Materials 2017 promises a convincing debut

Materials 2017 will debut this month in London, as an event with a comprehensive approach to materials for architecture, construction and design.

Materials 2017 arrives in London on 25 and 26 April, transforming the ILEC Conference Centre, Earls Court into a compact and intimate showcase for the latest developments in building materials.

At a time when the format adopted by some industry events is being questioned, this free-to-attend niche show explores materials in depth, presenting a strong case for potential visitors to attend.

The organisers have placed a special focus on products that provide practical solutions for structures, envelope, facades and finishes, with aesthetics and functional- ity as the core themes of the event.

Event director David Schindler comments:

“Architects and contractors need to consider the form, space and light of buildings and in order to create these with optimal design and efficiency they need to specify the best possible materials for the structures and facades.

“Materials are developing so fast in terms of innovation, sustainability, and performance, it is vital that those who specify materials have the best possible and most up-to-date information to guide their design and construction techniques.

“This is the case both in terms of the educational content in the conferences and seminars at Materials 2017, but also in engaging directly with the manufacturers and suppliers within the exhibition.”


Moderated by architecture journalist Ruth Slavid, the conference which spans the two days will discuss materials in detail. Slavid explains:

“There’s a really good line-up of speakers, a combination of practitioners and people from industries who are at the forefront of development. People like Andrew Waugh of Waugh-Thistleton who has really pioneered the use of CLT in building, and Tim Macfarlane, who is responsible for some of the most innovative recent work in glass.”

The discussions will explore the characteristics of each material, whether wood, glass, concrete, or composites, highlighting how different contextual applications, fittings, and manufacturing processes can unlock alternative uses.

An evening reception on the 25th (Tuesday) will expand the event’s key themes, featuring Vinesh Pomal, architect at Levitt Bernstein and RIBA presidential ambassador for young architects, as well as Tony Devenish, chair of the London Assembly Planning Committee, speaking on the timely issue of housing density.

Expansive exhibition

A broad selection of forward-thinking companies – ranging from huge multina- tional manufacturers to smaller domestic suppliers – have been confirmed for the event bringing with them a wealth of knowledge, experience and product developments in brick, composites, concrete, glass,insulation, metal, stone, timber, and more, in a showcase of cutting-edge innovations.

Among the latest additions to the exhibitor list are Aurubis UK, Brimstone, Metro Urbane, Piveteaubois, who join the likes of Ketley Brick, Metamark Technical Films, Kallisto Stairs, and CED, alongside many others.

The full array of exhibitors can be found at

Meet the Buyers

Materials 2017 will be the ideal environment for intensive business discussions, product sharing, and procurement.

The Meet the Buyers Forum will allow architects and specifiers to schedule face-to- face meetings with key manufacturers and suppliers, facilitating the inception and retention of valuable business relationships.

Companies benefiting from this platform so far include Stora Enso, Pilkington UK, The Concrete Centre, Armourcoat Surface, and Graphenstone.

CPD and seminars

A packed CPD seminar program with more over 10 hours of content will be delivered across two seminar areas. Designed to give all professionals the opportunity to gain knowledge of the latest materials’ specification, there will be a distinct emphasis on current trends and innovations.

Seminars from key industry players – including Sika, Aggregate Industries, Pilkington, Wienerberger, Imperial Bricks, Arup, and more – will cover topics includ- ing Using Phase Change Materials in Construction for a More Sustainable Built Environment, High Performance Structural Adhesive Systems for Glazed & Panel Facades, and Using Concrete as a Sustainable Material in Design.

Materials 2017 is free to attend – register at