With only hours left until this year’s Surface and Materials Show sponsored by BLFA kicks off, architects and interior designers still undecided about making the journey will want to take a look at the latest announcements about what’s on at the show at Birmingham’s NEC between 9-11 October, before they miss out on the industry’s biggest event of the year.

Imagine being able to see, touch and sample 100 different materials from across the globe that are shaping the future of the built environment. Sounds like an expensive trip, but this year’s Surface and Materials Show is hosting the MaterialDistrict’s Material Expo, bringing 100 international materials to the Birmingham NEC.

Titled, ‘Materials that Matter’, the Material Expo is showcasing materials for interior and exterior use that can support the future of construction in sustainability, energy conservation, health, smart solutions and circularity. The specially curated materials on show include lightweight composites, recycled plastic, engineered wood, natural materials and ‘waste’ resources such as coffee grounds and recycled denim.

Innovative material isn’t the only idea-igniting highlight of the Surface and Materials Show and UK Construction Week (UKCW). Kinetech Design is revealing Royal Approval, a structure merging meticulous geometric design, material technology and Japanese paper folding to form an aluminium sculpture; the Royal College of Art and 2NDState are re-building their flexible construction structure designed and built at Grymsdyke Farm; Carwyn Lloyd Jones is revealing his latest tiny timber frame home challenge, built using only natural materials; and FIS is announcing the winning #iBuiltThis2018 competition winner at an awards ceremony on 9 October.

Surface and Materials Show forms part of UK Construction Week (UKCW), the construction industry’s largest event. 35,000 visitors are expected through the doors of Birmingham’s NEC, taking advantage of more than 650 exhibitors, 10,000 products, 350 speakers, 300 hours of talks, 35 different CPD sessions and 9 industry-specific shows.

Also taking place is the Role Model of the Year announcement, the FITA flooring workshops, the Future of Construction Hub, single-use plastic crackdown with free top up water stations and live rockaoke at the Beer Festival, sponsored by Velux. Visitors will leave with their questions answered, needs covered and knowledge updated.

For the last chance to attend, tickets are still available from www.surfaceandmaterialsshow.co.uk and allow access to all nine UKCW shows: Build Show; Energy 2018; Timber Expo; Surface and Materials Show; Building Tech Live;HVAC 2018; Civils Expo; Plant and Machinery Live and Grand Designs Live.

Show news and updates will be posted live throughout the event on the website www.surfaceandmaterialsshow.co.uk and Twitter @smshowUK or using the hashtag #SMShow2018.