Chancellor George Osborne has declared his desire to devolve power away from the country's capital and develop cities and industries in the north of the UK. This October the Construction Week exhibition will be held in the Birmingham NEC and the construction sector will be trying to use the event as a platform to trigger further growth away from the south-east.
As well as showing off their own plans to contribute towards the creation of the Northern Powerhouse, exhibitors are also keen for Mr Osborne to demonstrate how he is going to make this vision a reality, Construction Enquirer reported.
Andi Hodgson, marketing director at Hope Construction Materials, an exhibitor at the event, said: "The news of greater devolution to extend the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ is welcome.
“On the surface the move seems as though it should provide a significant boost to construction in those regions, however the greater activity – particularly that of moving bulk and heavy-side building materials like concrete, aggregate and cement – will put a strain on existing transport infrastructure if it’s not improved.”
Andrew Orriss, head of business development at SIG Insulation, another exhibitor, echoed this point, saying that it is an "exciting time" for the North, with Leeds and Sheffield in particular experiencing a notable boost in activity at present. However, he too added that government investment was required "to ensure maximum benefits are felt".
The UK Construction Week show, which was launched last year, attempts to shine light on industry developments taking place across the nation. In particular it tries to veer away from the London-centric focus that has dominated the construction industry for many years.