24 Feb 2011 12:02:59
Just a few days until Ecobuild 2011
With less than a week to go until Ecobuild 2011 opens its doors, the construction industry is working at fever pitch to prepare for the world's largest event focusing on sustainable design, construction and the built environment.
Against the background of economic uncertainty over the last few years, and the current spending cuts, Ecobuild represents the construction sector’s most important challenge and its greatest opportunity, that of creating a sustainable built environment. The sector is responding with ever-growing enthusiasm. It will be out in force at Ecobuild 2011, with more than 1,300 exhibitors, 750 speakers and 50,000 visitors expected over the three-days, exceeding the record attendance at the 2010 event.
Having outgrown its former venue, this year Ecobuild moves to ExCeL in London's Docklands, the capital's largest conference and exhibition space. The event runs from Tuesday 1 March until Thursday 3 March 2011, and doors will open at 10am each day.
Speakers from across government, industry and beyond are preparing for the free Ecobuild conference, which has become a popular forum for policy announcements and a major event in the construction year. Leading the line-up are chief construction advisor Paul Morrell, construction minister Mark Prisk, Sir Terry Farrell, Baroness Susan Greenfield, Tim Smit of the Eden Project, Bianca Jagger and Professor AC Grayling, taking on subjects as diverse as the radicalism of localism; the age of unreason: the psychology of climate change; and ending our love affair with more.
The 2011 seminar programme, also free to attend, is Ecobuild's biggest ever, with 13 streams and more than 130 seminars covering the most pressing concerns for built environment professionals:
• future energy
• energy in buildings
• regulations revealed
• simplifying standards guides and tools
• refurbishing Britain
• sustainability and the city
• sustainable by design
• sustainable small projects
• from grey to green
• sustainable architecture & design
• beyond construction
• installer business
• installer skills
Getting around Ecobuild 2011 will be easier still at the new venue. ExCeL's straightforward layout is simple to navigate, with seminars taking place in rooms along the perimeter of the exhibition halls, and the conference located off the central boulevard. The exhibition will be organised in technology zones, with similar products, relevant seminars and attractions all located in the same area.
And getting there is easy, too. ExCeL is readily accessible by public transport, offers free cycle parking and has ample car parking on site. The nearest rail stations are Custom House and Prince Regent, approximately 10 minutes from Canary Wharf, and both just a minute's walk from the ExCeL. Key interchanges for the DLR are Bank, Tower Hill, Canning Town and Shadwell. During Ecobuild, shuttle buses will run from the Thames Clipper river taxi stop at Canary Wharf (10 minutes) and from London City Airport (5 minutes).