia, covering all sectors of the construction industry. After reaching full capacity in the Central and West halls, London Build will be moving to the Olympia’s National Hall for this year’s show, which takes place on 23-24 October.

London Build has steadily built a regular audience, because of the show’s unique focus on London and the surrounding region, together with its first-class content, unrivalled networking events and associated entertainment.

A spokesperson for show organiser Oliver Kinross explained: “London is the economic powerhouse of the UK and the fourth wealthiest city by GDP in the world. Construction activity in London outpaces that of the rest of the UK. It is driven by a population growth rate that is double the rest of the country – in fact in the next six years London’s population will rocket to over 10 million, making it a world 'mega-city' – in addition to its role as one of the world's major hubs for international business.”

Last year’s show boasted record numbers, with 254 exhibitors, 17,627 pre-registered visitors, 105 strategic partners and 184 speakers. 

The spokesperson continued: “At London Build you can win contracts, sell products, gain access to the latest construction intelligence in London and the wider region, promote your brand, open new business opportunities, meet pre-qualified buyers and much more.”

Entry to the show is free, bookable at  It offers the opportunity to meet with key players from the biggest construction companies. Plus, as Construction National is once again acting as a media partner for the event, there will be free copies of the magazine available to take home.

The extensive exhibition space features over 300 exhibitors and nine specialised zones: the BIM & Digital Construction Zone, Building Zone, Fire Safety Zone, Infrastructure Zone, Interior and Fit-out Zone, the London Design Zone, Product Innovation Zone, Plant Machinery and Equipment Zone, and the Sustainability Zone. Those specialist zones act as the focal point for eight ‘Summits’ – conferences and seminar programmes examining the subjects in depth. They are complemented by a Skills Hub, examining the future of skills in the industry.

Speakers include senior representatives from Heathrow Airport, Tideway, Mace, Laing O'Rourke, Costain, Transport for London, Mott MacDonald, Arup, AECOM, Interserve, Wates, Skanska, BPD and many more. All conference and workshop sessions are CPD-accredited and free-to-attend.

London Build is also active in the promotion of inclusivity in the industry. The contribution of the LGBT community to London’s construction industry will be celebrated, and the third Women in Construction Morning Tea will take place on 24 October.

Away from all the serious business, it is after all October – or Oktober to our German colleagues. And that can only mean a return of the popular Oktoberfest Beer Festival, where visitors can enjoy a traditional German stein with pretzels, schnitzel and live Bavarian oom-pah music.

On the evening of 23 October the industry decamps to the Royal Garden Hotel for the London Construction Awards. The awards recognise the best in London’s booming construction industry across 12 categories – ranging from Architecture in Design to Women in Construction, plus the coveted London Build Excellence Award. They reward solution providers, contractors, architects, developers and local authorities and feature top-level guest speakers, entertainment, a three-course dinner and exclusive networking opportunities. The awards ceremony will be hosted by sophisticated raconteur Marcus Brigstocke.

The finalists in the various categories have been announced and the full list can be viewed at

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