The Surface & Materials Show, Birmingham Architecture Event, NEC West Midlands, 2016, Images

The Surface & Materials Show Programme

Architectural Building Materials Event in the West Midlands, England, UK

19 Sep 2016

Surface & Materials Show 2016

Location: National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham, England

The Surface & Materials Show 2016 News

Meet the material trendsetters…

Material Lab Central Hub at the Surface & Materials Show (18 – 20 October)

Award-winning experts Material Lab will curate a 118 sqm material library forming a focal point of the Surface & Materials Show (18-20 October, NEC, part of UK Construction Week). Designed by Here You Are Studio, the hub brings together leading manufacturers and designers, and emerging talent.

Material Lab Central Hub sponsors: (top left to bottom right) Dulux, Granorte, Johnson Tiles and Jesmonite
Surface & Materials Show 2016

Surface & Materials Show 2016

Material Lab Central Hub sponsors photo, top left to bottom right – Dulux, Granorte, Johnson Tiles and Jesmonite
Surface & Materials Show 2016

Surface & Materials Show 2016

The inspirational display is sponsored by Dulux, Johnson Tiles, Granorte and Jesmonite, and those brands will also reveal their latest trends, product lines and design collaborations at the show. The Material Lab Central Hub will also see a curated collection of new work and samples by surface design pioneers, such as Giles Miller Studio, Daniel Heath, Evan James Design, Burel, Kit Miles, Smile Plastics and Solomon & Wu.

Designer showcase: (left to right) Giles Miller Studio, Evan James Design and Burel:
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A dedicated Innovators section will present a hand-picked selection of work by emerging talent, including new rug designs made with recycled carpet off-cuts by Isabel Webb, panels and fibres made from corn husk by Apilada Vorachart, aluminium artworks by Rachel Howarth, handmade paper, zinc and resin pieces by Grace Gallagher, steel wool and 3D printed materials by Studio IIio and concrete tiles by Anni Tavener.

Emerging talent: Apilada Vorachart experiments with corn husk; Recycled carpets by Isabel Webb:
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Jim Biddulph, Projects and Materials Manager at Material Lab says: “We’re dedicated to be seeking out and supporting the latest surface material makers and manufacturers, so it’s exciting to be able to bring a selection of the very best innovators to a show that is equally as devoted. We hope visitors to our hub will be inspired by what they learn and discover, taking some new ideas away with them for their future projects.”

The Surface & Materials hub will also be the place to catch a series of making workshops.

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.

Sketch of the 118 sqm Material Lab Central Hub installation:
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3 Aug 2016

The Surface & Materials Show Programme for 2016

Location: National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham, England

The Surface & Materials Show announces a dynamic programme of issue-based seminars, talks, workshops and features

The Surface Materials Show Programme

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.

The Surface Materials Show Programme

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:

• Mind the gaps: now more than ever we must tackle productivity, innovation, investment, talent and skills
Speakers: Lendlease, CIOB, ACE and CPA

• 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

• Are you ready for the future of construction innovation?
Speakers: Skanska, Amey, Crossrail, CIC BIM 2050 Group and CPA, Buildoffsite, And Architects

• Keep Building: Housing in post referendum Britain
Speakers: Places for People, Swan Homes East Midlands, Bioregional, RIBA and Glenigan

The Surface Materials Show Programme

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.

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