London Build Expo 2021

The UK's leading construction and design show is returning to the Grand Hall at Olympia London! London Build is an award-winning show and is widely viewed as one of the best and largest construction exhibitions in the world. The FPA will be speaking in the Fire Safety Stage and exhibiting at this event on stand number H84.

London Build is the ultimate platform for networking and connecting with thousands of senior-level decision-makers, buyers and influencers from across the UK's entire built environment. Discover how you can get involved with major construction projects in the UK as you connect with industry experts and senior representatives from government, architects, major developers, housing builders, and tier 1 contractors. 

London Build features: 500+ speakers across 6 conference theatres with a 50% representation of female speakers, 220+ CPD sessions, 100s of exhibitors and exclusive free-to-attend networking events including Meet the Buyer sessions, Women in Construction and Diversity in Construction, entertainment, the Festival of Construction, celebrity guests and much more. The FPA’s Technical Director, Dr Jim Glocking will be addressing the audience on how far we have come with regards to Modern Methods of Construction, and taking part in the Tall Buildings Session on 18 November in the Fire Safety Stage.

Dr Glockling will explore how the system of design, build and checking is completely broken within the UK and should not be trusted. With the FPA’s deep rooted vision to protect not only lives but property, Dr Glocking will cover how the rules only seek to ensure the safety of the people living in the property – that the building is evacuated before it collapses in a fire. There is absolutely nothing in any UK regulation to protect infrastructure investments, to stop them burning to the ground, or to ensure the continuous availability of a building as a home or business premise. 

Building methods are changing rapidly. Inevitably, in pursuit of sustainability and cost cutting, modern methods of construction are becoming more combustible, with greater use of wood and petroleum-based insulation materials (ironically both fuels). Dr Glockling will explore if this needs to be the case or if sustainable construction and fire safety can go hand in hand. This session will highlight several modern methods of construction such as modular construction and facades and discuss how voids and imperfect cavity barriers can help fire to spread.

Finally, to insure or lend against any building, there is a need to demonstrate that it has been put together appropriately and Dr Glockling will touch on this as an emerging issue related to fire safety.

At the Fire Protection Association, we are passionate about improving the quality of the built environment, and our goal is to make it a safer place to live and work. Find out more about our ongoing work in fire safety by coming to this talk or visiting us at stand H84.

  • Architects
  • Building control
  • Building safety managers
  • Facilities management
  • Fire engineering
  • Passive fire protection
  • Construction


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